Response Protocol Appendix B - Isolation Guidelines
If you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or if you are awaiting test results after being identified as a close contact or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 you must follow the below guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Stay Home Until you have Recovered
- Most people with COVID-19 have mild illness and can recover at home.
- Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Stay home until recovered. Please see Appendix D for Return to Work / School Guidelines.
- Stay home except to seek medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
- Do not use public transportation, ride shares, or taxis.
- Separate yourself from others in your home, especially people who are at higher risk of serious illness.
- Stay in a specific room and away from other people in your home as much as possible. Use a separate bathroom, if available.
- Do not prepare or serve food to others.
- Do not allow visitors into your home.
- Limit your contact with pets.
What to take with you (for residential students only)
Items to be Provided by SHaRE
- Bed Spread
- 2 sheets (either a flat sheet and fitted sheet or two flat sheets depending on what we have)
- 1 pillow with pillowcase
- 1 small towel
- A little cup with a tiny soap in it
Recommended Items to Bring
- Enough clothes for 10 days worth of isolation. You will not be approved to leave your space to do laundry.
- All items needed to ensure that you can continue with your remote course of studies.
- All toiletries needed to be in isolation for 10 days.
- Any personal electronic devices and chargers
For a more detailed list, please see Appendix E.
Prevent the Spread
- Wear a face covering or mask if you are in the same room with others. If you are unable to wear a face covering or mask, others should wear a face covering or mask if they share or enter the room.
- Cover your coughs and sneezes. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sneeze into your sleeve -- not into your hands -- then throw away the tissue into a lined trash can and immediately wash hands.
- Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds - especially after coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, or after going to the bathroom. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer with a minimum content of 60% alcohol can be used instead of soap and water if the hands are not visibly dirty.
- Do not share household items such as dishes, cups, utensils, towels, bedding with other people. After using these items, wash them thoroughly with soap and water. Laundry may be washed in a standard washing machine with warm water and detergent; bleach may be added but is not necessary.
- Clean and disinfect all “high-touch” surfaces every day (including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, faucets, toilets, phones, tv remotes, keys, keyboards), and especially any surfaces that may have body fluids on them. Use household cleaning and disinfectant sprays or wipes, according to the product label instructions.
Practice Home Care
- Rest and drink plenty of fluids. You may take acetaminophen (Tylenol®) to reduce fever and pain.
- Note that medicines do not “cure” COVID-19 and do not stop you from spreading the virus.
- Seek medical care if your symptoms get worse, especially if you are at a higher risk of serious illness.
- Symptoms that indicate you should seek medical care include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Cannot keep fluids down
- Other serious symptoms
- If possible, call ahead before going to your doctor’s office or hospital and tell them you are in Isolation for COVID-19 to prepare health care personnel for your arrival and protect others from getting infected.
- Do not wait in any waiting rooms and do wear a face covering or mask at all times if possible.
- Do not use public transportation.
- If you call 911, first notify the dispatch and paramedics that you are under isolation for COVID-19.