On Dec. 4, the University’s public health team informed faculty and staff of new guidance from the CDC regarding quarantine periods for those exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Dear Faculty and Staff,


As you may have read recently, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued new guidance regarding quarantine periods for those exposed to someone with COVID-19. We write to inform you that the University’s quarantine protocols will be updated as follows: 

Employees and students may discontinue quarantine 7 days after their last exposure to an individual testing positive for COVID-19 if they:

  • Continue to participate in contact tracing for an additional 7 days;
  • Report no symptoms;
  • Receive a negative test result after testing on day 6 or 7 of their quarantine, prior to returning to campus.

After ending quarantine, employees and students are still required to:

  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, wash their hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • Immediately self-isolate if symptoms emerge, and contact publichealth@sewanee.edu.

Please note that all exposures will continue to be evaluated by the Public Health team on a case-by-case basis, and exceptions are inevitable. However, we believe these new guidelines will ease some of the burden placed on those asked to quarantine, without sacrificing public safety and the safety of our campus community.

Thank you, and please let us know if you have any questions.



Mariel Gingrich 

Dr. Mary Heath

Public Health Officers