Isolation and Quarantine

To minimize the spread of COVID-19, the university has established isolation and quarantine procedures for all members of the UIC community who have been exposed to or tested positive for COVID-19.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease such as COVID-19. It is used to help reduce the potential risk of transmission of contagious disease. Quarantine is different than isolation.

Isolation is used to keep someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 away from people who are not sick.

GroupProtocolIsolation/Quarantine LocationIsolation/Quarantine Length and Return to Campus Protocol for Individuals who are not fully vaccinatedIsolation/Quarantine Length and Return to Campus Protocol for Individuals who are fully vaccinated
Students in campus housing who test positive for COVID-19• Confirmed positive test notification received by UIC
• Director of Campus Housing alerted to confirm campus housing resident
• Campus Housing assigns isolation location and arranges transportation/ logistics for campus residents
• Isolation dorm designated for positive cases (Polk Street Residence, Bldg. 937)
• Capacity for 70 students; each student has own bedroom; every two bedrooms share one bathroom
• If asymptomatic - 10 days from test date
• If mild disease - 10 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving (except loss of taste and smell), and no fever for 1 day without fever-reducing medications
• Severe disease (hospitalized) or immune compromising condition - 20 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving, and no fever for 1 day without fever reducing medications
• If asymptomatic - 10 days from test date
• If mild disease - 10 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving (except loss of taste and smell), and no fever for 1 day without fever-reducing medications
• Severe disease (hospitalized) or immune compromising condition - 20 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving, and no fever for 1 day without fever reducing medications
Students living off-campus who test positive for COVID-19• Confirmed positive test notification received by UIC
• Students living off-campus are instructed to isolate at their place of residence and isolate from household members

• Isolation in existing place of residence• If asymptomatic - 10 days from test date
• If mild disease - 10 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving (except loss of taste and smell), and no fever for 1 day without fever-reducing medications
• Severe disease (hospitalized) or immune compromising condition - 20 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving, and no fever for 1 day without fever-reducing medications
• If asymptomatic - 10 days from test date
• If mild disease - 10 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving (except loss of taste and smell), and no fever for 1 day without fever-reducing medications
• Severe disease (hospitalized) or immune compromising condition - 20 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving, and no fever for 1 day without fever-reducing medications
Students in campus housing exposed to infection• Identify exposed students via contact tracing
• Director of Campus Housing alerted to confirm campus housing resident
• Notify students of exposure and, if needed, quarantine recommendations
• Assess whether roommate or dorm mates should also quarantine
• Single occupancy quarantine location at Single Student Residency (SSR)
• Capacity for 100 students
• Potential capacity for an additional 41 students if required
For Health Sciences college students currently on a clinical rotation who have a high-risk (household) exposure, release from quarantine occurs if they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure, AND
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For Health Sciences college students currently on clinical rotation who have a low- or medium-risk exposure, no quarantine is required as long as they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure.
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For all other students, release from quarantine occurs if they:
• Are asymptomatic, test negative, and quarantine for 10 days after their last exposure (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), strict masking is observed for 14 days after exposure including with household members, and continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure and report any COVID-19 symptoms to contact tracing immediately, OR
• Are asymptomatic, do not test, and quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. However, if testing availability is not limited a test before return is preferred.

Additional notes for all students:
• If new exposures, quarantine period starts over.
• If an exposed individual develops COVID-19 infection the isolation time starts over (see above isolation period for COVID Positive).
• Those returning from quarantine are required to begin or resume regular saliva testing, per campus guidelines.
For Health Sciences college students currently on a clinical rotation who have a high-risk (household) exposure, release from quarantine occurs if they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 3 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure, AND
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For Health Sciences college students currently on clinical rotation who have a low- or medium-risk exposure, no quarantine is required as long as they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure.
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For all other students, no quarantine is required as long as they:
• Are asymptomatic, test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), strict masking is observed for 14 days after exposure including with household members, and continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure and report any COVID-19 symptoms to contact tracing immediately

Additional notes for all students:
• If new exposures, quarantine period starts over.
• If an exposed individual develops COVID-19 infection the isolation time starts over (see above isolation period for COVID Positive).
• Those returning from quarantine are recommended to begin or resume regular saliva testing, per campus guidelines, as an additional precaution
Students living off-campus exposed to infection• Identify exposed students via contact tracing
• Notify students of exposure and, if needed, quarantine recommendations
• Quarantine in existing place of residenceFor Health Sciences college students currently on a clinical rotation who have a high-risk (household) exposure, release from quarantine occurs if they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure, AND
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For Health Sciences college students currently on clinical rotation who have a low- or medium-risk exposure, no quarantine is required as long as they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure.
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For all other students, release from quarantine occurs if they:
• Are asymptomatic, test negative, and quarantine for 10 days after their last exposure (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), strict masking is observed for 14 days after exposure including with household members, and continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure and report any COVID-19 symptoms to contact tracing immediately, OR
• Are asymptomatic, do not test, and quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. However, if testing availability is not limited a test before return is preferred.

Additional notes for all students:
• If new exposures, quarantine period starts over.
• If an exposed individual develops COVID-19 infection the isolation time starts over (see above isolation period for COVID Positive).
• Those returning from quarantine are required to begin or resume regular saliva testing, per campus guidelines.
For Health Sciences college students currently on a clinical rotation who have a high-risk (household) exposure, release from quarantine occurs if they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 3 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure, AND
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For Health Sciences college students currently on clinical rotation who have a low- or medium-risk exposure, no quarantine is required as long as they:
• Are asymptomatic, AND
• Test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• Continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure.
• Strict masking is observed for 14 days from exposure, including with household members.

For all other students, no quarantine is required as long as they:
• Are asymptomatic, test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), strict masking is observed for 14 days after exposure including with household members, and continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure and report any COVID-19 symptoms to contact tracing immediately

Additional notes for all students:
• If new exposures, quarantine period starts over.
• If an exposed individual develops COVID-19 infection the isolation time starts over (see above isolation period for COVID Positive).
• Those returning from quarantine are recommended to begin or resume regular saliva testing, per campus guidelines, as an additional precaution