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Isolation and Quarantine

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE- What's the Difference?

Isolation is for someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 and needs to immediately separate themselves so they don’t pass the virus to others, even if they do not have symptoms.

  • Isolation for those who are fully vaccinated and non-residents is required for 5 full days for the infectious period of the virus, followed by 5 days wearing a mask around others. The person may only leave isolation if their symptoms are improving or resolved, and they have been fever-free for 24 hours.
  • Whenever possible, we recommend those who have tested positive isolate from others for 10 days, especially those who are immunocompromised or unvaccinated.
  • A negative antigen/rapid test will be required after day 5 to return to campus. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals are required to isolate for a full 10 days.
  • All resident students are required to isolate for a full 10 days.

Quarantine is for anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, and is required to quarantine to reduce transmission of the virus.  Individuals who need to quarantine are contacted immediately and connected with a Contact Tracer for case management and care. Quarantine requires you to stay in your place of residence and stay separate from others for up to 14 days to decrease any possible risk of spreading the virus.

  • People who are fully vaccinated and boosted do not need to quarantine.
  • Anyone who is fully vaccinated but has not yet received their booster dose is required to quarantine for at least 7 days after an exposure. 
  • Anyone who is unvaccinated is required to quarantine for at least 10 days.
  • Requirements to return to campus are:
    1. A negative PCR test at day 5 or later, and
    2. Symptom free

Why is it important to isolate or quarantine? 

Even if you do not feel sick, it is still important that you do not interact with others because you could be putting them at risk. The CDC estimates that approximately 40% of people have no symptoms  but can still pass the virus to someone else. Isolation and quarantine are a way to get ahead of the virus, and stop it from spreading to others.

What if I was around someone Who tested positive? 

If you have come into contact with someone who tested positive, please reach out to the MassArt COVID Team at


If you have received a positive test result from a rapid at-home test or a PCR test off campus, please reach out to the MassArt COVID Team at and upload your test result to CoVerified so our team can provide you with support and answers.