IU schools update COVID-19 requirements

In early August, IU updated its guidelines regarding COVID-19. With the new guidelines, Indiana University no longer requires quarantining following exposure/being a close contact for any individuals.

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By: Nawal Samdani

Staff-Writer

In early August, IU updated its guidelines regarding COVID-19. With the new guidelines, Indiana University no longer requires quarantining following exposure/being a close contact for any individuals. 

A close contact is defined as an individual who has been within 6 feet of a positive COVID-19 person for at least 15 minutes. For those exposed, wearing a mask is highly recommended for 10 days. 

One should also get a test done on day five or sooner if symptoms are developing. There are free rapid antigen tests available on all IU campuses. COVID-19 testing is also available at many pharmacies. Reporting exposure is not required to Indiana University, but one should continue monitoring their health. 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for five days, beginning with day zero – the day of the positive test or when symptoms began. If the individual is fever-free for 24 hours without medication and their symptoms have improved, they can go back to their daily routine on day six while wearing a mask around others. One should wear a mask until they test negative for two antigen tests 48 hours apart, or on day 10 of exposure.

Masks are optional on all IU campuses regardless of vaccination status. Masks will continue to be required in health care settings, in IU childcare facilities and in some laboratories. Disposable masks are available in the entryways of campus buildings. 

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