Isolation and Quarantine Information

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine? 

Quarantine and isolation are similar in some ways. Both involve separation of people to protect the public, both help limit further spread of COVID-19, both can be done voluntarily or be required by health authorities, and may lead to contact tracing to monitor close contacts and contacts. Both also provide an environment in which students can focus on their health so they can recover and return to their academic studies.

Quarantine, as defined by the CDC, separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to monitor symptoms and see if they become sick. This also helps to reduce possible spread in case these individuals should become sick. Residents who come in contact or suspect they may have COVID-19 will be able to quarantine-in-place due to our residential structure. Individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine if exposed to someone with COVID-19 but a test is required 3-5 days after exposure. 

Isolation, as defined by the CDC, is separating a sick person from those who are not sick with COVID-19. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 is required to isolate for up to 10 days, even individuals who have been vaccinated. 

Other important points about isolation and quarantine: 

  • If someone you were close to notifies you they have tested positive and you place yourself in quarantine, you must notify the Student Health Center at 540-375-2286. 
  • If you go to a local urgent care, or your own doctor, and test positive for COVID-19, you must notify Student Health Center at 540-375-2286. This is part of your housing agreement with the College. 
  • If you live off campus and have tested positive at an off campus facility, you must notify the Student Health Center. 
  • Notification to the Student Health Center also puts students in the process for support from College in the way of notification of contacts, notification to professors, meal deliveries (if on campus), mail delivery and more.