Isolation Student Handbook
Isolation is a public health strategy that is used to stop or drastically slow the spread of an infectious or contagious disease. Students placed in isolation have tested positive for COVID-19 and must isolate until they are no longer contagious. A typical isolation period lasts for 10 days after a positive test result. During this time, you will track your symptoms, rest, and recuperate. Most people can recover at home without being hospitalized, however, if you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, you need to contact a healthcare provider immediately for further instructions.
At the end of 10 days, if your respiratory symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for 72 hours, your isolation period will end. Strict adherence to isolation protocol will drastically reduce the spread of this virus, so we thank you for doing your part to keep our community safe!
What to Expect in Your On-Campus Isolation Space (Harrington)
You will be assigned your own room in Harrington Hall where you will have access to a communal bathroom. The room will be empty aside from sheets on the bed and a trash can with trash bags, a microwave, and a mini fridge. Below you will find more details on what you can expect for your stay.
- Security will meet you with the keys to your room when you arrive at Harrington.
- In the room will be an extra-long twin size bed, desk, chair, wardrobe, and bookshelf. Remember that this is an empty residence hall room, so bring any bedding and pillows you’d want to make the space more comfortable.
- Unfortunately, there is no elevator in Harrington, so plan accordingly when you pack.
- Each room will have access to the campus wifi, but you can bring an ethernet cord for a stronger connection.
- Dining and Conference Services does deliver meals, but the mini-fridge and microwave are available for any heat-and-eat meals or drinks you’d like to bring with you.
- You will receive a care package containing snacks, a thermometer, hand sanitizer, tissues, etc., which you will keep and take home with you at the end of your isolation period.
- CHWS will provide a pulse oximeter to measure blood oxygen saturation. Leave this in the room when you leave.
What to Pack
Keep in mind that this move is similar to moving into an empty room for a while. Think about what you will need or want with you. Consider what makes you most comfortable and what will help you pass the time while in isolation.
- Comfort items (favorite pillow, sweatshirt, or blanket)
- Pillows and bedding (sheets will be provided)
- Toiletries, towels, shower caddy, menstruation products, etc.
- Medications (prescription and over-the-counter medication)
- Enough clothes for 7-10 days
- Reusable water bottle and mug
- Snacks and drinks (instant coffee, tea, etc)
- Electronics, chargers, headphones, portable speaker, etc.
- Schoolwork, books, etc
- Any entertainment items: art supplies, musical instruments, games, yoga mat, etc.
Security and Safety
- Call 253.879.3311 (x3311) for emergency response on campus.
- Notify the operator that you are someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Follow directions of the operator.
- In the case of an emergency in an on campus building, you must call Security Services. The campus buildings do not have addresses, so if you call 911, they will have to call Security Services to locate you.
- If the building fire alarm activates, evacuate to the designated gathering area. Follow social distancing guidelines and wear your mask.
- Contact Security Services during business hours if you have a vehicle on campus and you need to park near your temporary residence.
Expectations for Isolation
While in isolation, we expect students to adhere to the following guidelines. These guidelines are in place not only to protect students, but ensure the safety of other members of campus who may be entering the isolation building. Thank you for doing your part to protect the campus community.
- Stay in your room as much as possible.
- Wear a mask at all times unless you are in your room.
- If you leave to go on a walk, avoid all contact with others.
- Review the section "Keeping Your Space Clean" before exiting your room to ensure that staff are not present in the building.
- If you order food from a delivery service, select the “no-contact delivery” option and have your food delivered to the designated exit door of the hall. Do not use the parking lot to get food from third-party delivery services. (Ordering from third party delivery services is discouraged).
Please Do Not:
- Leave your room except to use the bathroom, pick up your meals, or do laundry.
- Go to public areas or other campus buildings until your isolation period is over. This is extremely important to the campus community’s well-being.
- Meet up with or spend time with other people if/when you leave your room to go on a walk. Friends should not deliver items to you in person. They may leave things at the door of the building for you to retrieve once they have left.
- Invite or allow others to visit you in isolation. There should be absolutely NO visitors to or in your room during this time.
