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Isolation & Quarantine at OHIO

If a person is under mandatory isolation or quarantine under the direction of public health officials, compliance is enforceable by law.

Isolation (as defined by the CDC): separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick

Quarantine (as defined by the CDC): separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

Students, faculty and staff members who are COVID-positive must not return to campus until cleared by COVID Operations. On-campus students who test positive must move to OHIO's isolation residence hall. Academic accommodations will be made, and meals will be delivered to students in isolation and quarantine residence halls. Compliance with isolation and quarantine orders is enforceable by law. For full details visit the OHIO COVID-19 Protocol: Positive, Symptomatic or Exposed page.

Reference Guide: When to Isolate, Quarantine

With COVID Symptoms

Awaiting test results Stay home away from others and follow isolation instructions until results are available.
Tested positive

Stay home away from others and follow isolation instructions

Tested negative

If you have further questions about your symptoms, contact your primary care provider or nearest urgent care for further evaluation of symptoms and treatment recommendations. (Students in Athens may contact Campus Care at 740-592-7100.) 

Has not been tested

Stay home away from others and follow isolation instructions. If you are experiencing acute symptoms such as shortness of breath, dizziness, decreased awareness, difficulty staying awake, or bluish lips or face, call 911. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, but they are NOT acute, call the Ohio University COVID-19 Hotline: 1-877-OUCOV19 (877-682-6819). 

Without COVID Symptoms

Awaiting test results No isolation is required while waiting for test results. Take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Tested positive

Stay home away from others and follow isolation instructions

Tested negative Take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Has not been tested Take everyday precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Other Situations

Other symptoms and has not been tested

Stay home away from others and follow isolation instructions. Contact hotline for testing (pull language from other page) until results are available.

Close contact with individual who has tested positive Follow quarantine instructions.
Travelers from locations under the Ohio Travel Advisory Follow quarantine instructions relative to the Ohio COVID-19 Travel Advisory.

Note: A person who had severe/critical illness or is severely immunocompromised should follow the advice of their physician.