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COVID Isolation & Resources: Summer

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Thank you for helping us keep campus as healthy and safe as possible! We encourage everyone to wear face coverings and to test upon arrival, and then re-test and isolate as needed. 

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What to Do If You Test Positive 

Immediately following a positive COVID-19 test result all students should inform the university through the steps shared here. 

Undergraduates in Mirrielees and EVGR-A; Postdocs, Graduate, and Professional Students in Stanford Housing Will Isolate In-Place

See Steps Below

  1. Positive COVID-19 Test (Color, Rapid Antigen, and/or 3rd party)
  2. Stay home and follow the steps below to inform the university and receive access to resources including medical care, isolation information, and meals
    • Report your positive test result on Health Check to inform the university
    • Report your positive test on the Vaden Patient Portal
      • Send a copy of your positive COVID test results (attached to a message with the subject line "secure: test results") to the "Covid Medical Care Team". Varsity athletes should instead contact the Sports Medicine team. 
    • Report your positive test result on this Isolation SNOW Ticket to begin receiving support services such as meal delivery. 
  3. Isolate in-place and await further communication
    • Review “Students who will isolate in-place” for more isolation information
  4. Do not go to class, work, dining halls, etc. while isolating
  5. Review information under “Ending your isolation period” further below
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Undergraduates Who Do Not Live in Mirrielees or EVGR-A Will Isolate via Q/I Spaces

See Steps Below

  1. Positive COVID-19 Test (Color, Rapid Antigen, and/or 3rd party)
  2. Follow the steps below to inform the university and receive access to resources including medical care, isolation information, and meals
    • Report your positive test result on Health Check to inform the university
    • Report your positive test on the Vaden Patient Portal
      • Send a copy of your positive COVID test results (attached to a message with the subject line "secure: test results") to the "Covid Medical Care Team". Varsity athletes should instead contact the Sports Medicine team. 
    • Report your positive test result on this Isolation SNOW Ticket to be assigned an isolation space and begin receiving support services such as meal delivery. 
  3. Take your things and report to the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Check into an isolation space by visiting the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk located at 143 Ayrshire Farm Lane, Apartment 104, Stanford, CA 94305.  
    • On this map, notice the access points (red stars on the map) from either Campus Drive or Escondido Road. Parking is limited but available directly in front of EV 143 for students to pick up and drop off keys; instructions will be present at the front door/entry.  
    • If you test positive after hours, from 5 p.m. - 8 a.m., students should complete the steps above and call C.A.R.E (650.725.1602) for assistance with access to your assigned isolation space. 
  4. Do not go to class, work, dining halls, etc. while isolating
  5. Review information under “Ending your isolation period” further below
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Additional Information for COVID Positive Students

  • If you are experiencing worsening symptoms, contact Vaden Health Services at 650-498-2336.
  • If you were on campus within the two days before testing positive for COVID, please submit the Stanford Building Exposure intake form.
  • If you tested positive away from campus - Do not travel! Send a copy of your positive test result (a PCR test is preferred) to the "Covid Medical Care Team" through the Vaden patient portal and submit Health Check. Plan to isolate 5 to 10 days in your current location. Do not change your travel plans on the assumption that five days is sufficient. Your isolation period will end if you test negative with a rapid test; you are symptom-free or have much improved symptoms, and you have not had a fever (measured or felt) for at least 48 hours without medication.
  • A graduate student, professional student, or postdoc who tests positive and is living on campus with their family can request isolation housing by contacting the Graduate Life Office at 650.723.7288 Pager ID #25085. Indicate that you need to reach the graduate dean-on-call.
  • Please keep in mind the following if you are isolating in off-campus housing
    • Remember that you are in locations with both other Stanford students as well as other community residents. Please be mindful.  
    • Do not contact the on-site property management staff unless there is an imminent facility emergency (fire, flood). 
    • Please remember to remain in your apartment and do not utilize lobbies, amenities, or other common areas.
    • While in isolation, you will not be allowed to use laundry rooms or return to your regular housing assignment space, so please ensure you have your necessities packed.
    • Trash pickups are not available.  Put trash in clear plastic bags provided, mask/glove up, and take directly to the dumpsters for disposal, preferably at the end of your stay.
    • You may leave your trash in your room. 
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If you have any questions, please email the Q/I Housing Front Desk  or call 650.784.5961.

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Isolation Resources and FAQs 

Throughout this process, we hope that you will continue to engage in academics (to the extent the severity of your illness allows it and if applicable) and practice a daily routine that includes tending to your health, well-being, dietary needs, and non-in-person social communication. We are here to ensure you have access to appropriate campus resources so that you are well supported. 

  • Meal delivery - Meals will be tailored for dietary restrictions and allergies based on your submitted information.    
  • Garbage - Leave your garbage outside your room door on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Custodial teams will pick up and dispose of garbage in the clear plastic bag that R&DE Dining is providing with meal deliveries.
  • Academic needs - We encourage you to reference your course syllabi and email your professors and your academic advisor so that they know that you will be unable to participate in in-person academic activities. 
    • Undergraduate Students: Contact your Undergraduate Advising Director for assistance.
    • Graduate students, professional students, and postdocs: Contact the Graduate Life Office for assistance
    • If you can't get to the bookstore to pick up books you need for class, order the books online, and then after you receive an email from the bookstore confirming your books are ready for pickup, fill out this form for delivery to your room.

What Does It Mean to Be In Isolation?

  • Being in isolation means preserving your health, safety, and well-being along with that of your community. The isolation period is necessary anytime a student tests positive for COVID-19. Although you will be in “isolation,” our goal is for you to still feel connected and well-supported.

