COVID-19 Exposure/Sickness Guidance

Isolation and Quarantine Calendars

COVID-19 Isolation Calendar


Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others. Current guidance recommends people who have a lab confirmed case of COVID-19 should stay home until all three things are true:

  • You feel better. Your cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms are better and
  • It has been 10 days since you first felt sick and
  • You have haven't had a fever for at least 24 hours, without using medicine that lowers fevers.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you should stay home and away from others for 10 days.

COVID-19 Quarantine Calendar


If someone is considered to be a close contact (less than 6 feet from someone for 15 minutes or more throughout a 24-hour period) with an individual who has a lab confirmed case of COVID-19, it is recommended they follow the appropriate guidance below:

If they are fully vaccinated (it has been two weeks since their last dose of Vaccine):

  • Get tested three to five days after exposure to someone with COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask in public, indoor settings for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

If they are not fully vaccinated:

  • Get tested immediately.
  • If the test is negative, test again three to five days after the last time they were close to the person with COVID-19.
  • Stay home and away from others.
  • If they are at high risk of severe illness, they may be able to get medicine to prevent the disease.

If an individual is not fully vaccinated and is a close contact with someone with COVID-19, the safest option is to stay home and away from others for 14 days. In certain situations, they may end their quarantine after 10 days, or after 7 days with a negative COVID-19 test result.

For more detailed information, visit the Minnesota Department of Health-Close Contacts and Tracing.

Information above is taken from the Polk County Public Health Coronavirus Response Hub website.

Employee COVID-19 Guidance

See HR's Workplace Guidance for COVID-19

Student COVID-19 Guidance


If you have been notified as being a close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, here's what to do:

If you're fully vaccinated:

  1. Continue to attend classes and fully participate in all activities, including employment, or
  2. Stay home if you have symptoms. Get tested as soon as possible. Avoid others for at least 10 days since your symptoms appear or until you receive a negative test result.
  3. Without symptoms, get tested 3-5 days after the close contact or as soon as possible if you don’t know when you had close contact. Find out where you can get tested.
  4. Wear a mask indoors for 14 days following close contact or until your test result is negative.

If you're not fully vaccinated:

  1. Get tested as soon as possible and 3-5 days after the exposure. Consider regular testing after that. Find out where you can get tested.
  2. Stay home regardless of symptoms. Avoid others for up to 14 days. To find the appropriate number of days for your circumstances, use this COVID-19 quarantine and isolation calculator .
  3. Protect others in your household by wearing a mask, staying away from others, and taking other prevention steps.


If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19, follow the Isolation recommendations at the top of this page and see how to inform others below.

How to Inform Others


October 14, 2021 at 3:06 PM