COVID-19 Testing and Quarantine Procedures

Reporting and Quarantine Procedures

Students enrolled in classes with an on-campus component and employees that report to campus (regardless of vaccination status) are requested to self-report in the following categories:

1. Testing Positive for COVID-19,
2. Experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19,
3. Having had close contact with a person known to have tested positive for COVID-19, or
4. Having had close contact with a person experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19.

Students should self-report to the Office of Student Affairs at or (847) 635-1739 and employees should self-report by emailing

If You Test Positive for COVID-19 (Isolate)

Everyone, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Isolate for a minimum of 5 days. You may be required to isolate a period longer than 5 days based upon your symptoms.  
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can end your quarantine.
    If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.

If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19:

If you are up to date with COVID-19 vaccines: 

  • You do not need to isolate unless you develop symptoms.
  • Even if you do not develop symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 at a third party testing site five days after you last had close contact. 

If you are NOT up to date with COVID-19 vaccines: 

  • Quarantine for a least five full days and wear a well-fitting mask if you must be around others. 
  • Even if you do not develop symptoms, get tested for COVID-19 at a third party testing site five days after you last had close contact. 


COVID-19 Testing

  • If you have emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should seek emergency medical care immediately. These signs can include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face (Source:
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, consider consulting a healthcare professional and getting tested for COVID-19

  • The statewide Covid-19 vaccination/testing mandate has expired, and employees and students who have not provided proof of their vaccine status NO LONGER have to test weekly for COVID-19. 
  • On-campus COVID-19 testing is NO LONGER available.
  • Refer to the Cook County Department of Public Health for information about community COVID-19 testing sites and other testing resources. 

COVID-19 Vaccines

With the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, our clinical site partners are updating their requirements for COVID-19 vaccination. Oakton must also follow the requirements of our clinical sites with regard to immunization requirements. It is the decision of the clinical sites, not Oakton, if immunizations are required for our students. Effective beginning in the Spring 2022 semester, the clinical facility partners will not permit students to participate in clinical experiences at any of their facilities without the COVID-19 vaccination.

 Students are not employees and have neither employee benefits nor access through employee health services at the facility, therefore, accommodations for declination of vaccination will not be honored. As guests of each facility, Oakton programs must abide by the rules of the facility.