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. Residential students may be asked to move to a different quarantine or isolation space.
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 needs 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?
Updated Quarantine Recommendations (for those who have been exposed to Covid19)
People who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine and have not yet received a booster dose should:
- Should test weekly - Testing is available in the Ranger Clinic.
- Quarantine for 5 days following exposure and wear a well-fitting mask when around other people for an additional 5 days.
People who meet one of the following criteria do not need to quarantine after exposure to covid19, but should wear a well-fitted mask when around other people for 10 days:
- Have completed their primary mRNA vaccines series within the last 6 months, OR
- Have been fully vaccinated with a J&J vaccine within the last two months, OR
- Have received a booster more than two weeks prior to the exposure.
Following an exposure to Covid19, everyone, regardless of vaccination status should:
- Get tested for Covid19 on day 5, if possible, after exposure, AND
- Quarantine immediately if any symptoms develop until they receive a negative Covid19 test confirming symptoms are not attributable to Covid19.
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).
If you have mild symptoms, schedule a test at Ranger Clinic.
Separates people who are known to have been infected with the COVID virus from those who are not infected.
Who needs to isolate?
Individuals who test positive and have symptoms will be asked to isolate for 10 days per Wisconsin Department of Health Services and local public health. Individuals who test positive and do not have symptoms will be asked to isolate for 5 days.
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 entine room
- When packing items, please consider what makes you comfortable and how quickly those items can be gathered
- Pack only 5-10 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.