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Isolation Guidelines for Students

In alignment with current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s isolation and quarantine guidelines, the University of Rochester is adhering to the following COVID-19 isolation protocol:

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate for a minimum of 5 days. Day 0 is the day a student first contacts UHS. You may end isolation 5 full days after you test positive if you have never experienced symptoms OR 5 days after the onset of symptoms if you are fever free for 72 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication and other symptoms have improved. Continue to wear a mask whenever you are around other people for another 5 days.
  • Those whose symptoms have not improved may need to isolate for the full 10-day period.

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Guidelines for undergraduate students living in on-campus housing

On-campus residential students who test positive will be directed to isolate. The Whipple Park isolation units are two-bedroom apartments. In some cases, a student who tests positive for COVID-19 may be required to share an apartment with another student who has tested positive and is on a similar isolation schedule. A medical review of each case will be conducted before any students are directed to share an apartment, but there are no negative health implications to cohabitating in a space when both individuals are positive, regardless of severity of symptoms.

If a student declines the option of sharing a Whipple Park isolation space with another student who has tested positive, the only alternative is for the student to make their own arrangements for isolation, possibly by going home. If this is the case, the student needs to stay in contact with UHS about the timing of returning to their regular campus residence hall following isolation.

For students who live in a single, they may be able to isolate in their dorm using a designated restroom and will receive an email from Dining Services offering options for food delivery. Under these circumstances, more information will be communicated directly to the student.

Students can review our downloadable flowchart for more information on how to report a positive case and the isolation process.

Guidelines for graduate students living in University housing

Graduate students who live in University housing and who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate in their campus apartment and follow the current COVID isolation protocol.

Guidelines for students living in off-campus housing

Students who live off-campus and who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate at their residence and follow the current COVID isolation protocol.

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