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Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine, as defined by the CDC, separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Isolation, as defined by the CDC, is separating a sick person from those who are not sick with COVID-19.

How are quarantine and isolation similar? Both quarantine and isolation:

  • involve separation of people to protect the public
  • help limit further spread of COVID-19
  • can be done voluntarily or be required by health authorities
  • may lead to contact tracing to monitor close contacts and contacts.

The goal of quarantine and isolation is to arrange living spaces that limit possible exposure to others, allow for the continued monitoring of symptoms and provide an environment in which students can focus on their health, so they can recover and return to their academic studies.

Know the potential symptoms of COVID-19 (such as a fever, cough, chest pain or difficulty breathing), and if you have any of these symptoms, contact Bradley University Health Services at 309-677-2700 (309-677-3200 after hours) or bradleyhealthservices@fsmail.bradley.edu.

If you believe you need emergency care, call 911 for transport to the nearest emergency department for evaluation and treatment. Be sure to inform them you have been under quarantine or isolation for COVID-19.

Bradley University will provide care and support to students who have tested positive for or been identified as a close contact to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

Faculty and staff must work with local public health and medical staff to properly isolate or quarantine based on the date of their diagnosis or exposure.

Isolation Process for Students

In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for isolation, individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms and until they have been symptom-free for at least 24 hours.

Entering Isolation

If you are identified as COVID-positive (through on-campus or off-campus testing) you will receive a call from Bradley Health Services. During this call, you will answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, where you have been, whether or not you have been in close contact with anyone, and your living arrangements (location, names of roommates). You will also receive information about what to do next based on your living arrangement. If you live in an apartment or house where you can effectively avoid contact with others, you may isolate yourself in your residence. However, if you live in a residence hall or an apartment or house where you cannot avoid contact with others, the University will provide temporary lodging and ensure you receive meals while you are in isolation. Finally, you will be given a target date for the end of your isolation, and you will be given explicit instruction to remain in isolation until your are officially released by Health Services.

Transitioning to Isolation Lodging:

  • If you are able to isolate in your current residence, isolation begins immediately.
  • If you need to move from your current residence to University-provided isolation lodging, you will be asked to remain in your current residence and to take all precautions to avoid transmitting COVID-19 to others (e.g. mask wearing, physical distancing, hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces, etc.) until you can move to your isolation lodging. Bradley Health Services will initiate the process to make arrangements for your lodging, transportation, and meals, and you will receive details via phone and/or email. It is important that you answer your phone and check your email diligently during this time.
  • If you need to move from your current residence in order to isolate but prefer to return to your permanent residence instead of moving into University-provided isolation lodging, that will be permitted. However, you must arrange this through Health Services who will work directly with you to provide guidance for a safe move.
  • If you currently live in campus housing, your Building Manager, Hall Director, and/or RA will be notified that you are moving into isolation.
  • If you need to move from your current residence to University-provided isolation lodging or to your permanent residence, you should pack the following to take along:
    • two weeks worth of clothes/shoes, personal hygiene products, and medication
    • pillow and bedding (fitted sheet will be provided)
    • washcloths and towels
    • a personal thermometer
    • a few cloth face coverings
    • disinfectant to clean surfaces in your room / living space
    • your school supplies (laptop, charger, books, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.)
    • your cell phone, cell phone charger
    • your wallet, I.D., and other important documents
    • a fun game/distraction

NOTE: Additional detail will be provided when your temporary living assignment has been made.

During Isolatoin

Being in isolation can be difficult whether you are well or not. It can be boring, lonely, and frustrating, but it is critical that you take good care of yourself and completely avoid in-person interactions with others for the duration of your isolation. Even if you feel well, you risk passing COVID-19 along to someone else.

