COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Information

COVID-19 Exposure Reporting Information

The following COVID-19 exposures must be reported to the College:

  • Positive COVID-19 Diagnostic Test
    • A swab or saliva tests used to identify whether someone has COVID-19 now. A diagnostic test is performed by inserting a swab (like a long Q-tip) into your nose or throat or by collecting saliva. If you have symptoms of COVID-19, you should isolate at home while waiting for your test results.
  • Close Contact
    • As per the NYC Health Department in NYC, a close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 10 minutes over a 24-hour period, starting two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the patient is isolated.

Report Your Positive Test or Exposure

Any student, faculty, staff member or campus visitor who tests positive for COVID-19, or who learns that they have had close contact with an individual who has COVID-19, must self-report to the College regardless of where they received their COVID test. In addition to filling out the form below, Students must immediately inform their professor(s). Faculty and CLTs must immediately inform their department chairperson. Staff must immediately inform their supervisor.

Complete the COVID-19 Reporting Form.

  • This online form is secure, and all information will be kept confidential.
  • A member of the College's Contact Tracing Team will follow up with you upon receipt of the form.

Know the Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

CUNY continues to follow the latest CDC guidance on isolation and quarantine. Any students, staff or faculty who test positive with COVID-19 or are exposed to someone with COVID-19 must follow these guidelines, as outlined below, prior to returning to campus. If you are required to isolate or quarantine, you must receive a negative test or doctor's certification prior to returning to campus.

Test results will be accepted from CUNY testing sites or other licensed test providers.

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Stay home for 5 days (day 0 is your first day of symptoms, or the day of your first positive test if you do not develop symptoms).
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave your house.
  • In order to return to CUNY after isolation, you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test (we strongly recommend an Antigen test, if available). Note: A take-home Antigen test is not accepted.
    • Collect the test sample only if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and your other symptoms have improved.
    • If your test result is positive, you should continue to isolate until day 10. Following day 10 you must receive a negative PCR or Antigen test before returning to CUNY.
    • In lieu of a negative test, individuals may provide a doctor’s certification that they have recovered from COVID-19.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around others for 5 additional days; if you cannot wear a mask, continue to isolate for 5 days.
  • If you have a fever, continue isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.
  • If you were severely ill with COVID-19 you should isolate for at least 10 days. Consult your doctor before ending isolation.

Population: What to do:
  • If you have received a booster, OR
  • Completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine within the last 5 months or Moderna vaccine within the last 5 months, OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, OR
  • Tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms
  • You do not need to quarantine.
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days.
  • Get tested at least 5 days after your close contact (the date of your exposure is considered day 0); if you test positive, stay home and isolate per guidelines above.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines above.
  • For those who have completed the primary series of Pfizer vaccine over 5 months ago or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and are not boosted, OR
  • Completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted, OR
  • Are unvaccinated
  • You must quarantine.
  • Stay home for 5 days and get tested at least 5 days after your close contact (the date of your exposure is considered day 0); if you test positive, stay home and isolate per guidelines above.
  • In order to return to CUNY you must receive a negative PCR test at least 5 days after your exposure.
  • If you are unable to stay at home you must wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test, stay home and follow the isolation guidelines above.
  • Do not travel during your quarantine period.