FAQs for Students and Families

The following questions are frequently asked by students and families.

Send additional questions to COVID19@MissouriState.edu.

FAQs for students and families

Do I need to quarantine if one of my friends tests positive for COVID‑19?

  • It depends. In most situations, you will not need to quarantine. However, if you have been in close contact with your friend who tested positive for COVID‑19, you likely will need to quarantine if you have not been vaccinated.
  • Whether quarantine is appropriate depends on many factors, such as:
    • When the person tested positive or began exhibiting symptoms.
    • How close you were to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • How long you were close to the COVID‑19 positive person.
    • Other relevant factors that increase or decrease the risk of exposure.
    • Whether you have been vaccinated.
  • If you are unvaccinated and were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine, complete the reporting form and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, otherwise, you should not.
  • If you are uncertain, you should contact the COVID‑19 Response Team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu or 417-837-3737 so they can advise you and others on whether and how to quarantine.
  • Other than notifying the COVID‑19 Response Team and appropriate university officials, you should not share your friend’s health information with others.

If I get tested while I am in quarantine, can I stop quarantine and go back to class?

Maybe. The purpose of quarantine is to see if the virus develops after having been exposed. It takes up to 14 days for the virus to incubate. A negative test only indicates that it has not developed sufficient load to be detected; however, it may still develop up until the last day of quarantine.

However, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will allow quarantine to end once one of the two following conditions are met:

  • Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • Quarantine can end after Day 7 if a diagnostic specimen test taken at least five days after the exposure is negative and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring.

Should I get tested if I am in quarantine?

  • That depends.
  • If you develop any symptoms, you should contact Magers Health and Wellness Center or your healthcare provider right away to get tested to determine whether you are positive or not.
  • If you have not developed symptoms, it is a personal choice whether to get tested.
  • If you want to get tested, you must wait five days after your last exposure to get the virus a chance to incubate.
  • If you have no symptoms, your quarantine can end after 10 days without testing.
  • If the test results come back negative, it may still be incubating. If you are not experiencing any symptoms and you have a negative test result taken on or after Day 5, you may end quarantine after Day 7.
  • If it comes back positive, you will be required to isolate for at least 10 more days from the date the symptoms first appeared or when the test was taken, whichever occurred first.
  • If you decide to get tested, contact the COVID‑19 Response Team at COVID19@missouristate.edu and request a free test.

If I'm vaccinated, do I need to quarantine if it's suspected (or confirmed) that I have been exposed to COVID‑19?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Are within three months of being a resolved Positive COVID‑19 case.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID‑19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID‑19.

Are masks required on campus?

Not in most cases. There are a limited number of circumstances where they are still required, such as in our medical clinics and the Bear Line. These locations will be clearly identified.