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 and will provide guidance and care along the way. 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.

Please be aware that a limited amount of on-campus housing space will be reserved during the 2021-22 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 not be available at any given time. More information is available below. 

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. PPHC will provide guidance specific to your quarantine location, including on how to safely obtain food. 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 or to obtain further medical care. 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, the Protect Purdue Health Center will provide guidance at every step of the way. A nurse case manager from PPHC will check in on you regularly (usually via phone or email) to monitor any symptoms you may be experiencing and will help arrange for further medical care if needed.

Once your quarantine or isolation period is complete, PPHC will provide you with medical clearance to return to campus activity. You may call PPHC at 765-496-INFO (4636) or toll-free at 833-571-1043 at any time 24/7 for assistance.

University isolation and quarantine housing

A limited amount of on-campus housing space has been reserved during the 2021-22 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 Protect Purdue Isolation Housing Guide provides an overview of what to expect in campus quarantine and isolation space. Here are some key points:

  • The Purdue Fire Department will transport you from your local residence to your designated on-campus isolation space.
  • You will receive a food pack when you enter isolation, and three meals will be delivered daily all at once. 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. You may wish to bring warm clothing or extra blankets 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.

This video gives an example of what the experience in on-campus isolation space is like:

How is campus isolation and quarantine space allotted?

The Protect Purdue Health Center will assign students to on-campus isolation and quarantine (I/Q) space on the same basis as last year: A PPHC case manager 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, PPHC 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.
  2. Students living in a Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life facility
  3. 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. 

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

If I need to use my personal back-up plan for isolation and quarantine, will Purdue help cover the cost?

If campus I/Q space is not available, students may be eligible to apply for reimbursement up to $665 for the cost of off-campus I/Q accommodations. 

  • Students who have fully complied with the Protect Purdue Plan, including uploading proof of COVID-19 vaccination and/or participating in required surveillance testing, may apply for reimbursement, including federal pandemic relief funds.
  • Students who have not taken these steps may not be eligible for reimbursement as funding is limited.

Questions about eligibility for reimbursement can be directed to Julie Cox at jtalz@purdue.edu

Staying on top of your courses while in isolation or quarantine

Academic case managers are assigned to undergraduate and Pharmacy professional students who test positive or have to quarantine due to exposure to COVID-19. The role of the academic case manager is to help students as they navigate academic concerns, communicate with faculty, as well as providing various resources and strategies to be successful during their time in isolation or quarantine. 

For more information about academic case managers, contact: acmq@purdue.edu.

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. This care is provided at no cost.

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


Additional resources 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.  


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. 
  • 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.
  • 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.