Expectations for Students in Quarantine
September 21, 2020
Lewis & Clark Expectations for Quarantine
It is critically important to slow the spread of COVID-19. We all have a role to play in this.
Quarantine is different from isolation. The CDC has a good explanation of the difference between isolation and quarantine. (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine-isolation.html)
If you’ve been in close contact (e.g., less than six feet distance for more than 15 minutes, or intimate physical contact) with someone who has COVID-19, you are required to quarantine yourself for 14 days. Testing is not an option to avoid or shorten your quarantine, since it may take up to 14 days for you to test positive. If you are not sure whether you need to quarantine, consult with a staff member in our Health Service (503-768-7165); with a staff member in our Office of Health Promotion (503-768-7112); or contact your off-campus medical provider. If it’s after-hours, or anytime the Health Service is closed, contact our Nurse Consultation Line at 1-844-915-2069.
Never rely on an absence of symptoms to assume that you do not need to either quarantine or remain in quarantine. 40% of COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic. You support the health of our community by remaining in quarantine for the full 14 days.
So I’ve been told to quarantine? What do I do next?
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:
- Isolate yourself in your residence.
- Complete the online COVID Symptom Check and Reporting form (SCARF) on the Health Information Portalal (https://lclark.medicatconnect.com/login.aspx). This form allows you to report exposure. Your responses on this form will help us support you and look out for the health of your fellow students.
- For undergrads living on campus: You will generally be asked to relocate into quarantine housing. If you are in quarantine housing, you must stay in your room, except to pick up meals delivered just outside your building. Mingling in the common areas is not allowed. If you mingle with other students in quarantine, you increase your risk of infection. You will be given a time during which you can use the laundry facilities. You should clean the laundry facilities after use. You will be supplied with cleaning supplies. If you need more cleaning supplies, please contact Melissa Osmond at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dine in your residence. Do not go out for food. For on campus students, complete the meal delivery form (https://forms.gle/YbUL78BARV4uPu9V8) to arrange for meal delivery to your room.
- Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever. Also, monitor each day for the presence of any other COVID symptoms: Chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea. If you develop symptoms, contact the Health Service at 503-768-7165, or the Nurse Consultation Line (when the Health Service is closed) at 1-844-915-2069.
Be aware of the emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If the unlikely event you should ever experience any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately. If on-campus, call Campus Safety at 503-768-7777, and they will call 911. If off-campus, call 911:
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake or stay awake
- Bluish lips or face
- You should only leave your residence to seek medical care, pick up medication, or similar trips. If you have to go out, do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters)
- Follow directions of health care personnel. Consult with the Health Service or your healthcare provider BEFORE stopping quarantine. Always answer your phone, and monitor your email, as health care providers may be trying to reach you.
- The college reserves the right to impose disciplinary consequences on students who leave quarantine housing before being cleared.
- For more information about quarantine, and different scenarios (e.g. living with someone who is positive for COVID 19), see this CDC Resource.
**You must be cleared by a staff member in Health Promotion and Wellness before you can be released from quarantine. Please contact Melissa Osmond at email@example.com or call/text 971-319-2992 for questions and to initiate clearance from quarantine.