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Isolation and Quarantine

Positive tests, close exposure

If you test positive or if you’ve been in close contact with someone who tested positive, use this flowchart for isolation and quarantine guidance (Updated August 15, 2022).

I’m a student. What are my options for isolation or quarantine?

  • Students living in residence halls are encouraged to isolate/quarantine at home, if possible. In most situations students living in on-campus housing will isolate/quarantine in place. If you are not able to isolate/quarantine in place and are high risk, limited space is available for specific public health contagious illnesses. These decisions will be directed by Thielen Student Health Center.
  • The CDC recently changed quarantine guidance to recommend instead of quarantining if exposed, to wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and consider getting tested on day 5. We recommend our students follow this guidance.
  • Students who live off campus or in campus apartments will be responsible for their own isolation/quarantine living arrangements.

Department of Residence and Dining Questions and Resources

Please visit their webpage.

Academic Questions and Resources

Students who cannot attend class due to isolation or quarantine need to contact their instructors to coordinate making up any missed material. If a student is unable to communicate with instructors due to symptoms caused by COVID-19, students can contact the Office of Student Assistance, studentassistance@iastate.edu.

Isolation and Quarantine

Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease by separating people who are sick from those who are not. It lasts as long as the disease is contagious.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to prevent them from spreading disease if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted an infectious disease.