The results of your COVID-19 test do not necessarily affect your quarantine or isolation requirements. Be sure to follow the instructions you receive from university authorities.

I’m negative. What does that mean?

If you have been directed to quarantine, a negative test does not change the duration of your quarantine. It remains at 14 days from last exposure.

A negative result suggests you do not have COVID-19 at the time of the test, but it is possible to have a negative test and still have COVID-19. A negative test also does not ensure that you will not develop symptoms or test positive the following day or in subsequent days. For this reason you MUST NOT change your adherence to all public health measures.

Failure to adhere to quarantine violates public health orders and is a violation of our commitment to the safety of this community.

Know how to quarantine properly »


I’m positive. Now what?

If you test positive, you will be required to isolate, according to the instructions below.

  1. You will be asked to leave work. Student and Occupational Health Services will quickly assess your situation to determine next steps to protect you and your HIPAA rights. 
  2. You must remain in isolation:
    • If you are sick, you should remain in isolation for:
      1. At least 10 days after the date you first had symptoms AND
      2. At least 24 hours after you are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and other symptoms have improved. For some people who develop serious illness from COVID-19, a longer period of isolation may be required before it is safe to be around others or go back to work.
    • If you do not have symptoms, you should remain in isolation for at least 10 days after your test date.

      Lack of adherence to isolation requirements will be considered a violation of professionalism and the University’s code of conduct and may be referred to relevant processes in Human Resources and/or student conduct as appropriate.
  3. The Office of Student and Occupational Health Services will work closely with the St. Louis Health Department to identify and reach out directly to anyone who may have had an exposure. This work may result in quarantine of those to whom you have been exposed and this result will also be sent to your local Department of Health.

    Learn more about our contact tracing procedures »

Communications and confidentiality

The Office of Student and Occupational Health Services (as delegated by the Department of Health) is responsible for all communications regarding a COVID-19-positive person on campus. Monitoring software called FairWarning also is in place to ensure appropriate access to COVID testing results and treatment. As with any other personal health information, confidentiality is required regarding individuals’ testing status.


Guidance for supervisors and others

Announcement from Dean Perlmutter »