What to expect if you’re in quarantine or isolation

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Testing for employees and students who are symptomatic or need a test for university-related travel purposes will be available through the Center for Healthy Living (CHL) and Purdue Student Health Center (PUSH), respectively. Employees and students will be responsible for any costs not covered by insurance for any testing they schedule through the CHL or PUSH. All other testing (including dependents) should be completed through community testing resources such as local pharmacies or healthcare providers, as well as using at-home tests. 

Employees must follow the isolation and quarantine guidance from the Center for Healthy Living or their health care provider. Information is also available at COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC  

Students will be directed by PUSH on isolation arrangements based on each individual situation. Students may contact PUSH at 765-494-1700 during normal business hours with questions about their care.   

Please be aware that a limited amount of on-campus housing space will be reserved during the 2022-23 academic year for use by those requiring isolation. Priority for these spaces will be given to students with a University Residences contract. All Boilermakers should have a personal plan for proper isolation should it be necessary in the event that on-campus accommodations are not be available at any given time. More information is available below.  

What are the protocols for quarantine and isolation? 

 COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC  

  • 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.  If you have a known or suspected exposure, please monitor for the appearance of symptoms: 
  • Individuals are encouraged to wear a mask for 10 full days from the suspected or known exposure. 
  • 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 5 days from symptom onset. If fever free without the use of medications, and symptoms have improved, you will be able to leave isolation.  Individuals are encouraged to continue to mask for an additional 5 days after leaving isolation.  
  • If you continue to have a fever and/or no improvement of symptoms, please contact PUSH at 765-494-1700 for a follow up appointment.   
  • In all cases, individuals in isolation must not leave their isolation space except for emergencies or to obtain further medical care. They should monitor their health and follow directions from their medical provider or PUSH.  

Additional information 

CDC COVID-19 resource website 

Information for students 

Whether you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are quarantining because of COVID-19 exposure, PUSH will provide medical guidance. If you have a medical emergency after business hours, please call 911 for assistance.   

PUSH will provide you with discharge instructions that include the date that you are permitted to leave isolation and return to masked campus activity. If students are unable to locate their discharge instructions, they can be found in their medical records through their PUSH patient portal. 

University isolation and quarantine housing 

A limited amount of housing space has been reserved during the 2022-23 academic year for use by those in quarantine and isolation. All Boilermakers should have a personal plan for proper isolation or quarantine should it be necessary in the event that on-campus accommodations are not available at any given time. 

  • The Purdue Fire Department will transport you from your local residence to your designated isolation or quarantine (I/Q) space. 
  • You will receive a food pack when you enter I/Q space, and three meals will be delivered daily all at once between 4 and 6 pm. PUSH 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 or quarantine, pack only the basics. You may wish to bring warm clothing during the cooler months.  
  • For the health and safety of others, guests, including your family members, are not permitted at any time.  
  • You may receive deliveries, following established guidelines

How is campus isolation and quarantine space allotted? 

PUSH will assign students to isolation and quarantine (I/Q) space on the same basis as last year: PUSH staff will work with individuals who need to isolate or quarantine to determine the extent to which they can safely do so on their own — such as in their current residence or by traveling home to stay with family. Those who cannot will be placed in university I/Q housing if it is available.  

If university I/Q housing availability becomes limited, PUSH will triage cases based primarily on whether the individual can safely isolate or quarantine on their own, following this general framework: 

  1. Students living in University Residences will have highest priority for utilizing available university I/Q space. 
  1. Students living in a Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life facility.  
  1. In most cases, students living off-campus (e.g., in an apartment) will be able to quarantine or isolate at home under the guidance of a Protect Purdue Health Center nurse case manager. 

Is there a charge to use campus isolation and quarantine space? 

No, there is no charge for students to utilize campus I/Q housing. 

Having a personal isolation and quarantine plan 

All Boilermakers are responsible for having a personal plan for proper isolation or quarantine should it be necessary in the event that on-campus accommodations not be available at any given time.  

What are some examples of a personal back-up plan for isolation and quarantine? 

The following ideas are provided for example only: 

  • Students with friends or relatives nearby may choose to travel to stay with them, as long as private transportation is used.  
  • Students who are in quarantine and are asymptomatic may choose to rent a local hotel room. 
  • Students who must isolate because they are infected may consider renting an Airbnb.  

Students should be transparent about their symptoms, infection and exposure history when renting facilities for isolation or quarantine.  

PUSH can help you ensure that your back-up plan follows all relevant public health guidelines. 

Well-being 

Your physical and mental well-being are very important while in quarantine or isolation.  

Here are some tips and resources to help you take care of your physical and mental health while keeping up with your studies: 

Information for faculty and staff 

Testing for employees who are symptomatic or need a test for university-related travel purposes will be available through the Center for Healthy Living.  Faculty and staff will be responsible for any costs not covered by insurance for any testing they schedule through the CHL. All other testing (including dependents) should be completed through community testing resources such as local pharmacies or healthcare providers as well as using at-home tests. 

Contact the Center for Healthy Living or your personal medical provider for testing or guidance.  

  • In most cases, employees will be able to quarantine or isolate at home. 
  • Employees who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 may return to work when the following three conditions are met: Minimum of five days since symptom onset (with a negative test on day 6) and 24 hours fever free without medication and symptom improvement. 

More information is available on the CDC website: COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation | CDC