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Guidance for Student Self-Isolation- Fall 2020

August 21, 2020

Guidance for Self-isolation: Fall 2020 Update

If you are a student who either 1) has been instructed to self-isolate while waiting on your COVID-19 test results; or 2) is self-isolating pending receiving medical consultation about a COVID symptom; below are some guidelines the college expects you to follow. In about 40% of positive cases, people have been 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, including 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, and nausea or vomiting. You must take your temperature every day. If you even experience any COVID symptoms or exposure, you are required to use the online COVID Symptom Check and Reporting form on the Health Portal ( to report your symptoms/exposure. If, at any point, you have symptoms or exposure and are not able to access this form in the Health Portal, e-mail Your responses on this form will help us support you, and also look out for the health of your fellow students in residence. We are especially concerned for members of our community who are more vulnerable (e.g., people with underlying health conditions). If you are self-isolating because you are in a high-risk group, contact Melissa Osmond (, Associate Director for Health Promotion, or your health care provider for guidelines to protect yourself from exposure.

Information for 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 facemask. Wear a facemask whenever you are around other people. If you have a single room on campus, you do not need to wear a facemask 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.
  • When using shared bathrooms, only one person at a time should be using it. Wipe down surfaces before and after use with disinfectant wipes or spray.
  • Dine in your room. Do not go out for food. For on campus students, complete the meal delivery form ( to arrange for meal delivery to your room.

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 60 to 95% 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, facemasks, 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.

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, or 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.

For any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you, call the Health Service (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) at 503-768-7165. Anytime Health Service staff are unavailable, or after-hours, call the Nurse Consultation Service at 1-844-915-2069.

For more information:

Melissa Osmond, MPH, CHES
Associate Director for Health Promotion, 971-319-2992