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Isolation guidelines for employees

What to do if you test positive for COVID-19

If you test positive for COVID-19

  • Contact your supervisor. (Note: You do not need to contact University Health Service.)
  • Stay home and monitor symptoms. If you are experiencing severe symptoms, call your primary care physician (PCP) or seek medical care.
  • Non-URMC employees: If a non-clinical employee receives a positive result from a test performed by their PCP, Urgent Care, or other testing facility outside of the University, they should follow the advice of their PCP.
  • URMC employees: The Medical Center has separate guidance on the URMC website for clinical employees.

Visit our How to Report Symptoms or Exposure page for more information.

Isolation guidelines for faculty and staff

Updated January 11, 2022

Following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) guidance, fully vaccinated individuals may end isolation five full days after they test positive if they have never experienced symptoms OR five days after the onset of symptoms if they are fever-free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. These guidelines do not apply to individuals who are moderately to severely immunocompromised.

All non-clinical employees who have COVID-19 symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID-19 who want to return to work before the end of the 10-day isolation period and who meet the criteria outlined by the CDC and the NYSDOH should reach out to their primary care physician (PCP) to seek clearance before returning to work. A note from their PCP clearing them to return to work will be required if they return before the end of the 10-day isolation period. The University supports the return to in-person work for employees based on these guidelines, provided the employee continues to mask and follows all other University safety protocols.

All direct care or patient-facing health care workers as well as those who work for UR Medicine whose job responsibilities require in-person presence should follow the standard “return to work” processes as outlined by Strong Memorial Hospital Employee Health.

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