Quarantine and Isolation Resources
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 any questions, are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19 or believe you have been exposed, call PPHC immediately 24/7 at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 (press option 1) for assistance.
- 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.
- Protect Purdue quarantine vs. isolation flyer (PDF)
- CDC COVID-19 resource website
- Protect Purdue Glossary of Terms
Information for Students
All students are expected to monitor for and report all symptoms of COVID-19 to the Protect Purdue Health Center. If you are sick, experiencing any symptoms, or if you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, stay home and do not attend work or class. Contact the PPHC by phone at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 (press option 1). You will be connected with a registered nurse case manager, who will help determine the appropriate course of care, which could include self-quarantine and a COVID-19 test. The PPHC will provide you with medical clearance to return to campus activity once your quarantine or isolation period is complete.
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:
- Resources from the Office of the Dean of Students, including virtual events and programming, mental health support and web-based resources.
- Student Support Services within the Office of the Dean of Students, which can be reached at 765-494-1747 or at email@example.com.
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS) staff provides remote telehealth services. Visit purdue.edu/caps for more information on how to set up an appointment. CAPS also has a COVID-10 resource page.
- All students on the West Lafayette campus have access to WellTrack, an interactive self-help therapy app. Login requires BoilerKey.
- Stay up-to-date with well-being tips from the Steps to Leaps Research Collaborative. Check out this week’s tip here.
- Stay involved by checking out all of the virtual events on BoilerLink.
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. Here are some key points about off-campus quarantine and isolation:
- 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 Procect Purdue funding will cover the cost.
- 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 a Campus Isolation Space
Students in campus isolation space should consult the Protect Purdue Isolation Housing Guide. Here are some key points about on-campus isolation housing:
- Purdue’s isolation space is available 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.
- In many cases, students living off-campus (e.g., in an apartment) may be able to quarantine or isolate at home, although we recognize that is not possible in all instances. If needed, the PPHC will arrange for students living off-campus 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. Students in isolation will receive instructions on how to submit the invoice for payment through the appropriate channels.
- A PPHC case manager will explain what it means to be placed in isolation. The Case Manager will also ask you about any dietary restrictions you may have so that we can prepare your meal delivery.
- A PPHC case manager will help determine the length of your isolation based on when your test resulted 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.
- 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
Common at college campuses, congregate housing is a type of housing in which each individual or family has a private bedroom or living quarters but shares a common dining room, recreational room or other facilities. At Purdue, this includes housing ranging from some residence halls and apartments to cooperatives, sororities and fraternities. For COVID-19, guidelines have been established to help owners, administrators or operators of shared, or congregate, housing facilities — working together with residents, staff and public health officials — prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
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.