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If you are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person:

  • If you are exposed to a COVID-19 positive person, you should go into quarantine.
  • Your time in quarantine will keep you from spreading the virus to others if you are infected and have no symptoms.
  • When in quarantine, you should wear your mask indoors and outdoors.
  • Do not mix with other people outside of your household - the people you live with, unless absolutely necessary.

Three different ways you can quarantine as long as you have NO symptoms:

  • Quarantine for 14 days; especially if you are going to be around people that are high-risk for the virus: elderly, people with certain underlying medical conditions and immunocompromised (recommended).
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you have NO symptoms.
  • Quarantine for 7 days if you have a negative COVID-19 test on or after day 5 and have NO symptoms.


  • Isolation refers to when someone is confirmed with a positive test result. UK Health Corps asks them to isolate. This means they have no contact with anyone and ONLY leave the home to seek emergency medical attention.
  • Isolation orders and releases officially come from the health department, not the university.
  • If UK Health Corps makes the initial contact, we inform the student of the need to isolate and what that means for them.
  • UK offers isolation facilities for students who live in residence halls as well as some off-campus students with severe financial need.
  • Our goal is to move anyone who is isolating on campus into an isolation facility within two hours of notification of positive result.
  • The general timeline for asymptomatic students is 10 full days from the test date. A release will be provided after day 10. If they are symptomatic, they must go 48 hours without any symptoms before they are released. However, this is all dependent on the health department guidance.

Student Testing

Testing at the 90 and community locations

As long as students continue to visit the scheduling portal and make a new appointment each time, they should be able to continue to schedule appointments. We ask that you be cognizant of your utilization of testing, as well as the following guidelines set for students by the UK Health Corps.

  • If you had exposure to an individual experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you should quarantine for at least 48 hours after your exposure to that individual, then complete a COVID-19 test. You should try to minimize travel and physical socialization until you receive your test results.
  • If you had risk-identified exposure or contact with an individual who is a confirmed positive case, you should quarantine for at least 48 hours after your exposure to that individual, then complete a COVID-19 test. Contact tracers ask for these individuals to quarantine for 14 days after the last exposure to the positive individual, as published data shows that it takes between two days and 14 days of the SARS-CoV-2 virus to be present and incubating in your system to register on the PCR nasal swab test. All the while, the individual, if indeed also positive, is contagious and poses a risk to others in the spaces that they frequent.

To speak to the Health Corps on this matter, you can call us at 859-218-SAFE (7233).

Testing for symptomatic students

Please visit here to schedule a COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab at University Health Service. This testing location is for symptomatic students ONLY. Please make sure you BRING A MASK with you to the testing site.  If you would rather call to schedule your COVID-19 test, call the University Health Service appointment line at (859) 323-2778 (APPT). Please note, the appointment line is available Monday – Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can schedule an appointment online at any time.

Testing for asymptomatic students

Please visit this scheduling portal to schedule a COVID-19 nasopharyngeal swab at The 90 via our testing partner, Wild Health. This testing location is for asymptomatic students ONLY. If you do not schedule an appointment via this link for testing at The 90, they will have you schedule the appointment on-site. They do not take unscheduled walk-ups past 3:45 p.m.. Appointment times you can choose from range from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week. Please make sure you BRING A MASK with you to the testing site.

Learn more about student testing.