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Daily Health Screening and Quarantine/Isolation FAQ

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Butler University COVID-19 FAQ

Below you will find detailed information on:

  • Daily Health Screening
  • Quarantine
  • Exposures
  • Experiencing Symptoms
  • Isolation

Where can I access the Daily Health Screening?

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 Daily Health Screening?

You will need to fill out your screening every day, unless you have already been placed in quarantine or isolation. If you do not fill out your screening, your badge status will be set to Overdue and can only be changed by completing the health screening.

What if I accidentally fill out the form incorrectly?

If you make a mistake on your screening, you will need to email coronavirus@butler.edu to request a new screening be sent to you. You will then need to complete it correctly in order to update your badge status.

Why does my badge say I am in quarantine when I have not reported an exposure?

If you have been identified as a close contact by a Contact Tracer, your badge status will be updated to Quarantine. You should immediately begin following the Quarantine Instructions while you wait for a call from a Contact Tracer. You can view the Quarantine Instructions here.

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.

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 after 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. You will complete 10 days of quarantine in all circumstances and cannot be released early under any circumstances, including testing negative for COVID-19 at any point during the 10 days.

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 any 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 Daily Health Screening 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?

Yes. Read through the Quarantine Instructions to locate the link for the food delivery survey. You may complete this survey and have food delivered to you if you receive a notification that your badge status has been updated to quarantine. 

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 Daily Health Screening. 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 Daily Health Screening and report a positive test result. 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 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

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

Yes. Read through the Isolation Instructions to locate the link for the food delivery survey. You may complete this survey and have food delivered to you if you receive a notification that your badge status has been updated to isolation. 

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 after 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.

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

It typically takes a few weeks for the body to build immunity (protection against the virus that causes COVID-19) after vaccination. That means it’s possible a person could be infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 just before or just after vaccination and still get sick. If you are vaccinated against COVID-19, you may still be exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. After exposure, people can be infected with or “carry” the virus that causes COVID-19 but not feel sick or have any symptoms. Experts call this “asymptomatic infection.”

Because of this, students will need to follow the CDC quarantine guidelines below after they have been vaccinated: 

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, 
  • are within 3 months following receipt of the last dose in the series,
  • and have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all 3 of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19.

Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should still watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure.  If they experience symptoms, they should be clinically evaluated for COVID-19, including SARS-CoV-2 testing, if indicated.