Isolation and Quarantine On-Campus Housing

Isolation and quarantine are essential in helping to decrease the spread of COVID-19. Space to do this is available in two separate buildings for on-campus residents.

What is isolation and quarantine?

  • Isolation prevents the spread of an infectious disease by separating people who are sick from those who are not. It lasts as long as the disease is contagious.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. It lasts long enough to ensure the person has not contracted an infectious disease.

How will I know if I need to be isolated or quarantined?

If you need to be isolated or quarantined, you will be contacted by a member of Iowa State’s Public Health team. From there, you can choose to complete your isolation or quarantine by returning home or complete it on campus.

Where will I isolate or quarantine?

Students in the Halls AND TWO-Bedroom Frederiksen Court Apartments - All students in the residence halls and two-bedroom Frederiksen Court Apartments (where two people live in each bedroom) who need to isolate or quarantine will do so in the isolation or quarantine buildings (or return home).

Students in FOUR-Bedroom Frederiksen Court Apartments and SUV Apartments

  • Students needing to isolate or quarantine will do so in their apartment (or return home).

What happens if I test positive and need to move to isolation housing?

On campus students who test positive for COVID-19 can expect the following process:

  • You will receive an email with your positive test result.
  • Shortly after that, a member of the Public Health Team will contact you.
  • You will choose if you want to isolate at home or if you want to be moved to the isolation residence hall.
    • With the exception of apartments as noted above.

If you choose to go home:

  • The person contacting you will give you guidance on practices to follow while you’re at home and clear your return to campus.

If you choose to go to on-campus isolation housing, the process is as follows:

After you receive notice from the Public Heath Team, a Department of Residence staff person will be in contact with you to make arrangements for your move. You will then:

  • Gather the items you need for up to two weeks and put them in the center of your room. Review this packing list of suggested items to take with you.
  • A moving team will gather your belongings and load them in to a vehicle.
  • You will ride in the vehicle with your belongings to the isolation residence hall.
  • The moving team will take your items to your room and give you keys. They will also give you a packet of detailed information about living in isolation housing and the resources available there to support you.
  • When you are cleared to return to your normal area, the team will move you back.

What happens if I need to quarantine?

You will be notified by a member of Iowa State’s Public Health team if you have been in close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive and you need to quarantine. They will provide you with details on how to complete your quarantine.

If you choose to go to on-campus quarantine housing, the process is as follows:

  • Gather the items you need for up to two weeks and put them in the center of your room. Review this packing list of suggested items to take with you.
  • Within a couple hours of your contact with the Public Health team, a moving team will arrive at your room. They will gather your belongings and load them in to a vehicle.
  • You will ride in the vehicle with your belongings to the isolation residence hall.
  • The moving team will take your items to your room and give you keys. They will also give you a packet of detailed information about living in quarantine housing and the resources available there to support you.
  • When you are cleared to return to your normal area, the team will move you back.

For even more details about testing, contact tracing and personal health, please visit this page.