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
On-campus students 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
• Mild disease - 10 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving, 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
Off-campus students who test positive for COVID-19• Confirmed positive test notification received by UIC
• Director of Campus Housing alerted to confirm non-campus housing resident
• Off-campus students 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
• Mild disease - 10 days from symptom onset, symptoms resolving, 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
On-campus students exposed to infection via dormitory• Identify exposed students via contact tracing
• Director of Campus Housing alerted to confirm campus housing resident
• Notify students and require quarantine for exposed student
• 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 Science college students currently on a clinical rotation:
• They are asymptomatic, AND
• They test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• They continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure.
• 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).

For all other students:
• 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) and continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure and report any COVID-19 symptoms to contact tracing immediately, OR
• They 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.
• 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 as an additional measure.
Off-campus students exposed to infection• Identify exposed students via contact tracing
• Notify students and require quarantine at place of residence and instructions to quarantine from household members
• Quarantine in existing place of residenceFor Health Science college students currently on a clinical rotation:
• They are asymptomatic, AND
• They test negative (PCR test must be performed no sooner than 7 days after last exposure to a COVID-positive person), AND
• They continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure.
• 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).

For all other students:
• 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) and continue to monitor symptoms for 14 days from exposure and report any COVID-19 symptoms to contact tracing immediately, OR
• They 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.
• 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 as an additional measure.