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Quarantine and Isolation

Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding quarantine and isolation.

General

Who do I contact if I test positive?

Students who test positive for COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, should immediately notify the Contact Tracing Team at contacttracing@drake.edu.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, should immediately notify their supervisor and Environmental Health and Safety via Chris Nickell, chris.nickell@drake.edu.

How does contact tracing work at Drake?

Those who test positive for COVID-19, or are experiencing unexplained COVID-19 symptoms, will be contacted by a member of Drake’s contact tracing team. These calls will largely come from 515-271-2353, so please answer if you receive a call from this number or any number starting with the digits 515-271. The primary goal of the contact tracing team is to ensure you have the information you need, that our isolation protocols are followed, and any contacts are identified quickly.

For unvaccinated individuals who are identified as contacts, the contact tracing team will promptly reach out to inform of their need to quarantine. A contact is defined as an unvaccinated individual who was within six feet of an infected person for a minimum of 15 minutes, regardless of face covering usage.

What is the difference between quarantine and isolation?

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 until it can be determined whether they have been infected. Isolation separates those who have tested positive for COVID-19 from all others.

What if I am unvaccinated and have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

Unvaccinated individuals who are a primary contact with a known positive individual will need to quarantine. A primary contact is defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a minimum of 15 minutes during an exposure event, regardless of face covering usage. For the purposes of this definition, organized athletic activities and in-person academic activities are considered to be an exposure event when a person was within six feet of an infected individual for a minimum of 15 minutes over the course of that event.

 

What if I am fully vaccinated and have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive?

If you are fully vaccinated and have been a close contact of someone who has tested positive, no quarantine is required. However, you are encouraged to get tested 35 days after exposure and the University will provide this test at no cost to exposed students and employees.

What happens if a household member or anyone else I’ve been in contact with has been identified as a primary contact of another individual who has tested positive for COVID-19.

This situation outlined above would make you a secondary contact. Whether you are vaccinated or not, you do not need to quarantine due to a family member or anyone else’s exposure to COVID-19, so long as that individual does not develop COVID-19 symptoms and is not diagnosed with COVID-19. If they do become sick or develop active COVID-19 symptoms, follow the guidance in this FAQ regarding exposure to a known positive person.

How long does quarantine last?

Seven to 10 days. If an unvaccinated individual has been identified as a primary contact of an infected person, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure. Confirmed contacts are encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test five days or later before their quarantine end date. Testing negative will reduce the duration of quarantine by a maximum of three days. We will only consider test results administered by the University, which are provided at no charge.

How long does isolation last?

Those who have a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be required to isolate until all the recovery criteria are met. For symptomatic confirmed cases, this means at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began, the person has been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and all other symptoms have improved. For asymptomatic confirmed cases, 10 days must pass since the positive test was taken. Environmental Health and Safety will evaluate each case and may require the isolation period to extend beyond 10 days based on symptoms. 

If I’m in quarantine, and test negative, can I end quarantine early?

Yes. Quarantine duration can be shortened by a maximum of three days with a negative test that is conducted five days or later before their quarantine end date. We will only consider test results administered by the University. Details regarding testing are provided to all students as they enter quarantine.

Students

Will students in quarantine be tested for COVID-19?

Students in quarantine are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five days or later before their quarantine end date. The quarantine duration can be shortened by a maximum of three days with a negative test result. Details regarding testing are provided to all students as they enter quarantine.

What are the requirements of quarantine?

Those who are required to quarantine must abide by the following:

  • Stay in your room as much as possible.
  • When you must leave your room, always wear a mask, stay at least six feet away from others, and practice good hygiene.
  • Do not enter academic buildings or attend any gatherings during your quarantine period.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • Do not have any visitors in your room.
  • If you have a roommate(s), wear your mask as much as possible in your room and do not share items with your roommate(s).
  • You will take all of your classes online during the quarantine period. Drake will inform the Dean of Students office, who will make these arrangements with your professors.
  • If you live on campus, you may utilize ‘Grab and Go’ options or use this link to arrange for your meals to be delivered to your room. If you live off campus, please ask others to deliver food or groceries to you.
  • Self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms. If you experience symptoms, respond to this email address and contact the Student Health Center at (515)271-3731 or your healthcare provider. Do not show up at either provider without calling in advance.
  • If you experience any severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or loss of consciousness, please call (515) 271-2222 or 911.

What are the requirements of isolation?

