Information for Students in Isolation

Isolation Process

Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 must isolate until given the all-clear from Student Health. This includes individuals who are vaccinated but receive a positive COVID test. If a student’s current living situation does not meet isolation requirements, the student will be moved to Catawba Hall, an isolation hall. While waiting to move from a current residence to isolation, students should remain in their room. Please note: if you begin isolation on campus and then decide to go home, you must inform Health Services. 

Isolation bag/Packing List: 

  • College ID, wallet/purse, any other ID, and legal documents 
  • Insurance card or insurance information from parents 
  • Books, notebooks, pens/pencils, and other items needed for classes 
  • Computer and power cord 
  • Phone and charger 
  • Enough clothing for up to 10 days 
    Toiletries (Soap, shampoo, razor, deodorant, etc.) 
  • Laundry detergent 
  • Bedding & pillows if not provided 
  • Towels & washcloths 
  • Face coverings (Masks) 
  • ThermometerPage Break 
  • Over-the-counter medications (Tylenol, etc.) and any prescriptions 

If you are COVID-positive, remember it is highly contagious and you have an obligation to protect others.  

  • Do not attend class, events or enter campus buildings, including dining halls. 
  • No guests are allowed in any part of the isolation area. 
  • Remain in the building of your designated isolation area. Students isolating in Catawba may utilize the wrap-around porch as it is only accessible from the building. 
  • Wear a facial covering and maintain physical distance if leaving your room for any reason. 
  • Follow social distancing. 


  • Dining services will deliver two meals and a continental breakfast to you once a day at between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (subject to change).  
  • Meals must be left at the entrance of the building or designated table for you to collect so as to protect those delivering. Please do your best to limit trips out of your room to collect items. 
  • Students beginning isolation after 1 p.m. will be responsible for their own meals until the lunch time drop off the next day. Students can order contactless delivery or have a friend leave meals outside their building for them to pick up. 

Mail delivery 

  • If you have mail or packages that need to be picked up, it will be delivered to you. In regards to mail delivery, every attempt will be made to get it to you as soon as possible, however it could be the following day depending on staffing. 
  • Mail will be picked up at 2 p.m. (when all mail is usually to campus). It will then be delivered to your residence hall, outside your door for contactless delivery. The staff members delivering will call you or knock to let you know the mail is in front of your door.   

Caring for your Physical well-being:

  • If moving to an alternate residence, take items needed for 14 days, including clothing, personal hygiene items, cleaning products, medication, academic work, etc.
  • Monitor yourself for any potential symptoms of the virus (i.e, coughing, fever, chills or muscle aches, shortness of breath) and if available to you, check your temperature in the morning and evening. Be prepared to report any symptoms to Student Health Services at 540-375-2286.
  • Contact Health Services if symptoms worsen or call 9-1-1 in a medical emergency
  • Eat regular, healthy meals
  • Get at least eight hours of sleep
  • Avoid alcohol, recreational drugs, smoking and vaping.

Caring for your Mental well-being:

  • Find a way to keep active, even if it’s in your room.
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can. Students isolating in Catawba may use the wrap-around porch as it is only accessible via the building.
  • Stay in contact with friends and family via phone, Facetime, Skype, What’s App, etc.
  • You can still participate in virtual counseling groups or sessions.
  • Let’s Talk is virtual!
  • Utilize TAO, a self-help tool for mental health for all Maroons!
  • If additional support is needed, contact Student Counseling at 540-375-2286.

Caring for your Academic well-being: 

  • Contact faculty to say you are unable to attend your classes. Ask to work with them on staying caught up or catching up on work and assignments. If you need further assistance, contact the Center for Learning and Teaching at 540-375-2247. 
  • Zoom versions of your courses will not be offered, but your instructors will work with you in other ways. 
  • If you have a job on campus or off campus, contact your employer/supervisor and inform them you will be unable to report to work until cleared to return. 
  • Take advantage of additional virtual resources, such as office hours and Subject Tutoring. 
  • If your physical health prevents you from completing your academics, please work with Student Health to notify faculty and create a plan for completion when your health is stronger. 

Stay healthy Maroons!