What Is Isolation?
Isolation is a public health strategy used to separate people who are expected to be infected with the virus from those who are not. Isolation reduces the spread of the virus and helps keep the rest of the community healthy. Needing to temporarily isolate may be disappointing or cause some anxiety, but please know that our utmost concern is for your health and safety and that of the entire campus community.
Create an Isolation Plan
Each student should create an isolation plan in conjunction with their roommate(s) in case someone becomes ill. Start by reviewing the university’s isolation guidance lower on this page.
Discuss these three main points with your roommate(s)
- Location. Decide what isolation will look like for those in your living unit if one or more of you tests positive. Most arrangements involve the sick person isolating in their room/apartment/house.
- Communication. Communicate with your supervisor, instructors, and those in your living unit that you need to self-isolate for a period of time. If you’re feeling up to it and your supervisor/instructor is amenable, you may be able to arrange for remote work/class. Let them know when you anticipate returning to in-person work/class and then confirm when the time comes. Communicate with those who you determined to have been exposed and direct them to the Exposure Information page.
- Food. Consider how you’ll prepare or order food during isolation. Meals should be prepared where you live, delivered, or taken to go. In all instances, you should eat alone where you are isolating.
Show Respect for Others
- If someone is isolating in your room/apartment/house, communicate with your friends that you aren’t seeing anyone face to face at this time. Don’t invite guests into a space where someone is isolating.
- If someone is isolating in the room/apartment/house, give your roommates a schedule for when you’ll be on Zoom or need other quiet time so they can be respectful and keep noise levels down.
- If someone is sick, be sure you disinfect shared surfaces after each use.
Where to Isolate
Each student should speak with those in their living unit and create an isolation plan. Student may choose to isolate where they live (residence hall room, apartment, house, etc), go to a friend or family member’s residence or other location.
How to Isolate
- Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
- Wear a high-quality, well-fitting mask any time you are not alone. Do not sleep with a mask on. If you’re sharing a bedroom, sleep 6 feet or more from others and increase the ventilation in the room.
- Use a separate bathroom. If that’s not possible, you must thoroughly disinfect all surfaces after each use.
- Meals should be prepared where you live, delivered, or taken to go. In all instances, you should eat alone where you are isolating.
- Avoid contact with household members, friends, family, partners, and pets.
- Do not share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- If your living unit includes a private outdoor space like a yard or balcony, you may go outside only if you can be assured that you’ll be alone.
How Long Is Isolation?
The amount of time each person spends in isolation may vary. Learn more about determining your isolation timeline.