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Fall Campus Return FAQs - Quarantine and Isolation Housing FAQs

Updated September 17, 2020 | 2:30 p.m.

 

The University follows the CDC’s definition of quarantine in which quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

For students on campus who might have been exposed to COVID-19, the University has dedicated quarantine housing where students can safely and comfortably separate themselves for the required period of time, as determined by local public health officials.

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

The University follows the CDC’s definition for isolation in which isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should separate themselves until it’s safe for them to be around others.

For students on campus who have tested positive, the University has dedicated isolation housing where students can safely and comfortably separate themselves for the required period of time, as determined by local public health officials.

 

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

According to the CDC definitions for quarantine and isolation, quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others. Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others.

The University has dedicated quarantine and separate isolation housing on campus where student can safely and comfortably separate themselves for the required period of time, as determined by local public health officials.

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

UW has identified select campus apartments, the Honors House, and suites throughout our residential communities for quarantine and isolation housing.

If a student tests positive, then they will be contacted directly by a team member from the COVID Hub who will guide the student through next steps. Students will be directly supported each step of the process by a dedicated and qualified team who are carefully trained and equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to meet the needs of UW students and their families during this time.

Please see additional quarantine / isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

After testing positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by UW and the Wyoming Department of Health. The Wyoming Department of Health will issue official quarantine or isolation orders. During this communication, an individual can make a request to quarantine at home. This is considered on a case-by-case basis and is approved at the discretion of the Wyoming Department of Health.

Students who need additional medical care while in UW quarantine or isolation housing should contact Student Health Service or their dedicated residence coordinator. UW will help support access to additional medical care through Student Health Service or local community providers as needed.

If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

If you live in a UW-owned apartment or in an apartment or house off campus and test positive for COVID-19, you should immediately begin self-isolation in your personal room / residence.

All students who test positive regardless of whether they live on or off campus will be contacted by UW and the Wyoming Department of Health. If a student is not able to self-isolate in their personal room / residence, then the student should raise this concern when they are contacted, and UW will work with the Wyoming Department of Health to make safe and appropriate accommodations.

Students living in the residence halls or FSL housing are encouraged to have a “COVID-19 bag” prepared if they need to be moved to isolation or quarantine housing. For recommendations see this post by the Center for Wilderness Safety.

Students living on campus who test positive for COVID-19 will be moved to a room identified for isolation housing purposes for at least 10 days, as determined by the Wyoming Department of Health.

Students living on campus who are exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be moved to a room identified for quarantine housing purposes for at least 14 days, as determined by the Wyoming Department of Health.

Quarantine and isolation orders come from the Wyoming Department of Health. Orders for quarantine and isolation vary in length depending on the case details but will contain clear guidance for the beginning and end date of quarantine or isolation.

A close contact is defined as having been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes, less than 6 feet apart.

Students who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms should report to the COVID-19 Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be contacted by UW and the Wyoming Department of Health. UW will conduct initial contact tracing to identify probable close contacts, which will then be verified by the Wyoming Department of Health. The Wyoming Department of Health will issue official quarantine or isolation order for those who are confirmed close contacts and will communicate the requirements for quarantine to those individuals.

For those on-campus students who test positive and are required to isolate, UW will:

  • Provide meals and other necessities for daily living.
  • Ensure the student’s residence coordinator checks in on them daily.
  • Support access to medical care through Student Health Service or community providers.

Each student in quarantine and isolation housing will have a dedicated residence coordinator who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

Yes. Students can order delivery grocery or food service while in quarantine and isolation housing. In addition, there are multiple resources for ordering groceries nearby campus:

  • Safeway – grocery delivery options ($)
  • Walmart – grocery pickup and delivery options ($)
  • Interfaith – community food pantry with delivery options

Each student in quarantine and isolation housing will have a dedicated residence coordinator who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

The UW Contingency Plan outlines the triggers for a change in UW campus operations. It is critically important to understand that a pause on campus operations or a move to fully online instruction may be enacted with little or no advance warning, please make advanced preparations now.

When a student is required to stay in quarantine and isolation housing, UW Residence Life will help them get prepared to do so. Upon arrival, students will be provided with a snack bag from Washakie Dining Center and a bag filled with necessities such as toiletries and activities such as coloring books, crafts and puzzles.

Each student will also have a dedicated residence coordinator who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

To prioritize the mental health of students in quarantine and isolation housing, each student will be checked on daily by a staff member (7 days a week) and a Student Health Service representative (Monday-Friday). Check-ins will take place via a phone call or Zoom call. Students will also be informed of various well-being resources available to them throughout their time in quarantine and isolation housing.

The details of your quarantine or isolation orders will help individuals decipher what they can and cannot do based on their specific case. In general, those individuals who are placed in on-campus quarantine or isolation housing can go outside, so long as they can properly social distance, wear a mask and avoid close contact with others at all time. Individuals should defer to their quarantine or isolation orders from the Wyoming Department of Health for specific guidance pertaining to their case.

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In this time of uncertainty, we’re dedicated to helping answer your questions based on the latest information regarding the COVID-19 (novel coronavrius) pandemic.

 

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