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What to Do If You Are Sick, Exposed Or Positive

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  1. Report symptoms, even if mild, on Gordon 360 Wellness check.
  2. If you are a student, contact the Health Center and follow a mild symptom hold until you receive further instructions and/or your symptoms have resolved for 24 hours.
  3. If you are an employee, notify your supervisor, contact your PCP as needed and seek a COVID-19 PCR test (you can test on campus if needed). Do not report to work until you your symptoms have resolved for 24 hours and you test negative or you clear from isolation if positive.
  1. Notify the COVID-19 Task force at 
  2. Isolate for a minimum of five full days (more if symptoms continue—see below), regardless of vaccination status.
  3. Remain vigilant for another five days.

“Day 0” starts when you first tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of symptoms. After five days, on “day 6,” if you are asymptomatic or if your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), you can be released from isolation and resume regular activities, but need to be extra cautious until “day 11” to minimize the risk of infecting others. This means you should always wear a mask (unless you are alone in a private space), social distance, take food “to-go” and not eat around others.

Close contact is defined by the CDC as being within six feet of someone who tested positive for COVID-19 for 15 minutes or more total time in a 24 hour period, masked or unmasked.

  1. Quarantine for at least five days (“day 0” is exposure day).*
  2. Take PCR test on or after “day 5.”
  3. You can be released on or after “day 6” if you receive a negative result and have no symptoms, but we ask that you be careful, wear mask, take food to-go and social distance until “day 11.” If you get any symptoms, get another test, and if test comes back positive, isolate (see above).

*You do not need to quarantine (but should still test on “day 5”) if you have no symptoms and are fully updated on vaccines, meaning:

  • You got your second Pfizer shot within five months.
  • You got your second Moderna shot within six months.
  • You got your first J&J shot within two months.
  • You got a booster shot of Pfizer or Moderna.

Gordon follows recommendations from the CDC regarding isolation and quarantine. Understand what this means for students ➔

Resources for Students

Our goal is for as few students as possible to be placed in quarantine or isolation. But if and when they are, Gordon has several resources in place to ensure they’re supported, fed and cared for.

  • Need support? Contact Student Life at 978-867-4263 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and the RD-on-call at 978-500-7259 all other times. Staff is available to answer question and help with delivery of basic items like toiletries and books. 
  • Meals can be ordered online at https://gordon.cafebonappetit.com/#get-well-meals and are delivered directly to students’ rooms for the duration of quarantine or isolation. Whenever possible, order 12 hours in advance of the delivery time.
  • Contact Student Life (978-867-4263 or ) to request delivery of mail and packages.
  • CTS () is available to help with technology and remote learning needs as you continue learning and staying connected with faculty during quarantine and isolation. 

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