Those who are required to isolate must abide by the following:

  • Stay in your residence except for medical reasons. Do not enter academic buildings or attend any gatherings.
  • Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • If you do leave for medical reasons,wear a mask and stay six feet from others.
  • Have your meals delivered. Let Sodexo know to deliver your food via this Sodexo link
  • Wash your hands frequently.
  • Don’t share items with
  • Do not host visitors.
  • You will take all of your classes online during the isolation period. We will inform the Dean of Students Office, who will make these arrangements with your professors.
  • If you have not moved already, you will find a list of the items you should pack and take with you to your reassigned residence as well as other helpful information at this FAQ
  • If you experience any severe symptoms such as difficulty breathing or loss of consciousness, please call 271-2222 or 911 as these symptoms should be treated by emergency care professionals.  

Where will isolated residential students be housed?

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 will be relocated to a designated residence hall, other Drake provided housing, or a medical facility, as appropriate. They will also have the option to return home for the isolation period.

If a residential student must isolate, what will be included in the room?

Rooms in the designated isolation residence hall or Drake property are equipped with a bed, lamp, microwave, refrigerator, and Wi-Fi.

How will residential students living in an isolation room acquire food?

Meals will be delivered three times each day to students living in an isolation room.

If a residential student must isolate, what should they bring with them to their temporary isolation room?

A student who must isolate should plan to bring the following items with them to their temporary isolation room:

  • Pillow
  • Blanket
  • Sheets (size twin extra long)
  • Towels and wash cloth
  • Toiletries and related necessary supplies
  • Clothes (enough for ten days and detergent to wash clothes)
  • Prescription medicines
  • Charge cords and electronics (note that students are responsible for moving their own electronics)
  • Laptop, textbooks, work, and related supplies
  • Thermometer and oximeter to monitor health conditions
    • *Dishes, mugs, silverware, and detergent to wash dishes
    • *Snacks, coffee, tea, soup
    • **Over the counter medicines such as cough drops, Tylenol, vitamin C, and Zinc
    • *Optional because meals will be delivered.
    • ** Recommended based on over the counter med needs/choices.

Who will provide care to on-campus residents who contract COVID-19?

Drake University has assembled a team that will provide oversight for residential students who test positive for COVID-19 or experience symptoms consistent with the coronavirus.

Will there be medical staff in the designated residence hall or Drake properties to monitor symptoms and assess if a student’s symptoms get worse?

Medical personnel will not live on site or see patients in the residence halls. Students will be monitored daily through virtual assessments.

Will there be a live-in staff member within the designated isolation hall?

No live-in staff member will be present within the designated residence hall or Drake property. The area is secured and Drake Public Safety will make multiple security checks each day. If something is needed for their room, the residents are expected to email housing@drake.edu and not leave their assigned housing.

If I am a student who resides off campus and test positive, or someone living in my house or apartment tests positive, will the University provide on-campus or off-campus isolation housing?

No. The residence hall and campus properties designated for this purpose will only be made available to on-campus residential students who need to isolate.

If a residential student is in isolation, will they be able to leave their unit?

Residential students in isolation must stay in their designated residence hall or Drake property except for medical reasons. All meals will be delivered to the student and outreach will occur daily to check on the student’s condition.

Employees

For vaccinated employees that have been in close contact with a known positive, what are the requirements for quarantine?

Per current CDC guidelines, vaccinated employees who have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 may return to work as long as no COVID-19 symptoms are present but are encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test three days after the exposure as directed by Environmental, Health, and Safety (EHS). Tests administered by Drake EHS will be provided to the employee at no cost. For information regarding testing contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu.

For unvaccinated employees that have been in close contact with a known positive, what are the requirements for quarantine?

Unvaccinated employees who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 will be required to not come to work for up to ten full calendar days from the last date of exposure. A COVID-19 test may be completed five days or later before their quarantine end date. If that test is negative, then the employee may return after day seven. If no test is conducted, the employee may return after day ten. Tests administered by the University will be provided to the employee at no cost. The employee is expected to notify their supervisor immediately and also notify Chris Nickell at chris.nickell@drake.edu.

For employees who test positive, what are the requirements for isolation?

In the event of a positive test for either vaccinated or unvaccinated employees, the employee will not report to work for at least ten, full calendar days from date of symptom onset, or the date of the positive test if no symptoms are present. If the employee continues to have symptoms, including a fever, beyond ten calendar days, the employee will need to be fever-free for more than 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications before returning to campus. In some situations (such as after extended hospitalization), a physician’s note returning the employee to work may be required. The employee is expected to notify their supervisor immediately of their positive result and also notify Chris Nickell at chris.nickell@drake.edu. The best way to avoid serious illness or hospitalization due to COVID-19 is to get vaccinated.