Exposure, quarantine, testing positive
As per CDC and Orange County Health Department guidance, quarantine is not necessary after a COVID-19 exposure for students who are up to date on their vaccinations and any booster doses, when eligible.
Up to date on vaccination means:
Fully vaccinated (two doses of Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) and boosted when you are eligible
Fully vaccinated, not yet eligible for booster
If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 90 days, you will not need to quarantine.
Exposed students will need to quarantine in the following circumstances:
Students with religious or medical exemptions for COVID-19 vaccination
Not yet fully vaccinated (only one dose of the initial Pfizer, Moderna, or Novavax vaccine)
Fully vaccinated and eligible for booster, but not yet boosted (not up-to-date on vaccinations)
Experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, regardless of vaccination status
Testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status
Students are required to quarantine at home. The college can only accommodate short-term quarantines on campus when no alternative exists.
See the chart below for more information
What if I test positive?
If you test positive for COVID-19, do not come to campus. Contact your health provider.
For resident students: please remain in your dorm and contact Health Services during business hours at 845-569-3152. If it’s after hours, contact Security at 845-569-3200.
Email your positive test results to HealthServices@msmc.edu and Health Services will contact you with your next steps.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will not be able to return to campus for at least five days after testing positive. Please email your professors and work with them for missed classes and coursework. There is no penalty for missing classes due to COVID absences, as long as you inform your professors quickly.
Upon being cleared by Health Services, students may return to campus if their symptoms are mostly resolved: no persistent cough, nasal discharge, or sore throat, and no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. These students will need to wear a mask around others, in classes, and in public through day 10.
Any student needing to quarantine for exposure or because they were COVID-19 positive needs to be cleared by Health Services in order to return to campus. Call 845-569-3152.