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Quarantine Instructions (I was exposed to COVID-19, what do I do)

  • You do not need to quarantine as long as you have no symptoms of COVID-19 
  • Test within 3-5 days after last exposure
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings
  • If symptoms develop, test and wear a mask in all indoor settings and when around others outdoors through day 10
  • If testing positive, follow the isolation recommendations

If test positive and DO NOT have symptoms: 

  • For 10 Days: 
    • Mask in all indoors  settings, and when around people outdoors. 
    • Avoid contact with those who are at higher risk for severe COVID-19.
  • You may remove your mask sooner than 10 days if you have two sequential negative tests at least one day apart. Day 0 is symptom onset date or positive test date.
  • If you develop fever or other COVID-19 symptoms, follow the isolation recommendations.

Isolation Guidelines (if test positive and have symptoms): 

  • Stay home until until you have not had a fever for 24 hours without using fever reducing medications, and other COVID-19 symptoms​ are mild and improving.​
  • Day 0 is the first day Covid-19 symptoms began or the date of positive test.  For example, if your positive test date or the day symptoms began is January 1, add 10 days to that, and your 10th day will be January 11.  
  • If symptoms are not improving continue to isolate through day 10.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask through day 10 of the isolation period, in all indoor settings and whenever around others outdoors>
  • A mask can be removed before day 10 if you receive two negative antigen tests in a row (one day apart).
  • Students, staff and employees should fill out the "Isolation Release Survey" EVERYDAY under the MyHealth Portal "Surveys" tab, until they meet the criteria to end isolation before the full 10 days


1) Please make sure your name and the date that you took your test are clearly written on your test or test result.
2) Upload your results:

  • Log in to the MyHealth Portal
  • Click on the Messages Menu
  • Select New Messages
  • Choose  "Self-Reported COVID-19 Lab Result"
  • If you have a copy of the test result, click the "Add Attachment" Button, Select Your Lab Result From Your Device, and be sure that your NAME and TEST DATE are written on the result (if you don't have a copy of your home test, you can skip this step)

After the File Is Attached Answer the Required Question and Press the Send Button to Send the Message With the Outside Lab Result Attached. Then please fill out the “COVID Positive Interview Questions” under the “New Message” option in the MyHealth Portal.


Individuals can be tested, treated, and prescribed treatment for COVID-19 by their own healthcare providers, including UCSB Student Health, and other sites of care.  COVID-19 medications must be taken within 5 days of symptoms starting to be effective. The federally-funded Test to Treat program, provides all these steps in one location. The California Department of Public Health is also providing a free service through (or call (888) 897-1244)  to support uninsured and underinsured individuals within the State of California who cannot connect with a healthcare provider within 24 hours of receiving a positive test result.  If you are insured, please try to reach your healthcare provider first.  If you have difficulty doing so within 24 hours of your positive result, you are eligible for the free service.


Isolation: separates those infected with a contagious disease from people who are not infected.
Quarantine: restricts the movement of persons who were exposed to a contagious disease in case they become infected.
Duration of isolation or quarantine: To calculate the 5 or 10 days of isolation or quarantine, the date of either your positive test or the date that COVID-19 symptoms began is "Day 0." Then add 5 days to that date. For example, if your positive test date or the day symptoms began was January 1, add 5 days to that and your 5th day will be January 6.

Isolation and quarantine are proven public health interventions fundamental to reducing COVID-19 transmission. Isolation and quarantine processes are in place to slow the spread of the virus.