Quarantine and Isolation

Notice: Student Health Center staff members are University officials, and their directions must be followed. Please strictly adhere to all guidelines provided. Thank you.

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to separate someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 and may develop illness away from other people. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they have the virus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recognizes that any quarantine shorter than 14 days balances reduced burden against a small possibility of increasing the spread of the virus. Local public health authorities determine and establish the quarantine options for their jurisdictions.

In Los Angeles County, if you have been in close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 you are required* to:

  1. Quarantine - stay home and separate yourself from others for 10 days
  2. Monitor your health for 14 days
  3. Follow the Health Officer Quarantine Order

It is recommended that you get tested* for COVID-19.

*You do not need to quarantine or get tested if you have no symptoms and you either:

  • Are fully vaccinated for COVID-19, or
  • Have recovered from laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 in the past 3 months (90 days)

Even if you do not need to quarantine, it is important that you monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from your last contact with the infected person.

Quarantine FAQs

What is a close contact?

You are "close contact" if:

  • You were within 6 feet of someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, or
  • You had unprotected contact with body fluids and/or secretions from someone with COVID-19. For example, you were coughed or sneezed on, you shared a drinking cup or eating utensils, you kissed, or you provided care to them without wearing the right protective equipment

A person with COVID-19 can infect others from 2 days before their symptoms first started until they are allowed to end their isolation. A person with a positive COVID-19 test who does not have symptoms is considered to be infectious from 2 days before their test was taken until 10 days after their test.

How long do I have to quarantine?

If you have been in contact with someone with COVID-19, you must quarantine for 10 full days from your last contact with the infected person*. You can end your quarantine after Day 10 if you never had any symptoms and you take the following precautions from Day 11 through Day 14:

  • Be extra careful. Wear a mask when around other people (including those in your household), stay at least 6 feet away from others, wash your hands often, and take other steps to protect yourself and others.
  • Keep checking for COVID-19 symptoms every day. If you do get symptoms, isolate at home and follow the "if you develop symptoms" instructions below. It is best to keep away from people at high risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 for the full 14 days.

*If you do not know when you were exposed to the infected person and you received a Quarantine Order, you can end your quarantine 10 days after the date the order was issued (as long as you do not have symptoms).

If you have a test for COVID-19, and it is negative, you must still quarantine for at least 10 days.

What are the restrictions during quarantine?

To prevent you from spreading COVID-19, you must restrict activities and limit actions that may put you in contact with others.

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. You may only leave your place of quarantine to get needed medical care.
  • Do not allow non-essential visitors.
  • Separate yourself from others in your home preferably by staying in your own bedroom and bathroom. If you need to be in the same room as other household members:
    • Wear a mask. If possible, choose a mask that has multiple layers and a snug fit and consider double masking.
    • Keep 6 feet away. If you have to share a room, try setting up the room so that you can stay 6 feet apart, if possible. It is important to stay away from unvaccinated people who are at higher risk of serious illness.
    • Open windows or use a fan or an air conditioner in shared spaces in the home.
    • Use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, disinfect the bathroom after use.
  • Do not make or serve food to others, if possible. If there is no one else to prepare and serve food, then be sure to wear a mask and wash your hands frequently.
  • Do not use public transportation, including airplane flights, carpooling, or ridesharing during quarantine or in order to get to your quarantine location.

What steps should I take when getting medical care or COVID-19 testing?

  • Wear a mask. If possible, choose a mask that has multiple layers and a snug fit and consider double masking.
  • Use a private car if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, be sure to keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and leave the windows down. You should not use public transportation.

Should I get tested for COVID-19?

As a close contact to someone with COVID-19, it is recommended that you get tested.* This is to check if you are already infected. If you test negative, you still need to quarantine for 10 days.
*Testing is not recommended for people who had a positive viral COVID-19 test in the past 90 days and do not currently have symptoms of COVID-19.

To get a test, call your doctor or the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3. When you go get tested, follow the testing center instructions and wear a mask so you do not infect other people.

If your test result is positive:

  • You have COVID-19.
  • You need to isolate.
  • You need to contact the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3 for further instructions.

If your test result is negative:

  • You may still be infected, but it is too early to show on the test.
  • You need to stay in quarantine for 10 days after you last had close contact with the person with COVID-19.
  • Monitor your symptoms and follow the instructions below.

What if I develop symptoms?

  • Isolate yourself at home (this means if you left quarantine and it is Day 11-14 you need to return home immediately and strictly stay away from others except for medical care).
  • Contact your doctor or the Student Health Center at 310.506.4316, option 3, for a medical assessment and arrange a test for COVID-19. Tell them that you have been in contact with someone who has COVID-19.
    • If you test positive for COVID-19 or your provider thinks you have COVID-19, you must follow the Los Angeles County "Public Health Emergency Isolation Order" for COVID-19 and the "Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19 Infection," which are available in English, Spanish, and other languages.
    • If you test negative for COVID-19 and/or your provider thinks that you do not have COVID-19, you must complete your quarantine period and stay home until at least 24 hours have passed since you have been fever-free without using fever-reducing medications.
    • If you do not get tested you should isolate for at least 10 days from when your symptoms first started and at least 24 hours have passed since you have been fever-free without using fever-reducing medications.

What if I am fully vaccinated?

