Quarantine vs Isolation
Preventing the spread of COVID-19 on campus will require the Parkside community to make adjustments to our daily lives in order to prioritize safety and health. This includes the possibility of quarantining in your residence or moving to isolation housing.
Below are steps for residential students:
Separates people who are believed to have been exposed to the COVID virus (and are asymptomatic) from others who have not been exposed.
Who needs to quarantine?
A representative from the Student Health and Counseling Center (Contact Tracing Team) will determine whether a student need to quarantine based on the following criteria:
If an individual has been within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more.
If an individual student provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
If an individual has had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
If an individual has shared eating or drinking utensils with an individual who is sick with COVID-19.
If someone has sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
How long does quarantine last?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have updated their length of time in quarantine for individuals who are asymptomatic but as a partner with our local health department, we will not be following the 7-day option. Students who quarantine will do so for 10 days from the date of the test if they remain symptom-free. There will not be an option to ‘test out of quarantine.’ If you develop symptoms while in quarantine, please call Student Health and Counseling for an appointment.
What do you do if you become sick during Quarantine?
If you become sick during your quarantine, please schedule an appointment with your healthcare provider or at Student Health and Counseling (262-595-2366).
- Individuals will need to quarantine for 10 days from their most recent encounter with an infectious person.
Even with a negative COVID-19 test, it can take up to 10 days for the infection to appear.
A test done too early after exposure can be produce a false negative increasing the risk of you infecting other individuals.
Separates people who are known to have been infected with the COVID virus from those who are not infected.
Who needs to isolate?
Students should isolate based on the following criteria:
- Individuals have received notification of a positive antigen test (isolate until your confirmatory PCR results are received. This may take 3-4 days)
- Individuals who have taken tests at area healthcare facilities and test positive (10 days from the date of the test)
- Individuals who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
How long does isolation last?
Individuals will isolate at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or a positive test.
Individuals cannot ‘test out’ of isolation.
General Policies and Procedures
- DO NOT attend work, school, or meetings.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Throw used tissues in a plastic-lined trash can.
- Immediately wash your hands with soap for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- High touch surfaces such as counters, furniture surfaces, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, cellphones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables should be frequently cleaned using a household cleaning spray or wipes.
- Clean according to instructions on the cleaners label.
- In the event that you need to interact with emergency personnel, wear a face covering.
To best prepare for self-isolation/quarantine, please note the following:
- Inividuals will have a 2-hour window of time to gather their belongings and check into the isolation/quarantine space they have been assigned.
- Do NOT pack your entiner room
- When packing items, please consider what makes you comfortable and how quickly those items can be gathered
- Pack only 10-14 days worth of your belongings - including:
- personal items
- laptop/tablet/cell phone
- electronic device chargers
- bathroom supplies
Students are expected to continue with their schoolwork if they are feeling well enough to do so. Instructors will be contacted by the Dean of Students Office and asked to work with their student to stay up to date with class instruction and assignments.
University staff may need to contact you via phone. Please ensure that your voicemail is clear as a message may be left if call goes unanswered.
Dining Services and Deliveries
- Meals will be delivered to students while they are in isolation/quarantine
- Students will have access to microwaves