Health Questions

Quarantine (Close Contact)


If you believe you meet this criteria, you will need to quarantine for 10 days from the point of your last contact with the COVID-19 individual. Quarantine lasts for 10 days from your last “close contact” with the now COVID-positive individual, not from the date of their positive test or when they received the results of their test. Please call the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline to determine the appropriate next steps (765.997.8610).

The CDC defines close contact in the following way:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within 2 days of the positive test
  • You provided care at-home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

There are quarantine locations available on campus, but whenever possible we would prefer that you quarantine at home and away from campus. You are expected to stay in your identified quarantine location.

In summary, you believe you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

  1. Separate yourself from others and temporarily quarantine in your room.
  2. Contact the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline (765.997.8610) to determine the next steps.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

“Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html)

If we have asked you to be quarantine it is because you have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine lasts for 10 days from your last “close contact” with the now COVID positive individual, not from the date of their positive test or when they received the results of their test.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

No. You must remain in your room other than using the designated restroom facilities, for medical appointments, or other emergencies. You should not spend time in common areas or outside.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

If you are quarantined in your residence hall room, your hall director will provide you with meal tickets. Please fill these out as needed and have your roommate assist in picking up meals for you from the DC or Boren Center. If your roommate is unavailable to help, please ask a student leader or friend to help.

If you are quarantining in an alternative location on campus, we will deliver meals to where you are staying.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

Quarantine is specifically designed to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 should you develop the virus. You should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms. These symptoms include the following:

  • Cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever or chills
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Vomiting or diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell

You should immediately contact your medical provider or TaylorCare (Taylor.Care) to seek medical advice if you develop symptoms of COVID-19. You should also then call the Residence Life COVID-19 hotline (765.997.8610) to determine the next steps. If a medical provider recommends that you get tested for COVID-19 or that your quarantine because of your symptoms you will be asked to move to an alternative location on campus to more fully separate from others. At this time your roommate(s) would also be asked to quarantine until you receive negative test or alternative explanation for your symptoms.

As always, in the case of an emergency, please call 911.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

When you decided to quarantine in your room, you are agreeing to allow us to notify your roommate, PA(s), and hall director. In addition, a small yellow sticker will be placed near your door handle on the outside of your door. This sticker is intended to notify anyone who does not live in your room that they should not enter.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

Your roommates will be free to come and go from the room continuing about their daily life.

For their safety, we request that if you are quarantining in your room that you wear a mask whenever your roommate is in the room. This is not required when you are sleeping. You should do your best to maintain social distancing in your residence hall room.

Additionally, everyone should be mindful of any potential symptoms of COVID-19.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

You should take everything with you that you might need for your 10-day stay. This could include the following:

  • 10 days’ worth of clothing if possible
  • Computer and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Headphones
  • Personal items (toothbrush, personal medications and/or pain-relieving medicine for fever reduction etc.)
  • Needed academic supplies
  • Thermometer
  • Towel
  • Bedding, sheets, and pillow
  • Water bottle

 

If you forget something or need something additional, please contact the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 997-8610 and we will work with you to get you what you need.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

Taylor University will not share your private information. If you are going home or staying in a designated quarantine room on campus, we ask that you inform your roommates so that they know that you will not be sleeping in your room. We also ask that you notify your emergency contact or parent/guardian.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

In case of an emergency, call 911 or the Taylor University Campus Police (765.998.5555).

If you need something specific that is not an emergency, please call the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline (765.997.8610) and someone will respond to you within 30 minutes.

You can also email:

(Updated December 15, 2020)

When you begin quarantine we will determine your exit date. As long as you do not develop COVID-19 symptoms or test positive for COVID-19 you will be able to resume normal student life on that date. You will receive email notification prior to your departure.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

We will try to have some form of contact with you on a regular basis, but this may be by email or phone call. We also encourage you to reach out and connect with your friends and family or people that you find supportive.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

If you need laundry to be done, please contact a friend to assist you.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

The Counseling Center has many resources you can access during quarantine. We will have links on the counseling center tile on the student portal (my.taylor.edu) that demonstrate breathing, mindfulness, and grounding techniques. We provide individual and group teletherapy appointments. Please consider accessing mental health resources to help you process your thoughts and emotions during quarantine. To reach the Counseling Center, call 765-998-5222 or email counselingcenter@taylor.edu.

(Updated August 17, 2020)

Along with your mental/emotional health and physical health, we care deeply about your spiritual health. We know that entering into quarantine can be challenging to many areas of your life. There are some specific spiritual formation resources posted on the COVID-19 student site. Additionally, Director of Discipleship Julia Hurlow or Campus Pastor Jon Cavanagh would love to connect with you. You can email them to make this connection (Julia_hurlow@taylor.edu, jncavanagh@taylor.edu).

Quarantine and Isolation Reflection (.pdf)

If you receive a package notification from the bookstore, please contact your hall director and they will coordinate package delivery in the next few days.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

Isolation (COVID-19 Positive)


If you have tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to call the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline at (765) 997-8610 and enter isolation. If you are able to go home for this isolation, we recommend this. If you are unable to travel home, we can provide a location on campus.

The CDC describes isolation by saying, Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html)

You will be able to exit isolation after

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

This will be in consultation with your medical provider and Taylor University officials.

If you have tested positive for COVID-19, contact the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline (765) 997-8610 to determine the next steps.

