Isolation Information

You are receiving this information because you have been asked to isolate due to testing positive for COVID-19. 

What is Isolation?

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).” (Source: CDC)

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.

When can I leave isolation?

You will be able to exit isolation:

  • After 5 days if you are fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and symptoms have improved. Wear a mask for an additional 5 days.
  • If you are asymptomatic, you can end isolation after day 5. Wear a mask for an additional 5 days.

What should I take with me? 

  • Sheets
  • Pillow
  • Towels/washcloths
  • Blanket
  • Flip-flops for shower
  • Toiletries/shower caddy
  • Computer/charger
  • Phone/charger
  • Power strip – outlets are limited
  • Headphones/AirPods
  • Medicines/vitamins
  • Slippers/thick socks
  • Entertainment items – book/gaming system/notecards/crafts/game
  • Small cup mug for small Keurig machine
  • Any snacks that you have on hand

Provided:

  • Individual snack packages
  • Bottled water
  • Small Keurig machine with coffee/tea/hot chocolate
  • Haak – limited games since students are quarantined from each other
  • In Dome – large game selection including foosball, ping pong, pop a shot and puzzle since students can interact more

Can I leave my isolation location?

We ask that you do not plan to 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. 

Will other people know that I am in isolation?

Taylor University will not share your private health information.  Your faculty will be notified for excused absences.

How will I be involved in contact tracing?

After you have reported a positive Covid-19 test result on the my.Taylor portal, you will complete a close contact tracing form. This will notify close contacts of their next steps.

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

Will anyone be checking in on me?

We will try to have some form of contact with you each day.  This may be email or a phone call, but we do want to check in with you.  We also encourage you to reach out and connect with your friends and family or people that you find supportive. 

Will I be able to get mail while I am in isolation/quarantine?

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.

What about my academics?

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, the Academic Enrichment Center (AEC@taylor.edu) will be helpful.

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. 

How will I get food/meals?

While you are in isolation, meals are ordered and delivered through the Eatable App. If you cannot access the Eatable App, please contact the Hotline.

How can I address my mental health while I am in isolation?

The Counseling Center has many resources you can access during quarantine. We have links on the counseling center tile on the student portal (my.Taylor). We provide individual and group teletherapy appointments. To reach the Counseling Center call 765-998-5222 or email counselingcenter@taylor.edu.

What should I be aware of in regards to my physical health while in quarantine? 

Isolation is specifically designed to help prevent you from spreading COVID-19 after you have tested positive for the virus.  Monitoring your health is critical during this time period.  You should plan to be in contact with your medical provider as you navigate COVID-19. You can call the TU Health Center to schedule a virtual appointment at 765.770.0650 ext. 4.

How can I address my spiritual needs while I am in quarantine?

We know that entering into quarantine or 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, Associate Vice President of Student Development 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).