Close Contact & Quarantine Information

Revised January 18, 2021

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based on positive feedback from many students we are again requiring a Close Contact Information Form

Please fill out the Close Contact Information Form after your have read all of this information!

 

The Surge Protocols Require the College to Provide You Important Information about Being a Close Contact AND for You to Respond Back to the College

You have been directed to this page because an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 has identified you as a close contact. 

Your responsibility is to:

  • Review this information carefully,
  • Follow the Quarantine Instructions for the category that applies to you.

Exposure and Quarantine Guidance

Given you are a close contact your quarantine requirements depend on your vaccination and booster status as well as presence of symptoms. As part of Stonehill’s multi-layered approach to health and safety, Stonehill College has established and will continue to update processes for case investigation, close contact notification, quarantine, and isolation. These processes align with the most recent guidance from the CDC and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH).

It’s imperative that we work together as a community to keep each other healthy by following the procedures below to stop the spread of COVID-19.

After a confirmed or potential exposure to COVID-19

The CDC's definition of a close contact is:

Someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes).  An infected person can spread SARS-CoV-2 starting 2 days before they have any symptoms (or, for asymptomatic people, 2 days before the positive specimen collection date). Understandably, you may have questions about whether or not you actually meet the definition of a close contact. However, during this surge protocol you should assume that if you have received an email you are being considered a close contact by the College and you should continue to review these quarantine instructions as a close contact.

Quarantine protocols: Stonehill community members

The following quarantine information applies to all Stonehill community members. 

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Review the 2 categories below to determine your requirements and next steps.

Category 1: Quarantine not required

You do not have to quarantine, and you may return to work/school on campus if you:

  • have been boosted, or
  • completed the primary series of a 2-dose FDA or otherwise authorized vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) within the last 5 months, or
  • completed the primary series of a single-dose FDA or otherwise authorized vaccine (J&J) within the last 2 months, and
  • you are asymptomatic

Please do the following for the 10 days following your date of last exposure:

  • Wear a mask around others for the 10 days following exposure.
  • Depending on the date of your last exposure and the date of your last surveillance test, your goal should be to test on day 1-3 and then again on day 5-7 regardless of symptoms.
  • Self-monitor for COVID symptoms. If you develop symptoms: isolate from others, get tested, and stay home while waiting for the test results.
    • If negative, you may move about campus without restrictions (with mask around others).
    • If positive, continue to isolate away from others and await next steps from contact tracing. If you test positive outside Stonehill’s testing program, report your positive test through Stonehill College's testing center at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Category 2: Quarantine required

You are required to quarantine for 5 days and NOT go to school/work on-campus if you:

  • completed the primary series of a 2-dose FDA or otherwise authorized vaccine (Pfizer or Moderna) over 5 months ago and are not boosted, or
  • completed the primary series of a single-dose FDA or otherwise authorized vaccine (J&J) over 2 months ago and are not boosted, or
  • are unvaccinated.

Please do the following for the 10 days following your date of last exposure:

  • Complete the quarantine for 5 full days following the date of last exposure.
  • During this quarantine period you may leave your room to pick up food you have pre-ordered using the bite app. Do not eat or socialize with others during this time.
  • Wear a mask around others for the 10 days following the date of last exposure.
  • Test on day 1 and day 5, regardless of symptoms.
  • Self-monitor for COVID symptoms (if you do not have any). If you develop symptoms: get tested and stay home and wait for the test results.
    • If negative, you may leave quarantine and move about campus after day 5 (with mask around others).
    • If positive, continue to isolate away from others and await next steps from contact tracing. If you test positive outside Stonehill’s testing program, report your positive test through Stonehill College's testing center.

WHERE DO I QUARANTINE?

If you live on campus and you’re required to quarantine, you’ll need to go home or stay in your room for the duration of your quarantine, leaving only to use the restroom, pick up your food, continue with your prescribed testing frequency, or for an urgent care reason.

If you live off campus and you’re required to quarantine, you must remain off campus other than to test (at the Testing Center).

Support services during quarantine

Although you’ll be in quarantine, you’re not alone. We are happy to answer your questions.

  • If you have questions about contact tracing protocols, or quarantine details, please contact the Stonehill College contact tracing team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • If you have health questions or a medical concern, please call Stonehill College Health Services at 508-565-1307 during our hours of operation, Monday through Friday 8:30am-4:30pm. If, after after hours, and you have an acute medical need and are on campus, please call Campus Dispatch at 508-565-5555 for assistance. If you are in need of after hours medical care, please see the following link for additional resources: https://www.stonehill.edu/offices-and-services/health-services/after-hours-care/
  • Students are encouraged to contact their professor directly with academic questions or contact academic services at 508-565-1470.