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If You May Have Been Exposed

Last updated: March 31, 2020 - 11:52 a.m. ET

If you may have been exposed and are wondering about the need to self-isolate or quarantine, please follow this protocol, courtesy of Harvard University Health Services, and follow the instructions for Students or Employees at the bottom of this webpage.  

COVID-19 is a new respiratory disease, caused by a novel (or new) coronavirus that has not previously been seen in humans. Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms to severe illness and death for confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Symptoms of this infection may appear 2-14 days after exposure and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough and shortness of breath
  • In severe cases, pneumonia (fluid in the lungs)

The CDC hosts an online coronavirus self-checker, and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has a free online sympton checker for Massachusetts residents. 


Employees experiencing symptoms should contact their personal health care provider and not report to work, but follow regular protocols for contacting their supervisor. If an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19, they should also contact Human Resources at 508-793-3391.


Students experiencing symptoms should call (rather than visit) Health Services immediately at 508-793-2276. Please note that until further notice, you must call Health Services for an appointment. Online scheduling has been disabled and walk-ins will not be accepted without first calling Health Services.
After business hours, contact the Department of Public Safety at 508-793-2224. Someone will be available to take your call at this number 24/7.

What To Do If You May Have Been Exposed

If you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your health provider for instructions. Students should immediately contact Health Services at 508-793-2276 (or, if during non-business hours, Public Safety 508-793-2224) and will be directed to follow the instructions for self-quarantine below.

Any member of the College community who travels to, or has a layover in, a country designated as Level 3 by the CDC (currently Italy, Iran, China or South Korea) due to COVID-19 — whether the country’s designation occurs before departure or during the trip — is subject to 14-day self-quarantine restrictions prior to returning to campus.

Self-Quarantine Instructions

Our goal is for community members who are required to self-quarantine do so at home, not on campus. Health Services will work with students on self-quarantine plans if they become necessary. During self-quarantine, please adhere to the following instructions: 

  • Monitor your temperature twice daily, even if you are not feeling ill, for 14 days after exposure. 
  • If symptoms including fever, cough and/or shortness of breath develop, notify the hospital prior to seeking emergent medical care. 
  • If after the 14 days since returning back to the U.S., no symptoms develop, you must receive clearance to return to campus. 
  • Students: Contact Kelsey Devoe, Director of Health Services, at 508-793-2276 to request to return to campus. 
  • Employees: Contact David Achenbach in Human Resources at 508-793-3391 to request to return.