PNW COVID-19 Guidelines to Fully Align with CDC

January 13, 2022

A masked PNW student studies in the Nils K. Nelson Bioscience Innovation Building

Dear PNW Community,

Please continue to follow the mandatory mask mandate while on campus. You are encouraged to wear higher quality masks such as N95 or KN95 or double mask to keep our campus community safe.

PNW COVID-19 guidelines are fully aligned with CDC recommendations. Please visit the website for the most up-to-date PNW protocols if you are exposed or test positive for COVID-19.


If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Stay home for 5 days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can return to campus.
  • 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’re Fully Vaccinated and are Exposed to COVID-19

If you have been boosted or completed the primary series of Pfizer or 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 the test is negative, continue to come to campus and follow masking protocol.
    • If the test is positive, follow the positive testing protocols above.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.


If You’re Not Fully Vaccinated and are Exposed to COVID-19

If you completed the primary series of Pfizer or 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

  • Quarantine by staying home for 5 days.
  • Test on day 5.
    • If the test is negative, continue to come to campus and follow masking protocol.
    • If the test is positive, follow the positive testing protocols above.

If you develop symptoms, get a test and stay home.


COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is available and now open on both campuses.

  • Hammond – Monday through Friday 8 am to 4 pm in Classroom Office Building Room 112B
  • Westville – Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 am to 3 pm in Library Student Faculty Building Room 111
  • To save time, register before going to the testing site. You only need to register once.

As always, if you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please stay home. Being fully vaccinated, as well as boosted, provides the best protection against serious illness and hospitalization from COVID-19.

The Safe Return Task Force