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Quarantine and Isolation

Self-Quarantine Directive from Campus

Campus has directed students to self-quarantine in their place of residence for a minimum of 10 days after travel. Self-quarantine is required for the designated amount of time regardless of receiving a negative test result for COVID-19. 

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  • Stay in your residence as much as possible for the designated amount of time. You should only leave your residence if absolutely necessary to get medical care, testing, food or other supplies. If you need to go out, please wear a face covering, stay 6 feet from others, and wash or sanitize your hands frequently. Residents on a meal plan can continue to get meals to-go at the Dining Commons.

    Separate yourself from others in your home (unless they are also in quarantine and have no symptoms) and use a separate bathroom, if possible. Students living in the residence halls should only use their assigned bathroom. 

    Reduce (or eliminate) indoor interactions with others. If you must be in a shared space, wear face covering, maintain physical distance and open windows, when possible.

    Do not invite visitors into your home.

    Wear a face covering when around others.

    Stay at least 6 feet away from other people, especially those in high-risk groups.

    Monitor possible symptoms daily. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.

    Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Wash or sanitize your hands frequently. 

    Disinfect any surfaces you touch frequently including electronics, especially phones, laptops and other devices. 

    Do not prepare or serve food to others. Do not share utensils and other household items with others in your home.

Isolation and Quarantine from a Positive COVID-19 Test Result or Known Exposure

How do I know if I need to isolate or quarantine?

Directives for UC Davis students to isolate or quarantine will be provided by Student Health and Counseling Services (SHCS), including students who live off campus if they do not have appropriate options at their primary residence. The university has nearly 400 beds dedicated for use as quarantine or isolation space. These spaces are available for students at the directive of Student Health and Counseling Services and more spaces can be designated if necessary. UC Davis has also worked with local housing complex owners to assist them in establishing isolation/quarantine space within their properties.

SHCS staff will notify and consult with each individual for health care, symptom monitoring and contact tracing and support will be provided by SHCS and Student Housing and Dining Services. Support will include health care, housing, dining, instructional support and other services as needed.

About Quarantine and Isolation

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others
  • Isolation keeps someone who is sick or tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms away from others, even in their own home.

CDC Guidance for Quarantine

If you had close contact with a person who has COVID-19:

  • Stay home until 10* days after your last contact.
  • Check your temperature twice a day. Watch for fever (100.4◦F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19

If possible, stay away from people who are at higher-risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

*On December 18, Yolo County shortened the standard quarantine period from 14 days to 10 days to conform to changed CDC and CDPH guidance. The incubation period after exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 remains up to 14 days in length, but the risk of developing COVID-19 is highest in the first 7-10 days after exposure.

After stopping quarantine, you should

  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.
  • Wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet from others, wash your hands, avoid crowds, and take other steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CDC Guidance for Isolation

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19:

  • Stay home until after
    • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
    • Symptoms have improved

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms:

  • Stay home until after
    • 10 days have passed since your positive test

Steps to take during isolation:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
  • Wear a mask when around other people, if you are able to