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Updated Isolation and Quarantine Guidance for UNCW Students, Faculty and Staff 


Effective March 7, 2022, the university closed its quarantine and isolation residence hall. On-campus residents will be encouraged to quarantine and isolate in their daily living spaces or return home. Students who have tested positive for COVID or who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID should contact the Student Health Center for guidance about quarantine and isolation. Contact:


CDC Launches Quarantine and Isolation Calculator

The CDC launched a Quarantine and Isolation Calculator to help individuals figure out what to do if they have tested positive for COVID-19 or been exposed to someone who has tested positive.


January 6, 2022 

Isolation – people who have tested positive for COVID-19 

People who have tested positive for COVID must isolate for 5 days from the date of their positive test. They can be released on day 6 if their symptoms are resolving and are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication, followed by 5 days of strict mask wearing when around others, indoors and outdoors, including while at home.  

Quarantine – Individuals who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 (Closer than 6 feet for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period) 

Individuals who are unvaccinated or are eligible for a booster but have not received it (more than five months after their second dose of Pfizer, six months after their second dose of Moderna, or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) must quarantine for 5 days. If you do not have symptoms, get tested at day 5, and if your test is negative, you can leave your home/quarantine location and continue strict mask usage for an additional 5 days.  

Individuals who are vaccinated and have received their booster shot (or are not yet eligible for a booster) do not need to quarantine following an exposure but should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure. Complete a daily health assessment for 10 days and get tested at day 5.  

If you develop symptoms at any point while in quarantine, contact your medical provider, and get tested. Even minor symptoms, including cough, sore throat, congestion, or nausea can be an indication of COVID.  

If you tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days, recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. Complete a daily health assessment and wear a mask for 10 days from the date of exposure.  

Note: Campus quarantine and isolation spaces are available in Galloway Hall for those students who reside on campus and cannot go home due to distance or the presence of immunocompromised family members or roommates. 

More Details 

Please see the CDC’s guidance: