Coronavirus Isolation & Quarantine

The information below, further outlines the COVID-19 positivity processes as implemented by University Housing. 

You will be notified of test results from an on-campus COVID-19 test via emailthrough the McKinley Patient Health Portaland Safer Illinois app. Check your university email account daily and access your results as soon as you receive notification of test result availability.

Residence Halls: 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • You and University Housing will be notified of the result.
  • Immediately go to your residence hall room and wait further instruction from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) or University Housing. Restrict yourself to your residence hall and limit time spent outside of your room; wear a face covering and social distance (including in your room if a roommate is present); and wash your hands multiple times per day. 
  • You will be contacted within 24 hours by CUPHD, using phone number (312) 777-1999. CUPHD will provide isolation guidance and collect information for contact tracing. University Housing is committed to isolating residents as quickly as possible, and may contact you prior to CUPHD, to help expedite the isolation process.
  • CUPHD will coordinate with University Housing to find a place for you to isolate for 10 days, first considering space in University Housing inventory. If you would like to go to your permanent residence to isolate, CUPHD will determine whether it is safe for you to do so.
  • You will be required to test at the end of 10 days and have a negative test result before leaving isolation. If you continue to test positive, you will be asked to return to isolation. CUPHD and McKinely Health Center will then determine if you are to continue in isolation or if you may be released. You may not leave isolation until you are notified by CUPHD to do so, even if you test negative.

If you have been around an individual who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Only if you have been identified by CUPHD as someone who has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from CUPHD, using phone number (312) 777-1999). This process is known as contact tracing. University Housing may contact you prior to CUPHD to begin a stay-at-home quarantine protocol to further prevent contact with other residents. If you are placed in stay-at-home, restrict yourself to your residence hall and limit time spent outside of your room; wear a face covering and social distance (including in your room if a roommate is present); and wash your hands multiple times per day. 
  • Roommates are considered a family unit. If your roommate tests positive, CUPDH will follow up with you within 24 hours to assess your degree of exposure. It is possible that you may not have spent enough time (prolonged exposure) to require quarantine. Prolonged exposure is considered to be close contact, within six feet, for more than 15 minutes where droplets could be shared.
  • If you are required to quarantine, CUPHD will coordinate with you and University Housing to find a place where you will quarantine for seven days, first considering space in University Housing inventory. If you would like to go to your permanent residence to quarantine, CUPHD will determine whether it is safe for you to do so.
  • You will be required to test on the seventh day of quarantine. If you are not exhibiting symptoms and test negative, CUPHD will release you from quarantine. If you do not test before Day 10, you will be released on Day 10. If you test positive, you will be moved to an isolation space will you will isolate for 10 days or from the onset of symptoms. 
  • You cannot test out of quarantine prior to seven days, and you may not leave quarantine until you are notified by CUPHD to do so.
  • If you receive a Safer Illinois exposure notification, you should self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test on the seventh day after the exposure. Restrict yourself to your residence hall and limit time spent outside of your room; wear a face covering and social distance (including in your room if a roommate is present); and wash your hands multiple times per day. 

Important notes:

  • Isolation or quarantine as directed by CUPHD is mandatory. If you choose not to follow this guidance, you could be subject to student discipline.
  • While in isolation or quarantine, CUPHD will act as your main point of contact for medical questions. University Housing can address questions regarding quarantine and isolation space and service.
  • University Housing will offer the following isolation and quarantine service:
    • Daily meals, taking into consideration dietary needs and restrictions.
    • Daily wellness check-ins.
    • Clean linens as needed at the request of a resident. Student Valet will offer personal laundry service.
    • Access to McKinley Health Center’s Dial-a-Nurse program.
  • It is your responsibility to email your instructors and let them know when you will be absent from class. You do not need to share any specific health information with them. If you are in remote courses, you may continue to attend class online if you are able.

