What to Do If: You're Asked to Quarantine and Live Off-Campus
As a member of the community, it is critical that you take these necessary measures to keep everyone safe. Stay calm and use the following guidance.
If you are a close contact of someone who tests positive for COVID-19, you will be notified via an email sent to your MIX account. You then will receive follow-up phone calls from the Monongalia County Health Department, WVU Student Health and the WVU CARE team.
If you receive a notification that you need to quarantine prior to being informed by a student notification email, you are required to let the University know at CareServices@mail.wvu.edu. If you become aware outside of the University that you have had a positive exposure, are a close contact or are instructed to quarantine by your physician, you should also notify the CARE Team for all necessary resources.
During this time, we ask that you stay calm and use the following guidance. As a member of the community, it is critical that you take these necessary measures to keep everyone safe. You are expected to follow all University rules and policies.
Please stay in your residence and avoid contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department and WVU Student Health. You should not leave your residence for any reason during this time unless it is absolutely necessary. This includes going to in-person classes or being on campus. If you begin to feel ill, please contact Student Health at 304-285-7200.
You will have the opportunity to shorten your quarantine time to 10 days if you:
- have no symptoms during the 10-day period
- receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7
- follow all safety measures - including daily symptom monitoring - through day 14
If you fail to comply with any quarantine requirements, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include interim suspension, educational requirements, removal from courses, a campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, University probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion. View the COVID-19 quarantine policy.
What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?
The University uses the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” for those who have COVID-19 related matters.
Isolation is avoiding contact with others for at least 10 days after your testing date, as directed by the local health department. You are likely in isolation because you've tested positive for COVID-19, and this isolation period will separate you from others who may not be sick to help stop the spread of COVID-19. If you live in a residence hall, you will move to Arnold Apartments or Gaskins House. If living off campus, you stay away from others by using a separate living space. You should not leave this isolation space at all during the 10-day period. You are not allowed on campus for class or work at any point during this period, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared.
Quarantine is avoiding contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. You are likely in quarantine because you’ve been considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19, and this quarantine period separates and restricts the movement of those exposed to COVID-19 to stop the spread of the virus. If you live in a residence hall, you will quarantine in your room and may only leave it to use the restroom throughout this time; meals will be provided. If you live off campus, you should stay away from others by using a separate living space. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period. If you begin to feel ill and develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should call your primary care physician or WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200.
- You may be contacted by the Monongalia County Health Department and Student Health and provided quarantine guidelines and medical guidance.
- It is your responsibility to let your instructors know you will not be attending class.
- If you have any in-person classes as part of your course schedule, the Office of the Provost will send a notification letter to your instructors informing them there has been a COVID-19 related event.
- A representative from the University Apartments team will be in touch with you directly to see if you would prefer an alternative location to quarantine in order to complete your care services for your quarantine period.
During Quarantine: Testing
Required COVID-19 Testing
- Due to your exposure to a positive case, you are required to test for COVID-19 on campus five to seven days from the date you received notification to quarantine.
- The delay will ensure more reliable results due to COVID-19's typical incubation period.
- Testing information regarding patients is regulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) guidelines and will be kept confidential.
- You will have the opportunity to shorten your quarantine time to 10 days if you receive a negative RT-PCR test result on day 6-7, have no symptoms during the 10-day period and follow all safety measures - including daily symptom monitoring - through day 14.
- Students living in the residence halls who are deemed to be at greatest risk of developing infection from close contact (e.g., roommates and intimate partners of positive cases) will have repeated antigen testing during their quarantine period.
Recommended Testing Date
Your recommended testing date is based on the day you received notification to quarantine.
- Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday notification: Your recommended testing date is the following Monday.
- Thursday notification: Your recommended testing date is the following Tuesday.
- Friday notification: Your recommended testing date is the following Wednesday.
- Saturday notification: Your recommended testing date is the following Thursday.
- Sunday notification: Your recommended testing date is the following Friday.
