Self-isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
Isolation is intended for people who are sick, beginning to show symptoms, getting ill and think they might have COVID 19, or have tested positive for COVID-19. Symptoms may be mild and feel like a common cold, especially early on. Early symptoms could include a combination of cough, body aches, fatigue and chest tightness. Some people may not develop a fever or a fever may not appear until several days into the illness.
Isolation can be voluntary or mandated by a public health professional.
When should you isolate?
You should begin isolation as soon as you:
Isolation is 10 days from onset of symptoms or your test date if you are asymptomatic.
Where and how should you isolate?
Before you temporarily relocate to the isolation hall please return to your residence hall or apartment and collect the below list of belongings:
The nurse or medical provider you are working with will provide you with further instructions.
If your diagnostic COVID-19 test comes back positive, you will need to move into isolation housing on campus.
The 5 steps for off-campus self-isolation are:
- Review the CDC recommendations for self-isolation protocols
- Compile a list of close contacts for contact tracing
- If you have any questions, contact HW Services
- Contact faculty members and (if applicable) work
- Receive additional information from your primary care provider
For more information, please visit 5 Steps for Off-Campus Isolation.
We understand you may want to obtain additional personal items and/or utilize a food delivery service at the isolation hall. For the safety of our community it is important that you follow these simple instructions for contactless delivery to your temporary isolation hall.
If a friend, family member, or delivery service will be bringing something to you at the isolation hall - they may do so by adhering to the following protocol.
For more information, please visit Resources, Tips, and FAQs.
When to seek emergency medical care
If you or someone you know is showing any of these signs or symptoms*, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility and notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.
*This list does not cover all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.