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Quarantining and Isolation

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Protocols and Definitions

The University, in close partnership with local and state health officials, has developed protocols around contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation. To ensure the health and well-being of the WIU community, faculty, students and staff will be expected to comply with these protocols.

Isolation and quarantine are public health practices used to protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. These people may have been exposed to a disease and do not know it, or they may have the disease but do not show symptoms.

Student Quarantine and Isolation

All isolated or quarantined students will be referred to the WIU Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) where a case manager will be assigned. The case manager will work with the student to ensure accommodations, classroom support, and general questions are taken care of for the student. The assigned case manager will follow up with students regularly and advise when they are able to return to the classroom. 

On-Campus Students

The University has set aside residence hall housing intended specifically for the purpose of quarantine and isolation. Students needing access to this space will work closely with University personnel to arrange transportation, technology support, and any other accommodations needed. Students will be checked on daily, provided with monitoring supplies, and delivered two daily meals prepared by Sodexo Campus Dining Services.

Quarantine Handout

Isolation Handout

Bayliss Hall Quarantine and Isolation Space
Off-Campus Students

While off-campus students will likely complete any necessary isolation or quarantine time in their homes, WIU Student Development and Success Center (SDSC) will check in with these patients regularly and ensure the students have access to a delivery service for groceries, food, and supplies. If a student is needing housing accommodations to successfully perform their isolation, on-campus housing will be provided.

Quarantine and Isolation Plan

  • The individual will receive their COVID-19 test results from either their primary care provider or Beu Health Center
  • The entity who performed the test (primary care provider or Beu Health Center) will notify the respective Health Department of the test results. If the primary care provider performed the test and notified the Health Department of the results, the Health Department will then notify Beu Health Center. All information will remain confidential.
  • The Health Department will make contact with the student and begin the process of contact tracing.
  • Beu Health Center will provide a confidential report that will be seen by the WIU Student Development and Success Center (SDSC). This University entity specializes in working with students in events that involve illness, crisis, and mentoring on a daily basis. A case manager will be assigned from the SDSC and they will then make contact with the student.
  • The case manager will work with the student to ensure that proper notification is provided to their instructors, discuss the protocols for their isolation period, assist with setting up transportation to the designated residence hall, and answer any questions that the student may have.
  • Student Development and Success Center will contact University Housing and Dining Services to inform them that a student will be arriving to the designated isolation hall.
  • University Housing and Dining will communicate with the student to inform them of the policies surrounding their isolation, review with them how they obtain meals, provide proper technology as requested, and overall answer any questions that they may have while residing in isolation.
  • Student Development and Success Center will continue to make contact and perform wellness checks with the student for the duration of their isolation period.

Quarantining After Recovery from COVID-19

People who have tested positive for COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or get tested again for up to 3 months as long as they do not develop symptoms again. People who develop symptoms again within 3 months of their first bout of COVID-19 may need to be tested again if there is no other cause identified for their symptoms.

Contact Tracing

Contact tracing allows for the identification and monitoring of contacts of infected people so that they can be notified of the contact and to support the safe, sustainable, and effective quarantine of close contacts to prevent additional transmission. The McDonough and Rock Island County Health Departments will oversee the University's contact tracing for any member of the Western Illinois University community who tests positive for COVID-19. Contact tracers will respect and adhere to best practices for patient confidentiality. With assistance from Beu Health Center this means that the health department will methodically identify those on campus who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus and refer those people for testing.

Activities and Events for those in Quarantine and Isolation

WIU is committed to both the physical and mental health of those in the University community. The Office of Student Engagement, Campus Recreation, and other campus programming entities have worked to plan and host a variety of activities and events for those who are in quarantine and isolation ranging from yoga to trivia night. Individuals are invited to participate in any activity or event from their room that may appeal to them.

Scheduled Events