September 21, 2020

Expectations for Students in Quarantine

Expectations and guidance for students in quarantine.

Lewis & Clark Expectations for Quarantine

General Information:

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. 

You may be required to enact a quarantine period if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19, unless you have been fully vaccinated. For unvaccinated people, testing is not an option to avoid or shorten your quarantine, since it may take up to 14 days for you to test positive.

At this time, people who are fully vaccinated do not need to quarantine after contact with someone who had COVID-19 unless they have symptoms. However, fully vaccinated people should get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

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 1-877-617-9531.


So I’ve been told to quarantine? What do I do next?

All individuals in quarantine must follow these guidelines:

  1. Isolate yourself in your residence.
  2. Complete the online COVID Symptom Check and Reporting form (SCARF) on the Health Information Portal ( 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 to your door. Mingling in the common areas is not allowed. Health Promotion staff will provide you with specific instructions for how to manage your quarantine period. 

> Dine in your residence. Do not go out for food. On campus students should complete this meal delivery form to arrange for meal delivery to your room.


How do I monitor my health during my quarantine period? 

  1. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day and monitor for fever.
  2. Monitor each day for the presence of any other COVID symptoms. Symptoms can include 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. A full list of COVID symptoms can be found here
  3. If you develop symptoms, contact the Health Service at 503-768-7165, or the Nurse Consultation Line (when the Health Service is closed) at 1-877-617-9531.
  4. 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:
    1. Trouble breathing
    2. Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    3. New confusion
    4. Inability to wake or stay awake
    5. Bluish lips or face
  5. 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)
  6. 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.
  7. The college reserves the right to impose disciplinary consequences on students who leave quarantine housing before being cleared.
  8. 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 Health Promotion Coordinator & COVID-19 Specialist Ami Hanna at for questions and to initiate clearance from quarantine.


Revised 8/9/21