COVID-19 Quarantine in University Housing FAQ
What is the University’s response as individuals associated with CSU are being tested?
CSU is in close communication with the Larimer County Department of Health and Environment. When an individual with a connection to campus through study or employment is tested, we are notified by the county when they are made aware or the ill person’s health care provider. The University’s response team is also made aware of tests administered through the CSU Health Network, which serves students. However, it is unlikely we would be aware of all members of our community who have been or are being tested. It is also possible that we would not be immediately aware of connections to CSU for individuals who test positive.
The Colorado Department of Public Health sets criteria for who is eligible for a test; not everyone is tested.
If there is reason to test a CSU community member, or we receive word that one may have been exposed through close contact with someone who has COVID-19, we immediately collaborate with Larimer County Health Department.
The health department or a public health official from CSU will begin tracing, through a methodical, thorough investigation, who the exposed or ill person has had contact with, potentially including roommates, significant others, family members, social circles, etc. The risk to those individuals will be assessed based on details about their interactions with the exposed or sick person, and they may be directed to self-monitor, self-isolate or quarantine. (see COVID-19 terms)
What’s the quarantine process in a residence hall or university apartment? Will a student confirmed to have COVID-19 be moved?
Once the University is notified by Larimer County or a local health care provider – including the CSU Health Network – that a student who lives in the residence halls or university apartment has tested positive for COVID-19 or has potentially been exposed through close contact to someone with COVID-19, we will begin immediate action. In addition to a public health official conducting an investigation, the University and Housing & Dining will support the student who is impacted as well as those who are potentially exposed.
If a student is directed to self-isolate or quarantine, public health officials will also evaluate for potential close contacts. A CSU or county public health official will coordinate with Housing staff to arrange for appropriate housing for both the student under isolation and roommates. Housing & Dining Services will immediately take measures regarding university living arrangements to provide guidance to minimize exposure to others, which would include separating the ill student from suite mates, and deep cleaning areas where the ill person has been.
CSU Housing & Dining Services has available rooms and apartments that can be assigned to individuals needing to be isolated or quarantined. Potentially, either the person being isolated or the roommates could be moved, depending upon each situation.
At this time, students in self-isolation or quarantine would be monitored by University staff through daily check-ins.
How will you ensure that a student is following public health guidance to quarantine or self isolate?
If a student is reported as non-compliant, Larimer County has the option to take necessary steps to enforce a quarantine through a public health order.
How will sick students living in university housing get meals?
Once a student is self-isolated or quarantined, Housing & Dining Services staff will deliver a one-day package of meals that are easy to reheat, along with snacks and beverages, to the student’s room daily. The meal package will be left outside of the door and the student notified when the meal is delivered.
What’s the cleaning process for University spaces where sick students live?
Housing & Dining Services staff has a defined cleaning process that follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance. It involves opening a window in the space for 72 hours and then conducting a deep clean, which includes but is not limited to disinfecting and sanitizing all surfaces, washing linens, etc. Our process exceeds cleaning guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the virus that causes COVID-19.
Who will be checking on the sick student?
CSU Public Health will coordinate daily check-ins with sick students and assist with connecting them to medical, counseling and student case management as needed. The student will be provided with a 24-hour phone number to reach Housing staff for immediate assistance (while practicing appropriate distancing), and also could call 911 for a first responder during an emergency.
How will confidentiality be handled? Will the ill person’s name be released?
The University is always obligated to protect a student’s rights to medical privacy, as outlined through HIPAA. As part of the contact tracing process, public health may notify an individual that “someone you had close contact with has tested positive” but generally does not disclose the identity of the individual. Staff in Housing & Dining Services will be alerted to provide essential services and care while the student is in quarantine or self-isolation.