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
• 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
• Quarantine for 14 days after last exposure
• If new exposures 14 day period starts over
• If an exposed individual develops COVID-19 infection they will be moved to isolation dorm and isolation time starts over (see above isolation period for COVID Positive)
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 residence• Quarantine for 14 days after exposure
• If new exposures 14 day period starts over
• If an exposed individual develops COVID-19 infection the isolation time starts over (see above isolation period for COVID Positive)