Checking out of isolation or quarantine: 

Reminder, you may not leave isolation or quarantine until you are notified by CUPHD to do so, even if you test negative. Please follow these check-out procedures: 

  • After you are cleared by CUPHD to check out, email reshalls@housing.illinois.edu with your intent to check out.
  • Pack personal belongings. 
  • Dispose of all trash, Kleenex, etc., in the trash can, tie trash bag, and leave by the door.
  • Remove bed linens, place in the large plastic bag provided, tie bag, and leave next to the bed.
  • Take any food, dishes, or utensils home with you or dispose of them in the trash.
  • Lock the room door and return keys to the mail box located in the same location you received the keys.
  • If you live in another part of campus you may want to call a friend, Uber/Lyft, or taxi to help you move back to your room. University Housing staff may not transport students.

University Apartments: 

If you test positive for COVID-19:

  • You and University Housing will be notified of the result.
  • Immediately go to your apartment and wait further instruction from the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) or University Housing. Restrict yourself to your apartment, wear a face covering, social distance, wash your hands multiple times per day. If you have a roommate or family living with you, please restrict yourself to a contained room such as a bedroom.  
  • You will be contacted within 24 hours by CUPHD, using phone number (312) 777-1999. CUPHD will provide isolation guidance and collect information for contact tracing. University Housing is committed to isolating residents as quickly as possible, and may contact you prior to CUPHD, to help expedite the isolation process.
  • CUPHD will coordinate with University Housing to find a place for you to isolate for 10 days, first considering your apartment, then another space in University Apartment inventory if required. If you would like to go to your permanent residence to isolate, CUPHD will determine whether it is safe for you to do so.
  • You will be required to test at the end of 10 days and have a negative test result before leaving isolation. If you continue to test positive, you will be asked to return to isolation. CUPHD and McKinely Health Center will then determine if you are to continue in isolation or if you may be released. You may not leave isolation until you are notified by CUPHD to do so, even if you test negative.

If you have been around an individual who tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Only if you have been identified by CUPHD as someone who has been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will receive a call from CUPHD, using phone number (312) 777-1999). This process is known as contact tracing. University Housing may contact you prior to CUPHD to begin a stay-at-home quarantine protocol to further prevent contact with other apartment residents. If you are placed in stay-at-home, restrict yourself to your apartment, wear a face covering, social distance, and wash your hands multiple times per day. 
  • If a member of your family or your roommate tests positive, CUPDH will follow up with you within 24 hours to assess your degree of exposure. It is possible that you may not have spent enough time (prolonged exposure) to require quarantine. Prolonged exposure is considered to be close contact, within six feet, for more than 15 minutes where droplets could be shared.
  • If you are required to quarantine, CUPHD will coordinate with you and University Housing to find a place where you will quarantine for seven days, first considering your apartment, then another space in University Apartment inventory if required. If you would like to go to your permanent residence to isolate, CUPHD will determine whether it is safe for you to do so.
  • You will be required to test on the seventh day of quarantine. If you are not exhibiting symptoms and test negative, CUPHD will release you from quarantine. If you do not test before Day 10, you will be released on Day 10. If you test positive, you will be required by CUPHD to isolate for 10 days or from the onset of symptoms. 
  • You cannot test out of quarantine prior to seven days, and you may not leave quarantine until you are notified by CUPHD to do so.
  • If you receive a Safer Illinois exposure notification, you should self-quarantine and get a COVID-19 test on the seventh day after the exposure. Restrict yourself to your apartment, wear a face covering, social distance, and wash your hands multiple times per day. 

Other Important Notes:

  • If you have a dependent or family member who is not affiliated with the University, COVID-19 testing is available at Market Place Shopping Center in Champaign, seven days a week. Click here for more details.
  • Isolation or quarantine as directed by CUPHD is mandatory. If you choose not to follow this guidance, you could be subject to student discipline.
  • While in isolation or quarantine, CUPHD will act as your main point of contact for medical questions. University Housing can address questions regarding quarantine and isolation space.
  • As all apartments include a kitchen, you are responsible for your meals. 
  • It is your responsibility to email your instructors and let them know when you will be absent from class. You do not need to share any specific health information with them. If you are in remote courses, you may continue to attend class online if you are able.

Please visit the University Housing COVID-19 web page and the Illinois COVID-19 web page for additional COVID-19 information and regular updates.