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Quarantine and Isolation Guidance 

Quarantine is the separation of a person who has been exposed to a contagious disease but has not developed illness (symptoms) from others who have not been exposed, in order to prevent the possible spread of that disease. 

Quarantine is usually established for the incubation period of the communicable disease, which is the span of time during which people have developed illness after exposure. Someone who has been released from COVID-19 quarantine is not considered a risk for spreading the virus to others because they have not developed illness during the incubation period.

As per CDC guidelines, individuals DO NOT* have to quarantine following exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days and test at day 6. *The exception for fall 2022 is that resident students with a roommate will need to quarantine for sleeping and eating purposes only.

Isolation is the separation of people with a contagious disease from people who are not infected.

When you are in isolation, you should not be leaving your home or assigned room, you should not be interacting with family members or friends, you should not be going to work or to the grocery store or to pick up food. If you are home, you should quarantine/isolate in a separate room within your home.

Quarantining After Exposure 

As per CDC guidelines, individuals DO NOT* have to quarantine following exposure, but should wear a mask for 10 days and test at day 6. *The exception for fall 2022 is that resident students with a roommate will need to quarantine for sleeping and eating purposes only.

Please note, exposure is qualified as being within six feet of a COVID-infected person for a period of time of 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour time frame, with or without wearing a mask. 

ALL students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111) immediately when they learn of their exposure. Employees should notify Human Resources (humanresources@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8760). Guidance will be provided. 

Monitor your symptoms and take your temperature each day. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately.

If at any time you develop symptoms or test positive, you should immediately isolate and contact Public Safety or Human Resources. 

Isolating After Testing Positive for COVID-19 

Regardless of vaccination status, if you test positive for COVID-19, you should isolate immediately.

ALL students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111) and alert your professors of your absence from class and arrange for alternate attendance and/or work completion. Employees should notify Human Resources (humanresources@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8206) and alert your supervisor regarding any changes to your schedule.

Monitor your symptoms and take your temperature each day. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), call 911 and seek emergency medical care immediately.

According to the CDC, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 and develop symptoms, you can discontinue isolating: 

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved.

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never developed symptoms, you may discontinue isolation and other precautions 10 days after the date of their first positive PCR test. 

Quarantining and Isolating on Campus

In the rare circumstance that a student cannot isolate or quarantine in their permanent home, the student will be moved to an appropriate location on campus. All campus supports are engaged, regardless of where the student is.

Care for students in isolation space includes:  

  • Email/Phone/Televisits/check-ins     
  • Meal delivery once per day (lunch, hot dinner, and pre-packaged breakfast)   

On-campus rooms/buildings include:   

  • Instructions posted on the door and other educational materials provided  
  • Instructions on cleaning bathrooms after each use  
  • Key from Public Safety   
  • Care packages with essentials to assist with mental health and occupying time
  • Scheduled times to use the outdoor area as well as laundry facilities   
  • Wastebasket with plastic liner bag   
  • Refrigerator and microwave 
  • Thermometer, if needed   
  • Disposable gloves to be used to clean bathroom after use   
  • Hand sanitizer   
  • Disinfecting wipes or Clorox Spray bottle/roll of paper towel   

All quarantine and isolation rooms will remain vacant for 24 hours after use before being thoroughly cleaned and disinfected.   

Instructions for students in campus quarantine or isolation spaces:  

Students being moved to quarantine and isolation spaces will NOT be permitted to return to their original assignment for any reasons unless cleared to do so. They will be advised to bring the following items with them to their temporary location:   

  • Books, laptop, charger – anything needed for classes   
  • Bedding/Pillow   
  • Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, deodorant, medicines)   
  • Food/snacks   
  • Laundry detergent   
  • Bring to go bag (masks, tissues, water, PJs,)   
  • Medications

Tips for Quarantining and Isolating at Home/in a Shared Residence 

  • Stay in a separate room from other household members.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible. If you need to share a bathroom, wear your mask and gloves. Disinfect the bathroom and all toiletries after each use. 
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets. 
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when you need to be around other people, and they should as well. This includes car rides—keep the windows open as well.
  • Hydrate adequately. Purchase a case of water bottles and snacks to have in your room. Collect used bottles in a trash bag. This will limit interactions with family members.
  • Place a table outside your bedroom for “meal deliveries.” This too will limit interactions between family members. 
  • Stay in touch with friends virtually and encourage them to adhere to mitigation best practices (mask-wearing, social distancing, etc.).