Case Isolation

In the event of a residential student becoming a confirmed or suspected COVID-19 case, temporary isolation spaces in Huss House will be utilized. Family or guardian pick up of residential students will be expected within 24 hours of notification if home isolation is desired. Student Affairs will ensure that meals and other necessities are dropped off to on-campus isolation housing. They will also coordinate continued curriculum delivery if the student is able.

Confirmed cases or highly probable cases impacting a non-residential student or employee will be instructed to isolate at home. This isolation will follow CDC/IDPH/MCHD guidelines and last for a minimum of 10 days from a positive test result or illness onset. Isolation will only end if the impacted case has no fever (greater than 100.4) without medications for at least three consecutive days, and symptoms have also been improving for at least three consecutive days.

Cases are required to follow all guidance from MCHD and/or their medical provider as it relates to return to work or class recommendation. Student Affairs or Human Resources will check in with all isolation cases every other day.

Contact Quarantine

Asymptomatic and unvaccinated contacts of confirmed or highly probable cases will be instructed by MCHD and campus contact tracing personnel to enter quarantine. Provided they remain asymptomatic, most quarantined cases will be allowed to return to work or classes after their quarantine time frame is completed. Vaccinated individuals may test out of quarantine at Day 4 with a negative test. Unvaccinated individuals will continue to quarantine for a full 14 days. Performance majors, Athletics and certain co-curricular experiences may require additional COVID related requirements. Check with your program director for more details.

For residential students and residential employees, this quarantine will be arranged to occur on campus if they so choose. Off-campus students and employees living off-campus will quarantine at home. Student Affairs will assist with contactless delivery of necessities for residential students. Student Affairs will also work with faculty to ensure continued curriculum delivery and exemptions from any in-person lab requirements.

Quarantined individuals must be masked at all times around roommates and must limit travel to essential needs only. Food and meals may be picked up by the individual.

Human Resources will help coordinate work from home guidelines for employees, if possible. While in quarantine, the expectation is that community members will follow very strict social distancing guidelines, including mask-wearing indoors and outdoors, avoid shared spaces such as laundry rooms, and only travel if necessary.

View a flowchart of the contact tracing process!