Elon is committed to providing on-going support for students in quarantine on and off campus due to COVID-19. As soon as a student is identified as a positive case, it is important that isolation and quarantine measures are taken immediately to reduce spread of the virus.

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate while close contacts or household contacts must quarantine for a required amount of time. Information about the differences between isolation and quarantine may be found on the CDC website. Students assigned to isolation and quarantine will receive specific guidance from the university’s Quarantine Support Team.

Quarantine and isolation end dates are set by the local health department and state contact tracers (Carolina Community Tracing Collaborative or CCTC). These dates cannot be changed or negotiated by the student nor the university. All questions about quarantine and isolation dates should be directed to the CCTC Service Line at 844-628-7223. They are open daily 7 a.m.–7 p.m. EST.


Living Situation

    Students who test positive for COVID 19 must be isolated and their close contacts quarantined in an appropriate setting as determined by the local health department guidelines outlined below. Students should follow all guidance and directives of the Alamance County Health Department, state contact tracing authorities and the Office of Student Care and Outreach. More specific information will be provided directly to students who are required to isolate or quarantine.

    The university maintains a few on campus quarantine spaces but most students will be moved to a university-contracted hotel. There is no additional cost to the student for housing if they are moved to a university-contracted hotel. The meal section below addresses charges for meals for students without university dining plans. University staff members have been assigned to each hotel location to assist students in quarantine. Staff members also assist students in arranging transportation to the university-contracted hotel, if needed.

    Isolation: COVID-19 Positive Students

    • Students receiving a positive COVID-19 PCR test or positive antigen test will be required to isolate in a household space that is not shared by any other person. The space cannot share household appliances or common spaces with others. Most students will be directed to one of the university’s isolation spaces in a university-contracted hotel. There are very limited on campus isolation spaces and those are assigned at the discretion of the university quarantine staff.
    • Health department guidelines prohibit students from returning to their home for isolation purposes if they have received a positive COVID-19 test result. Doing so increases the risk to parents, siblings and others in the community.
    • A member of the Student Life Quarantine Staff will reach out to the student to coordinate logistics, key access to the isolation space, meals, classes, etc.
    • Information about other resources for students (i.e. laundry services, pharmacies that deliver, library resources, etc.) are available on the Student Care and Outreach page for Quarantine Support.

    Quarantine: Close Contacts and Household Contacts

    • Students living in a single residence hall or apartment room with a bathroom that is not shared with another person, will be directed to quarantine in their current living situation.
    • Students living in a shared residence hall or apartment room or with a shared bathroom will be moved to one of our quarantine/isolation spaces on campus or a local hotel room off-campus. A member of the Student Life staff will reach out to the student to coordinate logistics, key access to the quarantine space, meals, classes, etc.
    • In situations where multiple students within a living area are to be quarantined, the university will follow local health department guidance on whether to quarantine students in their current space or provide a separate quarantine space for everyone.
    • Health department guidelines strongly discourage students from returning to their home for quarantine purposes. Doing so increases the risk of infection for parents, siblings and others in the community.
    • Information about other resources for students (i.e. laundry services, pharmacies that deliver, library resources, etc.) are available on the Student Care and Outreach page for Quarantine Support.
    • In December 2020, the CDC issued allowable alternatives for length of quarantine period for close contacts. To clarify, all guidance from the CDC indicates a full 14-day quarantine period (and more for household contacts) is the safest in reducing the spread of the virus. Assigned quarantine periods are set at the discretion of the state and local health authorities. The Alamance County Health Department and the Guilford County Health Department have issued guidance that quarantine for close contacts will remain at 14 days. This is due to continued rise in the rate of new cases in the area. As conditions improve for a sustained period in the area, we will seek additional guidance from the health departments.

    Meals

    Student Life staff will work with quarantined students on campus to have meals delivered to their residence hall room or on-campus apartment and debited from their meal plan or charged to their student account (if they do not have a meal plan). Meals will also be delivered to university-contracted hotels where students might be in isolation or quarantine. If students require items beyond the dining services delivery options or are off campus, they will be able to use a variety of grocery and restaurant delivery services. Those resources are posted on the Student Care and Outreach site.


    Daily Check-Ins by Staff

    As a matter of precaution, students in isolation or quarantine should not have direct contact with others, except in a medical emergency. Throughout their isolation and quarantine period, students will receive a daily “check-in” call from a staff member to provide non-medical assistance. Students can also set up virtual check-ins with Health Services staff by sending a secure message through the PhoenixHealth patient portal. Although most students experience mild symptoms and will not require any medical intervention beyond symptomatic treatment, students will also be provided with information about contacting Student Health Services for a virtual visit if their condition becomes worse while they are in isolation or quarantine. Students should call 9-1-1 in case of a medical emergency or if they need immediate assistance.

    It will also be important for family members and friends to keep in phone/video contact with quarantined/isolated students to keep their spirits up and provide support.


    Classes

    Once a student is advised by a healthcare provider or the Alamance County Health Department/CTCC staff to isolate or quarantine and the Student Care and Outreach staff is alerted, the Student Life staff will contact the students’ faculty members so there is a plan in place for the student to participate in classes and academic assignments remotely during the required period. Students should also contact faculty to ask about how to connect and continue coursework during isolation and quarantine.


    Leaving Belongings in Residence Halls

    If the university was forced to shift to remote learning with students returning home for the remainder of the term, students could leave their belongings in their residence hall room or on-campus apartment in anticipation for a return to on-campus classes.


    Quarantine Kit: Supplies to Bring to School

    Students and families are encouraged to bring their own pre-packed Quarantine Supply Kit that includes:

    • Cleaning supplies (ex. antibacterial spray or wipes, window cleaner)
    • At least 5 washable face coverings (required on campus)
    • Hand soap/sanitizer
    • Facial tissues
    • Non-perishable foods for your room
    • Bottled water
    • First-aid kit
    • Trash bags
    • Toilet paper/paper towels
    • Thermometer
    • Personal hygiene products
    • Utensils
    • Medical information (i.e. insurance information)

    Additional specific assistance and guidance for those in isolation and quarantine are posted on the Student Care and Outreach site.