Health and Wellness
Monitoring Your Health
It is important to monitor your symptoms of COVID-19. Contact CWHS at 253.879.1555 (x1555) if your symptoms worsen. If you need assistance on weekends or after 5 p.m., call the Multicare Consulting Nurse at 253.792.6411 (available 24/7).
- If you have severe symptoms and you need emergency medical assistance call Security Services at 253.879.3311.
- Security Services will help direct first responders to your location on campus. Notify the operator that you are in quarantine.
- Be aware of warning signs for severe complications of COVID-19. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, seek emergency medical care immediately (This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider or CHWS if you are experiencing any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.):
- Trouble breathing
- Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
- New confusion
- Inability to wake up or stay awake
- Bluish-colored lips or face
- Pulse oximeter reading below 90%
- You should keep track of your symptoms daily using a symptom log so you can see how you are progressing. This log does not have to be extensive, just short notes with the date, symptoms, and the time.
- Take your temperature and pulse oximeter reading at least three times a day.
- How to Use the Thermometer:
- Carefully place the tip of the thermometer under your tongue.
- With your mouth closed, leave the thermometer in place for ~1 minute until you hear the “beep.”
- Remove the thermometer and read the temperature.
- If you have a high grade fever of above 103F (39.4C) call CWHS or the Multicare Nurse line.
- How to Use the Pulse Oximeter:
- Insert one of your fingers into the finger chamber of the pulse oximeter. Make sure the fingernail is facing the top chamber, and your finger is completely inserted into the chamber.
- Press the power-on key to turn the pulse oximeter on.
- Keep your hand and finger still for the reading.
- Once the reading stabilizes, read the measured values of the oxygen saturation level (you will also be able to see your pulse rate).
- The pulse oximeter will turn off by itself once your finger is removed.
- If your reading is consistently below 95%, or you notice a sharp decrease (i.e. 99% to 95%) call CHWS or the Multicare Nurse line. If the reading is below 90%, contact emergency services on campus and follow the directions of the operator.
- Complete your daily check in questionnaire through your email by 1 p.m. each day. You will be asked to report your temperature and blood oxygen levels. You may also use this form to indicate if you would like a phone call from your contact tracer or CHWS healthcare provider for non-urgent questions or concerns.
All students in isolation are required to have their meals delivered by Dining & Conference Services (DCS) from a limited menu. Please read the following information carefully:
- When you arrive in isolation, you will receive an email from DCS asking about food allergies and/or food preferences. DCS will use this information to make meal/item substitutions as needed.
- Only the items listed under “Subgrub” are available for delivery.
- Order and pay for your meals using the GET mobile app or GET website. Dining dollars, credit, or debit can be used for payment.
- Students without meal plans will need to use a credit or debit card to pay for meals.
- All meals must be ordered between 3-6 p.m. for delivery on the following day. For example, all of your Tuesday meals must be ordered between 3 and 6 p.m. on Monday.
- All meals will be delivered at once each day between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
- You can pick up your meals at the tables marked “Subgrub” inside the door nearest the breezeway between Harrington and Schiff Halls.
- If you miss the 3-6 p.m. order time on your arrival day, DCS will choose and deliver meals to you for the following day.
- If you have questions or need assistance, email email@example.com.
Fresh air and sunshine (if available!) are important for physical and mental health. We want to encourage you to spend time outside safely by following these requirements:
- Requirements for going outside:
- Review the section "Keeping Your Space Clean" before exiting your room to ensure that staff are not present in the building.
- Enter and exit the building through designated exits only.
- Wear a mask at all times.
- Do not spend time with other people after you leave the building.
- Do not enter other buildings on campus.
Mental and Social Health
CHWS Workshops, Groups, and Peer Support Group
Counseling, Health, and Wellness Services provides workshops, groups, and peer support groups to students.
- Workshops, which are available to students residing in WA and outside of WA, can be joined at any time.
- Groups are available to students residing in WA only. It is typically recommended that you join these groups near the beginning of the semester and attend consistently. However, sometimes it is possible to join a group midsemester, so we encourage you to reach out to a CHWS counselor by scheduling an R&R appointment, or talking to your counselor if you are being seen in CHWS, to learn more about the groups.
