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Quarantine and Isolation

Last Updated: 10/02/2020 1:03 p.m. (This document is evolving. Please check back for updates.)

What is the difference between isolation and quarantine?

Isolation separates people with a contagious disease from those who are disease-free. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to prevent them from potentially spreading the disease to others if they become sick. At Bradley University, students in isolation and quarantine will be expected to adhere to our campus-specific isolation and quarantine guidelines.

If I was tested for COVID-19 because I have symptoms and/or because I was identified as a close contact, do I need to quarantine while waiting for the results?

Yes. If you were tested due to specific symptoms or circumstances, you should isolate in your sleeping room while you wait for your results. Further, if you were identified as a close contact, you will need to quarantine for 14 days from your last contact with the COVID-positive individual regardless of whether your test results are positive or negative for COVID-19.

If I was selected for random surveillance testing, do I need to quarantine while waiting for results?

No. If you were selected for surveillance testing and if you have no COVID-19 symptoms, you may continue to follow guidelines for students in the general population.

What happens if someone in my residence hall or in my apartment building tests positive?

If you are identified as a close contact by a COVID-positive individual, you will receive a phone call, text message and/or email from Bradley Health Services. They will ask you relevant contact tracing questions, and you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from your last exposure to the COVID-positive individual.

You may visit the Bradley University COVID-19 Dashboard at any time to learn about daily, weekly and cumulative COVID data. However, we will not share details about COVID-positive individuals to protect their privacy.

If for some reason, my whole residence hall floor or Greek house is under quarantine, and a second resident tests positive during that time, does our quarantine reset to 14 days?

This will be determined case by case. The 14 days of quarantine are not likely to reset if another resident tests positive during quarantine. If a large number of residents test positive, Health Services may revisit the timeline, but it is not an automatic restart.

How will I get meals if I have to isolate or quarantine, and how will I be charged?

If you are isolating or quarantining in one of our residence halls or another university-designated quarantine location and have a campus meal plan, your meals will be provided. If you are in isolation, your meal will be delivered to your room and if you are in quarantine in a residence hall, your meal will be delivered to your floor. We will deliver two cold meals and one hot meal each day, and they will be deducted from your meal plan. Specifically...

  • All Access Meals Plan will be charged for 14 meals each week.
  • 14 Meal Plan will be charged for 14 meals each week.
  • 9 Meal Plan will be charged for 9 meals + $30 dining dollars each week.
  • 120 Block Plan will be charged for 14 meals each week. If no meals remain, dining dollars will be charged at $6 per meal.

May I leave my room/apartment if I am in isolation or quarantine.

If you are in isolation, you must remain in your assigned room/apartment/house for the entire isolation period. The only exception is to visit Bradley Health Services for a scheduled appointment.

If you are in quarantine, you must remain in your assigned room/apartment/house for the entire quarantine period. The only exceptions include time to go outside (must coordinate with RA if you live in a residence hall) and/or to visit Bradley Health Services for a scheduled appointment. If you are quarantining off campus, you may also run essential errands if absolutely necessary (i.e. for groceries, medicine, or medical supplies).

Furthermore, if you are in isolation or quarantine, you are not allowed to have guests in your assigned room/apartment/house, even if they are also in isolation or quarantine and/or if they have previously tested positive for COVID-19.

May I order food or groceries for delivery if I am in isolation or quarantine?

Yes, with caution. You may order food/groceries for delivery, but they must be left outside your building/door. You should not interact with the delivery person. This applies only if you are isolating or quarantining somewhere besides a residence hall.

What should I do if I see a student who is breaking their isolation or quarantine?

Please complete a noncompliance form online.

Will I be able to receive a free COVID-19 test even if I am not part of the random selection process?

Bradley Health Services is conducting no-cost COVID-19 PCR (polymerase chain reaction) testing on approximately 250 students, faculty and staff each week. We are testing a mix of individuals: some are selected at random; some are symptomatic; some are asymptomatic close contacts of those who have tested COVID-positive; and some are targeted based on potential on-campus or off-campus outbreaks.

Additionally, free testing is available at government-run testing sites in the Peoria community.

May I have visitors while in isolation or quarantine?

No. We understand that isolation or quarantine can be lonely, but it is critical to avoid in-person interaction action with others for the duration of your isolation or quarantine to control the spread of COVID-19 to healthy individuals. Even if you feel well, you may pass COVID-19 along to someone who might not tolerate it as well as you. If you have visitors while in isolation or quarantine, you will be subject to disciplinary action.

Can I do my laundry if I am in isolation or quarantine in my residence hall room?

