Quarantine Information

You are receiving this information because you have been asked to quarantine. If possible, we would encourage you to quarantine off campus and at home. If you are not able to do this and you do not have symptoms, you may quarantine in your Residence Hall room. If you develop symptoms of Covid-19, please contact the Residence Life Covid-19 Hotline (7655.997.8610).

What is Quarantine?

“Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to Covid-19 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 you are quarantining because of close contact with a positive person, we have asked you to be quarantine:

  • Quarantine can end after 10 days without testing and if no symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring.
  • Quarantine can end after day #7 with a negative PCR test and if no symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The test must be collected within 48 hours before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation (e.g., in anticipation of testing delays) on day #5 or after. Quarantine cannot end earlier than after day #7.

Quarantine lasts for 7-10 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 plan to stay in your identified quarantine location. This could be in your room, a specific location here on campus, or at your home. If you are in a designated quarantine room on campus, we ask that you stay in your room and avoid contact with others.

Can I leave my residence hall room if I am in quarantine?

You must remain in your room other than using the designated restroom facilities, for medical appointments, or other emergencies.

Exercise: We recognize that outdoor exercise can be a beneficial health benefit, even while you have symptoms of COVID-19. Either as a stress relief or physical stewardship, we want to provide opportunity for you to “keep moving” while in quarantine. In order to do so, please follow these steps:

  1. E-mail your hall director prior to departure; not for permission, just to notify them.
  2. Wear a mask exiting the building.
  3. Avoid the main lobby. Use an alternate exit / entrance.
  4. Avoid close contact outside. Avoid groups of people.
  5. Exercise outdoors (walk, jog, yoga, etc.), not go to the store, go to the DC or visit with friends.
  6. Wear a mask entering the building.
  7. Return to your room.

How do I get meals when I am in quarantine?

  • Meals are provided for all students in quarantine & isolation.
  • Access meals through the Eatable app. It is important to order your meals between 7:00 AM and 9:30 AM each day.
  • On the day you enter quarantine or isolation, please contact a friend to use the purple meal tickets for lunch &/or dinner.
  • Lunch will be from Boren, but dinner will be unique (depending on if the DC is making dinner for a camp group or not).

What should I do if I develop symptoms of COVID-19 while I am quarantining in my room?

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
  • New loss of taste or smell

You should immediately contact your medical provider to seek medical advice if you develop symptoms of Covid-19. You should also then call the 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 you 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 a negative test or alternative explanation for your symptoms. Those individuals who are fully vaccinated may receive different quarantine instructions.

Will others know if I am quarantining in my room?

When you decide 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.

What will my roommates do while I am quarantining in our room?

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

Will other people know that I am in quarantine?

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.

What is the best way to communicate with people at Taylor?

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 contact number (765.997.8610) and someone will respond to you shortly

How will I know when I can depart my quarantine location?

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 depart quarantine on that date.

Will anyone be checking in on me?

We will try to have some form of contact with you on a regular basis. 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.

What about my academics?

For the days you are asked to be in quarantine, Residence Life 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.

What if I need to do laundry during my two week quarantine?

Please plan to bring clean laundry that can get you through at least 7 days of quarantine, ideally 14. There is a washer/dryer in the Haak.  If you are quarantining in your residence hall room, you can ask a friend to help with your laundry.

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

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) 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.

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

Along with your mental/emotional health and physical health, we care deeply about your spiritual health. 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, 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 and jncavanag@taylor.edu) .