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Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine applies to someone who has had close contact with a person confirmed to have COVID-19, but who does not have any symptoms of infection.  They need to be separated for a period of time to be observed for symptoms and to prevent their accidentally infecting someone else.  Quarantine lasts 14 days.

Isolation applies to someone who may be infected or has been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19. They need to be isolated to prevent the spread of virus to the community while they are contagious.  Isolation lasts 10 days in most instances.

Both are critically important to keeping campus safer.

You must report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu for advice on quarantine and isolation.  You will be given individual guidance and specific instructions on what to do.

COVIDWatch will notify you when it is safe to return to campus.  You may not attend face-to-face classes or any university events until you have been released by a COVIDWatch team member.

If you are told to quarantine because you have been exposed to COVID-19:

Students in University housing will need to quarantine for 14 days from your most recent exposure. If instructed to quarantine, it's recommended that students in University Housing return to their permanent homes to do so.

If that is not possible due to extenuating circumstances, UHS, Student Affairs and UC Housing will work with you to provide appropriate accommodations and medical care for the quarantine or isolation period. You may continue their classes remotely. Meals will be delivered by Food Services (meal plan required). UC Housing may not be available for all quarantined or isolated students.

Students living in off-campus housing will be asked to stay home for 14 days.

All students in quarantine will not be able to attend face-to-face classes or any university events and will need to avoid contact with others and stay in their single room or apartment. If you do need to go out for medical appointments or necessary supplies, you must avoid contact with others and wear a facial covering but leaving quarantine or isolation must be kept to a minimum.

If you are told to isolate because you may have, or definitely do have, COVID-19:

You must immediately isolate yourself from others and seek medical advice. COVIDWatch clinicians will provide guidance.  This includes:

  • Anyone diagnosed with COVID-19;
  • Anyone with symptoms and a pending test for COVID-19;
  • Anyone, with or without symptoms, with a positive test for COVID-19.

Remain in your room as much as possible.

Students in University housing will need to isolate for 10 days from either the day symptoms began or the day that you tested positive, whichever is earlier.  If instructed to isolate, you are allowed to return to your permanent home to do so.

In most cases, it is safer to remain in University housing for the 10 days. UHS, Student Affairs and UC Housing will work with you to provide appropriate accommodations and medical care for the isolation period. You may continue their classes remotely. Meals will be delivered by Food Services (meal plan required).  Housing will contact you with details regarding your transfer to isolation.

Students living in off-campus housing will be asked to stay home for 10 days. 

All students in isolation will not be able to attend face-to-face classes or any university events and will need to avoid contact with others and stay in their single room or apartment. If you do need to go out for medical appointments or necessary supplies, you must avoid contact with others and wear a facial covering but leaving quarantine or isolation must be kept to a minimum.  Most importantly, consider yourself contagious for the entire 10 days, even if you feel completely well.  It is possible to carry and transmit the virus when you don’t have any symptoms of infection.

The university, through its contract tracing program and in conjunction with local health departments, will determine who has been exposed and when quarantine is required. All exposed students must report to COVIDWatch@uc.edu.

University faculty and staff must also follow these guidelines and self-report to COVIDWatch for guidance.

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Richard E. Lindner Center
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Cincinnati, OH 45221-0010

Mail Location: 0769
Phone: 513-556-2564
Fax: 513-556-1337