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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.

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

As per CDC guidelines, vaccinated individuals DO NOT have to quarantine following exposure.

Whether you are quarantining or in isolation, you should not be leaving your home or assigned residence hall 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, vaccinated individuals DO NOT have to quarantine following exposure. If you are not fully vaccinated and have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, you should quarantine immediately. 

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

Resident students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111); all students should notify Health Services (healthservices@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8400) 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, 610.902.8760) 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, you can be released from quarantine:

  • After day 10 (following last exposure) without testing and if you are not symptomatic
  • After day 7 (following last exposure/travel) after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later) and if you are not symptomatic.

Again, fully vaccinated individuals DO NOT need to quarantine following exposure, as per the CDC.

After stopping quarantine, you should:

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after the last exposure. 
  • Continue to follow all mitigation measures in place: Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If at any time you develop symptoms or test positive, your timeline changes. At that point, you are under the isolation protocol and you should immediately isolate. 

Isolating After Testing Positive for COVID-19 

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

Resident students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111); all students should notify Health Services (healthservices@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8400) 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 quarantine in their permanent home, the student will be moved to Casey House , where they will check-in two times daily by email/phone/virtual meeting. All campus supports are engaged, regardless of where the student is quarantining.

In the rare circumstance that student cannot isolate at their permanent home, the student will be moved to McManus House, where they will check-in two times daily by phone/virtual meeting. All campus supports are engaged, regardless of where the student is isolating.   

Care for students in quarantine AND isolation space includes:  

  • Email/Phone/Televisits/check-ins 2 times per day (between 10-11am and 2-4pm)    
  • Meal delivery once per day (lunch, hot dinner, and pre-packaged breakfast)   

On-campus rooms/building 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   
  • Mattress cover   
  • 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 until 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.).

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