August 14, 2021

Guidance for Student Self-Isolation - Fall 2021

Self-isolation guidelines for students who are awaiting COVID test results, or awaiting medical consultation related to COVID.

Guidance for Student Self-Isolation - Fall 2021


These guidelines pertain to you if you are a student who either:

1) Has been instructed to self-isolate while waiting on your COVID-19 test results


2) Is self-isolating pending receiving medical consultation about a COVID symptom

It is very common for people infected with COVID-19 to be asymptomatic, so it is important that you consider yourself a positive case until proven otherwise.

It is also imperative that you conduct a daily symptom check for COVID symptoms.

These symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting.

You must take your temperature every day.

If you experience any of these symptoms or are exposed to a confirmed case of COVID-19, you are required to use the online COVID Symptom Check and Reporting form on the Health Portal ( to report your symptoms/exposure.


Your responses on this form will notify the health professionals on campus of your situation and trigger the appropriate response. Please be aware that staff do not monitor this form on Saturday afternoons and all day on Sundays, holidays, and break periods.


If you are self-isolating because you are in a high-risk group, please contact your health care provider or COVID-19 Specialist Ami Hanna ( for guidance related to protecting yourself from exposure.


Information for Symptomatic Students in Residence on the Undergraduate Campus:

  • Stay in your room/home. When you must leave your room (e.g., to use the restroom), wear a face mask. Wear a face mask whenever you are around other people, even your roommate. If you have a single room on campus, you do not need to wear a face mask when you are alone in your room. Remember that disposable masks are not meant for extended use. Dispose of them if they get dirty, too moist from breathing, and/or after more than 8 hours of continuous use. Do not reuse. Whenever you are not using your mask, cover your cough. If you are using a cloth mask, make sure you are washing it regularly. This can be done by hand, in a sink with hot water and soap, if you do not have access to a laundry room or services.


  • Avoid using shared bathroom facilities at the same time as other students.
  • Wipe down surfaces before and after use with disinfectant wipes or spray.
  • Dine in your room. Do not go out for food. Students in residence can sign up for meal delivery by filling out this form.


Information for Everyone Self-Isolating:

  • Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.


  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.


  • Use tissues when coughing and wash hands afterwards.


  • For fever >100.4, you may use over-the-counter acetaminophen 325mg 2 tabs every 4 hrs or ibuprofen 200mg 2 tabs every 4 hrs.


  • Make sure that spaces that you share with others in your residence have the best possible airflow (e.g, open windows, weather permitting).


  • You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items. (Use disposable items and discard appropriately).


  • Wash laundry thoroughly.


  • Whenever you have the resources to do so, clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables every day. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.


  • Place all used disposable gloves, face masks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.


Accessing Healthcare:


If you ever experience any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical help:


  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face.


If you live on campus, contact Campus Safety 24/7 at 503-768-7777. Share you need emergency medical help and be sure to disclose that you have been self-isolating. They will call 911. If you live off-campus, call 911.


If your symptoms are non-emergent, the Health Service is open for telehealth urgent care and for consultations about COVID-like symptoms. You must call before coming into the clinic. All consultations start with a screening. Call 503-768-7165 weekdays between 8 a.m. and noon, and between 1-4 p.m. to learn about access to our telehealth and other services.


Starting August 28, the Health Service will also have telehealth hours on Saturdays from 10 am to noon. These appointments are reserved for students who have any symptoms develop late on Friday or on Saturday morning. These appointments can be scheduled starting on the Friday afternoon before using the Health Information Portal. You can make an appointment by calling 503-768-7165.


If you need assistance after business hours or over the weekend, call the free Nurse Consultation Service at 1-877-617-9531.