Symptoms, Exposure, & Testing

CDC released today updated recommendations for how people can protect themselves and their communities from respiratory viruses, including COVID-19. The new guidance brings a unified approach to addressing risks from a range of common respiratory viral illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu, and RSV, which can cause significant health impacts and strain on hospitals and healthcare workers.

A positive test for COVID-19 no longer means a five day isolation according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

On March 1, the CDC changed its guidance. The agency now says that individuals with COVID can return to regular activities if they have been fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever- reducing medication and their symptoms are improving. 

Under the new guidelines, the CDC advises individuals who opt to end their isolation use enhanced hygiene practices, wear masks, and, whenever possible, maintain social distancing, while also avoiding contact with individuals aged 65 or older.

CDC officials indicate that this change is possible due to the reduced likelihood of severe illness caused by the current virus, thanks to widespread immunity attained through vaccination, prior exposure, or both. The CDC continues to recommend that individuals stay up to date with vaccines for COVID, flu, and RSV.

Testing Site Recommendations

Testing Options 

Contact Tracing

GVSU will no longer conduct their own contact tracing. If contact tracing needs to be done it will be done in partnership with Kent and/or Ottawa County Health Departments.

Page last modified March 22, 2024