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Guidelines for Isolation and Quarantine- Summer 2020

May 19, 2020

Guidelines for Self Isolation

 

General Information:

It is critically important to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play in this. If you aren’t feeling well and wondering what to do first, complete this online self-screening: https://c19oregon.com/start. If you are symptomatic, it is imperative that you follow the guidelines below to protect yourself and those around you. It is also imperative that you complete the online symptom notification form. 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 (mosmond@lclark.edu) or your health care provider for guidelines to protect yourself from exposure.

If you’ve been in recent contact with someone who has COVID-19, or suspect that you have been exposed, we expect you to quarantine yourself for 14 days. Unsure of what to do? The CDC has a good explanation of the difference between isolation and quarantine.

Information for Students in Residence on the Undergraduate Campus:

  • Stay in your room/home as much as possible. 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. The disposable masks provided 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.
  • Do not dine in communal areas. Do not go out for food. For information on how to initiate grocery or other food delivery, students in residence should go to this weblink (https://go.lclark.edu/symptoms_form). Students who have not visited the Health Service can also use the same weblink to request a Wellness Kit for their rooms. Wellness kits include some items (e.g., facemasks, hand sanitizer) to support students in isolation. If students need additional masks or thermometers, they should email Melissa Osmond at mosmond@lclark.edu or call/text 971-319-2992.

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 symptoms worsen with increased fever, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing or chest and you suspect your situation is an emergency, contact Campus Safety 24/7 at 503-768-7777, and be sure to disclose that you have been self-isolating. If non-emergent and during the weekdays schedule a telehealth appointment with Health Service on the Health Information Portal. At all other times, call the Nurse Consultation Service at 1-800-607-5501.

When to end self-isolation:

For the most up-to-date guidance on this subject go to the CDC’s website “what to do if you’re sick” and scroll down to the bottom of the page.

People with COVID-19 who have stayed home (home isolated) can leave home under the following conditions**:

  • If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
    • You have had no fever for at least 72 hours (that is three full days of no fever without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
      AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
      AND
    • at least 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared
  • If you have had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these three things have happened:
    • You no longer have a fever (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers)
      AND
    • other symptoms have improved (for example, when your cough or shortness of breath have improved)
      AND
    • you received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

People who DID NOT have COVID-19 symptoms, but tested positive and have stayed home (home isolated) can leave home under the following conditions**:

  • If you have not had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after these two things have happened:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the date of your first positive test
      AND
    • you continue to have no symptoms (no cough or shortness of breath) since the test.
  • If you have had a test to determine if you are still contagious, you can leave home after:
    • You received two negative tests in a row, at least 24 hours apart. Your doctor will follow CDC guidelines.

Note: if you develop symptoms, follow guidance above for people with COVID19 symptoms.

**In all cases, follow the guidance of your doctor and local health department. The decision to stop home isolation should be made in consultation with your healthcare provider and state and local health departments. Some people, for example those with conditions that weaken their immune system, might continue to shed virus even after they recover.

Find more information on when to end home isolation

Information for People in Quarantine:

For individuals in quarantine (i.e., persons without symptoms, though at high risk for contracting COVID-19 due to exposure to someone with the illness or recent travel to areas with high infection rates). Please follow these guidelines:

Stay home for 14 days from the time you were exposed to a person with COVID-19 OR left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread.

Take these steps to monitor your health

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or school for this 14-day period. Discuss your work situation with your employer before returning to work.
  3. If you have to go out (e.g. seeking medical care) do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares.
  4. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters).

If you’ve been isolating because you are sick but haven’t been diagnosed with COVID-19, consult with the Health Service or your healthcare provider BEFORE stopping isolation.

 

**Please notify Melissa Osmond at mosmond@lclark.edu or call/text 971-319-2992 when coming out of self-isolation or quarantine.

For more information:

Melissa Osmond, MPH, CHES
Associate Director for Health Promotion
mosmond@lclark.edu, 971-319-2992

covid19info@lclark.edu