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COVID-19 Shedding Guidance

(For individuals who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and have since been released from quarantine)

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 after a PCR/molecular test may continue to shed the virus and test positive for up to three months without being contagious to others.

Shedding occurs when the virus continues to replicate within the body and may still be detectable through PCR or other types of COVID-19 testing.

Once someone tests positive, repeat surveillance testing within 3 months is not recommended unless symptoms consistent with COVID-19 reappear.

For those who do receive another positive test after their initial positive test, a new quarantine is not necessary as long as:

  • The individual has made a full recovery.
  • No new symptoms are present.
  • It has been less than three months since their initial positive test.

This information has been confirmed by the Saginaw County Health Department and Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services.

A follow up COVID-19 test should only be done if the individual is experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus, and they should quarantine while they await their results.

If an individual has already tested positive for COVID-19, but is experiencing symptoms again, they must contact the Covenant Health Hotline at 989-583-3568 for further guidance.


Please contact with any health-related concerns; other questions and concerns can be directed to the NEST Info Line: 989-964-2110.

Date: October 7, 2020

This document is subject to revision as CDC guidance and/or SVSU policies and procedures are updated.


NEST Info Line
(989) 964-2110

Undergraduate Admissions
(989) 964-4200

Graduate Admissions
(989) 964-6096