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What happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

Contact Boise State Public Health at or (208) 426-2968 to discuss your test results, to be given isolation instructions, and to be connected with campus isolation resources.  

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and in alignment with CDC isolation recommendations and Boise State’s communicable disease policy, you will be asked to:

    • Isolate and avoid in-person campus activities for at least 5 days from the start of symptoms or the date of a positive COVID-19 test.
        • Stay in a separate room from other people, and use a separate bathroom if you can.
        • Wear a well-fitting facial covering if you must be around others in your home.
    • By day 6 you can be cleared to leave isolation by Boise State Public Health if your symptoms are improving and you have no fever without fever-reducing medication for 24 hours.  Individuals continuing not to feel well may need to extend their isolation period.
    • Contact your healthcare provider as needed to discuss your test results and available treatment options.
    • Continue to take extra precautions until day 10.
        • Wear a well-fitting mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
        • Do not travel until a full 10 days after your symptoms started or the date your positive test was taken if you had no symptoms.
        • Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.

Public Health will also involve the following campus community members as needed to support you:

    • Your faculty and the Office of the Dean of Students (if you’re enrolled in classes)
    • Supervisor (if you’re employed on campus)

What happens if I live on campus and test positive for COVID-19?

If you live on campus and test positive for COVID-19, please contact Boise State Public Health at or (208) 426-2968. A Public Health team member will call you to discuss your situation and assist you with next steps, which may include isolation.

What should I do if I’m experiencing symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, begin isolating and notify the Boise State Public Health at or (208) 426-2968 immediately. A Public Health team member will reach out to you by phone or email to determine next steps and share guidance. Boise State follows CDC guidance, and you may be required to test for COVID-19 and isolate before returning to campus.