QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION HOUSING
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE A DAWGCHECK IS SUBMITTED? | ISOLATION | QUARANTINE | PREPARING TO ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE | PARKING | ONCE YOU ARRIVE | CHECKING OUT
If you are having symptoms of COVID-19: First, please isolate yourself and take the proper precautions to limit risk of exposure to others. Contact the University Health Center for an appointment (706-542-1162) during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). Do not walk in.
If you are currently healthy and not experiencing symptoms of COVID-19: You may register for an appointment at a testing location on campus. Please use your MyID to log into the Student/Faculty/Staff Testing Portal to schedule your appointment. You will be required to show your UGACard at the testing location.
WHAT TO EXPECT IN ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE
Housing and meals will be available based on residents' needs during UGA break periods.
We understand that isolation and quarantine can be an unexpected experience for students, and we want to make sure we are doing everything we can to make sure you have what you need to recover, stay healthy and keep up with your schoolwork. For current University Housing residents, there is no cost associated with staying in quarantine or isolation housing, either on-campus or in a designated hotel.
If you haven’t already done so, please submit a report through DawgCheck if you have tested positive for COVID-19, have COVID-like symptoms or have been exposed directly to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This will trigger emails to University Housing and to Student Care and Outreach, so we can talk through next steps.
CLARIFICATION OF TERMS
Isolation: Isolation is required for those who test positive for COVID-19 or for those who have COVID-like symptoms. Isolation separates people who are ill with a contagious disease from those who are not ill. People in isolation who have symptoms should remain in isolation for at least 10 days after symptoms first appeared and at least 24 hours with no fever (without using medicine). People who have tested positive but are asymptomatic should remain in isolation for 10 days after positive test.
Quarantine: Quarantine is required when someone believes they have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Quarantine keeps people who were exposed to a contagious disease away from others during the incubation period of the virus in order to see if they become sick.
The CDC continues to recommend a quarantine period of 14 days for those who have been in close contact with individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. However, the University of Georgia will allow a reduced quarantine period of 10 days IF the individual in quarantine remains symptom-free throughout the first 10 days of quarantine.
Although you are still encouraged to remain in quarantine for the full 14-day monitoring period, you are strongly encouraged to take a COVID-19 test within 48 hours of the end of the 10-day quarantine period (to be administered between days 8 and 10). Testing is free at the University Heath Center and Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
If the test is positive:
- Report it through DawgCheck
- Begin a 10-day isolation period from the date of the test
- If you have remained asymptomatic during the 10-day monitoring period and the test is negative*:
- You may leave your quarantine period after 10 days (notify housing at 706-583-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org if choose this option)
- Continue to closely monitor for any new COVID-19 symptoms throughout the remaining four days recommended for quarantine
- Continue to practice good mitigation strategies (e.g., wear a mask, practice good hand hygiene, avoid crowds and maintain social distancing at all times). DawgCheck is the best method for monitoring these symptoms.
*Negative tests before the 10-day mark can be reassuring but DO NOT influence the duration of your quarantine or your options.
Please use the COVID-19 Quarantine Calculator to review what options the University currently supports and their respective criteria. Although the CDC does offer a seven-day option for exiting quarantine, the University of Georgia does not support this option.
Please note: students who quarantine in a University Housing-provided space will be accommodated for the full quarantine 14-day period unless we are notified that you have met the criteria for a shortened quarantine period.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE A DAWGCHECK IS SUBMITTED?
- University Housing receives notification through DawgCheck that students are positive, need to isolate, or need to quarantine
- The housing call center, comprised of several housing staff members, responds to these notifications, seven days a week to contact and assist residents
- First, we reach out to you to get more information about your individual situation, explain the process and work on what isolation or quarantine may look like for you
- When University Housing receives notification of a resident who has tested positive for COVID-19, we will also contact any roommate of that resident.
- We ask that you return to their primary residence to isolate or quarantine when at all possible, but we recognize that this may not be an option for everyone
- If you are not able to return to their primary residence, University Housing will assist in coordinating logistics (housing, transportation and meals), and follow up while you are in isolation or quarantine
- Most residents will not be permitted to isolate or quarantine in their current residence hall – particularly in halls with community bathrooms
- The end date to your isolation/quarantine period will be determined by using the information provided by each resident (i.e., date of exposure, date of positive COVID test, date of onset of symptoms), and entering it in the DawgCheck COVID calculator
- The housing call center will process notifications 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekends. All students should receive either a phone call or email indicating we have received their notification, but depending on when a student’s DawgCheck was submitted and whether they need isolation or quarantine, their case may be addressed the following day
If you are in isolation or quarantine, you may not to leave your assigned space throughout the duration of your isolation or quarantine unless you have a medical appointment or unless there is an emergency that requires a building evacuation.