Caring for Others:

  • Regardless of where you isolate, you may not leave your isolation lodging at any point during your isolation period. An exception will be made for scheduled medical appointments, but you must disclose your COVID-positive diagnosis, and follow all precautions necessary to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • You may not have any visitors or guests while you are in isolation. This includes friends and family members even if they have had COVID-19 themselves.
  • You may be assigned to isolation lodging with other students who are also required to isolate. If this is the case, you must be courteous and respectful at all times.
  • If you are Isolating in University-provided lodging, you can expect Dining Services to deliver 1 hot meal (lunch) and 2 cold meals (dinner and breakfast for the following day) to you at approximately 11:30 a.m. each day. You will receive further details regarding the specifics of your meal delivery at the beginning of your isolation. You must wear a mask and remain physically distant from others when you collect your meal delivery.
  • You may order food or groceries for delivery, but you must ensure contactless delivery. You will receive further details regarding the specifics of how/where to accept delivery based on your location at the beginning of your isolation. You must wear a mask and remain physically distant from others when you collect your food/grocery delivery.

NOTE: Your adherence to these guidelines is critical for the safety of others, and non-compliance will result in disciplinary action.

Caring for Your Physical Well-Being:

  • You should monitor yourself for potential COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. coughing, fever, chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath). If you are able, check your temperature in the morning and evening, and be prepared to report any symptoms to Health Services.
  • You should always contact Health Services at 309-677-2700 (309-677-3200 after hours) or bradleyhealthservices@fsmail.bradley.edu if your symptoms worsen.
  • You should contact 911 for transport to the nearest emergency department if you believe you need emergency care. You must disclose your COVID-positive diagnosis, and follow all precautions necessary to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • You should eat regular, healthy meals.
  • You should get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Drinking alcohol, using recreational drugs, smoking, and vaping are all prohibited if you are isolating in University-provided isolation lodging. Non-compliance will result in disciplinary action and potential fines.

Caring for Your Mental Well-Being:

  • You should spend time relaxing and doing things you enjoy (e.g. reading, playing games on your phone, listening to music, etc.)
  • You should move around and stay active by exercising and/or stretching in your room.
  • Weather permitting, you should open your windows to get some fresh air.
  • You should leverage technology to stay in touch with friends and family members (e.g. phone calls, video calls, social media) for emotional support.
  • You should reach out to Counseling Services if you need additional emotional or mental support.

Caring for Your Academic Well-Being:

  • Your instructors will be notified that you are unable to attend in-person classes due to COVID-19, although they will not be told whether you are in isolation versus quarantine. Regardless, you must also reach out to your instructors to let them know you will not be attending class in-person and to ask for remote access and assignments. If you need help making arrangements for remote learning, contact Student Support Services.
  • You should take advantage of virtual academic resources such as instructor office hours and services offered through the Academic Success Center (e.g. writing center, academic coaching, tutoring, etc.).
  • If you have an on-campus or off-campus job, you should reach out to your supervisor/employer to let them know you are required to isolate and unable to return to work until you receive clearance from Health Services.
  • If your physical health prevents you from completing your academics, work with Health Services and Student Support Services to notify your instructors and to create a plan for completion when your health is stronger.

Exiting Isolation

At Bradley University, we follow the CDC’s recommendations regarding release from isolation.

Release from Isolation

  • You may not leave your isolation location prior to the date/time provided to you by Health Services.
  • Health Services will contact you during your last full day of isolation to discuss your status and to confirm your isolation end-date. Typically, you will be released at 7 a.m. the following morning.

Transitioning Back to Your Residence and In-Person Classes:

  • Regardless of the fact you have recovered from COVID-19, you must follow Bradley’s COVID-19 guidelines for the General Population when you leave isolation. You are not exempt, and non-compliance will result in disciplinary action.
  • Regardless of where you were isolating, you may only return to your pre-isolation routine according to the date/time provided to you by Health Services.
  • Regardless of where you were isolating, Student Support Services will notify your instructors that you will be returning to in-person classes.
  • If you were isolating in University-provided isolation lodging, you will be offered transportation back to your residence, and your meal delivery will be suspended on the day of your release.

