COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine

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Whittier College follows recommendations from the Los Angeles County Department of Health and has established the following protocol for testing, isolation, and quarantine.

 

On-campus testing is available on a walk-in basis. No appointment is necessary. 

Beginning May 31, 2022 and through the summer months, COVID testing will be available between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. Monday through Thursday in the Student Health Center.

*Please arrive 30 minutes before the closing time indicated to complete the sample collection. 

How to Prepare for On-Campus Testing

  • Do not eat, drink, smoke, chew gum, or wear lipstick or lip products at least one hour before the test collection. 
  • It is encouraged to hydrate up to one hour before testing in order to provide a good sample. 
  • Please do not forcefully spit, cough, or project into the vial. 
  • Mask must be worn at all times except when collecting the saliva. 
  • Sanitize hands before and after testing. 
  • You will receive a text and a link to your results the evening your sample is collected. 
  • View this video and familiarize yourself with the testing process. 

Isolation is required for all persons who have a positive COVID-19 viral test and/or their healthcare provider thinks they have COVID-19.

Everyone with COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, previous infection, or lack of symptoms must fulfill the following protocol. 

Stay home for at least 5 days.

Isolation can end after Day 5* ONLY if all of the following criteria are met:

  1. A COVID-19 viral test** collected on Day 5 or later is negative
  2. No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine
  3. Other symptoms are not present or are improving

Or

Isolation can end after Day 10 if both these criteria are met:

  1. No fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine
  2. Other symptoms are not present or are improving

While in isolation

  • Wear a well-fitting medical grade mask around others for a total of 10 days, especially in indoor settings.
  • Children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire.
  • See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for more information.
  • Tell your close contacts that they have been exposed and need to follow instructions for close contacts at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine.
  • Follow the full isolation instructions for people with COVID-19 at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.

Notes to count the days

  • If you have symptoms, Day 0 is your first day of symptoms. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed.
  • If you do not have symptoms, Day 0 is the day your positive test was taken. Day 1 is the first full day after your positive test was taken.
  • **The test must be a COVID-19 viral test such as an antigen or NAAT/PCR test. An antigen test is preferred.

Quarantine is required for individuals who have been exposed to someone with confirmed COVID-19 and who are not up to date with their COVID-19 vaccination either because they are unvaccinated, incompletely vaccinated, or are fully vaccinated and booster-eligible but have not received their booster dose.

  • Stay home for at least 5 days, after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Test on Day 5. In addition, consider testing immediately, especially if you or anyone who lives with you is at increased risk for severe illness.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 5 only if symptoms are not present, and a COVID-19 viral test collected on Day 5 or later is negative.
  • If a test is not done on Day 5 or later, and symptoms are not present, quarantine can end after Day 10.
  • Monitor your health for 10 days. If symptoms develop, test, and stay home. If you test positive, follow isolation requirements at ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.
  • Wear a well-fitting medical grade mask around others for 10 days after your last exposure, especially in indoor settings; children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire. See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for more information.

Follow the full instructions for close contacts at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine

Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure.

Employees (except healthcare personnel) who do not have symptoms may be allowed to continue to work on the condition that they:

  • Get a viral test 3-5 days after their last exposure to the infected person and the result is negative; and
  • Wear a well-fitting medical-grade mask (ideally an N95/K95) around others indoors and outdoors for a total of 10 days and do not eat or drink around others; and
  • Continue to have no symptoms; and
  • Quarantine at home when they are not at work

The following guidelines apply to individuals who are up to date on all COVID-19 vaccines (boosted or fully vaccinated but not yet booster-eligible) or have recovered from lab-confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days.

Required

  • Monitor your health for 10 days. If symptoms develop, stay home and test. If you test positive, follow isolation requirements on ph.lacounty.gov/covidisolation.
  • Wear a well-fitting medical grade mask around others for 10 days, especially in indoor settings; children should wear a well-fitting, non-cloth mask of multiple layers of non-woven material with a nose wire. See ph.lacounty.gov/masks for more information.

Recommended

  • Consider testing immediately, especially if you or anyone who lives with you is at increased risk for severe illness, and if negative, again on day 5. (If you recently recovered from COVID-19 testing is not recommended unless you develop symptoms.)

See full Quarantine and Other Instructions for Close Contacts at ph.lacounty.gov/covidquarantine

Note: Day 0 is the day of your last contact (exposure) with the infected person. Day 1 is the first full day after your last exposure