COVID Exposure or Positive Test
YVC follows the CDC’s new guidance regarding quarantine and isolation periods for COVID-19 and the Omicron variant. Please read the CDC’s guidance for full details about what you should do. Following is a summary:
- If you test positive for COVID-19 or have symptoms, regardless of vaccination status, stay home and isolate for at least 5 days.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations, stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days.
- Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- If you were exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date with vaccination OR had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days (you tested positive using a viral test), you do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
- Get tested. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
If you need to make a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will collect information including the date of exposure, date of symptoms, classes enrolled in, names of instructors, and locations on campus visited after exposure. Students also should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for their in-person courses.
Notification of COVID Exposure or Positive Test
Students who are taking online classes only and who have not been on campus do not need to report if they have tested positive for COVID or had close contact with someone testing positive.
Only those students who are taking in-person classes or who have visited campus need to immediately report positive COVID tests or close contacts (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, to Campus Safety at 509.574.4610. Do not come to campus until you have isolated or quarantined for the appropriate length of time as outlined above.
Students taking in-person courses who have a positive test or close contact should contact their instructors directly to discuss work for those courses.
In-person classes with a positive case
If a single positive COVID case is reported in an in-person class, that class may continue. If you have been consistent in wearing your mask, have observed 3-foot physical distancing, and are symptom-free, you should be able to continue attending. We encourage students to gauge their own level of risk and talk with their instructors directly regarding questions about attending.
COVID Contact Report Process
Following a COVID contact report, Campus Safety will inform other students in any impacted classes of the date and time of the exposure. Personal information about any student making a COVID report will be kept confidential. Any decisions regarding changes in classroom instruction will be made and managed by the instructor, dean, and vice president for instruction and student services.