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Quarantine and Isolation

Self-Quarantine Guidance after Travel

UC Davis employees and students on personal trips should follow the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) guidance regarding quarantining after travel. Travelers on university business should refer to the Global Affairs Travel Announcement page for current guidelines and procedures. 

Also according to CDPH guidance, fully vaccinated individuals should follow CDC travel guidance, and are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have symptoms concerning for COVID-19 disease.

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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

Close Contact and Vaccinated Persons

Close Contact occurs when:

Someone was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes). 

Fully vaccinated persons who had close contact to someone with COVID-19 are NOT required to quarantine unless they have symptoms. ​​​​

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 250 beds dedicated for use as quarantine or isolation space. These spaces are available at no cost 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.

Isolation and Quarantine Considerations for Students
If a student becomes ill with COVID-19, we will engage the existing protocols outlined above isolate them and quarantine any individuals who were in close contact per CDC guidelines. With limited remote options, students will likely miss classes during the isolation/quarantine period. Students should contact their faculty to alert them of their situation and coordinate regarding coursework. If students experience academic challenges due to the impact of Quarantine or Isolation, they should contact their academic advisor. At any point, case managers in the Office of Student Support and Judicial Affairs are available to provide resources and referrals for students navigating difficult life circumstances. 

With regard to quarantine only, if a student is fully vaccinated, remains symptom free and follows the testing requirement from the contact tracer, then per CDC guidance, they are not required to quarantine and can continue attending classes without any disruption.

About Quarantine and Isolation

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

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