Testing, Isolation & Quarantine Guidelines

For employee updates dated 4-25-22, click here

Updated Isolation and Quarantine Protocols as of 1-6-22 for:

  • Individuals that Test Positive for COVID-19
  • Individuals Exposed to COVID-19
  • Individuals with Symptoms of COVID-19

These new protocols are effective immediately for all students, faculty, and staff in alignment with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and as directed by the Ohio Department of Health. Additional resources are available here.

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home/Isolate for 5 days.
  • Students contact deanofstudents@wittenberg.edu and employees contact hure-mail@wittenberg.edu.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave isolation.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19 (Quarantine)

If you have been boosted OR completed the primary series of Pfizer within the last 5 months OR completed primary series of Moderna vaccine within the last 6 months OR completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months.

  • Wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Test on day 5, if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay home.

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer over 5 months ago OR completed the primary series of Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted OR completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted OR are unvaccinated.

  • Stay home and quarantine for 5 days. After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.
  • Students contact deanofstudents@wittenberg.edu and employees contact hure-mail@wittenberg.edu.
  • Test on day 5 if possible.
  • If you develop symptoms get a test and stay in quarantine at home.

All individuals under quarantine, regardless of vaccination status, must get a test and stay home if symptoms occur.

Individuals with Symptoms of COVID-19 (Quarantine Until Test Results)

Step 1: Any student, employee, contractor or volunteer who has symptoms of COVID-19 must get tested for COVID-19. Students can call the Wittenberg Health Clinic, 937-327-7811 for a consultation. Our team at the clinic is comprised of staff from Mercy Health Springfield. This phone consultation is FREE and only available to students. Wittenberg students can use their insurance or self-pay at the Wittenberg Health Clinic, but we want to emphasize that a phone consultation for COVID-19 is FREE.

Step 2: Individuals must quarantine until test results return. Students can quarantine at home or in a Wittenberg designated space. For non-residential students, including those students in privately owned fraternity or sorority houses, Wittenberg will provide designated isolation space, if needed. If test results are negative, individuals can resume day-to-day activities. If test results are positive, the individual with symptoms will remain in isolation as follows:

  • Stay home/Isolate for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave isolation.
  • Continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days.

Step 3: The Dean of Students (or designee) or Director of Human Resources will work with CCCHD and Wittenberg COVID Response Team (CRT) to initiate contact tracing protocol, if appropriate.

Step 4: Individuals will also be cleared return to in-person campus operations with approval from the Dean of Students’ Office or the Director of Human Resources, in consultation with CCCHD, when applicable.


With the decline in cases in Clark County and the state of Ohio, changes to testing, isolation and quarantine protocols were announced in April 2022:

  • If positive, notify HR ASAP at hure-mail@wittenberg.edu or 937-327-7517 and ask for Becka or Mary Beth
    • Isolate for five days. Then return to work and mask 5 more days unless symptoms have not gotten better or if you still have a fever.
    • Must take available sick time to cover time off in the event you are not able to work remote.
      • If no sick time is available, unpaid time can be used or other available paid time off as related to your position (this could include personal, vacation, and PTO (police only) or a combination if available.
  • If exposed and you are vaccinated AND boosted, come to work but wear a mask for 10 days.
  • If exposed and you are unvaccinated OR vaccinated but no booster, quarantine for five days then return to work and mask 5 more days.
  • For positive cases only – HR will collect the following information:
    • Date of first symptoms and what symptoms
    • Current symptoms
    • Demographic information
    • Where tested
    • Proof of positive test (photo or electronic version), and type of test.
    • Contact tracing will be done by the County.
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