COVID-19 Resources

Testing, Precautionary Quarantine, Quarantine, & Isolation


Surveillance testing will be held weekly on campus for unvaccinated students, faculty and staff. For details, see Surveillance Testing.


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:
    • Available 9 a.m. - noon, and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays-Fridays.
    • 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 afterward by phone.
    • 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 after-hours, call Campus Safety at 585-389-2850. When testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, you will be placed in mandatory isolation for 10 days.

Details about what to expect if you test positive


  • The testing and quarantine protocols are the same as for students (above) in terms of symptoms and exposure. Contact your own health care provider for testing (or see the state’s find-a-test-site website) and care.
  • If you must quarantine or isolate, notify your manager or department chair that you are unable to come to campus. 
  • 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. 

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 3-5 days after exposure. Nazareth students have the option to  self-test at Health & Counseling (see below), 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.)

How to self-test at Health & Counseling

Drop-in self-testing is open Monday-Friday 9 a.m. - noon and 1 - 3 p.m. 

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 10 days (even if testing negative) and test once on day 3-5 and then again on day 10. However, a student who develops symptoms while in quarantine should communicate with Health & Counseling to be tested sooner.
  • If negative on day 10, the person will be released from quarantine at midnight.
  • If the quarantined student tests positive at any point, they need to isolate for 10 days from the positive test or onset of symptoms.

What happens if an unvaccinated or vaccinated person develops symptoms of COVID-19, without a known exposure?

Students, schedule an appointment to be seen at Health and Counseling. A rapid test will likely be run. If negative, a follow-up PCR test will be collected.

What happens on 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 as part of Nazareth’s COVID-19 surveillance testing, you will not be charged for a test.
  • 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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