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You test positive and live off campus

If you receive notification that you have tested positive for COVID-19, you need to immediately return to your residence. You should not go to class or be on campus outside of your place of isolation during this time. Please stay calm and use the following guidance. 

OVERVIEW

You will first be notified by a student notification email, which will be sent to your MIX email.

Please note: For the required WVU baseline COVID-19 test, you may see your positive COVID-19 test result through the QLab app prior to this notification. If you receive a positive result prior to being notified by a student notification email, you are required to let the University know you have tested positive for COVID-19 at TechStudentLife@mail.wvu.edu

During this time, we ask that you stay calm and use the following guidance. As a member of the community, it is critical that you take these necessary measures to keep everyone safe. You are expected to follow all University rules and policies.

You should immediately return to your residence and avoid contact with others for at least 10 days after your testing date, as directed by the local health department. This is called isolation. You should not go to class or be on campus outside of your place of isolation during this time, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared.

If you fail to comply with this isolation requirement, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include interim suspension, educational requirements, removal from courses, a campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, University probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion.

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?

The University uses the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” for those who have COVID-19 related matters.

Isolation is avoiding contact with others for at least 10 days after your testing date, as directed by the local health department. If you live in a residence hall, you will move to an identified isolation space. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared. You are likely in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

Quarantine is avoiding contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period. You are likely in quarantine because you’ve been considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

BEFORE ISOLATION

  • You will be contacted by the Raleigh County Health Department and Student Health and provided isolation guidelines, medical guidance and begin contact tracing efforts. 
    • Please be prepared to provide accurate information for the contact tracing process so we can work quickly to notify close contacts (those who have been within six feet of you for more than 15 minutes) and mitigate further spread of COVID-19. It may help to review your calendar and travel to remember locations and close contacts. If it helps, write this down so you can give the most accurate picture to those conducting the contact tracing process.
    • We know that during this time you may tell those who are determined to be close contacts that you have tested positive for COVID-19. Those people may very well receive information to quarantine as a result of the contact tracing process, but we ask that you and those close contacts allow time for us to accurately conduct contact tracing and alert them on their next steps.
  • A representative from the WVU CARE Team will contact you to provide resources for your personal and care needs. This team will work to alert your instructors that you will not be able to attend in-person classes due to a COVID-19 related matter.

DURING ISOLATION

  • You should not be leaving your residence unless absolutely necessary. To help you during this time, the University has developed a list of helpful resources.
  • Instructors should work with you to make arrangements so you can keep up with your classwork. If you need assistance in reaching instructors or completing classwork, please contact the Dean of Students Office via email or phone.
  • You will receive daily check-in phone calls from the Raleigh County Health Department and CARE Team, as well.
  • If symptoms worsen:
    • You should contact Student Health at 304.929.1241 or your primary care physician. 
    • If you are having breathing problems, extremely high body temperature or other acute symptoms, you should call 911. Please let them know that you are in quarantine for COVID-19 and make sure to wear a mask/face covering if emergency medical services attend to you in any way.

AFTER ISOLATION

  • The Raleigh County Health Department and University will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from isolation. You must meet the criteria of 10 days of isolation, plus improvement in symptoms and no fever for 24 hours as long as the illness is mild to moderate. The University will notify you that you have met the criteria to return campus and in-person classes.
  • In addition, the CARE Team will notify your faculty and other necessary units that you are capable of returning to campus and in-person classes.