- Peer Support Group is available to students residing in WA and outside of WA. The current group is All Addictions Anonymous (AAA) on Fridays from 12:15-1 p.m.
Check the Support Groups webpage for our Spring 2021 offerings, group descriptions, and who to contact to join.
Therapy Assistance Online (TAO)
TAO is a program CHWS utilizes for telehealth services. TAO provides students with 24/7 access to a variety of wellness-based learnings modules and workshops. All students have access to TAO at taoconnect.org.
For students searching for an on-campus counselor, contact CHWS at 253.879.1555, Monday-Friday between 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. If your call is not answered, please leave a message with your name and phone number. Your call will be returned within one business day. If you do not hear back within the allotted time it means that there has been a glitch somewhere and you should call back. The staff at CHWS genuinely want to support Puget Sound students and encourage them to be persistent in advocating for their health and wellness.
For students searching for an off-campus counselor, contact the Student Assistance Coordinator, Alonna Mitz, at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or complete the Student Assistance Intake Form. To access the form online:
- Log into the CHWS Communication Portal.
- Create a new Secure Message.
- Select Student Assistance Intake Form.
- Complete form and submit.
Keeping Your Space Clean
Our goal is to maintain a balance between the cleanliness of the isolation space and staff health/safety. Every three days a building specialist will enter Harrington Hall around 10 a.m. to collect trash/recycle, disinfect the laundry rooms, and clean the bathrooms. Please avoid being in the halls at this time, and promptly return to your room when you notice staff members present.
Trash and Recycle
When your trash or recycling needs to be taken out, tie the trash bag and leave it in the hallway. Facilities will pick it up at predetermined times that will be communicated to you.
Laundry Room Use
Please try to limit your laundry room use while in isolation and disinfect any surfaces you come in contact with after use.
If you happen to be in the bathroom when a staff member arrives to clean, please ensure you're wearing a mask and make your way back to your room as quickly as possible. Be careful to keep your distance from the staff member upon exiting.
Mail and Package Delivery
Call the mailroom at 253.879.3315 and request for your mail to be picked up by Security Services and delivered to the isolation space. Mail and packages will be delivered once per day at approximately 3:30 p.m.
How Do You Know It’s Okay to Leave Isolation?
The CHWS staff will work together with you to determine when you may leave isolation. The following guidelines are used to determine when people can finish isolation, but each timeline may be different due to symptoms, risk factors, and living circumstances. You must experience ALL of the following:
- 10 days have passed since the date on which you tested positive (do not count the day of the test into 10 day total) and
- 3 days without a fever (without the use of antipyretic medication) and
- Respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath)
Checking Out of Isolation
- A CHWS staff member will contact you 24 - 48 hours before the end of your isolation period. The staff member will ask you some questions and determine if you are able to end your isolation. If you have not heard from a CHWS staff member, and you believe your isolation will be ending soon, please contact CHWS at 253.879.1555.
- After you have been cleared by CHWS, ResLife will contact you to help facilitate the move out process.
- Contact Security Services at 253.879.3311 to inform them that you have been cleared to leave isolation.
- Pack up all your belongings and return to your residence.
- Leave the room key on the desk in your isolation space when you exit.
Important Contacts While in Isolation
- Counseling, Health and Wellness Services (CHWS): 253.879.1555 (call if you develop symptoms or with other health questions/concerns)
- MultiCare Consulting Nurse (Available 24/7): 253.792.6411 (call after 5 p.m. and on weekends for medical advice)
- Residential Life contact: 253.879.3317 (call with questions about the check-in or check-out process, issues with your room, or general questions)
- Mailroom: 253.879.3315 (call for package or mail delivery services)
- Student Accessibility and Accommodations 253.879.3399, email@example.com (call if you need support communicating with your professors)
- Emergency Response On Campus 253.879.3311 or Ext. 3311
How Can We Improve This Resource?
Please contact Alonna Mitz (student assistance coordinator) at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or feedback about this page. We are learning about COVID-19 at the same pace as the rest of the world and would appreciate students bringing to our attention ways in which we can improve this overwhelming experience for everyone.