How Do I Get Medical Attention While In Isolation?

  • Call Vaden Medical Services at 650.498.2336 if you need urgent medical advice.
  • Here is how to reach Vaden after hours. 
  • If you are experiencing new or worsening symptoms, notify your medical provider, Vaden Health Services, or the Sports Medicine Team (if you are a student athlete). CDC guidance can be found here
  • You may temporarily leave isolation for medical attention or if you have been permitted to do so by a medical expert. If you leave, you MUST wear a face mask fully covering your nose, mouth, and chin, and you MUST return to your room immediately afterward.  

What Should I Bring to Isolation?

  • Pack enough of the following items to last up to 10 days
    • Face coverings/masks
    • Personal toiletries, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, etc. (linens, towels and toilet paper will be provided) 
    • Prescription and over-the-counter medications, including cold and flu medication should you have or get symptoms (Tylenol will be provided to those who don’t have it)
    • A thermometer (a thermometer will be provided to those who don’t have one)
    • Clothing and other laundered items (laundry services will NOT be accessible to you)
    • Items for your personal comfort (a favorite blanket, sweatshirt, pillow, tissues) 
    • Water bottle and/or microwaveable mug
    • Academic materials
    • Personal electronics and chargers

How Can I Help Keep Roommates, Apartment-Mates, and Family Members Healthy While I Isolate In-Place?

  • Stay inside your bedrooms with doors closed as much as possible.
  • Wear face coverings except when in the bathroom, eating, or in your bedroom.
  • Avoid entering the bathroom within 15 minutes of your apartment mates.
  • Disinfect the bathroom and kitchen as often as possible.
  • Eat in separate rooms.
  • Avoid sharing personal items.

What Should I Refrain From Doing While In Isolation? 

  • Do not leave isolation until you are released by medical professionals. 
  • Do not use laundry rooms.
  • Do not have visitors. Do not have others come to your space for visits of any kind.  
  • Do not go to any in-person events, meetings, social activities, or other group activities. If you have questions about leaving your space, please contact your medical provider, Vaden Health Services, or the Sports Medicine Team if you are a varsity athlete.  
  • Do not go to work. Communicate with your supervisor and HR to explore time off or remote work options.  

What Should I Do After I’ve Completed My Period In Isolation?

Follow the guidance listed under “Ending your isolation period

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Ending Your Isolation

Step-by-step instructions for all students

You can only be cleared to leave Stanford isolation under medical guidance from Vaden Health Services (or the Sports Medicine team for varsity athletes). Rapid tests will be made available to students in isolation as follows.

Instructions

Vaden will send you a message, via its patient portal, as you approach Day 7 in isolation. You are required to respond to this message to report that you have met the requirements to leave isolation.

  • Your isolation period will end on Day 7 if you test negative with a rapid test on Day 7, you are symptom free or have much improved symptoms, you have not had fever (measured or felt) for at least 48 hours without medication, and you would like to leave isolation on that day.
    • You will be required to upload an image showing your negative test result and ID when you respond to the Vaden message.  
  • Otherwise, your isolation period ends after Day 10.

Rapid Tests Will Be Made Available to Students In Designated Quarantine/Isolation Spaces or Isolating In Their Room As Follows:

If you check into isolation space  You will receive a rapid test kit when you check in to the Q/I desk.
Students isolating in-place and receiving meal delivery from R&DE A rapid test kit will be delivered to you.
Students on campus receiving meal delivery from Uber Eats Pick up a rapid test kit at the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk located at 143 Ayrshire Farm Lane, Apartment 104, Stanford, CA 94305. The Q/I Desk hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Students not receiving meal delivery from R&DE or Uber Eats Pick up a rapid test kit at the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk located at 143 Ayrshire Farm Lane, Apartment 104, Stanford, CA 94305. The Q/I Desk hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Varsity athletes You will receive a rapid test from the Sports Medicine team.
Students isolating in non-Stanford housing Here are options in your community

Note: On day 7 of isolation, if you are picking up a rapid test kit at the Q/I desk, please remember to wear a face covering, preferably KN95 or N95. Return to your room to take the test and follow the instructions above.

Return Your Key + Access Card! 

If you are in a university isolation space, return your key and access card to the key return drop-box next to the Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk (143 Ayrshire Farm Lane, Apartment 104) key pick-up window. 

  • Note the access points (red stars on map) from either Campus Drive or Escondido Road. Parking is limited, but available directly in front of EV 143 for students to drop off keys. Instructions will be present at the front door/entry.

The cards are cleaned/sterilized and made ready to be reissued to the next student housed in that location. These cards are a premium and need to be returned or deactivated for security reasons. If you don't return your key and card, you may be charged a fee. Questions? Contact the Q/I desk or 650.784.5961. 

Quarantine/Isolation Housing Front Desk located at 143 Ayrshire Farm Lane, Apartment 104, Stanford, CA 94305

 

Do Not Test for 90 Days With Color

The CDC does not recommend retesting using a viral diagnostic test like Color within 90 days because a positive result without new symptoms more likely represents persistent shedding of viral RNA, rather than an active infection. Your Health Check badge has been adjusted to reflect the 90-day testing exemption. You do not need to participate in weekly surveillance testing for 90 days.

 Carissa Livan, Jasmin Lopez Tang Dalsgaard, Trevor DiGerolamo, Maisam Pyarali and Dumisile Mphamba. Credit: Andrew Brodhead / newslibrary@stanford.edu

Resources for Our Communities

Student Affairs offers our communities support and we are continually seeking ways in which we can provide resources to those who may need it, whether on or off campus. Take time to care for yourself and connect with friends, family, and other support. You do not have to experience anything on your personal journey on your own.