COVID-19 Protocols

As COVID-19 continues to exist in the community, it is important to follow protocols to ensure the health and safety of the Wake Tech community. If you are experiencing COVID-like symptoms, please do not come to campus, but seek medical care. If you are exposed to the virus or test positive, follow the protocols below.

If you test positive (Isolate)
Regardless of vaccination status
You should:
  • Isolate from others for five full days after your symptoms start or you test positive.
  • If you have no symptoms, or your symptoms improve after five days and you have no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, you can leave your house.
  • Continue to wear a mask for additional five days.
  • If you have a fever, continue to isolate until your fever resolves.
Negative test with symptoms
You should:
  • Isolate for five days and wear a mask for an additional five days.


If you were exposed
  • Monitor symptoms for 10 days
  • Wear a mask around others indoors for 10 days from date of last exposure
  • Test five days after exposure, or sooner if you have symptoms
  • If you test positive, or you develop symptoms, please immediately isolate. Stay in contact with your instructor(s).
  • Take extra precautions for 10 days when around people more likely to get very sick (maintain social distance)

When might I be required to wear a mask?

  • If you have tested positive for coronavirus (both symptomatic and asymptomatic cases)
    • Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  • If you have been exposed to coronavirus and are not up to date on your recommended COVID-19 vaccinations, including the booster.
    • Wear a well-fitted mask for 10 full days any time you are around others inside your home or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.

Are masks available on campus if I want to wear one?

Students, employees and visitors may pick up disposable masks at campus welcome desks, cashier's offices and libraries if they would like one.

May I require students to wear masks in my lab-based classes?

Faculty may require masks as a form of personal protective equipment in science labs, health sciences labs, skilled trades labs and other technical, hands-on training labs where close contact may be unavoidable.

How should employees report positive test results and close contacts?

Employees should send positive test results, reports of close contacts and all other COVID-19-related matters to [email protected].

Do we still have to isolate or quarantine?

Yes, please follow the protocols outlines above.

Is social distancing required?

There is no social distance mandate in place.

How many people are allowed at an in-person meeting?

There is no restriction on the number of people allowed in a room. The meeting organizer should set a cap based on the size of the room and allow participants to spread out.

Even though there is no social distance mandate, we should take steps to make sure everyone feels comfortable.

Are employees allowed to travel?

Work-related travel is permitted, but anyone not comfortable with travel should not do so.