Isolation & Quarantine
If a member of the UVA community (students, faculty, or staff) is identified through contact tracing as having had close contact with an infected individual, they will be referred for testing by the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) or their health care provider. UVA will partner with VDH to help facilitate the referrals and the testing. It is important that everyone in the UVA community engages with UVA and VDH teams during case investigation and contact tracing so that we can have the maximum opportunity to limit the further spread of the virus.
- Case Management for employees: The University has established a case management program to mitigate the spread of the virus on Grounds. The Case Management Team supports supervisors of positive employees while they navigate the mitigation process, including execution of mandatory state and federal requirements. The team also supports employees who may have been exposed to a positive colleague on Grounds by providing them with testing resources and initiating a safeguard period in which the employee remains out of the workspace for a period of time to enable the local health department to finalize contact tracing.
Isolation and Quarantine
- Students: Isolation is the separation from others of an individual who has a confirmed infection of COVID-19. Students who are COVID positive should not share spaces (e.g. bedroom, bathroom) with others who are not COVID positive. Quarantine is the separation from others of an individual who is awaiting their COVID-19 test result and/or has been in close contact of someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19. Being in quarantine means not sharing a bedroom and/or bathroom with others, if possible. There is no such thing as quarantining with others. Students living off-Grounds will be expected to quarantine or isolate from ALL their housemate(s) at their off-Grounds housing. Students who can safely travel home to isolate or quarantine may do so. Students residing in University housing will be provided isolation or quarantine housing by the University and will also have the option to return home if they choose to do so. The local health department will recommend the duration period for isolation and quarantine.
- Employees: Employees will need to isolate if they test positive for the virus, and to quarantine if they have been exposed. The health department will determine the required length of time needed for isolation or quarantine and will monitor the health of individuals who are being isolated or quarantined. Employees will need to be cleared by Employee Health prior to their return to work to ensure that they have met their isolation requirements.
- Current guidance from the Virginia Department of Health on isolation and quarantine.
- Visit the Student Health and Wellness COVID-19 webpage for resources on quarantine and isolation.