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COVID Isolation and Quarantine

ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE POLICIES

Information for students

Isolation / Quarantine (I/Q) Procedures

Isolation pertains to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status. The length of isolation is determined by the first date of symptoms or date of the positive test. Students who test positive must:

  1. Isolate for five days
  2. If fever free and symptoms have improved, take an antigen test on Day 6
  3. If results are negative, student will receive clearance to return to campus activities
  4. If results are positive, student must complete 5 additional days in isolation
  5. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days

Quarantine pertains to individuals who have come into close physical contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 . The length of quarantine will be determined by the exposure date.

Students who are up to date on COVID-19 vaccines:

  • Do not have to quarantine
  • Must wear a KN95 for 5 days
  • If no symptoms develop, take a test on day 1 and day 5
  • If results are negative, student will receive clearance to return to campus activities
  • Wear mask for next 10 days


Students who are unvaccinated or not up to date:

  • Quarantine for five days
  • If no symptoms develop, take a test on day 1 and day 5
  • If results are negative result, student will receive clearance to return to campus activities
  • If symptoms, student must get tested
  • Wear a mask for next 10 days

Isolation / Quarantine in Place (I/Q)

Students who are fully vaccinated, asymptomatic, or exhibiting mild symptoms will isolate/quarantine (I/Q) in place in their residence halls when space is limited. While in I/Q, students must not leave their room except in cases of emergency or essential need (e.g., meal retrieval or using the bathroom facilities). The campus clinical team will check-in regularly via email, however it is the responsibility of the student to check their email for updates and respond as needed.

 

Roommates of (I/Q) in Place

Currently, individuals who have been within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more, over a 24-hour period are considered a close contact. Unfortunately, most are contagious two days prior to becoming symptomatic, in this case, it is likely roommates have been significantly exposed already.

Criteria for isolating in place for COVID positive students:

  • Up to date on vaccines
  • Asymptomatic
  • Low grade fever <101
  • Nasal congestion/runny nose
  • Sore throat
  • Mild cough
  • No high-risk health conditions
  • Must be able to always wear a KN95 mask or mask in the residence hall

Academic Support

The AUCC is committed to providing support for all students, particularly those absent from inperson classes while in isolation/quarantine (I/Q). Student should be aware of the following:

  • Upon entry into isolation/quarantine, an academic liaison will notify the respective instructors of the student’s absence from in-person classes
  • It is the student’s responsibility to contact their professors or academic advisors for extra assistance or accommodation as needed
  • Test results are confidential, students are not required to disclose their COVID-19 status their professors
  • Before exiting I/Q, students will receive written notification when they are cleared to return to in-person classes and resume regular activities


Meals Retrieval

Students are required to pick up their meals at designed location on campus or retrieve meals from the café between (times may vary) 8:00am-9:00am (breakfast) 11:00 a.m. – 12:00p.m. (lunch) and 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (dinner). When retrieving meals students should limit their contact with others, wear KN95, and immediately return to their room.

Students in I/Q:

  • Should disinfect high touch surfaces as often as possible
  • NOT go off campus to pick up food or shop for groceries
  • Can have family members or friends drop off items, but should not come inside their room, nor should the individual meet them outside

 

Frequently Asked Questions- Students

 

Q: If I am COVID-19 negative and my roommate is isolating, do I need to isolate or quarantine? What activity can I still do?

A: If you are up to date on your vaccination (both primary series and booster), you do not need to quarantine. However, you may attend class, but must always wear KN95 mask and get an antigen test on day 1 and day 5. Students who are unvaccinated or eligible for the COVID booster but have not yet received it must quarantine for 5 days and get an antigen test on day 1 and day 5.

 

Q: What should I do if I am immunocompromised or at high risk for complications of COVID-19 due to a medical condition, and my roommate tests positive?

A: If you are at high risk for infection or complications of COVID, speak to the student health team. Based on specific criteria, your positive roommate may be eligible to isolate or quarantine in (I/Q) designated housing.

 

Q: How do I decrease my risk of getting COVID if I am negative and those around me are positive?

A: Always wear a well-fitted mask except when you are in the shower, brushing your teeth, or eating. Use hand sanitizer often and wipe down high-touch areas in your room as often as possible. Increase ventilation in your room by bringing fresh outdoor air to help keep virus particles from accumulating inside. For additional resources, review Environmental Protection Agency website.

 

information for EMPLOYEES

Isolation / Quarantine (I/Q) Procedures

Isolation pertains to individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have experienced symptoms consistent with COVID-19 regardless of vaccination status. The length of isolation is determined by the first date of symptoms or date of the positive test. Employees who test positive must:

  1. Isolate for five days
  2. If fever free and symptoms have improved, take an antigen test on Day 6
  3. If results are negative, submit to HR, and wait for clearance to return to campus
  4. If results are positive, employee must complete 5 additional days in isolation
  5. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days

Quarantine pertains to individuals who have come into close physical contact with an individual who tests positive for COVID-19 . The length of quarantine will be determined by the exposure date.

Employees who are up to date on their COVID-19 vaccine:

  1. Do not have to quarantine
  2. Must wear a KN95 for 5 days
  3. If no symptoms develop, take a test on day 1 and day 5
  4. If results are negative, employee can return to work
  5. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of last close contact with someone with COVID-19

Employees who are not up to date on their vaccines including those unvaccinated must:

  1. Quarantine for five days
  2. If no symptoms develop, take a test on day 1 and day 5
  3. If results are negative submit to HR, and wait for clearance to return to campus
  4. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of last close contact with someone with COVID-19