Quarantine & Isolation

For Fall 2021, quarantine will be required for students exposed to COVID-19. Isolation will be required for those who have viral symptoms associated with COVID-19  and for those who test positive with COVID-19.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 are expected to respond to UC's COVID Check Team in a timely manner to begin the contact tracing process. ​Full cooperation with contact tracers is critically important in our efforts to keep other students and members of the UC community safe.

 

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What are quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine

Quarantine is utilized when a person who is not fully vaccinated has potentially been exposed to COVID-19 and needs to separate from others for a period of time to see if they develop symptoms. In accordance with CDC guidelines, students, faculty and staff who are potentially exposed to COVID-19 should quarantine away from others for 10 full days after the last exposure and self-monitor for symptoms for 14 days. The length of quarantine may be reduced to 7 full days (with release on day 8) after the last exposure with successful completion of a negative COVID-19 test collected on day 5 of quarantine at University Health Services (UHS). If you are vaccinated you do not need to quarantine, unless symptomatic, but must test for COVID-19 3-5 days following exposure.  

Isolation

Isolation is utilized when a student has symptoms or when any student is confirmed to have COVID-19 via a viral test. In accordance with CDC guidelines, students who contract COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 full days from the onset of symptoms and until they have symptom-free for 24 hours or more.

As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions or health guidance changes.  

COVID 19 Guidelines: Symptoms and Exposure

The university has developed the below guidelines to assist students, as well as faculty and staff, with appropriate action steps if they become symptomatic or have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Let’s remember that vaccination is currently the best way to prevent the need to quarantine or isolate.

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • One of the following: new cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell
    OR
  • Two of the following: sore throat, vomiting and/or diarrhea, aching throughout the body, headache, fatigue not due to a known cause such as insufficient sleep.
If I Have COVID-19 Symptoms:
  1. Stay home and isolate.
  2. Report using the COVID-Check app, notify your health care provider and your supervisor (if applicable). A member of UC’s COVID Check Response Team will contact you within several hours to collect information and provide next steps, including testing.
  3. Isolate except to get tested for COVID-19 as directed by your health care provider and/or UC’s COVID Check Response Team.
  4. If you are tested at an off-campus testing location, report your test results using the COVID-Check app.
If I am Exposed to Someone that Tested Positive for COVID-19:
Close contact is defined as being within 6ft of an individual positive with COVID-19 for 15-minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  1. Report using the COVID-Check app
  2. If exposure has occurred and you are fully vaccinated you may continue to work and go to class as long as you do not have symptoms. You must self-monitor for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 between three-and five-days following exposure.
  3. If you are unvaccinated, you must quarantine. A member of UC’s contact tracing team will contact you within several hours to collect information and provide next steps.

If I Test Positive for COVID-19: 

  1. Stay home and isolate.
  2. Report using the COVID-Check app, notify your health care provider and your supervisor (if applicable). A member of UC’s Contact Tracing Team will typically contact you within 24-hours (see above) to collect information and provide next steps. Once a positive test is reported the contact tracing process is initiated.
  3. If you are tested for COVID-19 at an on-campus testing site your results will automatically be shared with UC’s COVID Check Response Team.
  4. Contact tracers will contact you to determine close contacts and if those individuals must be notified and/or quarantine. This depends on social distance, duration of expose and vaccination status.  Your name and test result will not be shared with these individuals.
  5. UC’s COVID Check Team will follow-up with you often. Students will also receive outreach from Student Affairs. It is important to answer your phone and check your emails. 
  6. UC’s COVID Check Response Team will call or email with next steps when your isolation period ends.
Remember: students and employees do not need to show a negative test result following quarantine or isolation to return to class and/or work.
 
Identified as a Close Contact?:
  1. Answer the call from contact tracers from UC’s COVID Check Response Team to help stop the spread of the virus.
  2. Monitor your health and if you develop symptoms report using the COVID Check app.
  3. Get tested on the fifth day after your exposure. 

COVID-19 Symptoms:

  • One of the following: new cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell
    OR
  • Two of the following: sore throat, vomiting and/or diarrhea, aching throughout the body, headache, fatigue not due to a known cause such as insufficient sleep.
If I Have COVID-19 Symptoms:
  1. Stay home and isolate.
  2. Faculty and staff are expected to report using the COVID-Check app. You should also notify your health care provider and your supervisor. Once reported via the app, a member of UC’s COVID Check Response Team will contact you within several hours to collect information and provide next steps, including testing.
  3. Get tested for COVID-19 as directed by your health care provider and/or UC’s COVID Check Response Team. 
  4. If you are tested at an off-campus testing location, report your test results using the COVID-Check app.
 
If I am Exposed to Someone that Tested Positive for COVID-19:
Close contact is defined as being within 6ft of an individual positive with COVID-19 for 15-minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
  1. Faculty and staff are expected to report using the COVID-Check app.
  2. If exposure has occurred and you are fully vaccinated, you may continue to work as long as you do not have symptoms. You must self-monitor for symptoms and get tested for COVID-19 between three-and five-days following exposure.
  3. If you are unvaccinated, you must quarantine. A member of UC’s contact tracing team will contact you within several hours to collect information and provide next steps
If I Test Positive for COVID-19:
  1. Stay home and isolate.
  2. Faculty and staff are expected to report using the COVID-Check app. You should also notify your health care provider and your supervisor. Once reported via the app, a member of UC’s Contact Tracing Team will typically contact you within 24-hours (see above) to collect information and provide next steps. Once a positive test is reported the contact tracing process is initiated.
  3. If you are tested for COVID-19 at an on-campus testing site your results will automatically be shared with UC’s COVID Check Response Team.
  4. Contact tracers will contact you to determine close contacts and if those individuals must be notified and/or quarantine. This depends on social distance, duration of expose and vaccination status.  Your name and test result will not be shared with these individuals.
  5. UC’s COVID Check Team will follow-up with you often. It is important to answer your phone and check your emails.
  6. UC’s COVID Check Response Team will call or email with next steps when your isolation period ends.
Remember: students and employees do not need to show a negative test result following quarantine or isolation to return to class and/or work.
 

