COVID-19 Isolation Plans

University Response to a Suspected Case of COVID-19

Pierce County Health Department will contact the director of Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services (CHWS) for any confirmed cases on campus who have been tested in the community. Additionally, positive cases may be confirmed through testing in CHWS or through asymptomatic screening methods. In the event that the CHWS director learns of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the university will take the following steps for individuals confirmed to have COVID-19:

Isolation Plan for Students

  • CHWS will reach out to the student to offer support. A release of information will be requested for the Office of Residence Life, Facilities Services, and Security Services. The residence life team will support the student to move into an isolation room on campus. Security staff members will meet the student at the isolation dorm to give them a key to their temporary room.
  • Dining Services will provide meals for students in isolation. To request a meal delivery, students must complete the Quarantine and Isolation Meal Order Form.
  • Off-campus students needing isolation spaces can work with CHWS for isolation support. Isolation rooms will be offered to off-campus students when needed.
  • If authorized by the student, a CHWS provider will call the student’s parent(s) and will send an email to the parents.
  • The isolation plan will be posted in the isolation room. The isolation plan will take into account isolation strategies available from the Washington Department of Health and the CDC. While in the isolation location:
    • The student shall adhere to the expectations and requirements established by the Isolation Location Agreement.
    • No visitors will be allowed in the Isolation Location, consistent with the Isolation Location Agreement.
    • Food can be ordered from The Diner for delivery. Students can email for more information. View menus.
    • Security Services will field calls from these students and call for emergency care as needed. Security  staff members will notify dispatch personnel that the call is for a COVID-19 positive person.
    • A CHWS staff member will initiate daily phone check-in calls with students who are symptomatic.
  • Facilities Services will be notified to provide cleaning of the residence hall/campus house of the student who tested positive.

Isolation Plan for Faculty and Staff

  • Faculty/staff members who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 are asked to contact the CHWS director to report their diagnosis. The CHWS director will coordinate with Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to guide quarantine recommendations for those who have had close contact with a positive case on campus.
  • The faculty or staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 should seek guidance from their primary care provider and/or the health department regarding isolation.
  • The CHWS director will make recommendations to Facilities Services regarding deep cleaning of the faculty/staff member’s work space/s.

General Information Related to Ending Isolation

Individuals who test positive will remain in isolation until the following three things have occurred or whichever is the longest:

  • No fever for at least 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
  • Other respiratory symptoms have improved
  • 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

The decision to discontinue home isolation will be made on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with health care providers and state and local health departments.