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Quarantine and self-isolation

There are several types of quarantine and isolation being employed to control the spread of COVID-19 at UConn, each with its own parameters. Students will be notified by Student Health and Wellness if they have to enter into medical quarantine/self-quarantine, self-isolation, or residential quarantine. Parameters are detailed below. For more information, read the Student Health and Wellness COVID-19 FAQs.

View Do's and Don'ts for Spring 2021 here.

 

Initial Period of Quarantine

  • All students will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival to campus prior to moving into their residential assignment.
  • After moving in, students will remain in their residence halls until they receive a negative test result. We anticipate this will be for approximately 2-3 days. During this initial period of quarantine, students will be able to leave their residence halls to pick up take-out meals from designated dining halls.
  • Students living in apartments on the Storrs and Stamford campuses without access to a meal plan should arrive on campus with the necessary food and supplies for the initial quarantine period of 3 days.
  • Once students receive a negative test result, they may gather with their family unit, inside or outside.
  • During the Preventative Quarantine Period, from January 15-31, students may not:
    • Gather with other residential guests
    • Eat in a dining hall
    • Attend University-sponsored activities.
    • Attend in-person classes
    • Leave campus, except in alliance with SHaW for medical needs
    • Have residential or non-residential guests
    • Participate in sports

Precautions for All Students After Preventative Quarantine

All UConn students are expected to follow precautions that are known to decrease the spread of COVID-19. These are referred to as “control measures” and include physical distancing, wearing face masks/coverings, and frequent hand washing. COVID-19 is most commonly spread between “close contacts” where individuals are closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. 

These precautions allow our students to engage in the following:

  • Attend in-person classes.
  • Use all campus facilities including the Rec Center.
  • Gather with their family unit or other residential guests in common areas or outside.
  • Eat in a Dining Hall and attend University-sponsored activities.
  • Participate in activities with other residential guests.

Medical Quarantine

When an individual is identified as a “close contact” of a confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19, they are at risk of developing COVID-19 and spreading it to others for up to 14 days from their last point of contact. For this reason all close contacts are required to self-quarantine during this time period.

Medical quarantine is used to keep individuals who were exposed to a confirmed or presumed case of COVID-19 away from others during the time they may be contagious. The medical quarantine period lasts for 14 days after the last known contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and helps prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Students in medical quarantine may not:

  • Attend in-person instruction
  • Go to work on or off campus
  • Enter public places, including on-campus facilities, except to obtain take-out meals or seek medical care
  • Use public transportation
  • Gather with anyone else
  • Leave campus, except in alliance with SHaW for medical needs

Students in medical quarantine may:

  • Spend time outside away from other people, e.g. taking walks
  • Participate in online learning
  • Pick up meals from designated dining halls (Storrs campus)

Students in self-quarantine will be supported by SHaW - Medical Care or their local health department.

Self-Isolation

Self-isolation is used to keep individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (confirmed or presumed cases) away from others while they are contagious. Individuals in self-isolation must remove themselves from all face-to-face interactions until they are no longer infectious. This is a critical public health measure that prevents the spread of COVID-19 in the community. 

Students can self-isolate at home or at their off-campus residential location. Storrs campus residential students who cannot self-isolate at home will be relocated to one of the dedicated, residential isolation spaces. UConn Dining Services will deliver food to these students.

Students in self-isolation may not:

  • Leave their designated isolation location except to seek medical care
  • Allow anyone in their isolation unit unless assigned there by SHaW (Storrs campus)

Any Storrs student who needs to transition to an online format due to being directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine should email the Dean of Students Office to request instructor notification.

Any Regional campus student who needs to transition to an online format due to being directed to self-isolate or self-quarantine should email the Student Services staff at their home campus to request instructor notification.

Students in self-quarantine will be supported by SHaW - Medical Care or their local health care provider.

Additional Information

For more detailed information and additional questions, read the FAQs on the SHaW website. SHaW also has created a resource page for Managing Mental Health during the pandemic.

UConn Student Community Connection Ambassadors are available to chat with other students online to answer questions about events, student organizations at UConn, accessing resources around your campus, links to important information, and tips from one Husky to another.