Quarantine and Isolation

Quarantine and Isolation

Davis Square Dorms

Students placed in isolation or quarantine due to COVID-19 remain essential and valued members of our Creighton community.

When a student is placed in isolation or quarantine, either on or off campus, Student Health Education and Compliance notifies the Office of Student Retention, whose staff communicate with the student’s professors, advisor and assistant dean that the student will be out of class.

Students in isolation or quarantine receive regular check-ins from Residential Life staff, as well as an online feedback form to voice their feelings about the process and clarify any additional needs.

Keeping students connected – academically, socially and spiritually – is the important work of so many on campus. Below are a few of the resources and opportunities provided to students in quarantine and isolation:

Food and Beverage

Daily meal service and consultation with a Registered Dietitian (upon request) are provided to all students.

Personal Fitness

Home exercise equipment, virtual workout videos, and consultation with a personal trainer (upon request) are provided to all students. Students may also utilize a daily outdoor “recess.”

Academic Support

Consultation with academic coaching (upon request) is available to all students.

Spiritual Support

Consultation with a University Chaplain (upon request) is available to all students.

Emotional Support

On-demand mental health resources are available through a brand-new online platform. Individual virtual counseling check-in sessions are available, as well as an after-hours crisis counselor.

Engagement Opportunities

Students may participate in virtual events, hosted by University departments and student organizations, every day.

Student COVID-19 Quarantine & Isolation FAQ

What’s the purpose of moving students out of their residence hall rooms?

If a student has either reported symptoms consistent with COVID-19, been diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been identified as a close contact of someone who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19, a period of isolation or quarantine is necessary to maintain the safety of others on campus. Quarantine and isolation are proven methods of reducing transmission of communicable diseases such as COVID-19.

What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease, including COVID-19.

  • Isolation separates sick people with COVID-19 from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick.

How long must a student remain isolated or quarantined?

A student who exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19 must isolate for 10 days from the date the symptoms first appeared. To return to campus, class, clinicals and work on day 11, the student must go at least 24 hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) and show improvement of other symptoms of COVID-19 (loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation).

A student who does not exhibit symptoms but returned a positive COVID-19 test must isolate for 10 days from the date the positive test was obtained. The anticipated date of return to campus, class, clinicals and work is day 11.

A student identified as a close contact of someone who is symptomatic or has tested positive for COVID-19 will be directed to quarantine for 14 days from the last exposure. Based on national public health guidelines, University protocol now allows the 14-day quarantine period to be shortened to 10 days if the individual tests negative on or after day 8 of quarantine. In this situation, the date of return to campus, class, clinicals and work is day 11.

What is contact tracing?

When a student tests positive for COVID-19, Student Health Education and Compliance needs to quickly locate and talk with the student, assist in arranging for the student to isolate themselves, and work with the student to identify people with whom the student has been in close contact so the close contacts can be located and notified of the need to quarantine. 

Is contact tracing confidential?

Yes, the identity of the source is kept confidential during the contact tracing process. It is important to understand that, often, an exposed individual is confident they know the identity of the source and the details of the exposure. This is usually not the case, however. The only person with a full understanding of the transmission risk is the contact tracer who has completed a detailed conversation with the source and their close contacts.

Is going home a safe option for isolation or quarantine?

Students who feel ill are advised not to travel, but may go home to isolate or quarantine if they can safely do so without putting other family members at increased risk (particularly those with underlying health conditions). Students should not utilize public transportation. A private vehicle with all occupants masked is the safest mode of transportation.  

What should be taken to a quarantine or isolation space?

It is recommended that the following items are packed for a stay in quarantine or isolation. Students should prepare for a 14-day stay in the location. 

  • Clothing
  • Toiletries and personal care items 
  • Medications
  • Homework
  • Snacks
  • Computer/tablet/phone (and chargers)
  • Things to do to pass the time (books, video games, crafts, etc.)

Can a student obtain a COVID-19 test while in isolation? 

Yes, there is a process to sign up for a COVID-19 test while in isolation. There is a shuttle that will bring students from the University-provided, off-campus isolation and quarantine location to the on-campus testing center. Upon arrival at the east side of the Kiewit Fitness Center, students may contact the posted phone number and a staff member will come outside to conduct the test.

Testing requires preregistration. This form must be completed prior to arrival. Registrants will receive a personalized code via email, which must be presented (either in printed or digital form) upon arrival. Results will be sent based upon registration information. Upon receipt, results should be sent to CovidResults [at] creighton [dot] edu.

Can students leave campus isolation and quarantine space to obtain a rapid COVID-19 test?

Students may leave their quarantine or isolation space to obtain a rapid COVID-19 test. The results of a rapid COVID-19 test will not shorten the duration of a quarantine period, nor will it be sufficient information to conclude that a student has tested negative for COVID-19. Only COVID nasopharyngeal PCR test results will be considered sufficient. 

May food, groceries or other items be ordered online for delivery to quarantine and isolation spaces?

Yes, some local options include: