Isolation/Quarantine COVID-19 Update

What do I do if I have tested positive for COVID-19 or I may have been exposed or my roommate tests positive?

See information on the Stanford Student Affairs website.

Does the university have adequate isolation and quarantine spaces?

Yes. R&DE in collaboration with our health experts at Vaden Health Services and Stanford Environmental Health & Safety has identified isolation housing locations for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. Quarantine is for high-risk close contacts who are not fully vaccinated. A high-risk close contact is someone who has spent a prolonged period of time unmasked and indoors with a positive case.

Which units will be used for such purpose, and where are they located?

At this time, isolation housing have been identified in certain areas of Studio 2, EVGR, Kennedy, and Munger, and some additional available apartments both on and off campus. If a student already lives in a location with a private bedroom or apartment with “en suite” bathroom, the student will isolate there. Otherwise, the student will be relocated to a suitable isolation location.

Other students living in a residence where someone is isolating need not take additional measures beyond those already recommended to prevent the spread of disease. All residences are receiving enhanced cleaning and following disinfecting protocols 7 days a week.

While they are in isolation, will there be staff to bring them necessities such as food and take away trash from their room or do laundry for them?

The university ensures that students in isolation do not need to leave their room by providing them the services they need to remain in place. This includes, food, water, waste pick-up, and linen service. All these services are provided under specific directions to ensure the safety of our staff and the community. 

How does the university know whether the virus will or will not spread through the sewage system, ventilation system, or even air?

None of residences identified for students in isolation have air circulating between units.

The university continues to collaborate with external and internal subject matter experts on ensuring that all possible precautions are being taken to manage the spread of COVID-19.

How will the university disinfect the common areas in the buildings where students are in isolation?

Students in isolation should not use common areas.

Shared bathrooms used by other students in the residence and high contact touch points will continue to receive enhanced cleaning, following disinfecting protocols 7 days a week.

What if I need repairs or maintenance while in isolation or quarantine?

In the event that an emergency maintenance repair or other action is necessary in an insolation or quarantine room/apartment, the maintenance technician and other staff will ask the occupants to step out of the space for only as long as needed to conduct the work.

Can you contract COVID-19 by touching a doorknob?

You can contract COVID-19 by touching an object that contains the live COVID-19 virus and then touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. This is why it is so important to frequently wash your hands.