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President Pescovitz speaking with a doctor in a white lab coat, both wearing masks.

Infections / Exposure FAQs

Last updated on September 2, 2022

What do I do if I do not feel well?
Stay home; do not come to campus or leave your on-campus housing. Contact your doctor or the GHC immediately and follow their instructions. Get a COVID-19 test and self-isolate until you get a negative test result and are cleared by your doctor and GHC to return to campus.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Notify GHC of your positive test result by uploading your test results to the secure patient portal. It is important GHC is aware of your situation to help maintain the health of the campus community. Follow the instructions and medical advice you receive from GHC or your health care provider. You will need to follow current isolation guidelines (currently minimum of 5 days of isolation).

What should I do if family or friends I live with test positive?
If you are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 and is a personal/household contact:

  • Conduct symptom monitoring for 10 days
  • Test at least one time if possible three to seven days after exposure and if symptoms develop
  • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days from the date of last exposure to protect others (home quarantine is an alternative for those who are unable or unwilling to mask)
  • Avoid unmasked activities or activities with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals for 10 days from the date of last exposure

If you are exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 and is another type of contact (from a community, social or work setting):

  • Conduct symptom monitoring for 10 days
  • Test if symptoms develop
  • Consider wearing a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of last exposure to protect others. At a minimum, wear a mask in settings with higher risk of exposing vulnerable individuals

MDHHS Quartine Guidelines

When can I resume activities after I test positive with COVID-19?

  • Isolate at home for the first five days (starting with the day after symptoms began or day after test was taken for those without symptoms)
  • If symptoms have improved or no symptoms developed, return to normal activities, while wearing a well-fitted mask, for the next five days to protect others
  • If individual has a fever, stay home until fever free for a period of 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medications before returning to normal activities while wearing a well-fitted mask, until the 10-day period is complete or...
  • Isolate at home for 10 days if unwilling/unable to wear a mask

You can resume activities on the 6th day (after 5 days minimum of isolation), as long as you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of Tylenol / Ibuprofen, and your symptoms are improving. There is no requirement to test before returning to campus, however, if you are not sure it is safe to return, you can take a rapid COVID-19 test (at home or a testing site).  If you are still testing positive, you are still contagious, and you should continue to isolate for the full 10 days.  Your provider, or GHC can also provide guidance if you are unsure.

I have a cough or cold, and I am confident I do not have COVID-19. Can I come to class?
If you are ill, you should remain off campus, and have a diagnostic COVID-19 test.  This can be a rapid home test, rapid test or PCR test from a medical provider.  All illnesses are presumed to be COVID-19 until proved otherwise with a negative COVID-19 test.

What should a faculty member do if a student reports that s/he has tested positive?
Inform the GHC. If communicating via email, copy health@oakland.edu to make them aware. GHC will then follow up with the student. It is important for GHC to know who the student is so they can follow up. GHC will send isolation instructions to the student.