COVID-19 Resources

Testing, Precautionary Quarantine, Quarantine, & Isolation


Surveillance testing is required weekly — and available on campus — for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff who were granted an exemption from the vaccine requirement. (Surveillance testing is not for people with symptoms or exposure.) Details: Surveillance Testing »


See the appropropriate section below if:

Testing on campus

Testing on campus is open to:

  • students who have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed
  • students who've tested positive and need a rapid antigen test on day 5 (and if positive, again on day 7)


  • Mondays and Tuesdays, noon-1 p.m., in the 1924 Room in Shults
  • Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m., walk-in testing is available at Health and Counseling Services. Call 585-389-2500 from just outside the Health and Counseling building and wait to be invited in. You cannot wait for your results; you will be notified by phone within one hour after your test.
  • Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m. to noon, in the 1924 Room in Shults


If you were exposed to COVID-19 — defined as being in close contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19 or shown symptoms:


If you are fully vaccinated
If you are unvaccinated


See faculty/staff section below.


If you have COVID-19 symptoms, whether you are fully vaccinated or not, get tested and evaluated (see below).


  • If you are vaccinated and have mild symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough without the more concerning symptoms listed below), you can use self-testing at Health and Counseling.:
    • See "Testing on campus" hours, above.
    • Wear a mask and stay home (in "precautionary quarantine") until you get COVID-19 test results.
    • If your test is negative, you may return to normal life — but you are encouraged to wear a mask as long as your symptoms persist, and call Health & Counseling if they do not resolve within a few days or if symptoms get worse. 
  • If you are unvaccinated and have mild symptoms, contact Health & Counseling at 585-389-2500 to schedule an appointment to be evaluated by a medical provider. (You are not eligible for self-testing.) Wear a mask and stay home ("precautionary quarantine") until that evaluation.
  • Whether vaccinated or not, if you have more concerning symptoms (ie: headache, fever, cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and/or persistent diarrhea), contact Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500 for an appointment for a medical evaluation, which will likely include COVID-19 testing as part of a diagnostic strategy. A negative rapid test will be followed up by a PCR test. 
  • If you live on campus, Health & Counseling will contact Residential Life to let them know you are in precautionary quarantine. They will arrange to have meals delivered to your room from Dining Services.
  • If you live off-campus, you could visit an off-campus Urgent Care/COVID-19 Testing site (or see the state’s find-a-test-site website) if that is more convenient. 
  • If it’s after hours, contact Health and Counseling at 585-289-2500 and follow the prompts to speak with a triage nurse for guidance.
  • Support: You will be monitored and supported by Health and Counseling Services and (for on-campus residents) Residential Life. 
  • Academics: 
    • Contact your instructors to discuss strategies to support you in achieving course learning goals while in precautionary quarantine, quarantine, or isolation. If your ability to maintain progress changes at any point during the quarantine or isolation period, it is important that you reach out to your instructors right away to explore options.
    • If you are not well enough to participate in classes during this period, regardless of the course delivery format, or if you have any concerns regarding accommodation plans, contact Erika Hess, Director of Student Accessibility Services at She will work with you and the instructors to determine appropriate accommodations that ensure there will be no academic penalty during this time.

If your test result is negative, you no longer need to precautionary quarantine and may resume classes and your regular activities when you feel well enough to return.


Do not come to campus. Contact Human Resources,, to review your situation and discuss the next steps.



Reach out to Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500 (if you haven't already). If it's after-hours, email with the date of your positive test, symptoms, and where you are living (if on campus, name of residential hall and room number). You will be contacted by a provider on call. When testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, you will be placed in mandatory isolation:

Updated January 2022: Isolation is a minimum of 5 days and you are required to take a rapid antigen test on day 5. See "Testing on campus" hours, above.

Students, you will be released by Health and Counseling on day 5 upon receipt of a negative rapid antigen test, or after a full 10-day isolation as long as you have been fever free for 24 hours (without medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen) and your symptoms are generally improving.

