Isolation and Quarantine Protocols
The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are the top priorities as our Falcon Family moves forward together to keep our learning communities safe and productive during the COVID-19 pandemic. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the following information regarding isolation and quarantine protocols at BGSU.
Next Steps When Testing Positive
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 or those who may have been exposed to an individual who tested positive will follow CDC and local health department guidelines. If a student, faculty or staff member is notified that they have tested positive for COVID-19, they will be informed by the medical provider or entity who conducted the test and instructed to isolate. Individuals who have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus will be notified to quarantine for 14 days.
How does isolation work when tested positive for COVID-19?
Isolation separates people with COVID-19 from others who are not sick to minimize the spread of this contagious disease. Individuals testing positive must stay at home and remain off campus during the isolation period. Students living in residence halls who test positive will be moved to an off-campus apartment that BGSU has set aside as isolation space. Students will be monitored daily for their health and well-being, and meals will be delivered. Students will be able to continue their classes in a remote fashion.
Individuals with symptoms may end isolation after a minimum of 10 days from when their symptoms started. They must be fever-free for 24 hours, and symptoms must be resolved. If an individual has no symptoms, but tests positive, they will isolate for 10 days from the date the test was taken. BGSU does not require repeated negative COVID-19 tests to return to campus, per CDC guidelines. An individual who learns they have tested positive should notify Human Resources, their supervisor/department director and the COVID-19 Response Team at email@example.com or call the BGSU COVID-19 Response Hotline at 419-372-3000 to expedite contact tracing and arrangements for remote classes and work assignments.
While there is distinct guidance for isolation and quarantine, there are times when appropriate action is less certain because of the lag time in waiting for confirmation of a COVID-19 positive test. Anyone who is awaiting a test result because of symptoms or a potential exposure should isolate until the results are received.
What are the guidelines for when and how to quarantine?
Quarantine separates people who have had exposure to someone who is positive for COVID-19 from the general public. Close contact requiring quarantine is defined as being within six feet of someone who is potentially contagious with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more, direct physical contact with the person (e.g. hugged or kissed them), shared eating or drinking utensils, or they sneezed or coughed on you. The practice of maintaining six feet of distance and keeping interactions within six feet very brief will minimize your risk of being exposed and subsequently quarantined should you come in contact with someone who is unknowingly COVID-19 positive. While wearing a face covering is an important practice to slow the spread of the virus, it does not keep an individual from needing to quarantine if they are a close contact. Once notified to quarantine, students, faculty and staff must return home or to their residence hall room, and they may not return to campus or participate in interactions in person for 14 days from the time of their last exposure to the person with COVID-19.
Quarantined individuals should monitor closely for symptoms, and should symptoms develop, contact their medical provider or Falcon Health Center and they may be directed to get tested. A negative COVID-19 test will not shorten the quarantine period since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus. Students living in residence halls will be asked to quarantine in their room, or if they choose, return to their permanent residence for the 14 days. Students in residence halls will be monitored daily, meals will be delivered and classes will continue remotely. Students, faculty and staff living off campus will quarantine in their homes and will not be permitted on campus for the 14 days from exposure to the positive individual. Additional guidance about quarantine can be found on the CDC website or by asking the COVID-19 Response Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling the Hotline at 419-372-3000.
While there is distinct guidance for isolation and quarantine, there are times when appropriate action is less certain because of the lag time in waiting for confirmation of a COVID-19 positive test. Anyone who is awaiting a test result because of symptoms or a potential exposure should isolate until the results are received. While not strictly meeting quarantine protocols for contacts, these are times to be particularly cautious, strictly adhering to physical distancing, face coverings, washing hands, staying at home, working remotely or participating in class remotely until results are known. Consulting with the COVID-19 Response Team at email@example.com, your supervisor or Human Resources can help with the next steps on a case-by-case basis.