Procedures for positive cases or their contacts

New Guidelines for Positive Cases and Contacts of Positive Cases (as of March 2, 2022)

Positive Case

If you test positive on a self test kit, inform Mason Korea Emergency, Health and Safety (EHS) immediately. You can use this form. Confirm the positive test with a Rapid Antigen Test(RAT) at a local clinic. If the test is positive, quarantine for 7 days. Day 1 begins with the testing day for the positive RAT (not the day you received your results).  After 7 days quarantine is complete. However, the government recommends monitoring your health for an additional 3 days and always wearing a K-94 or higher mask. Please also take care to wear a mask and limit your exposure to others while you are awaiting the results of your RAT test.

For information about where to quarantine and other considerations depending on whether you are a student, staff or faculty member, please see below

Close Contact

Close contacts are people who have been within 2 meters of an infected person for more than 15 minutes and who were not wearing a mask. Family members are always close contacts.

If you are a close contact, take a RAT immediately and then two days later. If your close contact was another member of the Mason community, Mason Korea will supply your tests if we have them available. Contact mksafety@gmu.edu for availability. Monitor for symptoms. Assuming negative test, no restriction from campus. Please do not eat, drink, or smoke on campus with others.

Proximate Contact

Proximate contacts are people who have been in some contact with an infected person, but who do not meet the definition of a close contact. Some examples of proximate contacts would be students who share a masked, socially distanced classroom, or office workers in a shared office space who remained masked and socially distanced.

If you are a proximate contact, please take a RAT immediately and then again two days later. Monitor for symptoms. Assuming negative test, no restriction from campus. Given the number of proximity contacts, Mason Korea will not be able to provide RATs for people in this category. We suggest you buy some in advance at a local pharmacy or convenience store so that they are ready to hand.

Students Who Test Positive

If you tested positive with a RAT at a local clinic, you will be asked to quarantine for 7 days.

If you live on campus and have a roommate, notify him or her. The IGC will place your roommate in a new, vacant room and ask him or her to take an antigen test.

Students who have residences within two to three hours of Mason Korea will be asked to quarantine at their residence.

Students who have residences over two to three hours away Mason Korea, for whom going home is impractical, will be supported to find an off-campus location for the quarantine period.

Mason Korea instructors will make accommodations for students who are quarantining. No student should come to campus for fear of missing work.

Students who were in a class with someone who tests positive will be notified (the person who tested positive will not be identified) and recommended to get a rapid antigen test.

Faculty Members Who Test Positive

If you teste positive with a RAT at a local clinic, you will be asked to quarantine for 7 days.

If you live on campus in the Faculty Apartments or in a Guesthouse apartment with a kitchen and bathroom, you may quarantine in your apartment.

If you live on campus in a family room in Dormitory A or in a Guesthouse apartment without a kitchen and bathroom, we will ask you to quarantine off campus and will provide support to locate off-campus housing during your time of quarantine.

Please follow your instructional continuity plan to ensure the continuous instruction of your classes.

Faculty who taught a class with someone who tests positive will be notified (the person who tested positive will not be identified) and recommended to get a rapid antigen test.

Staff Members Who Test Positive

If you teste positive with a RAT at a local clinic, you will be asked to quarantine for 7 days.

Please arrange with your supervisor and co-workers to handle your duties, should you be unable to telework.

Instructional and Work Considerations

The above actions refer to individual cases. Mason Korea has additional plans depending on the number of positive cases at any one time. The table below provides those actions. The percentages refer to the number of cases or persons quarantining relative to the total number of our Mason community, including students, faculty and staff. That number is approximately 740. Note that there may be many more people in quarantine than positive cases, if there are many close contacts.

We start the semester at Level One.

Level 

Criteria 

Classes 

In-person events 

Telework employees 

Building 

Visitors 

One 

Less than 5% positive cases 

In-person 

Allowed 

10% 

Open 

Allowed 

Two 

5% positive cases 

Hybrid 

Small groups 

30% 

  

Open 

Allowed 

Three 

8% positive cases

Fully Online 

Online 

50% 

Open 

Not allowed 

 

If we move to Level Two, we will reduce the density of students in the building through hybrid instruction. More details regarding the structure of hybrid instruction will be forthcoming.

Unlike in previous semesters, we will revert to a lower level if the case or quarantine numbers fall below the relevant thresholds.

We're Here to Help

If you have questions, please contact Mason Korea’s Emergency, Health and Safety (EHS) unit at mksafety@gmu.edu or 032-626-5555. However, we ask that you be sure to review the information above first, so that our staff can focus on supporting people who test positive or other urgent situations.

Please also note that changing knowledge, circumstances and government policies drive rapid changes in our guidance regarding disease transmission prevention.  For this reason, the procedures detailed are subject to change.