Isolation & Quarantine Information

Isolation

Do I need to isolate? 

You need to isolate if: 

  • You have symptoms of COVID-19 and/or
  • You have tested positive for infection with SARS-CoV-2

What does it mean to isolate? 

Isolation is for people who are ill and/or have tested positive for COVID-19.

If you need to isolate, 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 able, use your own bathroom. 
  • If you must leave your room (i.e. to go to the bathroom), wear a face covering (if able) and stay at least six feet away from others.
  • Wash or sanitize your hands frequently.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces often. 
  • Do no share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils. 

When can my isolation end? 

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. 

Will I be retested? 

A test in not required to end isolation. 

If you test negative during your isolation, you are still required to complete the 10-day isolation period. 

Quarantine

Do I need to quarantine? 

People who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19-- excluding people who have had COVID-19 within the past 3 months-- need to quarantine for 14 days after the last contact with the person who has COVID-19. 

What counts as close contact? Any one of these examples counts: 

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more, even if you both were wearing masks. 
  • You provided care at home to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them). 
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils. 
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you. 

Do masks matter in determining close contact? 

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, as they decrease the risk of transmission. 

What does it mean to quarantine? 

Quarantine is for people who have been exposed 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 (i.e. to go to the bathroom), wear a face covering and stay at least sic 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. 

If I get a negative test, can I leave quarantine early? 

No. A negative test does not mean you will not develop an infection from the close contact at a later time. You must complete the 14 day quarantine period. 

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

Who do I contact with concerns? 

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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