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Quarantine & Isolation

Read on for what you need to know about quarantine and isolation this fall.  

Definitions

Quarantine and self-isolation play an important role in keeping our community safe, but it is important to understand the difference, as well as the difference between a close contact and a secondary contact:

Isolation – A student is placed in isolation if they test positive for COVID-19 or are referred to testing because they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. Residents who must isolate will always be moved to isolation/quarantine space. 

A positive COVID-19 test will require isolation for at least 14 days. 

Quarantine – A student who is directed to quarantine is someone who has been exposed to COVID-19 through a close contact (see definition below). Residents may be asked to quarantine in their housing assignment. 

Those identified as a close contact to a positive COVID-19 case will have to be tested and quarantine for 14 days. 

Shelter-in-Place – A student is directed to remain in their residence hall assignment and limit movements on campus to necessities (i.e. bathroom and food). Shelter-in-Place may be used if:

  • The university is a high alert level (see alert levels and metrics)
  • In the case of necessary cleaning due to positive case on the residence hall.  Students may be asked to complete a rapid test during a shelter in place. 
  • If running a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees (with no close contact to a positive COVID case). Plan for a minimum of 72 hours (must be fever free to return) or longer as directed by a medical professional. 

Close contact - Close contacts are individuals who spend more than 15 minutes within 6 feet (mask or mask-free) with a positive case. 

Secondary contact - A secondary contact is someone who may have been near an exposed case (i.e. class, shuttle), but practiced physical distancing and is not considered a close contact. These contacts may be advised to monitor their health but would not need to quarantine.   

The information above provides general guidelines for most situations. Ultimately, the decision and length of time a student is directed to quarantine, isolate, or shelter in place will be guided by testing, exposure, and the advice of a medical professional. 

Residential students will be encouraged to isolate/quarantine off campus; however, spaces have been identified at the Shadyside and Eden Hall Campuses for students who are unable to leave campus. Students may also be asked to quarantine in their assigned residential space.


 

Isolation Guidelines

All students who are self-isolating are expected to:

  • Stay in the space assigned and do not go to class, work or participate in any campus activities. Students will be connected with the Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) for faculty notifications and accommodations.
  • Participate in a contact tracing interview (required for positive cases) with Chatham and ACHD.
  • Do not leave the space provided to visit friends, walk around campus, or for any other reason.
  • Do not order delivery of food. The University will provide groceries and meal deliveries. Drop off times will be communicated in advance.
  • Do not allow visitors.
  • Check-in each day through the Sara Alert survey that will monitor symptoms.
  • Monitor health daily, including taking temperature twice daily (morning and evening).
  • Call healthcare provider immediately if you become sick or your symptoms worsen and follow their advice. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can call Health Services at 412-365-1714 or UPMC Urgent Care at 412-623-4114.
  • Students should provide updates to Chatham on whether you become symptomatic immediately. Call the professional staff on call phone: 412-670-6247.

 

Quarantine Guidelines

 All students who opt to use Chatham’s quarantine space will be required to do the following:

  • Stay in the space assigned and do not go to class, work or participate in any campus activities. Students will be connected with the Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) for faculty notifications and accommodations.
  • Participate in a contact tracing interview (required for positive cases) with Chatham and ACHD.
  • Do not leave the space provided to visit friends, walk around campus, or for any other reason.
  • Do not order delivery of food. The University will provide groceries and meal deliveries. Drop off times will be communicated in advance.
  • Do not allow visitors.
  • Check-in each day through the Sara Alert survey that will monitor symptoms.
  • Monitor health daily, including taking temperature twice daily (morning and evening).
  • Call your healthcare provider immediately if you become sick and follow their advice. If you do not have a healthcare provider, you can call Health Services at 412-365-1714 or UPMC Urgent Care at 412-623-4114.
  • Students should provide updates to Chatham on whether you become symptomatic immediately. Call the professional staff on call phone: 412-670-6247.

 

Shelter-in-Place Guidelines

Residential students may be required to shelter in place for a variety of reasons, including campus change to high alert, fever (with no known close contact to a positive COVID-19 case) or as a precaution due to a positive case on residence hall floor. 

Shelter-in-Place directives will be sent by Residence Life and including, but not limited to the following: 

  • Stay in your housing assignment and do not go to class, work, or participate in any campus activities. Students will be connected with the Office of Academic & Accessibility Resources (OAAR) for faculty notifications and accommodations.
  • Limit movements in the residence hall and apartment building to only necessities (i.e. bathroom or laundry). Follow masking, physical distancing, and regularly clean and sanitize hands and spaces when visiting these spaces.
  • Do not visit other residents’ rooms or apartments.
  • Follow instructions for dining access which may include an assigned dining time or delivery.
  • Call your health care provider immediately if you become sick and follow their advice. If you do not have a health care provider, you can call Health Services at 412-365-1714 or UPMC Urgent Care at 412-623-4114.
  • Students should provide updates to Chatham on whether you become symptomatic immediately. Call the professional staff on call phone: 412-670-6247.

 

Resources Provided for Those in Isolation or Quarantine on Campus

  • Single room with access to personal or semi-private bathroom. Students must wear a mask, physically distance, and wipe down the bathroom when sharing with another person in isolation.
  • Self-isolation kit with basic toiletries (shampoo, soap, etc.) and basic cleaning supplies (trash bags, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
  • Regular food deliveries and groceries (when a kitchen is available)
  • Clothes and personal items, if needed.
  • Daily check-in. We will do our best to provide requested items, within reason.
  • Accommodations for classwork. 

 

FAQ: Quarantine & Isolation

Roommates who share personal spaces and bathrooms will always be considered a close contact, meaning they would be required to get tested, quarantine in their residence hall assignment and monitor their health for 14 days.

If positive case is a student athlete and there were recent practices, the team members would be notified to monitor health for next 14 days. Depending on level of contact and interaction, team members may be required to engage in quarantine or shelter in place in their individual living assignments. If someone is identified as a close contact, they will be tested and required to quarantine.