Quarantine and Isolation Info

The following quarantine and isolation policies apply if you’ve been in contact with COVID.

What is quarantine?

Quarantine keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

What is isolation?

Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Those who test positive for COVID-19, but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment, will be required to isolate. 

Isolation is for individuals who test positive for COVID or are symptomatic and awaiting a COVID test results, whereas quarantine is for individuals who may have been exposed to someone who has COVID.

Quarantine, Isolation, and Vaccination Status

Any individual (vaccinated or unvaccinated) who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate until fever free for 24 hours without medication, symptoms have improved and it has been 10 days since symptoms started. However, fully vaccinated individuals who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic are still required to isolate, but can retest on day five and end isolation if the result is negative.

  • Non-vaccinated close contacts must quarantine for ten days following an exposure to someone with confirmed COVID-19. They may test on day five and be released from quarantine on day seven upon receipt of a negative test result.
  • Fully vaccinated close contacts who do not have symptoms do not have to quarantine, but must be tested on day five and wear a mask in public settings (required by RISD anyway). If the test is positive, they must isolate for ten days from the time of the exposure, whether or not they have symptoms.
How am I informed that I must quarantine or isolate?

Students needing to isolate will be contacted directly by Health Services. Students needing to quarantine will be notified by a RISD staff member.

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Off-Campus Quarantine