Self-quarantine & isolation

Do your part to flatten the curve

What does it mean to shelter in place?

Under a shelter in place order, students are asked to remain in their residence halls except for essential activities including work, exercise, grocery shopping/meal pickup, hospital visits, etc. These activities should be limited as much as possible. For more information about valid reasons for leaving your residence hall, please contact Residence Life at 608-785-8075.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

View this video from the CDC which walks through the differences. In short, the main difference is that people in quarantine are permitted to go out to obtain essential items. During quarantine, it is recommended to stay away from others in the home. People in isolation should not leave their home (or isolation room) for any reason unless to seek urgent medical care, until they have met criteria to leave isolation. Complete isolation is very essential, as we know the individual is shedding the virus. 

Do I need to self-quarantine?

Given the high number of positive test results among resident students in a variety of residence halls, and due to our isolation spaces approaching the point of being filled, UWL is implementing a shelter in place in all residence halls  until 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27. This timeline will be evaluated and amended, as needed, to flatten the curve of this virus. Additional details can be found in this email sent to on-campus students: https://www.uwlax.edu/globalassets/info-pages/covid-19/09132020-additional-shelter-in-place-information-residents.pdf 

Others should follow these general guidelines related to whether or not to quarantine: 

  1. Stay at home if you are sick or have been in direct contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. 
  2. Minimize close physical contact with those outside of your household. 
  3. Minimize travel. 
  4. Wear a fabric face covering if you must be in public. 
  5. Maintain 6-foot distances with others whenever possible. 
  6. Minimize congregating in groups with individuals outside your immediate household. 
  7. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. 
  8. Avoid touching your face. 

If you have symptoms including cough, fever, or difficulty breathing please call your local health care provider. If you are a student you may contact the Student Health Center at 608.785.8559, select option 2.

How do I quarantine myself?

If you have determined that you must self-quarantine, please follow these instructions for the next 14 days:

  • Stay home. This means do not go to school, work, public areas or large gatherings such as parties, weddings, meetings and sporting events. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world that has a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
  • Do not go out to restaurants or have guests over to your house.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you must contact your local health department first for instructions. Please know, if you choose to travel and become ill while you are away, you may not be able to return home using public transport (for example, air travel) until you are well and released from possible isolation by the local public health department.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • As long as you feel healthy, you may leave the home (in a private vehicle) for a limited time to take care of routine and necessary activities, such as grocery shopping or visiting the pharmacy. Try to avoid busy times of the day. ALWAYS wear a mask in public.
  • Postpone all non-essential activities (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential medical appointment during the quarantine, please call your provider ahead of time and tell them that you are in self-quarantine. Your local health department may also be able to help you.
  • If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak.
  • Consider minimizing contact with people and animals in your home (stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom). Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels and bedding.

How do I self-isolate?

  • Stay home. This means do not go to school, work, the grocery store, or public areas. If you need assistance obtaining necessary items, ask family or friends to drop off items at your door, order items online, or reach out to UW-L or the LCHD for assistance. If you need assistance notifying your professors, please contact the Student Life Office. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. Call ahead before going to a doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them you have tested positive for Covid-19. 
  • Avoid contact with people and animals in your home. Stay in your own room and, if possible, use your own bathroom. If it is not possible to use your own bathroom, be sure to disinfect surfaces between each use. If you need to leave your room at any time, ALWAYS wear a mask. Encourage others in the home to wear a mask as well. Avoid sharing personal household items such as dishes, towels and bedding. 
  • Do not use public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis. 
  • Do not go out to bars or restaurants or have guests over to your house. 
  • Postpone any travel or other activites (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of isolation. If you are concerned that you are missing an important medical appointment, please call your provider ahead of time and tell them that you are isolation due to a positive Covid-19 test.  
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene. 
  • If you experience serious symptoms (difficulty breathing, chest pain, etc.) seek medical care. Call your health care provider or emergency services if needed. Before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room to let them know you have tested positive for Covid-19. 

How do I monitor myself for symptoms of COVID-19?

People with COVID-19 may have a range of symptoms and symptom severity, or may have no symptoms at all. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. Symptoms concerning for Covid-19 include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Source: CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html