Please see below for Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 regarding quarantine and isolation.
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 those individuals identified as contacts, the contact tracing team will promptly reach out to those individuals to inform them of their need to quarantine.
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.
Seven to 10 days. If an individual has been identified as a primary contact of an infected individual, they will be required to quarantine for 10 days from the last date of exposure. Students are encouraged to obtain a COVID-19 test five days prior to their quarantine end date by calling the Student Health Center. Testing negative will reduce the duration of quarantine by three days. We will only consider test results administered by the University, which are provided at no charge to students.
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.
Students in quarantine are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus when there are five days remaining in their quarantine period. The quarantine duration can be shortened to seven days with a negative test result. Details regarding testing are provided to all students as they enter quarantine. Proactively testing quarantined students will help identify the incidence of COVID-19 amongst our student body.
Yes. Quarantine duration can be shortened to seven days with a negative test that’s conducted five days prior to the quarantine end date. We will only consider test results administered by the University.
Those who are required to quarantine must abide by the following:
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.
Those who are required to isolate must abide by the following:
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.
Rooms in the designated isolation residence hall or Drake property are equipped with a bed, lamp, microwave, refrigerator, and Wi-Fi.
Meals will be delivered three times each day to students living in an isolation room.
A student who must isolate should plan to bring the following items with them to their temporary isolation room:
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.
Medical personnel will not live on site or see patients in the residence halls. Students will be monitored daily through virtual assessments.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and not leave their assigned housing.
Students in isolation may share an individual bathroom with any other student who has tested positive on the same day and is placed in their suite. However, it has been our practice thus far to only place one student in each isolation suite. Sanitizer and disinfectants are placed in each suite for the students to utilize within their spaces.
Yes. The designated residence hall and Drake properties have on-site laundry.
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.
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.