UHS Staff on Why Close Contacts Need to Quarantine
The University of Michigan has implemented numerous public health measures to keep the campus community safe and healthy, including preparations by University Health Service to help navigate isolation or quarantine for those potentially exposed to the virus.
When a member of the U-M community is diagnosed with COVID-19, close contacts of that person are expected to quarantine—even if they aren’t experiencing symptoms.
Those identified as close contacts should be tested for COVID-19. If the test result is negative, close contacts will still be expected to quarantine to ensure they don’t develop symptoms or unknowingly spread the virus to others.
“A negative test result could mean that there wasn’t enough virus in your system for the test to detect it,” said Lindsey Mortenson, UHS Acting Executive Director and Adjunct Clinical Instructor in Psychiatry at the U-M Medical School.
UHS recommends that those identified as close contacts receive a COVID-19 test around five days after the most recent exposure.