If I am quarantining and I receive a negative test result, can I leave quarantine early?
Students and employees who believe they have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or who have been identified as close contacts through contact tracing must quarantine for a minimum of seven to 10 days. In line with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health quarantine guidance, individuals have the option to end their quarantine after 10 days without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring, or after seven days with a negative test on or after day five of quarantine and if they have no symptoms. Students should call Contact Tracing and Student Support Services at 814-863-8800 and employees should contact Occupational Medicine at 814-863-8492 if they develop symptoms while in quarantine.
Students and employees who meet the criteria to end quarantine early must continue to monitor themselves for virus symptoms for the full 14 days after their last exposure, while also following all masking and physical distancing protocols, and should immediately self-isolate and contact a health care provider if they show symptoms. At University Park, students who are symptomatic can schedule an appointment with University Health Services by using myUHS online. Students at other Penn State locations should contact their campus’ health care services.