Isolation & Quarantine

At Case Western Reserve University, we follow proper isolation and quarantine protocols after testing and contact tracing of positive COVID-19 cases is complete. Below, find information on what it means to isolate/quarantine—whether you live on or off campus.


If you have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2, you must isolate—which means you should:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. 
  • Stay away from others and in your room as much as possible. If you are able, use your own bathroom. 
  • If you must leave your room (e.g. to go to the bathroom), wear a face covering (if able) and stay at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often. 
  • NOT share personal household items such as cups, towels and utensils. 

In general, you can be around others after:

  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared AND
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications AND
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving

If you did not have symptoms, you can end isolation 10 days after your positive test was administered. 

A test is not required to end isolation. However, please note: Even if you test negative during your isolation, you are still required to complete the 10-day isolation period.


When the university learns that students have tested positive for COVID-19, a health services staff member contacts those students to learn more about their circumstances—what symptoms they have (if any); the classes, practices, or other meetings/activities attended in recent days; living arrangements (including roommates); and whether they have contracted COVID-19 previously. 

From there, health services notifies those who would be considered a close contact for purposes of quarantine (typically room- and/or suitemates, significant others, and other individuals identified as being in particularly near and/or extended contact) and notify them.

Health services also contacts those whose interactions at least merit notification. These typically include classes and instructors where enrollment is around 25 or fewer, as well as meetings or gatherings of comparable numbers of people; sending messages for larger classes or meetings often creates a level of concern that exceeds the actual risk. In these instances, those who are fully vaccinated will receive messages alerting them to the potential exposure and directing them to:

  • take a COVID-19 test on a date determined by date of exposure (typically three to five days later);
  • closely monitor for symptoms for 14 days from the date of exposure; and
  • be especially vigilant regarding wearing masks when indoors around others (and outdoors when 6 feet of separation from others is not possible).

Those who are not fully vaccinated will be directed to quarantine and test for COVID-19.

Information for Students Isolated or Quarantine in Space Provide by the University

During business hours, you may reach out to the CWRU Isolation and Quarantine Coordinator at 216.368.8485. On weekends and after 5 p.m., please call the CWRU dispatch non-emergency number at 216.368.3300

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