Quarantine and Screening Exemptions

Quarantine Updates and Screening Exemptions

On March 16, New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated quarantine guidance for people who are fully vaccinated or previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

Key points for our campus include:

  • For those who are 14 days beyond their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (14 days after full vaccination), quarantine is no longer required after an unprotected exposure to a person with COVID-19 or after travel 
  • For those who are within 90 days of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, confirmed by laboratory testing (PCR, Antigen), quarantine is no longer required after an unprotected exposure to a person with COVID-19 or after travel 
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 with an antigen or PCR test within the last 90 days will be removed from surveillance COVID-19 screening.

Important caveats:

  • This applies to those who work and/or reside in New Hampshire, and we remind students to check the rules for their home state and for job sites in other states.
  • Regardless of prior infection or vaccination status, any person with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to isolate and be evaluated for COVID-19 testing.  This is because some who have received the vaccine in the trials still went on to develop symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, albeit less often and with typically milder symptoms.
  • For vaccinated students who develop symptoms, it is important to continue to practice social distancing, avoid social groups and gatherings, and wear face masks when in public places and facilities until a negative COVID test is obtained.