How to Get Tested
- An order for your COVID-19 test already has been placed with WVU’s testing provider (Quest Diagnostics).
- COVID-19 rapid antigen tests or test results from non-WVU testing sites will not be accepted as part of the University’s quarantine process.
- Testing is available Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the WVU Student Recreation Center.
- Testing is free.
- No appointment is required.
- You will not be permitted to undergo testing unless it is at least five days after you received notification to quarantine. Use the recommended testing date guide to determine when to get tested.
- Wear a mask/face covering to your appointment.
- You'll be asked to check in, verify your information and provide your Mountaineer Card and/or WVU ID number.
- Evansdale students should walk to the testing center while avoiding contact with others.
- If you live Downtown, transportation will be provided.
- To reduce the risk of potential exposure to others, you should use the dedicated testing bus service for students who are in quarantine when traveling to and from the testing site.
- A bus will depart promptly at 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the pull-off area on Prospect Street next to the Mountainlair parking garage ground floor ATM.
- You'll be dropped off for testing at the WVU Student Recreation Center parking lot (near Evansdale Crossing) and picked up in the same location at 4 p.m.
- You will be dropped off Downtown at the original pick-up location.
- If you develop symptoms of COVID-19 after initially testing negative, contact WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200 to see if another test is recommended.
- If you have questions on testing, contact WVU Shared Services at 304-293-6006.
During Quarantine: General Information
- Add WVU Shared Services — 304-293-1003 and 304-293-6006 — to your phone contacts.
- Care agents will contact you to discuss symptoms, quarantine protocols and testing, which can determine when you will be released from quarantine.
Care and Support
- You should monitor your symptoms. If you begin to feel ill and develop symptoms of COVID-19, you should call your primary care physician or Student Health at 304-285-7200.
- A WVU representative will contact you during the first five days of your quarantine period to provide further details.
- Please reach out to CampusLife@mail.wvu.edu if you have any questions or need guidance while quarantining.
- You also may contact CAREServices@mail.wvu.edu.
- If you have a roommate and they did not have close contact with the person who tested positive, they do not need to quarantine.
- At this point, the risk of your roommate contracting COVID-19 is low as long as everyone is following the COVID-19 safety protocols.
- If you test positive when retested, your roommate will have to quarantine.
- If you or your roommate feel ill and develop symptoms of COVID-19, your roommate should quarantine and call WVU Medicine Student Health at 304-285-7200.
- It is your responsibility to let your instructors know you will not be attending class.
- You will not be penalized for missing an in-person class while quarantining.
- Your instructors will work with you to develop a plan to receive the necessary course content, activities and assessments to complete the course learning outcomes in accordance with the COVID-19 syllabus statement.
- If you need assistance reaching instructors, please reach out to the department chair and then college or school dean, if needed.
- A WVU Shared Services representative will contact you near the end of your quarantine period to ensure your test result was negative and that your symptoms have improved.
- The representative will confirm you have not had any new exposures.
- If these requirements are met, the representative will email you a letter releasing you from quarantine.
The following offices and numbers are groups you may contact during this process:
- WVU Medicine Student Health: 304-285-7200
- WVU Shared Services: 304-293-6006 or SharedServices@mail.wvu.edu
- Campus and Community Life: CampusLife@mail.wvu.edu
- CARE Team: 304-293-5611 or CareServices@mail.wvu.edu
- Carruth Center: 304-293-4431
- Monongalia County Health Department: 304-598-5100
- Carruth Center: Provides counseling and psychological services.
- Mental Health Emergencies: After hours line, Crisis Text Line and National Suicide Prevention Services.
- WVU Medicine Student Health: Provides top quality healthcare for students throughout their education at WVU.
Grocery and Home Goods Delivery
- Instacart: Deliveries from CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, Aldi, Target, Sam's Club and Petco.
- Walmart: Delivery of groceries and household essentials, like laundry detergent and paper towels.
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