Quarantine Process for Students

In accordance with the CDC’s guidelines for quarantine, Individuals who have been identified as a close contact* with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days**.

Individuals who have returned to campus from another country are required to quarantine for 14 days**.

*Close contacts are individuals who have been within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

** A 14-day quarantine is required even if the individual has recently received a negative COVID-19 test result.

Entering Quarantine

If you are identified as close contact by someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from Bradley Health Services. During this call, you will answer questions about COVID-19 symptoms, where you have been, whether or not you have been in close contact with anyone, and your living arrangements (location, names of roommates). You will also receive information about what to do next based on your living arrangement. If you live in a residence hall but don’t have a roommate, or if you live in an apartment or house where you can effectively avoid contact with others, you may quarantine in your residence. However, if you live in a residence hall with a roommate (who hasn’t also been identified as a close contact) or an apartment or house where you cannot avoid contact with others, the University will provide temporary lodging and ensure you receive meals while you are in quarantine. Finally, you will be given a target date for the end of your quarantine, and you will be given explicit instruction to remain in quarantine until your are officially released by Health Services.

Transitioning to Quarantine Lodging:

  • If you are able to avoid contact with others in your current residence, quarantine begins immediately.
  • If you need to move from your current residence to University-provided quarantine lodging, you will be asked to remain in your current residence and to take all precautions to avoid transmitting COVID-19 to others (e.g. mask wearing, physical distancing, hand-washing, disinfecting surfaces, etc.) until you can move to your quarantine lodging. Bradley Health Services will initiate the process to make arrangements for your lodging, transportation, and meals, and you will receive details via phone and/or email. It is important that you answer your phone and check your email diligently during this time.
  • If you need to move from your current residence in order to quarantine but prefer to return to your permanent residence instead of moving into University-provided quarantine lodging, that will be permitted. However, you must arrange this through Health Services who will work directly with you and your family to provide guidance for a safe move.
  • If you currently live in campus housing, your Building Manager, Hall Director, and/or RA will be notified that you are either quarantining in place or moving to another location to quarantine.
  • If you need to move from your current residence to University-provided quarantine lodging or to your permanent residence, you should pack the following to take along:
    • two weeks worth of clothes/shoes, personal hygiene products, and medication
    • pillow and bedding (fitted sheet will be provided)
    • washcloths and towels
    • a personal thermometer
    • a few cloth face coverings
    • disinfectant to clean surfaces in your room / living space
    • your school supplies (laptop, charger, books, notebooks, pens/pencils, etc.)
    • your cell phone, cell phone charger
    • your wallet, I.D., and other important documents
    • a fun game/distraction

NOTE: Additional detail will be provided when your temporary living assignment has been made.

During Quarantine

Being in quarantine can be difficult. It can be boring, lonely, and frustrating, but it is critical that you take good care of yourself and completely avoid in-person interactions with others for the duration of your quarantine. Even if you feel well, you may be infected with COVID-19, and you risk passing it along to someone who might not tolerate it as well as you.

Caring for Others:

  • Regardless of where you quarantine, you may leave your quarantine lodging for only the following reasons, and you must follow all precautions necessary to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others:
    • You may spend time outside. However, if you are quarantining in a residence hall, this must be coordinated with your RA.
    • You may order food or groceries for delivery, but you must ensure contactless delivery. You will receive further details regarding the specifics of how/where to accept delivery based on your location at the beginning of your quarantine. You must wear a mask and remain physically distant from others when you collect your food/grocery delivery. If you live in a residence hall food or grocery delivery must be coordinated with the time you and your RA arranged for you to be outside.
    • You may run essential errands off-campus (e.g. pharmacy, grocery store. However, if you are quarantining in a residence hall, you may not.
  • You may not have any visitors or guests while you are in quarantine. This includes friends and family members even if they have had COVID-19 themselves.
  • You may be assigned to quarantine lodging with other students who are also required to quarantine. If this is the case, you must be courteous and respectful at all times. You must wear a mask and remain physically distant from others when outside of your sleeping room, and you must be diligent about disinfecting kitchen surfaces, bathroom surfaces, and other common area surfaces after use.
  • If you are quarantining in your residence hall room or other University-provided lodging, you can expect Dining Services to deliver 1 hot meal (lunch) and 2 cold meals (dinner and breakfast for the following day) to you at approximately 11:30 a.m. each day. You will receive further details regarding the specifics of your meal delivery at the beginning of your quarantine. You must wear a mask and remain physically distant from others when you collect your meal delivery.

