Unvaccinated and Exposed

Since I am unvaccinated and have a known or suspected exposure to someone with COVID-19, I need to:


  • Quarantine for 14 days at home or in a designated quarantine room in Student Housing.
  • Begin quarantine on the date that you last saw the person who tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Quarantine is a public health term that describes people who are not yet sick, but who have been exposed to COVID-19, and are separated from the general population so they don’t unintentionally infect somebody else.
  • Stay in quarantine for the 14-day quarantine period, except to go to doctor’s appointments. If possible, stay away from others within your home or residence, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.


  • Complete the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form.
  • Call your primary care physician or health care provider for guidance on appropriate action to take.
  • Notify the Contact Tracing team and the instructors of any in-person classes you attended, of any University locations you have frequented for the period up to 2 days prior to becoming symptomatic.
  • Active Monitoring is an option for reducing quarantine to 10 days and has been approved by CDC and the Utah Department of Health. During active monitoring, you will monitor your symptoms and temperature for 14 days and report the results. Mark ‘exposed’ to the question about COVID-19 status or test results on the Self-Report Form to initiate this process.

Monitor your health

You should monitor your health for fever, cough and shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19, during the 14 days after the last day you were in close contact with the person sick with COVID-19. According to the CDC, the most common symptoms are:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Headache, muscle or body aches
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting, diarrhea

Get tested

  • Contact your healthcare provider or call the U Health COVID-19 hotline (801-587-0712) for testing advice. It is generally recommended to wait 3-5 days after the exposure to get tested.
  • The Salt Lake County Health Department or University Contact Tracing Team may also ask you to get tested for COVID-19, even if you don't feel sick.
  • If you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you must continue to quarantine since symptoms or the presence of a detectable virus may take up to 14 days after exposure to appear.

When does my quarantine end?