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Guidelines for Self-Quarantine & Self-Isolation

The following are current guidelines for self-isolation and self-quarantine at OCU. These are guidelines and may need to be adjusted based on the individual circumstance of the positive case or exposure.

If an individual is symptomatic for COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status), they must self-isolate for 10 days, be without fever for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, and symptoms must be improving before returning to class/work. If a symptomatic individual receives a negative test result they must continue to self-isolate for the defined period of time and may retest after five days if their symptoms worsen or do not improve. A negative test result for a symptomatic individual will not reduce the length of an isolation period.

  • The Dean of Students Office will inform students and their faculty members of the students’ return to class dates.
  • Human Resources will inform employees and their supervisors of the employees’ return to work dates.

UPDATED Self-Quarantine Guidelines

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.

If an unvaccinated individual has a known or potential exposure to COVID-19, they must self-quarantine for at least 7 days AND receive a negative PCR COVID-19 test at least 5 days following the exposure before returning to class/work. If released early from quarantine, these individuals are required to wear a mask, practice social distancing and monitor their symptoms through the end of the 14-day period following the exposure. If the individual develops symptoms, immediately self-isolate and get tested again.

  • The Dean of Students Office will inform students and their faculty members of the students’ return to class dates.
  • Human Resources will inform employees and their supervisors of the employees’ return to work dates.

If a fully vaccinated individual with no COVID-19 symptoms has a known or potential exposure to COVID-19 they are not required to quarantine. It is recommended that they test 3-5 days following the exposure, wear a mask, and monitor their health for 14 days following the exposure. If the individual develops symptoms, immediately self-isolate and get tested.

***Response protocols for students and employees are subject to change based on updated local, state, and federal healthcare guidance***

How to self-quarantine

Based on what's currently known about how long symptoms last, the recommended length of quarantine is 7 days. The goal is to prevent inadvertently spreading the virus to others by separating yourself long enough to determine whether or not you're infected and showing symptoms.

The CDC recommends taking the following steps to help prevent the spread of COVID-19:

Stay home

You'll need to restrict your activities outside of your home, including going to school, work, public areas or using public transportation.

The CDC recommends that if you think or know you have COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for the 10 days after your symptoms first appeared and 24 hours have passed since your last fever (without using a fever reducer) and any other COVID-19 symptoms, such as dry cough, are improving.

If you're asymptomatic, you will need to self-quarantine for the 10 days following your positive COVID-19 test.

Only leave the house if you need to see your doctor and you have called ahead to discuss and plan your appointment.

Separate yourself from the people and pets you share your home with

If possible, stay in a separate room and use a separate bathroom — especially if someone you live with is higher risk for severe illness.

If you're living with someone who has COVID-19, make sure you know how to share a home with someone who's sick — without getting sick yourself.

Wash your hands often

Practicing proper hand hygiene can help prevent the spread of the virus. Wash your hands after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing. In addition, avoid touching your face.

Don't share your stuff

Avoid sharing the following items with people or animals in your home:

· Bedding

· Dishes, drinking glasses and utensils

· Towels, including hand towels in the kitchen and bathroom

Disinfect commonly touched surfaces every day

Early evidence shows that the new coronavirus can live on surfaces for hours or even days in some cases.

At least once per day, be sure to clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces around your home, including:

· Bathroom fixtures

· Counters

· Door knobs

· Keyboards

· Phones

To disinfect surfaces, you can use common household cleaner or a diluted bleach solution.

Monitor your symptoms

Twice a day, take your temperature to check for a fever. Also, take note if you're beginning to cough or experiencing shortness of breath.

You may or may not experience COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath) during your quarantine. If you do begin experiencing symptoms:

· Wear a cloth face mask when you're around people or using common spaces in your home

· Cover your coughs and sneezes and immediately wash your hands afterward

· Contact your health care provider to seek guidance from home