COVID-19 Resources

Testing, Precautionary Quarantine, Quarantine, & Isolation


See the appropropriate section below if:


Self-test: Students, faculty, and staff who have mild COVID symptoms are advised to self-test at home. 

Get a test: The federal government provides free at-home rapid tests and low or no-cost testing at select pharmacies and health centers; see Health insurance plans also must cover or reimburse up to eight rapid tests per month (actual cost, up to $12); they are sold (check if in stock) at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid.

Limited testing is offered at Health and Counseling (note summer hours), by appointment, for students with more significant/worrisome symptoms, especially those with underlying medical conditions who warrant a medical visit. (Walk-in testing has ended.) 


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 have mild symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough without the more concerning symptoms listed below):
    • Self-test at home. (See Testing info, above.)
    • 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. See Care for your Cold for more information.
    • Contact your professors to keep them in the loop. 
  • 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. If after-hours, visit a local urgent care.
  • 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 and you are unsure what to do, 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.


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, above.

Students, you will be released by Health and Counseling on day 5, or day 7 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.

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, 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 Human Resources, 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 at least 5 days, possibly up to 10 days depending on the results of repeat rapid testing. (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 should quarantine for at least 5 days, wear a mask and be tested.
  • You can be released from quarantine on day 5 if you test negative on day 5. 
  • 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, 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.
  • The Center for Student Success will be notified so that instructors will be notified of the student's need for remote instruction during their isolation. If the student is too sick to participate in remote instruction, the student should notify Erika Hess, Director of Student Accessibilities, in order to request medical accommodations due to COVID.

What type of testing is available in the Rochester area?

  • The federal government provides free at-home rapid tests and low or no-cost testing at select pharmacies and health centers; see Health insurance plans also must cover or reimburse up to eight rapid tests per month (actual cost, up to $12); they are sold (check if in stock) at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid.
  • For students with significant/worrisome symptoms and warrant a medical visit by appointment, Health and Counseling has access to both molecular tests (collected in-house and sent out to a lab) and rapid antigen (in-house) COVID-19 tests.
  • Testing is also available at all local urgent care centers.

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

  • If you are tested via rapid antigen testing at Health and Counseling, you will not be charged for a test. If you are tested using a molecular PCR test, the office will bill your health insurance company.
  • If you seek testing at urgent care centers, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical practices, 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.
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