COVID-19 Quarantine/Isolation Housing

Quarantine/Isolation Housing Guidelines

Important Information

Drew University would like all residential students to be informed about our Quarantine/Isolation Housing, in the event you are required to temporarily relocate into Quarantine/Isolation Housing.

  • There are current locations identified on campus for both quarantine and isolation housing:
    • Quarantine Housing: is residence hall rooms to be utilized for students exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19 or students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, while you await the results of a COVID test. While being quarantined, you are permitted to pick up meals “to-go” but you are not permitted to eat meals in-person.
    • Isolation Housing: is residence hall rooms for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate in our Isolation Housing until they are asymptomatic without the use of fever-reducing medications or until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result. While in Isolation Housing you are not permited to leave your room, except to utilize a restroom or seek medical care. Meals must be ordered from Treeline Dining and will be delivered to you for the duration of your time in isolation.

Quarantine/Isolation Housing FAQ

  • Why would I need to quarantine?
    • It would be required if it has been determined that you have been in close contact with someone who was diagnosed or suspected of having Covid-19
    • Quarantine is used to separate those who were exposed to an illness from others, to see if they develop symptoms. Even if you feel well, it can take between 2-14 days after being exposed to someone with Covid-19 for symptoms or infection to develop. Quarantine is
      an important public health measure to help prevent the spread of the virus, so you will be doing your part to keep yourself and others on campus healthy and safe.
    • While in quarantine you should stay in your room, separate yourself from others as much as possible, monitor your health, and follow any instructions from the health department and/or the Health Service.
  • Can I stay in my current room to quarantine?
    • It depends on your living sitaution. If you are in a traditional style residence hall, you will be temporarily relocated to a designated quarantine space on campus. The exception is for students living in a suite – if a student living in a suite tests positive for Covid-19, that student will be moved to isolation housing. The other suitemates can remain in the suite to quarantine and monitor symptoms. Common areas including
      bathrooms and “high touch” surfaces such as doorknobs, light switches, and countertops/tabletops should be cleaned frequently, and personal items such as dishes and eating utensils should not be shared. If any of these students develops symptoms, they should be tested and moved to isolation (see “What if I get sick” below).
  • What should I bring with me to my quarantine housing?
    • You will be provided with basic provisions in your quarantine room, including: bed linens; water bottles; some non-perishable snacks; and basic toiletry items. You should plan to bring any belongings you will need for the next 14 days (ideally, this is the maximum number of days one might need). This should include: a pillow; extra blanket; comfortable clothing; flip flops or shower shoes; personal hygiene products/toiletries; items needed for class including books, laptops, etc; phone; chargers; a thermometer for daily temperature checks; any prescription or over the counter medication you might need, including ibuprofen or Tylenol; personal entertainment items such as puzzle/coloring books, a yoga mat; any favorite snacks (granola bars, pantry foods, etc).
  • Can I leave my room?
    • In Quarantine Housing, you can only leave your room to pick up meals and seek medical care. You should limit being around others as much as possible.
      • You cannot go to in-person class, the gym, dining hall, religious services, or any public events or group gatherings.
    • In Isolation Housing, you cannot leave your room except to utilize the restroom and seek medical care/attention.
    • Additional Guidelines During your Quarantine:
      • Do not use public transportation.
      • Do not have visitors in your room.
      • If you do leave your room, you must wear a mask and stay at least 6 feet apart from other
      • If you must do laundry (quarantine housing only), only use the laundry room designated for yo+ur use. Be sure to wear a mask and wash your hands before and after using the facilities. Stay at least 6 feet apart from others or wait until no one else is using the facility.
  • What about food and meals?
    • You will be permitted to leave your room to pick up grab and go meals at the Commons and EC. Be sure to wear a mask, stay at least 6 feet away from others, then return to your room to eat your meal. Wash your hands frequently.
  • How can I participate in class while I’m in quarantine?
    • You will have some type of virtual or electronic access to your classes. The exact access will depend on the course and faculty.
    • Health Service staff will notify the Dean of Students that you are in quarantine and cannot attend in-person classes after you sign a release. It is your responsibility to communicate with your faculty with any questions about completing your work.
  • What is symptom monitoring?
    • While you are in quarantine, you should check your temperature twice a day and be alert for any symptoms such as fever, chills, cough, or trouble breathing. Results should be recorded on your daily symptom monitoring log.
    • When checking your temperature, wait about 30 minutes after eating, drinking, or exercising, and about 6 hours after taking a medication to lower your temperature such as Tylenol or ibuprofen.
  • What if I get sick or develop symptoms?
    • If you have a medical emergency, such as difficulty breathing, call 911. Explain your symptoms and that you are in quarantine.
      • For other non-urgent symptoms:
        • Isolate yourself, do not go out in public.
          ○ Call the Health Service (973-408-3414) to discuss your symptoms and follow any instructions. The Health Service is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
        • If the Health Service is closed and it is not an emergency, but you would like to be checked out, there are local urgent care centers listed on our website you can contact.
        • Always call ahead when seeking medical care: explain your symptoms and that you are in quarantine. Wear a mask when leaving your room.
    • Health Service staff will be checking in with you by phone and/or email during your
  • How long do I have to stay in quarantine
    • According to the CDC, the current quarantine period for Covid-19 is 10 days.
  • What can I do to stay healthy during this time
    • Get good rest and sleep (aim for 8 hours a night).
    • Eat regular, healthy meals and stay well-hydrated.
    • Avoid smoking, vaping, alcohol and drugs.
    • Wash your hands often.
    • Open your windows for fresh air whenever possible.
    • Get regular exercise, even if it’s in your room. Check out the Campus Recreation site and Drew Today for Zoom exercise classes.
    • Stay in contact with friends and family by phone, FaceTime, etc
    • If you feel stressed out, try apps such as Calm or Headspace. If you need extra support,
      contact the Counseling Center:
  • When can I leave quarantine?
    • You must receive clearance from the Health Service: upload your completed symptom monitoring form to your health portal and contact the Health Service: 973-408-3414 or
  • What happens once I finish my quarantine?
    • As long as you feel well and remain symptom-free, you will be able to return to your previous living arrangement and resume your normal activities.
    • You should continue to follow all health and safety precautions such as wearing face coverings, maintaining physical distancing, and frequent handwashing.
  • Important Resources
    • Health Service: 973-408-3414
    • Campus Security: 973-408-3379 (Emergencies: call 911)
    • Residence Life: 973-408-3394
    • Director of Accessibility Resources: 973-408-3327
    • Associate Dean of Students: 973-408-3452
    • Counseling Center: 973-408-3398
    • Facilities: 973-408-3510

Responsiblities for Living in Quarantine/Isolation Housing

- You are required to stay in the designated room and hall, and not re-enter your long-term housing assignment; this means no going to the gym, dining services, or an in-person job
- You are not permitted to attend in-person classes while you are in quarantine or isolation.
- No guests are permitted to enter your space or visit with you in person
- Avoid touching your mouth, nose and eyes except for immediately after your hands have been washed
- Hand wash and use hand sanitizer regularly
- Wipe down high touch surfaces (doorknobs, desktops, drawer handles, etc) with a disinfectant at least once daily
- Wipe down bathroom surfaces with a disinfectant after each use
- If you need to leave Quarantine/Isolation Housing, you must first contact Health Services at 973-408-3414