In summary, if you receive positive COVID test results:

  1. Temporarily quarantine in your room or remain in your current quarantine location as you determine next steps.
  2. Contact the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline (765.997.8610).

(Updated August 17, 2020)

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).” (https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/isolation.html )

We have asked you to enter isolation because you have tested positive for COVID-19.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

You will be allowed to leave isolation when the following conditions are met:

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
  • Symptoms have improved

If you tested positive with no symptoms and you continue to have no symptoms, you can be with others after 10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test.

This decision to leave isolation and return to campus life will be made in conjunction with medical providers at the Taylor University Health Center.

Please plan to email with Director of Residence Life Scott Barrett (scott_barrett@taylor.edu) as that date approaches to confirm your departure.

(Updated August 17, 2020)

You should take everything with you that you might need for your 10-day isolation. This could include the following:

  • 10 days’ worth of clothing, if possible
  • Computer and charger
  • Phone and charger
  • Headphones
  • Personal items (toothbrush, personal medications, pain relieving medication for reducing fever, etc.)
  • Needed academic supplies
  • Thermometer
  • Towel
  • Bedding, sheets, and pillow
  • Water bottle

If you forget something or need something additional, please contact the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline (765) 997-8610 and we will work with you to get you what you need.

(Updated August 17,  2020)

We ask that you do not meet up or see other people, but you may exit the building you are staying in to get some fresh air or light exercise.  When you do this, you should wear a mask and avoid contact with others.  It is important that your isolation does not involve physical interaction with others who are not also isolated/COVID positive.

(Updated August 17, 2020)

Taylor University will not share your private health information. We ask that you inform your roommates so that they know that you will not be sleeping in your room. We also ask that you notify your emergency contact or parent/guardian.

(Updated August 17, 2020)

In case of an emergency you can always call 911 or call the Taylor University Campus Police (765.998.5555).

If you need something specific that is not an emergency, please call the Residence Life COVID-19 Hotline (765.997.8610) and someone will respond to you within 30 minutes.

You can also email:

(Updated December 15, 2020)

We will try to have some form of contact with you on a regular basis, but this may be by email or phone call. This contact will include some basic questions about your well-being and symptoms. We will not be providing medical advice, but do desire to be kept aware of your health while you are in Taylor University housing. We also encourage you to reach out and connect with your friends and family or people that you find supportive.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

For the days you are asked to be in isolation, the COVID Hotline will communicate that you have excused absences. In addition, if you are having trouble with your academics, we encourage you to contact the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC@taylor.edu). You are still responsible for the work you miss in class. Please communicate directly with your faculty to determine what work you have missed and how you can make this up. 

(Updated September 4, 2020)

Please plan to bring clean laundry that can get you through at least 5 days of quarantine, ideally 10. If you need assistance, please contact a friend.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

While you are in isolation, meals can be delivered to your location here on campus.  We will be in contact with you regarding the specifics of this delivery process as it may change slightly depending on the situation.  If you have a meal plan, the delivered meals will be deducted from your account.  Meals outside of your meal plan will cost $5 per meal.  These charges will be added to your student account after you depart quarantine.

(Updated August 17, 2020)

If you have tested positive for COVID 19 or are a presumptive case you will be asked to fill out the Taylor University Contact Tracing Form.  Residence Life staff will work through following up with the individuals who you have been in close contact with.  This includes roommates, teammates, seating in class, etc. It is most helpful if you are willing to contact others who you know you have had close contact with and inform them of your positive test.

The CDC defines close contact in the following way:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you

When you have a positive test, anyone who you have been in contact with in the 48 hours prior to the start of your symptoms or the time of your test will need to quarantine for 10 days from their last contact with you.

COVID Hotline Staff will follow up with you after you have filled this document out.  In order to assist in contact tracing, you will be asked to sign a release form so that we may use your name when we are in contact with others. We will not share your private medical information, but in order to most effectively contact trace, having specific information is most helpful.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

If you receive a package notification from the bookstore, please contact your hall director and they will coordinate package delivery in the next few days.

(Updated December 15, 2020)

The Counseling Center has many resources you can access during isolation. We will have links on the counseling center tile on the student portal (my.taylor) that demonstrate breathing, mindfulness and grounding techniques. We provide individual and group teletherapy appointments. Please consider accessing mental health resources to help you process your thoughts and emotions during isolation. To reach the Counseling Center call 765-998-5222 or email counselingcenter@taylor.edu.

Quarantine and Mental Health (.pdf)

(Updated August 17, 2020)

Isolation is specifically designed to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 should you develop the virus.  You should continue to monitor yourself for symptoms.  You should plan to be in contact with your medical provider as you navigate COVID-19

If you have specific medical questions you should contact the Taylor University Health Center by contacting TaylorCare (www.Taylor.Care)

As you think about other areas of your physical health, we would encourage you to continue to keep a rhythm or schedule, get appropriate amounts of sleep, and have some physical movement in your space despite the size limitations.

As always, in the case of an emergency, please call 911.

(Updated September 4, 2020)

Along with your mental/emotional health and physical health, we care deeply about your spiritual health. We know that entering into isolation can be challenging to many areas of your life. There are some specific spiritual formation resources posted on the my.taylor COVID 19 student site. Additionally, Director of Discipleship Julia Hurlow or Campus Pastor Jon Cavanagh would love to connect with you.  You can email them to make this connection (Julia_hurlow@taylor.edu; jncavanagh@taylor.edu).

Quarantine and Isolation Reflection (.pdf)

(Updated August 17, 2020)

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