BJ’s COVID-19 Exposure Policy

BJ has recently modified our exposure policy to mirror the CDC’s guidance. 

Current exposure protocols:

  • Those who know or believe they have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 case no longer need to quarantine away from the BJ campus after an exposure as long as the person is fully vaccinated, boosted if eligible, and asymptomatic. 
  • Our policy requires masking those who know or believe they have been exposed should mask at all times in shared spaces, including outdoors, for 10 days, (masking on the BJ campus is our policy for everyone regardless) should get tested on day six at the earliest after the exposure to confirm their negative status, and should pay close attention for any symptoms.
  • Should there be an exposure on-campus, these same protocols will be followed.

Please note, the date of exposure is considered day zero when counting days from exposure. The date of taking a test is considered day zero when counting days from a positive test result.

 

For Known or Suspected COVID-19 Exposures
Symptomatic Asymptomatic
Fully Vaccinated You should test on or after day five from the date of exposure. See the table below to determine what to do if you test positive. You do not need to quarantine, but you must wear a mask for 10 days (including outdoors), should get tested on or after day five, and should pay close attention for symptoms.
Not Fully Vaccinated (Children 12 and up who are eligible for a booster but haven’t received one, children under 12 who only have one dose, or children under five who are ineligible for vaccination) You should test on or after day five from the date of exposure. With a negative test, you may return after day 10 as long as you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without a fever reducer*. See the table below to determine what to do if you test positive. A test is not required, but if you choose not to test, you may return after day 10. Alternatively, you may return after day five if you have a negative test taken on day six or later. See the table below to determine what to do if you test positive.

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

 

If you test positive for COVID-19
Symptomatic Asymptomatic
Fully Vaccinated You may return after day 10  from the date of your positive test result or when symptoms began, so long as you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without a fever reducer*. You may return after day 10 from the date of your positive test result so long as you remain asymptomatic.
Not Fully Vaccinated (children under 12 who only have one dose, or children under five who are ineligible for vaccination) You may return after day 10  from the date of your positive test result or when symptoms began, so long as you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without a fever reducer*. You may return after day 10 from the date of your positive test result, so long as you remain asymptomatic.

*Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

 

How do I calculate the days?

The day of exposure is considered day zero. In other words, day one begins the day after you were exposed to an individual with a confirmed positive case. A test is not considered valid unless performed after day five of the exposure, as the test will be unlikely to detect a COVID-19 infection. 

If you were exposed and then test positive, the date your test was administered becomes the day you should use when calculating in-person return to the BJ campus.

I’m vaccinated and was exposed to someone who was exposed to someone who just confirmed positive for COVID-19. What should I do?

For vaccinated individuals, an exposure to an exposure is not cause for alarm and is not considered an exposure. It’s good to be aware of when that person was exposed to the confirmed positive, and for you to self-monitor should you develop symptoms.