COVID-19 Management Matrix

This page contains information about Fitchburg State University's COVID-19 management matrix for Fall 2021. The table below indicates how positive cases will be treated on campus, using the following definitions: 

  • Fully vaccinated: A person is considered fully vaccinated for COVID-19 when 14 days have passed after receiving the second dose of either the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccines or 14 days have passed since receiving a single dose of the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine. 
  • Unvaccinated/partial vaccination: A person is considered unvaccinated for COVID-19 if 14 days have not passed since receiving the second dose of  Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.  Unvaccinated students and employees are required to test weekly for COVID-19.
  • COVID-19 Positive:  The person who currently has or recently contracted the COVID-19 virus. This person is considered actively contagious and can potentially transmit the virus to other individuals.
  • Documented COVID-19 Positive within the last 90 days: A person who has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the last 90 days who has documented proof of a positive result. This person is not recommended to get vaccinated or test for the 90 day period after their confirmed positive result. 
  • Isolation: A person who tests positive for the COVID-19 virus must isolate to prevent the transmission of the virus to other individuals. The person's isolation period is 10 days from either date of positive test or onset of symptoms, and they may resume normal activities on day 11.  
  • Quarantine: A person who is considered an unvaccinated close contact as defined above must complete a period of quarantine no less than 7 days from the date of exposure. If the person tests negative for the COVID-19 virus on day 5, 6 or 7 from the last day of exposure, their quarantine period ends on day 7 and they may return to normal activities on day 8. 
  • Unvaccinated Close Contact: Any unvaccinated person who has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus by being within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive individual for 15 minutes or more either consecutively or cumulatively within a 24 hour period, with or without a mask. If you're identified as a unvaccinated close contact, you will be contacted by a member of the COVID operations team or a Human Resources representative regarding quarantine guidance.
  • Vaccinated Close Contacts: A person who is fully vaccinated that has come within 6 feet of a COVID-19 positive person for longer than 15 must be tested for COVID-19 between days 3 and 5 from their last date of exposure and monitor for symptoms.  
  • Individuals Experiencing Symptoms: A person who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 must refrain from all in-person activities on campus to include classes, sports and/or in person meetings and gatherings or work until they are symptom free. Students should notify the office of Student Affairs and employees should notify the office of Human Resources that they are experiencing symptoms. They should also contact their primary care physician or may contact Community Health Connections located at 375 Nichols Road, Fitchburg or 175 Connors St., Gardner.

 Symptoms of COVID-19 include: 

  • fever or chills
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • fatigue, muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose 
  • nausea or vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • persistent pain or pressure in the chest 
  • new confusion
  • inability to wake or stay awake
  • bluish lips or face

Individuals Experiencing Symptoms

Not fully vaccinated | Fully vaccinated | Documented positive within last 90 days
Must refrain from all in-person activities on campus to include classes, sports and/or in person meetings and gatherings or work until they are symptom free. Students should notify the office of Student Affairs and employees should notify the office of Human Resources that they are experiencing symptoms. They should also contact their primary care physician or may contact the Community Health Connections located at 375 Nichols Road, Fitchburg or 175 Connors St., Gardner.

Quarantine and Isolation

  Not fully vaccinated Fully vaccinated Documented positive within last 90 days
Close contacts Quarantine for 7 days. Test between day 5 and 7. Released on day 8 if negative and no symptoms Does not quarantine unless presenting symptoms. Must test between days 3-5 after the date of last exposure or when presenting symptoms of COVID-19. Should not test unless they begin to have symptoms
Positive Test Isolate for 10 days from either the onset of symptoms or from the date of the positive test, whichever came first. Released on day 11. Isolate for 10 days from either the onset of symptoms or from the date of the positive test, whichever came first. Released on day 11. Isolate for 10 days from either the onset of symptoms or from the date of the positive test, whichever came first. Released on day 11.