Updated October 26, 2022
The Madison Circus Space follows the most current local and national public health guidance. Our policy is currently:
What if you have COVID-19?
Take care of yourself! Check PHMDC for resources and help.
Never come inside Madison Circus Space if you have COVID-19 and could spread it to others!
Symptoms of COVID-19 include a new onset of:
- fever or chills
- sore throat
- congestion or runny nose
- shortness of breath
- muscle or body aches
- loss of taste or smell
- nausea or vomiting
Contact your instructor and the Madison Circus Space Board ASAP if you:
- receive a positive COVID-19 test result.
- were at MCS after you got exposed (or after you think you got exposed)
You can alert MCS online. MCS can tell students who got exposed to you so they can keep their friends and families safe. MCS can keep your identity private.
Here’s what to do next and how to know when it’s safe to come back.
PHMDC says that you can return to your normal activities if five (5) days have passed since you got symptoms and all of these are true:
- You had mild symptoms AND these symptoms are improving, OR you had no symptoms.
- You haven’t had a fever in 24 hours.
- You will wear a well-fitting, high-quality mask (N95, KN95, etc.) until day 10.
If you had moderate or severe symptoms (characterized by shortness of breath or worse), you should isolate for 10 days.
Note: The day you got symptoms is Day Zero. The next day is Day 1.
What if you are a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?
“Close contact” means that you were within 6 feet of a person who had COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
Follow these three steps:
- Wear a mask around others at all times for 10 days after you got exposed.
- Avoid being around people who are very likely to get sick.
- Take a COVID test on the 5th day after you got exposed. If you test positive, isolate!
Please read more about what to do if you get sick or exposed to COVID-19 at Public Health Madison & Dane County and the Centers for Disease Control.
Also, the Madison Circus Space reminds you:
- Vaccinations for COVID-19 are safe and effective at preventing most severe illness. MCS encourages all participants and members of MCS get vaccinated and a bivalent booster, if possible.
- Ask for and receive consent to perform any partner or close contact work, except in an emergency rescue situation.
- Please wear the highest quality mask that you can access.
- If possible, wear a N95, KN95, or KF94 mask.
- If you choose to wear a surgical mask, here is one way you can get a better fit.
- If you wear a cloth mask, it must be well-fitting and cover your nose and mouth completely at all times.
This graphic from the Wall Street Journal shows how long it takes to transmit COVID-19 if you’re wearing different types of well-fitting masks.