Isolation and Quarantine Housing

Residential and Hospitality Services has announced the decision to develop isolation and quarantine housing for on-campus residents, should students need it this fall. Currently students who need to isolate or quarantine will either remain in their private rooms or utilize the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, if they do not choose to return to their permanent residence.

While the thought of students needing to self-isolate may seem alarming, it is imperative that we prepare spaces to support students that may contract COVID-19.

What is Isolation Housing?

Isolation Housing is used to keep someone who is experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, or has tested positive for COVID-19 without symptoms, away from others. MSU will encourage on-campus residents to return to their permanent home to isolate, to isolate in their private room that includes a private bathroom, or to use separate university isolation housing.

Students in isolation housing will be expected to stay in the living wing, mainly in their room, for the duration of their stay. Contact with others will be extremely limited and potentially distressing, so we encourage students to take care of themselves by engaging with others virtually and practicing physical activity within the unit.

Student Expectations:

  • Students will follow all orders from the Office of the University Physician and the Ingham County Health Department, including the length of isolation and when it is deemed safe to depart isolation housing.
  • As students pack for isolation housing, they should include clothing for two weeks, any needed electronics, their academic supplies (books, school supplies, etc.), insurance and ID cards, and any specific medications or toiletries they need beyond the basics we provide.
  • Students may not leave the living wing and should stay in their rooms as much as possible. Students must continue to practice social distancing and wear face coverings when outside of their room for any amount of time. Guests are not permitted in isolation housing.
  • Meals will be delivered daily to students’ rooms. Students must submit their online order form the day prior.
  • Students will be asked to bag trash and place it outside of their rooms at a certain time each day or use the service request process if they have additional trash to be removed.
  • Students needing medical attention should contact a local urgent care or medical provider, such as the Olin Health Center. Call 911 for any medical emergencies.
  • Students remain responsible for communicating with medical personnel, health department, professors, family members, etc.

RHS Isolation Housing Process:

  • Any requests for isolation housing (positive or presumed positive) should be sent to the RHS COVID-19 Response Hotline at 517-884-6862. The hotline hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. 
    • If RHS becomes aware of a potential need for isolation housing, they will contact the University Physician’s Office.
    • Isolation location options will be reviewed with students. 
  • An RHS team member will complete a check-in call or email every other day with residents. If a friend of family member is concerned about a student’s safety and needs an immediate check completed on the resident, they should contact MSU Police.
  • If a student is using separate isolation housing from their fall assignment:
    • RHS Facilities will perform enhanced cleaning measures of touchpoints and common areas
    • Students receive personal care kits (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste) and linen packets (blanket, sheets, pillow, bath towel, washcloth).
    • Once medically cleared, students can return to your fall assignment.
    • At the end of isolation stays, a cleaning team will perform the cleaning and sanitization of the room to prepare for a potential new resident.

 

What is Quarantine Housing?

Quarantine Housing is rooms used to keep someone who has come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19 away from others, as well as for students arriving from high-risk out-of-state or international areas. Since quarantining will be recommended based on travel or when someone learns they have been in close contact or exposed to someone with COVID-19, it is possible that some students may find themselves needing to quarantine more than once. 

Student Expectations:

  • Students will follow all guidelines from the Office of the University Physician or the Ingham County Health Department.
  • Students will follow all safety guidance, including wearing a face covering, frequent handwashing, and appropriate physical distancing. A face covering will be provided if the student does not have one available.
  • Students will maintain limited contact with others when out of room and refrain from hosting any guests in their room.
  • Students will adhere to appropriate safety practices when using shared spaces, such as the laundry room
  • Students will self-monitor symptoms for 14 days and immediately seek medical attention if they begin to exhibit any COVID-related symptoms. Students needing medical attention should contact a local urgent care or medical provider, such as the Olin Health Center. Call 911 for any medical emergencies.
  • Students remain responsible for communicating with medical personnel, health department, professors, family members, etc.

RHS Quarantine Housing Process:

  • On-campus students who need to quarantine should contact the RHS COVID-19 Response Hotline at 517-884-6862. The hotline hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. daily. 
  • If student can remain in place, they will receive an email explaining the student expectations and what to do if they become symptomatic.
  • Meal delivery will be offered daily to students’ rooms. Students must submit their online order form the day prior.
  • If the student needs to relocate, REHS staff will follow the isolation housing process.

On July 28 students received an update message from President Stanley regarding what the fall semester will look like. Currently, we are working through what this means for housing with respect to the potential need to quarantine for students coming from out of state or out of country. Per the current Ingham County Health Department guidance, the following students will be strongly urged to self-quarantine for 14 days post move-in:

  • Domestic students arriving to campus from areas that have a risk level of “active or imminent outbreak” as defined by the COVID Act Now Risk map.
  • International students arriving to campus from countries that have a risk status of “outbreak” as defined by this COVID-19 Status map.

The maps above should be checked frequently and immediately prior to move-in as statuses can change. We will update this webpage as we have more information about campus quarantine options for post-move-in.

Our team members are working around the clock with university, state and local officials to develop a plan that adheres to the guidelines set forth by our public health officials. It is critically important to MSU that as we plan for a return of students to campus that we make available these isolation and quarantine rooms to help mitigate risk to others and provide a safe place for students who test positive to recover without further compromising the health of others.

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