  • If your rapid antigen test on Day 5 is positive, you continue isolation. You may take a second rapid antigen test on Day 7.
  • If the Day 7 test is negative, you can be released from isolation.
  • If the Day 7 test is positive, you must complete the full 10-day isolation period (until 11:59 p.m. on day 10).

This testing specifically needs to be the rapid antigen test. Don't pursue a PCR (molecular) test, as it can pick up a trace of virus even if you are no longer infectious.

Students, if you can't get tested on campus (see "Testing on campus" hours), you can use an at-home test (that you have purchased) or be tested at one of the county testing sites (free). Starting January 14, 2022, health insurance companies are required to cover the cost of up to eight rapid tests per person per month; a USA Today story explains what to expect.

Students, email your test results to

Also see "Details: What else to expect" below.

Details: What else to expect if you test positive


  • Contact Human Resources 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.
  • Employees follow the same isolation timeline as students (just above), but arrange your own testing (not on campus; see Monroe County, N.Y. testing, or use a home test). Email your test results to At-home tests should have your name, date of birth, and test date written on the test.

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, New York state has 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 or local health department. If you have been quarantined by a medical professional, you can request an order of quarantine from the state. 


What is the definition of “close contact”?

In Monroe County, where Nazareth is located, close contact is defined as someone who meets all of these criteria:

  • Exposure occurred within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes 
  • Exposure occurred within 48 hours of symptom onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, within 48 hours of their positive COVID test collection), until the patient was isolated
  • Exposure occurred while either one or both people were not wearing a mask

See next two answers.

Vaccinated person: What happens if a fully vaccinated person is a “close contact” of someone who has tested positive for COVID?

Vaccinated close contacts do not need to quarantine, but should:

  • Wear a mask indoors for 14 days.
  • Test once at 5-7 days after exposure. See "Testing on campus" hours, above. Or seek out testing in the community.
  • If that test is negative, the masking guideline ends, as long as you have no symptoms.
  • If that test is positive, you need to isolate for 10 days. (See “If you test positive” on this page.)

Unvaccinated person: What happens if an unvaccinated person is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID?

  • Unvaccinated close contacts will be required to quarantine for at least 5 days.
  • You are released on day 5 if you test negative on day 5. See "Testing on campus" hours, above.
  • If you test positive, you must enter isolation.
  • If you develop symptoms while in quarantine, get tested as soon as you are able (and follow the instructions above, under symptoms).

What happens on the campus if someone who has been on campus has a positive COVID-19 test?

In addition to the isolation and contact tracing steps, steps taken on campus include:

  • Health and Counseling and/or Campus Safety will notify Facilities of an exposure, and help determine any areas on campus that need to be cleaned. Cleaning and disinfection will be conducted based on current Center for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.
  • People who've had a risk of exposure through close contact will be notified directly through contact tracing.

What type of testing is available in the Rochester area?

  • For people with symptoms, current testing of COVID-19 infection includes the use of rapid antigen and/or molecular (PCR) testing through a nasal swab.
  • Monroe County testing options.
  • Nazareth has access to both molecular tests (collected in-house and sent out to a lab) and rapid antigen (in-house) COVID-19 tests.
  • At-home test kits can be purchased at most pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid.

Do I have to pay for a COVID-19 test?

  • If you are tested at Nazareth, you will not be charged for a test.
  • Likewise, if you go to a test site run by New York State, there is never any charge for your test.
  • If you go to a test site operated by local governments, private companies (including urgent care centers, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical practices), or not-for-profit organizations, ask the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested whether you will be responsible for any fees.
  • If you have symptoms and/or were exposed to COVID-19, tests are covered by most health insurers. If you are unsure of coverage, please contact your health insurer directly to see if testing is covered.
  • Health and Counseling Services will make a clinical determination to guide you on testing. If you have COVID symptoms and are tested by Nazareth Health and Counseling using a molecular PCR test, the office will bill your health insurance company.
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