FAQs for Individuals Who Are Exposed to COVID-19

I was exposed to COVID-19. What should I do?

Read the CDC guidance to know to monitor for symptoms, how long to mask around all others, and when and how to test for COVID-19.

N95 or KN95 masks are preferred, as they offer better protection than other types of face coverings. KN95 masks are available upon request at the security desk of each Suffolk building and residence hall.

I was exposed to COVID-19 and I have COVID symptoms.

If you have known exposure and symptoms, you need to isolate yourself immediately and seek a COVID test as soon as possible.

Remain in isolation until you receive your test result. If your COVID test is positive, continue isolation until the criteria for leaving isolation have been met. Please see the FAQ for positive students for more information.

If your COVID test is negative, you may need to test again at a later date, since testing too early in the course of infection can result in false negative results. Seek guidance from a medical provider.

The team of CHW nurse practitioners is available to provide care in the form of an appointment during clinic hours: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Make an appointment at the Student Health Portal.

If you have concerns about your symptoms at any time, please seek medical advice from your primary care provider’s office or go to an urgent care site. Please call 911 or go to the Emergency Department if you experience difficulty breathing, chest pain, high fever (over 102.9F) or any other concerning symptoms.

What if I have more questions or concerns?

CHW nurse practitioners are available for in-person and telehealth appointments Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to make a “COVID Concern” telehealth appointment with a CHW Nurse Practitioner to have their questions answered, to obtain medical advice, and to reach a clear understanding of the public health guidance related to COVID-19. Appointments can be made same-day and up to one week in advance through the Student Health Portal.