NOTE: Your adherence to these guidelines is critical for the safety of others, and non-compliance will result in disciplinary action.

Caring for Your Physical Well-Being:

  • You should monitor yourself for potential COVID-19 symptoms (e.g. coughing, fever, chills, muscle aches, shortness of breath). If you are able, check your temperature in the morning and evening, and be prepared to report any symptoms to Health Services.
  • You should always contact Health Services at 309-677-2700 (309-677-3200 after hours) or bradleyhealthservices@fsmail.bradley.edu if you begin to notice symptoms.
  • You should contact 911 for transport to the nearest emergency department if you believe you need emergency care. You must disclose you are in quarantine due to possible exposure to COVID-19, and follow all precautions necessary to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 to others.
  • You should eat regular, healthy meals.
  • You should get 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Drinking alcohol, using recreational drugs, smoking, and vaping are all prohibited if you are quarantining in University-provided quarantine lodging. Non-compliance will result in disciplinary action and potential fines.

Caring for Your Mental Well-Being:

  • You should spend time relaxing and doing things you enjoy (e.g. reading, playing games on your phone, listening to music, etc.)
  • You should move around and stay active by exercising and/or stretching in your room.
  • Weather permitting, you should open your windows to get some fresh air.
  • You should leverage technology to stay in touch with friends and family members (e.g. phone calls, video calls, social media) for emotional support.
  • You should reach out to Counseling Services if you need additional emotional or mental support.

Caring for Your Academic Well-Being:

  • Your instructors will be notified that you are unable to attend in-person classes due to COVID-19, although they will not be told whether you are in isolation versus quarantine. Regardless, you must also reach out to your instructors to let them know you will not be attending class in-person and to ask for remote access and assignments. If you need help making arrangements for remote learning, contact Student Support Services.
  • You should take advantage of virtual academic resources such as instructor office hours and services offered through the Academic Success Center (e.g. writing center, academic coaching, tutoring, etc.).
  • If you have an on-campus or off-campus job, you should reach out to your supervisor/employer to let them know you are required to isolate and unable to return to work until you receive clearance from Health Services.

Exiting Quarantine

At Bradley University, we follow the CDC’s recommendations regarding release from quarantine.

Release from Quarantine

  • You may not leave your quarantine location prior to the date/time provided to you by Health Services.
  • Health Services will contact you during your last full day of quarantine to discuss your status and to confirm your quarantine end-date. Typically, you will be released at 7 a.m. the following morning.
    • If you never develop COVID-19 symptoms, your quarantine will likely end 14 full days after the date of your most recent close contact with a COVID-positive individual.
    • If you become symptomatic while you are in quarantine, you may be tested again for COVID-19, and you may transition from quarantine to isolation.

Transitioning Back to Your Residence and In-Person Classes:

  • Regardless of where you were quarantining, you must follow Bradley’s COVID-19 guidelines for the General Population when you leave quarantine. You are not exempt, and non-compliance will result in disciplinary action.
  • Regardless of where you were quarantining, you may only return to your pre-quarantine routine according to the date/time provided to you by Health Services.
  • Regardless of where you were quarantining, Student Support Services will notify your instructors that you will be returning to in-person classes.
  • If you were quarantining in University-provided quarantine lodging, you will be offered transportation back to your residence, and your meal delivery will be suspended on the day of your release.