Close-Contact Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

Students who test positive for SARS-CoV-2 or are diagnosed with COVID-19 are required to enter isolation, while those who come into close contact with confirmed positive cases will be required to quarantine. The following procedures and guidelines explain the processes, timelines, and resources involved throughout.

For a definition of the words in bold above, see Colgate’s Glossary of Pandemic-related Terms.

Please Note

Situations around positive tests and the identification of close contacts can be dynamic. How students are notified and moved into close contact quarantine and isolation may differ from the processes outlined below based on the specific circumstances of the case.

How Students Are Notified

  • Students who check their test results in the Aegis patient portal and discover a positive test result:
    • Remain in their room and avoid contact with others
    • Contact Student Health Services immediately. If after 5 p.m.,contact Campus Safety.
  • Whether or not a student personally checks their results in the patient portal, they will receive direct notice of a positive test from the Madison County Department of Health (DOH) or Student Health Services (SHS).
    • The DOH will provide general information, and direct students to contact SHS.
    • SHS will work with the student to determine whether they will enter isolation at the Wendt, remain in place (only possible in select residences), or return home (more about isolation spaces).
  • Colgate will provide transportation to their isolation space. Students may review the quarantine and isolation supplies and resources page to help in preparing for this transition.
  • The student will be interviewed by Madison County DOH for the purposes of contact tracing.
  • Students who have been identified as close contacts will be contacted by the Madison County Department of Health (DOH) and Student Health Services.
    • The DOH will direct students to contact SHS 
    • SHS will work with the student to determine whether they will enter close-contact quarantine at the Wendt, remain in place (only possible in select residences), or return home.
  • Colgate will provide transportation into their quarantine space. Students may review the quarantine and isolation supplies and resources page to help in preparing for this transition.

If a student learns that a hallmate, roommate, friend, etc. is moving to isolation and is concerned that they may be a close contact, the student should stay in place and minimize contact with others (not going to class, social gatherings, etc.) until they hear from Student Health Services or the Department of Health.

They may take precautions to protect themselves such as cleaning their room with the Lysol provided at move-in, and opening windows to air out the room. While waiting, the student can go to the bathroom and pick up meals; they must simply be scrupulous about precautions.

Please understand that contact tracing takes time.

If the student has not been contacted within 36 hours, it is likely that they have not been determined by the Department of Health to be a close contact and may resume normal activities. If the student is concerned that this may be an oversight, they should contact Student Health Services.

Transportation to Quarantine and Isolation Space

Students will receive transportation from Campus Safety or another appropriately trained transport team to their designated isolation space. You will need to wear a mask during transport. Your driver will be wearing a mask, protective eyewear, and gloves.

In most cases, you will be expected to move your belongings to your temporary housing yourself, to minimize the chance of disease transmission.

Close-Contact Quarantine and Isolation Spaces

The University has purchased and operates the Wendt University Inn as designated close-contact quarantine and isolation space.

It is divided into two sections to support the separation of those in isolation and close-contact quarantine. Please follow all guidance provided by SHS when moved to this residence.

For a limited number of residences, such as townhouses and apartments, it may be possible for students to safely quarantine in place. Student Health Services (SHS) will inform students whether this is possible on a case-by-case basis.

Guidelines specific to this scenario will apply to those under in-place quarantine.

Students with homes within 5 hours of the University who are able to travel in a private vehicle may decide to return home for the duration of their quarantine or isolation period, depending on individual circumstances. This decision will be made in concert with guidance from SHS.

If the demand for Colgate-owned close-contact quarantine and isolation space exceeds availability, the Madison County Department of Health will work with Colgate to secure safe and appropriate close-contact quarantine or isolation housing.

Duration of Close-Contact Quarantine and Isolation

Close-Contact Quarantine

Typically 14 days from last contact with a COVID-positive individual. Students in quarantine who go on to develop symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by the student health center staff, tested, and will likely need to transition to isolation status.

The quarantine "clock" for that student’s close contacts resets to 14 days after a student’s last exposure. Close contacts are required to monitor their health and must complete this quarantine even if symptoms do not develop and even if they have a negative test result.

Isolation

  • COVID-19–positive students who are asymptomatic (showing no signs of illness): Isolate for at least 10 days after the test date.
  • COVID-19–positive students who are symptomatic: Isolate for at least 10 days after symptom onset. To conclude isolation, the student must:
    • Be fever free for 24 hours
    • Have significantly improved respiratory symptoms

Expectations and Requirements

Your cooperation and compliance with the expectations shared here are absolutely essential for your health and safety, and that of our Colgate and Hamilton communities.

Health-Related Behavior

When you move to isolation or close-contact quarantine, you will be given very specific instructions. Those detailed documents will be available in the future. The basics are outlined below.

Remaining in your room is a core aspect of both quarantine and isolation to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Common areas will be closed.

As outlined below, there will be staff available to assist you with needs, including obtaining personal care items and laundry services, during your time in either quarantine or isolation.

 

While you are in quarantine, because you are considered to have been exposed to COVID-19, you are being kept separate from the main population. This allows the health department to monitor you for the possibility of developing COVID-19 and to prevent you from potentially spreading the disease to anyone in the community. We must ensure that you remain healthy through the duration of the disease’s typical incubation period before you are cleared to return to your normal housing.

Temperature and Symptom Monitoring

You will need to monitor your temperature and symptoms twice daily and report that information to the Student Health Center. 

Daily Check-in

You will receive a daily email from Student Health Services to check in with you, assess your health, and ask you about potential symptoms. It is imperative that you answer those emails.

Outdoor Time

While you are in quarantine, you will be able to participate in scheduled, supervised outdoor time. Other than those moments, you are expected to stay in your room. Outdoor times are the same as were in place for the Universal Quarantine:

  • 9–11 a.m.
  • 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Physical distancing and face coverings are required at all times during the outdoor periods. Students quarantining in place may check the campus map for the locations of their supervised outdoor periods. The permissible area for outdoor activity for students quarantining at the Wendt University Inn is in the immediate vicinity of the facility.

Face Coverings

You will not need to wear your face covering in your room; however, if leaving your room for any reason, you must wear a face covering.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will be moved to housing separate from the rest of the main campus population to prevent spread of the virus to others in the community. If you are sick (symptomatic), you will receive medical attention. 

Daily Check-in

You will receive a daily email from Student Health Services to check in with you, assess your health, and ask you about potential symptoms. It is imperative that you answer those emails.  

Outdoor Time

While you are in isolation, you will be able to participate in scheduled, supervised outdoor time. Other than those moments, you are expected to stay in your room. Students in isolation should not do any strenuous exercise. Outdoor times are the same as were in place for the Universal Quarantine:

  • 9–11 a.m.
  • 2:30–4:30 p.m.

Physical distancing and face coverings are required at all times during the outdoor periods. The permissible area for outdoor activity is in the immediate vicinity of the Wendt University Inn.

Face Coverings

You will not need to wear your face covering in your room; however, if leaving your room in an emergency, you must wear a face covering.

 

 

Exiting Quarantine or Isolation

The Madison County Department of Health will have the final word on the end date of your quarantine or isolation. When students exit close-contact quarantine or isolation they rejoin the campus community at the same "Gate level" as the rest of the campus community at the time.

Emergencies

If you have a medical emergency while in quarantine or isolation, call 911 just as you would in any other circumstance. Make sure to notify the 911 dispatcher that you are in quarantine or isolation.