​ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDANCE

The West Valley-Mission Community College District continues to be in alignment with the COVID-19 isolation and quarantine guidelines issued by the Santa Clara County Health Department.  Detailed information can be found on the health department website:

County Health Isolation and Quarantine Webpage

Home Isolation and Quarantine Flow Chart

Home Isolation and Quarantine Guideline


POSITIVE CASES OR SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19

Individuals that have been diagnosed with COVID-19 must isolate and follow the isolation protocol. 

Individuals that have developed symptoms of COVID-19 must stay home, get tested, and remain at home until the test results are received.  If the test result is positive, isolate and follow the isolation protocol.  If negative, stay home until you are fever free and other symptoms are improving.

  

EXPOSURES TO COVID-19 POSITIVE INDIVIDUALS

Individuals that have been exposed to someone with a suspected or confirmed case of COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine, regardless of vaccination status (see exception below).  However, individuals that have experienced a close contact are expected to:

  • Test for COVID-19 within 3-5 days after the close contact
  • Wear a well fitting mask when around others for 10 days from the date of exposure
  • Monitor for symptoms, and if symptoms develop, immediate go home/stay home and test, AND
  • If test result is positive, isolate and follow the isolation protocol


EXCEPTION - ONGOING CLOSE CONTACTS (EXPOSURES) IN THE HOME

Pursuant to the District's COVID-19 Prevention Plan, all students or employees, regardless of vaccination status, that are experiencing an ongoing close contact in their home are at higher risk of contracting COVID-19 and must not come to campus until the risk of infection has ended.  An ongoing close contact is occurring in the home when a COVID-19 positive individual is unable to isolate away from others in the home and the student or employee is either providing ongoing care to the COVID positive individual or sharing rooms, such as bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, or other areas with the COVID-19 positive individual.

Individuals experiencing an ongoing exposure in the home must not come to campus while the COVID-19 positive person in their home is infectious and in isolation, and for five days after the COVID-19 person has ended their isolation period.  This is necessary to ensure that the exposed person has not become infected at or near the end of the COVID-19 positive individuals isolation period.  To return to campus, anyone experiencing an ongoing exposure in the home must complete the following steps:

  • Stay home during the isolation period of the COVID-19 positive individual.  Whenever possible, test immediately and again every five days.  If a positive test result is received, or symptoms develop, discontinue following these steps and begin the Isolation Protocol.

  • Stay home for five additional days beginning on the last day of the COVID-19 positive individual's isolation period.  Test again on day five.  If the test result is negative and no symptoms have developed, the individual can return to campus.  

Students or employees that are unable to come to campus due to an ongoing exposure in the home should contact their instructors or supervisor to make alternative work arrangements.