Isolation and Quarantine: What to Expect

Updated May 20, 2022. 
For the 2021–22 academic year, all residence hall students are required to meet the UO COVID-19 vaccination requirement which is outlined here:  

Unvaccinated UO students and employees, including those who are partially vaccinated or choose an exemption, are required to take part in weekly COVID-19 testing through UO MAP (Monitoring and Assessment Program). 

Students living in the residence halls who are identified as needing to isolate or quarantine will have detailed information provided to them by the UO Care Team. 

Isolation refers to separating individuals who test positive for COVID-19 from others in order to slow the spread of the disease.  Quarantine refers to separating individuals who have been exposed to COVID-19 from any other individuals, including from others who have also been exposed. The purpose is to slow the spread of the disease by separating and restricting the movement of individuals who were exposed to minimize the exposure of others and also to monitor them if they become sick.  We are now following updated CDC and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidelines as detailed in the UO's COVID-19 exposure guidelinesStudents can also follow this interactive guide to determine whether isolation or quarantine is needed and next steps.

The UO Care Team will notify all students needing to isolate or quarantine and walk them through their next steps. Students identified as contacts need to quarantine. They will do so in their residence hall room as directed in the current guidelines. Students who test positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate. Below are three ways to isolate and the UO Care Team and University Housing will work with you in determining which option makes sense in your situation: 

  1. Isolate at home or private residence.
  2. Isolate  in a temporary assigned space on campus provided by University Housing. Temporary isolation assignments may include a roommate. University Housing will provide a temporary assignment to the extent possible. If a temporary assignment is not available, students will need to isolate in their residence hall room and follow the sheltering in place guidelines.  

Students who test positive through a home test should report their test result through Lane County home test form. As a residence hall student, they must also inform the UO Care Team at 541-346-2292 and follow University Housing isolation and quarantine protocols as directed by the UO Care Team. Current UO Care Team hours of operation are available online

Students who test positive when the UO Care Team phone lines are not open should: 

  • Shelter in place in your residence hall room
  • Call the isolation and quarantine coordinator at 541-514-6141

Students who test positive for COVID-19 should: 

  • Isolate for 5 days (this period is calculated from the onset of symptoms, or if asymptomatic, from the date of a positive test) 
  • After 5 days, if the student has no symptoms or their symptoms are resolving, the student may leave isolation. If symptoms have not improved, students should isolate until symptoms dissipate. 
  • Must remain in their room except to collect food, use restroom/shower facilities, seek medical services, or during designated outdoor time. 
  • Must wear an N95, KN95, or other medical-grade mask while outside of their room and while interacting, however briefly, with others. 
  • The student should continue to wear a mask at all times for an additional 5 days after the isolation period ends 
  • Masks are not required while sleeping, though beds should be arranged so that the students’ heads are six feet apart.  

Resident hall roommates of students who test positive for COVID-19

Students living in residence halls who have a roommate that tests positive for COVID-19 are considered a “close contact” and will need to follow the close contact guidance. They should quarantine in place as well and must follow these public health guidelines:  

  • If the close contact has not tested positive for COVID-19, is vaccinated, and has received a booster, they must continue to wear a mask around others for 10 days, then get tested for COVID-19 5 days following notification of a positive roommate. If the student is not boosted, they will need to quarantine for 5 days then continue wearing a mask at all times for an additional 5 days.  
  • Close contacts must keep masks on at all times when quarantining if/when others are present.  
  • If the close contact develops symptoms, they should get tested and then continue to quarantine in place  
  • Be sure to have products to disinfect the isolation space and shared bathroom facilities  
  • Wash hands frequently 

Here are some of the details provided to students who are isolating in University Housing:

  • Transportation: Once students are notified of their move, UO can provide transportation to their new space. University Housing will work with students to determine if transportation is necessary and coordinate the process. 
  • Items supplied in room:(1) full linen pack made into each bed prior to resident arrival, full linen pack packaged and set on additional bed or in a closet, (2) towels and (2) wash clothes, microwave, (1) refrigerator. Some amenities may vary depending on the specific temporary space to which the student is assigned.
  • Meal delivery: Residents who are isolating on campus must order their meals from the Grubhub app and pick up their food at a dining venue close to their isolation space. The student may not linger or eat in the dining room and must wear a mask.
  • Packing belongings: Students will not be able to return to their room to retrieve missing items. Students should consider bringing: UO ID, clothing for 5–6 days, academic materials, toiletries, medicine and any other hygiene products, electronic devices, and any other personal items.
  • Expectations: Students will receive information on expectations, including that no guests are permitted and that, with the exception of any stated outdoor times, students are to remain in their room with their doors closed for the health and safety of themselves and others.  
  • Emergency needs and non-medical questions: Students are provided contact information for the Residence Life professional staff member on call for if there are any urgent items that need to be delivered to the student (e.g., hygiene products). 
  • Packages: For students placed in temporary spaces within University Housing, students may continue to receive packages to their service center and, which should be mailed to their regular mailing address (they can find this in the My Assignment tab of their My Housing portal). Packages will be held for students in isolation.

UO Isolation and Quarantine Flowchart

UO Isolation and Quarantine Flowchart