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 the information on the Stanford Student Affairs website.

For information about meal delivery for students isolating in place click here.

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.

In a January 7, 2022 message to the community, Provost Persis Drell provided this update to our isolation protocols:

"Students who have a private bathroom and access to a single-occupancy bathroom (which applies to most graduate and professional students, and some undergraduates in certain residences) will be allowed to isolate in place."

Students who live on campus in this type of housing, test positive, and can isolate in place should complete this form and refer to this web resource.  Undergraduate students who test positive and live in dorms and row houses that have shared bedrooms and bathrooms should view this web resource about how to prepare for isolation housing and then report to the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Service Center in Escondido Village, where they will be assigned to temporary alternative housing.

The provost also shared, "In the coming days, as we reach capacity in our designated isolation spaces and if more students test positive before isolation spaces become available, we may ask COVID-positive undergraduates to isolate in place. Meals will be provided. If we get to this point, we will provide options for their roommates who have tested negative, which may include remaining in place, if the room configuration supports it; or moving to a vacant room or common area in a student residence that has been repurposed as temporary sleeping space; or moving to a COVID-negative friend’s room temporarily; or moving to an off-campus hotel space reserved by the university, if needed and available. Multi-use shared bathrooms also will be signed to avoid overlapping use by COVID-positive and COVID-negative students."

The university will continue to provide medical care, meal delivery and other support as needed.

We have a limited number of temporary spaces for students who wish to relocate while their roommate is in isolation. Students should contact their Resident Dean or GLO Dean with these requests. More information is available here, including how to stay safe when sharing an apartment with a student who tests positive.

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.