Identified as a Close Contact?

  1. Answer the call from contact tracers from UC’s COVID Check Response Team to help stop the spread of the virus.
  2. Monitor your health and if you develop symptoms report using the COVID Check app.
  3. Get tested on the fifth day after your exposure.

Important to note

It’s best to voluntarily submit your proof of vaccination as soon as possible. If you wait until you are about to enter quarantine to voluntarily submit proof of vaccination, there may be a lag time in processing, depending on volume of submissions. Quarantine requirements could potentially affect those in a variety of settings. For instance, it’s reasonable to assume that classrooms may include those who are fully vaccinated as well as those who are not. Since we do not currently anticipate social distancing within Fall Term classrooms, quarantine requirements could potentially affect any unvaccinated individual in a classroom if exposed in that space (or elsewhere) to an individual determined to be COVID positive.

Voluntarily submit proof of vaccination

Currently, we anticipate that quarantine or isolation practices will adhere to the following to start Fall Term for those students who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination and once the submitted vaccine documentation is reviewed and verified: 

  • Currently, fully vaccinated students, including those residing in University Housing, may voluntarily submit proof of vaccination. Once that documentation is reviewed and verified, those students will be exempt from quarantine due to exposure to COVID during the Return to Campus period, unless the exposed student also becomes sick/develops viral symptoms.
  • Currently, students who receive a positive COVID test result will be required to isolate no matter vaccination status. In addition, those with a known exposure or viral symptoms (or both) will be required to test no matter vaccination status. 

Submit your proof of vaccination today! Don’t wait! Depending on the volume of submissions, there may be a backlog to review and verify documentation. So, don’t wait!   

Proof of vaccination consists of snapshot of your vaccination card, which you may upload using the web-based version the COVID Check app. Please do not submit other information to this address, including medical records (other than proof of vaccination, and students who are required to test may also submit negative PCR tests). 

Proof of fully vaccinated status currently requires vaccines that are either FDA or WHO authorized. Important to remember: Full vaccination status is defined as two weeks after your second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine.

The UC COVID Response Team will maintain the vaccination information in a secure database and will use it in accordance with FERPA and the UC Privacy Statement to monitor the health and vaccination status of the UC community.

As we move forward together as a community, let’s also remember our campus practices may need to change as conditions or health guidance changes.  

If you are traveling to campus from other states or international destinations

  • There is no current automatic quarantine requirement for domestic students traveling from other states to move in to UC Housing in August 2021 or to return to campus classes/spaces.
  • Newly arrived fully vaccinated international students who voluntarily submit proof of vaccination will be exempted from the travel-related need to quarantine upon their arrival to campus ahead of the Fall Term. Only FDA- and WHO-authorized vaccines will be accepted.
  • Newly arrived international students who are not fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine for 8 days, dependent on a negative result from a required COVID PCR test on day 5. Those newly arrived international students who are partially vaccinated will be required to quarantine and then will be offered options to complete voluntary vaccination once quarantine is complete.
  • Fully vaccinated international students who have been in the U.S. for more than 10 days will not be required to participate in travel-related quarantine. If international travelers who are not fully vaccinated have been in the United States (and have fulfilled their quarantine stay or 14 days or greater in another locale within the U.S., they need not quarantine on campus.   

FAQ

Generally, no.

Students in quarantine and isolation who are in Q&I due to viral symptoms, a known exposure, and/or a positive test will have food delivered to them.

As we approach the start of the school year, those international students who are quarantining due only to their status as international travelers may go out for carry-out food.

Employees with a known exposure should report any expected absence from work to their supervisor, are strongly encouraged to immediately contact their health care provider and may contact the COVID Response Team via the App or web-based tool. 

Per CDC, quarantine is currently not required for a fully vaccinated person after an exposure as long as the exposed person remains without symptoms. It is recommended that the exposed individual get tested 3-5 days post exposure. As long as the person is asymptomatic before and after this test, no quarantine or isolation is required. Monitoring for symptoms is important because isolation is needed if the person develops symptoms or tests positive. See guidance from the CDC.

However, if a member of your household tests positive for COVID-19, you have been exposed and should quarantine. Because of the extent of exposure in many households increases transmissibility of the Delta variant, it is usually best not to apply the concept that vaccinated individuals without symptoms can self-monitor and test rather than formally quarantine. Household members with COVID-19 symptoms should be tested as soon as possible and treated as positive until a test demonstrates otherwise. Your quarantine period begins when you can separate yourself from the person in your household who tested positive for COVID-19 or when they are no longer considered contagious (after 10 days when they have completed their isolation) if separation is not possible. Our COVID Watch nurses, who can be reached at 513-556-2564, are able to help you work through individual situations as needed.  

Reporting exposures to UHS is always encouraged (513-585-6600), and you can report via the UC COVID Check App or a web-based link.  

Employees with a known exposure should report any expected absence from work to their supervisor, are strongly encouraged to immediately contact their health care provider and may contact the COVID Response Team via the App or web-based tool. 

See the CDC guidelines.

 Yes.  Per CDC, any individual who is not fully vaccinated should quarantine after an exposure to a positive individual. At day 5 they can test. If negative, they can leave quarantine after day 7. If no test or positive, they are clear after 10 days. 

Reporting exposures to UHS is always encouraged (513-585-6600), and you can report via the UC COVID Check App or a web-based link.