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Your Roommate Tests Positive

For up-to-date COVID information and University policies, please visit our WVU Return to Campus website.

OVERVIEW

As some who lives with a COVID-19 positive person within the residence hall, you are automatically considered a "close contact." Please stay calm and use the following guidance.  You will first be notified by a telephone call or student notification email, which will be sent to your MIX email.

Please note: If you receive a notification that you need to quarantine prior to being notified by a student notification email, you are required to let the University know 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.

As someone who lives with a COVID-19 positive person within the residence hall, you are automatically considered a “close contact.”

If you are fully vaccinated, you do not need to quarantine. We will still notify you that you are a close contact and ask you to monitor your health. If you feel sick, you should get a COVID test and notify Student Life.

If you are not fully vaccinated, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days. You should immediately return to your residence hall room and avoid contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. This is called quarantine. You should not go to class or be on campus unnecessarily during this time.

You must limit your exposure to others and remain in your room as much as possible. If you must leave your residence, you must wear a mask/face covering, follow physical distance guidelines and avoid large groups of people.

If you fail to comply with this quarantine 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 identified isolation spaces. 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, if you live in the residence hall, you will quarantine in your assigned room. You are likely in quarantine because you’ve been considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. 

BEFORE QUARANTINE

  • You will be contacted by the Raleigh County Health Department and the Dean of Students Office and provided quarantine guidelines and medical guidance. 
  • A representative from Housing and Residence Life will contact you to provide resources for your personal and care needs. 
  • You should contact your Professors to let them know you are in quarantine. 
  • Your Residence Hall Coordinator will be notified that you have a COVID-19 related situation that requires you to quarantine, and they will be provided with information that can be helpful to you and your peers around you.
  • You will receive a phone call from a Housing and Residence Life representative to identify any special needs or accommodations, including dietary restrictions, you may need during your quarantine period.
  • If you decide to leave campus for your quarantine period, you must notify the Housing and Residence Life representative. You will be provided additional guidance for this situation.
  • Please utilize the cleaning wipes already present in your room to disinfect your residence hall room; this will make sure to slow the chances of COVID-19 spreading within the room and residence hall. We ask that you conduct this disinfecting process in an effort to not unnecessarily expose residence hall and/or facilities staff.

DURING QUARANTINE

  • You will be provided with daily meal options, provided by Dining Services. You will select your meals prior to each day.
  • You will receive an email from Dining Services each night with the meal options for the next day. Please respond to that email with your protein.  
    • If you have any food allergies or dietary restrictions, please notify them of this as well in that same email.
    • Please include your building and room number.
  • While you are in quarantine, you can reach out to the CARE Team and/or Housing and Residence Life staff for any needs — from academic to mental health and any other considerations.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19: Contact WVU Tech Student Health at 304.929.1241

AFTER QUARANTINE

  • The Raleigh County Health Department and University will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from quarantine. You must meet the criteria of 14 days in quarantine, plus have no symptoms and no fever for at least 24 hours. Student Health and/or the Raleigh County Health Department will notify you that you have met the criteria to return to your assigned residence hall and class.