COVID-19 Resources


Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. (By contrast, isolation separates someone who is infected with the virus, away from people who are not infected. For more about isolation, see Testing.)

Students, faculty, and staff may be required to quarantine either because:

  • You have spent more than 24 hours in a state that does not border New York, or you are traveling from another country (see Travelers, below), or
  • You’re waiting for COVID-19 test results due to having symptoms yourself, or
  • You’ve been in close contact with someone who’s tested positive or shown symptoms

Any of those situations would cause you to get a “red badge” result from Nazareth’s daily COVID-19 screening.If you are asked to quarantine due to your red badge, here are the details.



New York no longer requires quarantine for students coming to campus from states beyond New York and its border states, but still recommends it. If you haven't been on campus yet in 2021 and now will be, Nazareth requires pre-arrival testing; see Testing webpage.

During the semester

If you receive a “red badge” result from Nazareth’s daily screening, your results will guide you to contact Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500, or the state Health Department COVID Hotline at 888-364-3065 after hours, to get guidance on next steps.

If you are required to quarantine because you have had a confirmed exposure to a positive case: 

  • Students who live on campus: If you can safely travel home (without using public transportation), you can complete quarantine there. If you are unable to return home, you will be provided with an off-campus location (typically a hotel room) in which to quarantine, and food will be provided through Naz Dining deliveries.
  • Students who live off campus: Plan to quarantine at your permanent residence or off-campus housing.

Once you are placed on quarantine protocol (either precautionary or exposure-based), your professors will be notified via Starfish that you cannot attend in-person activities until the Starfish alert is lifted. You are guided to monitor yourself for symptoms and continue to participate in your courses remotely. 

  • If your quarantine is due to exposure, you are encouraged to get tested. Testing is available at any of the testing sites listed on our website as well as at Health & Counseling.
  • If you are in “precautionary quarantine” because you are experiencing symptoms and are waiting for the results of a COVID test, you may quarantine in your on- or off-campus residence. You may not do any in-person activities on campus, including dining, sports, and in-person classes. If you live on campus, you should not leave your residence hall.

You will be cleared from quarantine by the Monroe County Department of Health (or, if quarantining in another county, by the health department in your county of residence). Nazareth alerts the state and local health departments of positive test results for COVID-19.


  • If you receive a red badge or are told to quarantine or to isolate, notify your manager or department chair that you are unable to come to campus. Human Resources will contact you to review your situation and discuss the next steps.
  • If you are able to work remotely, you will be asked to continue to do so during your period of quarantine or isolation. 
  • If you are unable to work due to becoming symptomatic, you may have leave time options available to you (employee sick time/short term disability or family sick/paid family leave). In addition, NYS passed legislation providing paid COVID sick leave for employees who are to isolate or quarantine due to an order of quarantine issued by the State, Department of Health or local board of health. If you have been quarantined by a medical professional, you can request an order of quarantine from the state.


Effective April 1, 2021: 

  • Quarantine is no longer required by New York state for domestic travelers entering the state from another U.S. state or U.S. territory. However, the New York State Department of Health still recommends quarantine after domestic travel as an added precaution.
  • Mandatory quarantine remains in effect for international travelers.
  • All travelers must continue to fill out the Traveler Health Form.
  • Continue strict adherence to all safety guidelines to stop the spread — wearing masks, socially distancing, and avoiding gatherings.
  • See the state's travel advisory page for updates.
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