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.

Isolation

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.

Quarantine

Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19—unless you have had COVID-19 within the past three months—needs to quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with a person with COVID-19. 

Close contact includes:

  • Being within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more, even if you both were wearing masks. 
  • Providing care at home to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • Having direct physical contact with the person (hugging or kissing them). 
  • Sharing eating or drinking utensils. 
  • Having someone with COVID-19 sneeze, cough or somehow get respiratory droplets on you. 

If you were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more, it is defined as a close contact even if one or both of you were wearing masks. It is still very important to wear masks, though, because they decrease the risk of transmission.

What does it mean to quarantine? 

Quarantine is for people who have been exposed to COVID-19 but do not have symptoms. If you need to quarantine, you should: 

  • Stay in place and away from others for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19. 
  • Watch for fever (100.0 degrees F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Stay away from others and in your room as much as possible. If able, use your own bathroom. 
  • If you must leave your room (e.g. to go to the bathroom), wear a face covering and stay at least 6 feet away from others. 
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often.

Should I get tested if I was exposed? 

If you are asked to quarantine because of close-contact exposure, Health Services will arrange for testing. The timing of the test will depend on circumstances specific to your exposure. 

However, you still must complete a 14-day quarantine period—even if your test is negative. A negative test does not mean you will not develop an infection from the close contact at a later time.

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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