If you have an exam or are expected to attend an in-person class, please contact Student Care & Outreach (email@example.com or 706-542-7774) to help you navigate this situation with your instructors.
SPECIFICS FOR STUDENTS IN ISOLATION
- A test is NOT REQUIRED to return to class or normal activities after the isolation period ends. The CDC no longer recommends a test for clearance to return to class, campus activities or work
- Students with symptoms must enter isolation, however, if you are not sure if your symptoms are COVID-related, you can take a test, and if it turns out the symptoms are related to another illness (e.g., strep), then you might be able to discontinue isolation. Email firstname.lastname@example.org regarding any updates, concerns or changes in your health
SPECIFICS FOR STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE
- You cannot test out of quarantine. Even though you may not be experiencing symptoms or have received a negative COVID test, you still may develop COVID-19, as symptoms can appear anywhere from two to 10 days after exposure to the virus.
- Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and completed their isolation period, do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to three months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. Students who develop symptoms again within three months of their first bout with COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms as recommended by the CDC
- Email email@example.com regarding any updates, concerns or changes in your health
PREPARING TO ISOLATE OR QUARANTINE
Expect a call from University Housing. If it is not possible for you to return to a permanent residence or other location off campus, University Housing will help you navigate this process. Should you require University Housing to provide a space, we will make your isolation or quarantine assignment based on available spaces, and help you arrange transportation and meals. Although there are several places where students in isolation or quarantine are housed, you will not be offered a choice on where you will stay. Please note that students moving into isolation housing may be sharing some amenities, but each resident will have a private bedroom.
- Download the What to Bring checklist for suggestions
- All rooms will have linens provided
- If you have forgotten something and need an item brought to you, please contact the University Housing call center at 706-583-0912
- Please note, mail will not be redirected from your primary housing assignment to an isolation or quarantine assignment
Information specific to your stay
For information specific to your stay, choose your location below or in the sidebar to the right.
PARKING AND SHUTTLE TRANSPORTATION
For parking information specific to your location, please click on a link to the right.
If you cannot drive yourself to your isolation or quarantine space, University Housing can help you arrange transportation through Parking and Transportation Services. There are several scheduled pick-up times and locations within walking distance to your residence hall.
University Housing can help you arrange transportation to the University Health Center if you do not have your personal vehicle at your isolation or quarantine space and are not within walking distance. Contact the housing call center at 706-583-0912 in advance of your appointment to coordinate transportation. University Housing will not coordinate travel for off-campus urgent care centers.
ONCE YOU ARRIVE
University Housing spaces
- A housing staff member will greet you to verify occupancy and to answer any questions
- Staff will unlock the space, so you are ready to enter when you arrive
- For information specific to your location, click the links to the right
- A packet will be ready for you when you arrive to the check-in station at the hotel
- You will need to complete the intake form
- Students requesting an ADA accommodation should alert the hotel upon checking in
- Please make sure you wear your face covering over your nose and mouth at all times
- Do not arrive prior to the check-in time you confirmed with University Housing
Your first day
Student Care and Outreach and University Housing staff may be contacting you while in isolation or quarantine to check in on you, answer questions, explain how they can help you during your stay, and explain checkout procedures. Please make sure you answer your phone if you aren’t sleeping or not in a Zoom class.
Take time to lie down, text loved ones you got there, or whatever makes you feel better!
Make sure you have completed the online wellness meal delivery form if you want your meals delivered. For more information, choose the Wellness Meals link to the right.
Students in quarantine/isolation housing should not attend in-person classes. Notify your professors you will be unable to attend class and request course materials. WiFi is available in all quarantine and isolation spaces.
The Georgia Department of Public Health is responsible for contact tracing. However, as that may take some time, if you are isolating, we encourage you to notify those with whom you may have been in close contact so they know to submit a DawgCheck for possible exposure as soon as possible. Close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Quarantine keeps people who were exposed to a contagious disease away from others during the incubation period of the virus in order to see if they become sick.
Engagement and physical activity
There are many opportunities to engage virtually with programs and events on campus. We encourage you to participate for your mental and physical wellbeing. Check out the following for fitness and social opportunities:
CHECKING OUT OF ISOLATION OR QUARANTINE HOUSING
- For checkout information specific to your location, click on the sidebar to the right
- Students may not return to class until they have until they have completed their isolation or quarantine and are symptom free
- You must vacate the space by 9 a.m. on the day your isolation or quarantine period ends
- Remove all personal items from the unit
- Remove all perishable items from the unit
- Please notify the University Housing call center that you have vacated your space at 706-583-0912 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Since you are considered healthy following quarantine or isolation, para transit is not necessary. Public transportation options include the UGA bus or the Athens City Bus. All quarantine and isolation locations are within walking distance of one of these options