Jan. 14 — Updated Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines

On January 12, 2022, the Minnesota Department of Health formally adopted revised Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance on quarantine and isolation. Minnesota State indicated January 13 that system colleges and universities could begin implementing this guidance immediately.

For those individuals who are up to date on their vaccinations, this new guidance significantly reduces isolation and quarantine periods. An explanation of the new guidelines may be found below.

Isolation guidelines for those testing positive for COVID-19:

  • Isolate — regardless of vaccination status
  • Stay home for at least five days
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving, and you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, you can leave your house after five days
  • After your five-day isolation, wear a mask around others for an additional five days

Quarantine guidelines for being exposed to someone with COVID-19 differ depending on whether or not you are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccinations.

For the purposes of these guidelines:

  • “up to date” means that you either have received a booster shot or have completed your regular vaccine cycle and are not yet eligible for a booster shot. You’re eligible for a booster five months following your second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or two months after your single dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
  • Individuals who are unvaccinated, who have received only one dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or who are eligible for but have not yet received a booster shot are considered to be not up to date on their vaccinations.

If you are up to date on your vaccinations and are exposed to someone with COVID-19: 

  • You do not need to stay home
  • Wear a mask for 10 days
  • Take a COVID-19 test five days following your exposure, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms, take a COVID-19 test and stay home

If you are not up to date on your vaccinationsand are exposed to someone with COVID-19: 

  • Quarantine for five days in your home
  • After your five-day quarantine, wear a mask around others for an additional five days
  • Take a COVID-19 test five days following your exposure, if possible
  • If you develop symptoms, take a COVID-19 test and stay home

The CDC has excellent resources on quarantine and isolation available on its website:

Minnesota Department of Health resources