If you are in isolation, you may not leave your room/apartment to do laundry. Be sure you have enough clothes, bedding, towels for two weeks if you are required to isolate.

If you are in quarantine, this varies based on laundry facilities in each residence hall. You may be able to do laundry during special quarantine-only hours, or you may have to wait until the end of your quarantine.

What if I decide to go home to conclude my time in isolation or quarantine?

It is okay to return home for your isolation (10 days) or quarantine (14 days). If you live in a residence hall and are in quarantine, notify Bradley Dining (so that you aren't charged for meals while you are away), and let your RA know before leaving campus. If you live anywhere other than a residence hall, you do not need to let anyone else know you are returning home for quarantine.

If you are in isolation, please share this with your contact in Health Services before leaving campus.

Isolation specific (positive test result)

If I receive notice I have tested positive for COVID-19 and need to leave my residence to isolate, how long do I have to move to my temporary isolation housing.

Bradley Health Services is working very closely with Student Affairs to ensure a smooth transition for students who need to leave their residence to isolate or quarantine. If you need to relocate, you will receive personalized instruction regarding your housing, transportation and meals. Typically, students can move immediately if their temporary housing is available and if they have transportation to get there. Otherwise, transportation is generally offered in the late afternoon or early evening. Regardless of when you move, it is important that you limit contact with others and work diligently to disinfect surfaces until it is time for your move.

If I am asked to move to a temporary isolation or quarantine housing, how will I get there?

Bradley Health Services is working very closely with Student Affairs to ensure a smooth transition for students who need to leave their residence to isolate or quarantine. If you need to relocate, you will receive personalized instruction regarding your housing, transportation and meals. Typically, students can move immediately if their temporary housing is available and if they have transportation to get there. Otherwise, transportation is generally offered in the late afternoon or early evening. Regardless of when you move, it is important that you limit contact with others and work diligently to disinfect surfaces until it is time for your move.

If I am asked to move to a temporary isolation or quarantine housing, what can I expect in terms of amenities?

Bradley Health Services is working very closely with Student Affairs to ensure a smooth transition for students who need to leave their residence to isolate or quarantine. If you need to relocate, you will receive personalized instruction regarding your housing, transportation and meals.

Regarding housing specifically, the amenities differ based on where you are assigned.

*Apartments are furnished with basic living/dining furniture, major kitchen appliances, full size beds (including a fitted sheet), waste basket liners, hand/dish soap, toilet paper, paper towels, and a shower curtain. You will need to supply your own bedding and towels.

*In the event you are assigned to our overflow housing, you will be notified about what amenities to expect.

If I have to relocate for isolation or quarantine, what should I take with me?

It's a good idea to have the following on hand:

  • a personal thermometer
  • disinfectant to clean surfaces in your room / living spaces
  • a few cloth face coverings
  • a bag with supplies for two weeks (comfortable clothes, extra cell phone charger, important phone numbers, medications, tissues, toiletries, a fun game/distraction, etc.)
  • your school supplies (laptop, charger, books, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.)

Will someone check on me while I am in isolation?

Someone from Health Services and someone from Academics will virtually check in at various times. You will have a point person from Health Services should you have any questions related to your health or isolation. If you have questions related to academics, you are encouraged to contact the appropriate instructor/faculty or your advisor.

What if I would like a package to be delivered to me while I am in isolation or quarantine?

We ask you to limit packages and mail coming to you during your time in isolation or quarantine. If, however, you are expecting a package and you live in the residence halls, talk to your RA and/or contact Bradley Housing to arrange delivery.

When will I know I am cleared to leave isolation?

Bradley Health Services will call you on your last full day of isolation. You cannot leave isolation until the next day once you have been cleared by Bradley Health Services.

Isolation and precautions may be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset as long as the patient has no fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications and with improvement of other symptoms.

A limited number of people with severe illness may continue symptoms beyond 10 days that may warrant extending the duration of isolation for up to 20 days after symptom onset.

For those who never develop symptoms, isolation and other precautions can be discontinued 10 days after the date of their first positive test.

If I test positive for COVID-19, will I get another test at the end of my isolation to make sure I am COVID-free?

No. Per the CDC, another test is not needed and you can leave isolation if it has been 10 days from the start of your symptoms (or from the date of your positive test if you are asymptomatic) and you have been completely asymptomatic for at least 24 hours. Additionally, the CDC states, “Data to date show a person who has had and recovered from COVID-19 may have low levels of virus in their bodies for up to three months after diagnosis. This means if the person who has recovered from COVID-19 is retested within 3 months of their initial infection, they may continue to have a positive test result, even though they are not spreading COVID-19.”