Quarantine and Isolation

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 14 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.

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