Quarantine & Isolation Housing

Residential Life is working in coordination with the Minnesota Department of Health. Isolation and quarantine spaces are available on both our main campus and at Stadium Heights.

Difference Between Quarantine and Isolation

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. The latest CDC guidelines require at least 10 days of isolation.

Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. The latest CDC guidelines require at least 14 days of quarantine.

When a student tests positive for COVID-19 or has been in close contact with someone who tested positive, the first option for the resident is to quarantine or isolate at home, if feasible. If not, quarantine and isolation accommodations will be provided to the student.

When you Have Symptoms

Residents that show symptoms of COVID-19, who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, or who have tested positive must:

  1. Contact a health care provider and self-quarantine immediately. A COVID Healthcare Hotline is available from Student Health Services during business hours: 507-389-5591. After hours, you may consider calling the Mayo Clinic Health System 24-hour COVID Nurse Line at 507-293-9525.

Click here to find a local testing location after business hours.

  1. If the medical advice is to get tested, the student should self-isolate until results are received. Contact Residential Life for quarantine and isolation accommodations (507-389-1011).
  2. If the test result is positive for COVID-19, the student should call the Campus Reporting Hotline at 507-389-2030.
  3. If the medical advice is to quarantine due to symptoms or exposure, the student will quarantine for 14 days according to MDH guidelines.

Quarantine & Isolation Services

Students who contact Residential Life for quarantine and isolation, will receive additional services to meet their needs. Below is a list of services students will receive:

  • Moving assistance to/from their temporary room assignment.
  • Meal deliveries to their room door. Monday-Friday students can expect to receive a hot meal delivered shortly after 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 4:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday students will receive a re-heatable brunch with their dinner delivery the night before, as well as a hot dinner shortly after 4:30 p.m.
  • Mail and package service (if the student opts-in to this service).
  • Laundry service. Students can place their dirty laundry in linen bags and our staff will pick up the bags and have it cleaned by a local vendor. Clean laundry will be returned to the student within 1-2 days and dropped off at their room door.
  • Trash service. Students dispose of their trash in trash bags and set it outside their room door so that our cleaning staff can take it out for them.
  • Pharmacy service. Our staff will pick up prescriptions and OTCs from the Pharmacy in Student Health Services when requested.
  • Regular phone calls to check in on the emotional wellbeing of the student. Referrals for support services may be offered to the student.

Items Provided in Quarantine & Isolation Rooms

  • Mini fridge
  • Microwave
  • Kleenex
  • Thermometer
  • Personal toiletries (such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, body wash, shampoo, bar soap)
  • Dish soap, hand soap, paper towels
  • Cleaning supplies and trash bags/trash can
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Soiled linen bags for laundry service
  • Toilet paper
  • Bottled water

What happens when I report that I need quarantine or isolation accommodations?

You will receive a phone call from a Residential Life staff member who works with students who need to quarantine or isolate.

In that call, you will work through your options and the staff member will tell you the next steps based on your individual situation: return home or quarantine/isolate on campus.