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COVID-19 Health Reporting Form and Quarantine/Isolation FAQ

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Quarantine Instructions

Isolation Instructions

Butler University COVID-19 FAQ

Below you will find detailed information on:

  • COVID-19 Health Reporting Form
  • Quarantine
  • Exposures
  • Experiencing Symptoms
  • Isolation

Do I need to quarantine if I have been fully vaccinated?

Effective with the summer 2021 academic term, asymptomatic students who are fully vaccinated and have submitted their vaccination card to Health Services will not be required to quarantine. Symptomatic students, including those who are vaccinated, should report their symptoms via the Health Reporting Form and begin quarantining immediately.

The following FAQs are intended for non-vaccinated students and all students who are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19.

Where can I access the Health Reporting Form?

Go to your Health Services Portal. Choose “Complete a Survey” from the list of options in the center of the homepage under “I would like to…” From there you will see a list of the surveys that have been issued to you.

When do I need to fill out my Health Reporting Form?

Students are required to complete the Health Reporting Form if they are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

What if I have been identified as a close contact, but I do not believe this is correct?

If you think you have been incorrectly identified as a close contact, you will still need to begin quarantining until you speak with a Contact Tracer who will help determine if your contact with the positive case requires a quarantine. If there is a chance you may have been exposed, immediately beginning to quarantine is the safest way to control the spread. 

What is quarantine?

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, you may become positive or begin showing symptoms up to 14 days after your exposure. The goal of quarantine is to eliminate any close contact you have with other people, so that in the event that you do become positive after your exposure, you will not have spread the virus any further.

When do I need to quarantine?

You must quarantine if you have had close contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. Only contact within 48 hours of the individual’s positive test result or symptom onset will result in quarantine. Vaccinated students who are asymptomatic will not be required to quarantine.

Close contact is defined as any of the following:

  • Being within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour period

  • Being a roommate, suitemate, housemate, podmate, or sharing any living environment

  • Sharing food or beverage

  • Having any physical contact

How long do I need to quarantine?

If you have been exposed, you will need to quarantine for 10 days effective the day of your most recent exposure. If you test negative on Day 10 you will be released from quarantine, but will need to continue to monitor your symptoms for four more days as you could develop symptoms for up to 14 days after exposure. 

Where can I quarantine?

You may quarantine in your place of residence on- or off-campus. You may return home to your permanent residence to quarantine, but it is recommended that you stay on campus so you can receive Day 5 and Day 10 tests at Health Services or make an appointment if you develop symptoms. If you do choose to quarantine at home, you will need to return to campus for your Day 10 test in order to be discharged from quarantine. 

How do I know if I have been exposed?

You have been exposed if you have had close contact with an individual that has tested positive for COVID-19 within 48 hours of their positive test result or symptom onset. Close contact is defined as being within 6 feet for a cumulative 15 minutes or longer over a 24-hour period, sharing food or beverage, having direct physical contact, or sharing any type of living environment. You do not need to report any contact that does not meet this criteria, as it does not constitute an exposure and will not require you to quarantine.

If I am exposed to someone with symptoms, do I need to quarantine?

You do not need to quarantine if you have had close contact with someone showing symptoms who has not yet tested positive. You will only need to quarantine if someone has tested positive, not if they are symptomatic awaiting results.

What should I do if I think I have been exposed?

First, make sure your exposure meets the requirements based on the above definition of an exposure (How do I know if I have been exposed?). If it does, fill out your Health Reporting Form and immediately begin quarantining where you live. Your badge status will be updated to Quarantine and you will be added to the list of individuals requiring a call from a Contact Tracer. 

You should not schedule a test off-campus, but rather begin to quarantine, read through the Quarantine Instructions, and wait for a call from a Contact Tracer. A Contact Tracer will call you within 24 hours to answer any questions and go through your quarantine information with you.

Can I have food delivered to me if I am in quarantine or isolation?

Yes. Read through the Quarantine Instructions or the Isolation Instructions to locate the link for the food delivery survey. 

Do I need to test negative to be released from quarantine?

Yes, you will need to receive a negative test result at the end of your quarantine before you can be discharged. Health Services will be in contact with you throughout your quarantine to schedule a Day 5 and a Day 10 test. It is not recommended that you get tested off-campus while in quarantine.

 

What should I do if I am having symptoms?

Immediately report your symptoms on your Health Reporting Form. Your badge status will be updated to Isolation and you will be added to the list of individuals requiring a call from a Contact Tracer. You will need to contact Health Services to schedule an appointment to be seen by a provider. 

You will need to immediately complete the Isolation Housing Form and begin following the Isolation Instructions. After you complete the form, you will receive an email from isolation housing with instructions on moving to Ross, if necessary. You can view the Isolation Instructions here

What is isolation?

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are at risk for spreading the virus and infecting others for 10 days after a positive test result, so it is crucial that individuals isolate themselves for this period to prevent spreading the virus.

When do I need to isolate?

If you test positive for COVID-19, are experiencing symptoms, or are awaiting a test result from Health Services, you will need to isolate to prevent exposing others to the virus.

What is Symptomatic Isolation?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, you will need to isolate on campus until you can be seen by Health Services. If you test positive for COVID-19 you will need to return home to your permanent residence to isolate. If this is not possible, you may choose to complete your isolation in Ross Hall. 

Where can I isolate if I am having symptoms?

If you live in residential housing or in a Greek house, you must move to Ross Hall to isolate until you are evaluated at Health Services. If you live in off-campus housing, you may remain there if you are able to isolate yourself from any individuals you live with. 

In the event that you test positive for COVID-19 it is recommended that you return home to your permanent residence to isolate. If this is not possible, you can complete your isolation in Ross Hall.

What should I do if I receive an off-campus positive test result?

Fill out your Health Reporting Form and report a positive test result. You will be added to the list of individuals requiring a call from a Contact Tracer. 

You will need to immediately complete the Isolation Housing Form and begin following the Isolation Instructions. After you complete the form, you will receive an email from isolation housing with instructions on moving to Ross, if necessary. You can view the Isolation Instructions here

How long do I need to isolate?

Positive Test: If you test positive for COVID-19, your isolation will last for 10 days effective the day of your symptom onset or positive testing date if asymptomatic. If your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of medication) after 10 days of isolating, you will be discharged after you complete your 10th day.

Symptomatic Isolation: If you are having symptoms, you need to contact Health Services to schedule an appointment. You will remain in isolation until you are evaluated by Health Services and are given further instructions from a provider or a Contact Tracer. 

Awaiting Test Results: If you have been given a COVID-19 test at Health Services, you will remain in isolation until your results come back. A positive test will result in a 10-day isolation effective the day after your test result. If you are symptomatic and receive a negative test result, you will be released from symptomatic isolation.

Do I need to test negative to be released from isolation?

No. You are only at risk of spreading the virus for 10 days after your positive test result, but you may continue to test positive for up to 90 days. For this reason, you will not get tested while you are in isolation or at the end of your isolation. If your symptoms have improved and you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours (without the use of medication) after 10 days of isolating, you will be discharged after you complete your 10th day.

If I am placed in quarantine or isolation will someone contact my professors?

Yes. Once you are placed in quarantine or isolation by a Contact Tracer, the Dean of Students will provide your professors with the dates that you are unable to attend classes in person. They will not disclose any personal medical information.

What well-being support is available for students in isolation and quarantine?

BU|BeWell has compiled resources for students in isolation and quarantine. Find them here.