Quarantine and Isolation Resources

What to expect if you’re in quarantine or isolation

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If you test positive for COVID-19, or are identified through contact tracing as having been exposed to someone who has, the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) will help you make quarantine or isolation arrangements to fit your individual situation. If you have questions at any time during your quarantine or isolation period, don’t hesitate to call PPHC 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 for assistance.

What are quarantine and isolation? What’s the difference?

  • Quarantine: Keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Individuals in quarantine should stay home for 14 days, separate themselves from others, monitor their health and follow directions from the Protect Purdue Health Center. You may leave your home to get grab-and-go food and eat at home. For more from the CDC on quarantine, go here.
  • Isolate/Isolation: Separating people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 as well as those with no symptoms). Individuals with active cases are asked to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms begin and 24 hours after their fever has broken, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with the improvement of other symptoms. Individuals in isolation must not leave their home except for emergencies. They should monitor their health and follow directions from the Protect Purdue Health Center. For more from the CDC on isolation, go here.

Additional information


Information for students

Whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantining because of COVID-19 exposure, a nurse case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide guidance and help you make arrangements at every step of the way. The PPHC will provide you with medical clearance to return to campus activity once your quarantine or isolation period is complete. You may call PPHC at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 at any time 24/7 for assistance.

Information for students living: off-campus | in University Residences | in congregate housing

Well-being

Your physical and mental well-being are very important while in quarantine or isolation. A nurse case manager with the Protect Purdue Health Center will check on you regularly to monitor any symptoms you may be experiencing and will help arrange for further medical care as needed.

Here are some tips and resources to help you take care of your physical and mental health:

For students living off-campus

In most cases, students living off-campus (e.g., in an apartment) may be able to quarantine or isolate at home.

  • A nurse case manager will discuss your individual living arrangements and, if needed, will arrange for you to utilize Purdue isolation space.
  • Campus isolation space is available at no charge to students. Students will receive an invoice associated with their stay; however, CARES ACT or Protect Purdue funding will cover the cost. Details on how to receive funds to cover the cost of your stay are available here.
  • Whether you’re quarantining or isolating at home or in Purdue isolation space, a nurse case manager from the PPHC will check in on you regularly to monitor any symptoms you may be experiencing and will help arrange for further medical care if needed.

For students in University Residences

Students living in University Residences will be placed in campus quarantine/isolation housing; in most cases, you may not quarantine/isolate in your residence hall. The Protect Purdue Isolation Housing Guide provides an overview of what to expect in campus isolation space. Here are some key points about on-campus isolation housing:

  • Purdue’s isolation space is available at no cost to any student who needs to utilize it. A nurse case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center will help students determine the most appropriate arrangements for self-isolation based on the student’s individual living situation.
  • There is no charge to stay in campus isolation space. Students will receive an invoice associated with their stay; however, CARES Act or Protect Purdue funding will cover the cost. Details on how to receive funds to cover the cost of your stay are available here.
  • A PPHC case manager will explain what it means to be placed in isolation and will determine the length of your isolation based on when you were tested and if you are currently experiencing symptoms. The average time in isolation will be 10-14 days.
  • The Purdue Fire Department will transport you from your residence to your designated isolation space.
  • You will receive a food pack when you enter isolation, and three meals will be delivered daily. Your case manager will ask about any dietary restrictions you may have; vegetarian meals are available.
  • The Purdue Fire Department will give you a Housing Information Sheet. It is very important that you read the document thoroughly.
  • When you pack for isolation, pack only the basics.
  • For the health and safety of others, it is important that you DO NOT leave isolation housing or have any guests in your isolation space.
  • You may receive deliveries, following established guidelines.

For students in congregate housing

Congregate housing includes some residence halls and apartments, as well as cooperatives, sororities and fraternities. Those living and working in congregate housing may have social distancing challenges because residents often gather closely for social, leisure and recreational activities, shared dining, and/or use of shared equipment, such as kitchen appliances, laundry facilities, stairwells and elevators. For tips from the CDC on how to protect yourself in congregate housing settings, go here. For general CDC guidance, go here.

Additional congregate housing resources


Information for faculty and staff

Whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantining because of COVID-19 exposure, a nurse case manager from the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide guidance and help you make arrangements at every step of the way. You may call PPHC at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 at any time 24/7 for assistance.

  • A nurse case manager with the Protect Purdue Health Center will explain what it means to be in isolation or quarantine, and will determine the length based on when you were tested and if you are experiencing symptoms. The average time in isolation will be 10-14 days.
  • Your nurse case manager will check on you regularly to monitor any symptoms you may be experiencing and will help arrange for further medical care as needed.
  • In most cases, employees will be able to quarantine or isolate at home.
  • Campus isolation space is available at no cost to employees who need to utilize it. Information on how your stay in campus isolation space affects your W-2 is available here.
  • The PPHC will provide you with medical clearance to return to campus activity once your quarantine or isolation period is complete. Employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to work when the following three conditions are met: Minimum of 10 days since symptom onset and 24 hours fever free without medication and symptom improvement.