Contact Tracing, Quarantine & Isolation
Clinical and non-clinical contact tracers have completed an extensive training program, and they have developed a standard set of questions for students, faculty, and staff. Contact tracers will respect and adhere to best practices for patient confidentiality.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine is designed to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Fully vaccinated individuals (two weeks after completed vaccination, per the CDC) who do not have any symptoms and are identified as exposed to COVID-19 or a close contact of a positive case, per the latest CDC guidance, do not need to quarantine. If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 and has been vaccinated that person will need to isolate. More CDC Information on Quarantining
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. The University will isolate individuals who have tested positive in addition to those who are symptomatic and are awaiting test results. People who are in isolation need to remain isolated until it’s safe for them to be around others. More CDC Information on Isolation
When necessary, the contact tracing team will arrange housing for on-campus students at one of the quarantine or isolation facilities the University has prepared.
The University’s quarantine and isolation facilities include bedroom furniture, bed linens, hand sanitizer, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and a refillable water bottle. Each unit is also equipped with a refrigerator, stove, and microwave, as well as a bathroom with a shower. While televisions are not included, strong WiFi is available. Campus Dining will deliver meals, and students will receive assistance setting up Instacart or Shipt delivery services as needed. Laundry is either available in the unit along with laundry detergent or a bundle service is available through St. Michael’s Laundry.
Off-campus Students, Faculty and Staff
Generally, faculty and staff as well as off-campus students can utilize their homes for quarantine or isolation. However, off-campus students who do not have access to a bathroom of their own and live with individuals who have tested positive will be provided housing at one of the quarantine or isolation facilities the University has prepared.
The CRU will maintain contact and provide instructions on additional steps as needed.