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Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine: 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. Residents who come in contact or suspect they may have COVID-19 will be able to quarantine-in-place due to our residential structure.

Isolation: 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 for COVID-19.

Bradley University will provide care and support to students who have tested positive for, or been exposed to, COVID-19.

Isolation Process

Individuals who have tested positive with COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and until symptoms have decreased. It is preferred a student returns to their permanent residence to isolate. If a student is unable to return to their home residence and lives on campus or is unable to isolate in their off-campus housing, Bradley University will provide alternate accommodation. Details of moving to the alternate residence will be provided. While waiting to move from a current residence to isolation, students should remain in their room as much as possible. As students move about their residence or use the restroom, all surfaces should be wiped down by the student. The move to isolation should take place as quickly as possible.

Please note, if you begin isolation in Bradley University designated housing and then decide to go home at some point during your 10 days, you must share this information with your contact in Health Services.

After monitoring symptoms throughout the 10 days, Health Services will release a student from isolation.

Students in isolation should follow these guidelines

Items to pack if moving to isolation space:

Remember, you should pack everything you might need to live in a new apartment for 10 days. This could include:

  • Clothes, shoes, personal hygiene products and anything needed for academics.
  • Sheet, blanket, pillows. A fitted sheet will be on the full-sized bed in advance.
  • Bath and hand towels. A shower curtain will be provided.
  • Any items needed for preparing food, including cups, plates and snacks. There will be a refrigerator/freezer, microwave and dish soap in the apartment. As a reminder, you will receive 3 meals each day from dining services. The suggested items are in case you want to prepare anything additional.
  • COVID-19 recommended items such as personal thermometer, disinfectant to clean surfaces in your room, additional cloth face coverings.
  • You will be provided with a fitted sheet, shower curtain, toilet paper, papers towels, tissues and general cleaning supplies.

Caring for Others:

  • Do not attend class, events or enter campus buildings, including dining halls.
  • Guests will not be allowed in any part of the quarantine area.
  • Wear a facial covering and maintain physical distance if leaving your room for any reason.
  • Meals or groceries may be delivered, but they must be left at the entrance of the building for you to collect. Please do your best to limit trips out of your room to collect items.
  • Do not share a bathroom with others.
  • Dining services will deliver 1 hot and 2 cold meals to you once a day at approximately 11 a.m. (subject to change). You will receive further details regarding the location and time of this delivery.

Caring for your Physical well-being:

  • If moving to an alternate residence, take items needed for 10 days, including clothing, personal hygiene items, cleaning products, medication, academic work, etc.
  • Monitor yourself for any potential symptoms of the virus (i.e, coughing, fever, chills or muscle aches, shortness of breath) and if available to you, check your temperature in the morning and evening. Be prepared to report any symptoms to Student Health Services at 309-677-2700.
  • Contact Health Services if symptoms worsen or call 9-1-1 in a medical emergency
  • Eat regular, healthy meals
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking and vaping.

Caring for your Mental well-being:

  • Find a way to keep active, even if it’s in your room.
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can.
  • Stay in contact with friends and family via phone, Facetime, Skype, What’s App, etc.
  • If additional support is needed, contact Counseling Services.

Caring for your Academic well-being:

  • Contact faculty to say you are unable to attend your in-person classes. Ask for remote access and assignments. If you need further assistance, contact Student Support Services.
  • If applicable, contact your employer/supervisor and inform them you will be unable to report to work until cleared to return.
  • Take advantage of additional virtual resources, such as office hours, the Academic Success Center and tutoring.
  • If your physical health prevents you from completing your academics, please work with Health Services and Student Support Services to notify faculty and create a plan for completion when your health is stronger.

Release from Isolation

We will follow the CDC's recommendations regarding a release from isolation:

  • 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 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.

Quarantine Proccess

Individuals may be asked to Quarantine for 14 days for various reasons:

  • If you have been notified by Student Health services that you are a close contact, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Please note, you must quarantine for 14 days, even if you receive a negative test result for COVID-19. As a reminder, those who are identified as a contact are not required to quarantine.
  • If you are returning to the university from another country you will be required to quarantine for 14-days.

Students are encouraged to return to their home residence when possible. Students can also stay in their residence hall while in quarantine.

Students in quarantine should follow these guidelines

Caring for Others:

  • Do not attend class, events or enter campus buildings, including dining halls.
  • Guests will not be allowed to visit while you are in quarantine.
  • Dining services will deliver 1 hot and 2 cold meals to you once a day at approximately 11:30 a.m. (subject to change). You will receive further details regarding the location and time of this delivery.
  • Food and/or groceries may be ordered for delivery, but must be left outside your building/door.
  • Use your own dishes, drinking glasses and all eating utensils (do not share).
  • Wear a facial covering and maintain physical distance if leaving your room or if in a common space.
  • You may move about for necessity (i.e. grocery shopping), but be considerate of limiting trips.
  • Do not leave your room to do laundry if it is a shared laundry facility.

Caring for your Physical well-being:

  • Monitor yourself for any potential symptoms of the virus (i.e, coughing, fever, chills or muscle aches, shortness of breath). If available, check your temperature in the morning and evening, and be prepared to report any symptoms to Student Health Services at 309-677-2700.
  • Eat regular, healthy meals
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking, and vaping.

Caring for your Mental well-being:

  • Find a way to keep active, even if it’s in your room.
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can.
  • Stay in contact with friends and family via phone, Facetime, Skype, What’s App, etc.
  • If additional support is needed, contact Counseling Services.

Caring for your Academic well-being:

  • Contact faculty to say you are unable to attend your in-person classes. Ask for remote access (if application) and assignments. If you need further assistance, contact Student Support Services.
  • If applicable, contact your university supervisor or outside employer and inform them that you will be unable to report to work until cleared to return.
  • Take advantage of additional virtual resources, such as office hours, the Academic Success Center and tutoring.