If you are a close contact to someone with COVID-19, you are not required to quarantine if:

  • You are fully vaccinated (this means it has been 2 weeks or more since you got the single-dose of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen vaccine, 2 weeks or more since getting the second dose of a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or 2 weeks have passed since you finished the series of a vaccine that has been authorized for emergency use by the World Health Organization, such as AstraZeneca/Oxford), and
  • You have had no symptoms of COVID-19 since your close contact

Even if you do not need to quarantine, it is important that you:

  • Monitor your health for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days from your last contact with the infected person
  • Talk to the Student Health Center if you get a call or message
  • Continue to protect yourself and others

Policy for Student Quarantine on Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy and dignity are protected while under investigation for possible diagnosis of COVID-19
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students in quarantine regarding the importance of reducing the risk of campus-wide exposure

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in quarantine if deemed necessary by medical staff due to exposure to a known COVID-19 positive case or due to suspected COVID-19 illness.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in quarantine and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the quarantined student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup Form daily by noon (symptom checklist). Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on that Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages.
  4. Students in quarantine will be given instructions concerning how to take care of their health, signs and symptoms to watch for, and when to call for further medical assistance or evaluation. Once again, students are required to complete daily, by noon, a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.
  5. For quarantine purposes, a student will be moved to a previously identified appropriate location on campus. It is possible that a student could be moved again depending on the student's situation and other campus needs.
  6. Students in quarantine must remain in their room or quarantine space unless they have a life-threatening medical emergency or prior authorization from Student Health Center staff. This includes not being able to attend class, work, internships, research labs, gatherings of any size in shared spaces with others, or to retrieve items from their car or dorm room. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing while in quarantine or in order to get to the quarantine location unless authorized by Pepperdine staff is strictly prohibited. All needed resources including food, toiletries, and items related to academics will be brought to their room and placed outside of their door. Students will not be allowed to open the door and retrieve items until the area is clear of additional persons.
  7. While in quarantine, no guests will be allowed in the student's room. All windows are to remain closed and locked at all times if the student is located on the ground floor to minimize the risk of exposure to public spaces, unless in the event of an emergency. Students located in quarantine rooms above the ground floor may open their windows.
  8. Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their room and bathroom. Cleaning supplies will be provided for students to use to wipe down surfaces. Any accumulated garbage or recyclables that are unable to remain in the student's room for the duration of their stay are to be placed in a bag outside of the student's room for collection.
  9. If at any time a medical or other Pepperdine professional must enter the room, the student will be given specific directions regarding masks or distances that may be required.
  10. Facilities staff should not have contact with the quarantined student. If a Facilities staff member enters an area where students are in quarantine in error, the student should identify themselves as a quarantined student.

University staff will do all that they can to make quarantine arrangements as comfortable as possible. The Resident Director will make sure students are connected to campus resources (via phone) and that needed items are delivered. To contact the Resident Director on Duty, contact the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 310.506.4442.

Policy for Student Quarantine off Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy, and dignity are protected while under investigation for possible diagnosis of COVID-19
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students recommended to self-quarantine regarding the importance of reducing the risk of exposure to others

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in quarantine if deemed necessary by medical staff after exposure to a known COVID-19 case or due to suspected COVID-19 illness.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in quarantine and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the quarantined student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup form daily by noon (symptom checklist). Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on that Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages.
  4. While in quarantine, a student must remain in their own home, rental apartment, or appropriate quarantine space in which they ideally will have their own room and bathroom. All windows on the ground floor are to remain shut and locked at all times if they open to a public or shared space. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing while in quarantine or in order to get to quarantine unless authorized by Pepperdine staff is strictly prohibited.
  5. While in quarantine, students must remain in their room or quarantine space and not allow people or pets to enter their room. If it is necessary for students to access common areas, wear a face mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet if other people or pets share the area.
  6. While in quarantine, students will not be allowed to attend classes at any of the Pepperdine University campuses as well as work internships, research labs, or gatherings of any size in public or shared spaces with others.
  7. While in quarantine, students are encouraged to monitor their symptoms daily and seek prompt medical attention if their illness is worsening. Once again, students are required to complete daily, by noon, a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.

Education

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
  • If you have a medical appointment, contact the healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic and tell them you are under investigation for COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel you are being evaluated for COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific "sick room" or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available).

In Los Angeles County, if you have COVID-19* you are required to:

  1. Isolate yourself, and
  2. Tell your close contacts that they need to quarantine if you have a positive diagnostic viral test, and
  3. Follow the Health Officer Isolation Order

*You are considered to have COVID-19, if you have a positive diagnostic viral (swab or saliva) test for COVID-19 and/or a healthcare provider thinks that you have COVID-19.

Note: If you recently had COVID-19 (within the past 90 days) and you now have a new positive diagnostic test for COVID-19 but you do not have symptoms, talk with your doctor to see if you have COVID-19 again.

Isolation FAQs

What does isolation involve?

You must stay home and separate yourself from others until your isolation ends.

  • Stay away from household members.
  • Do not go to work, school, or public areas.
  • If you must leave home to get essential medical care, drive yourself, if possible. If you cannot drive yourself, keep as much distance as possible between you and the driver and others (e.g., sit in the back seat), leave the windows down, and wear a mask.
  • If someone from outside your household is shopping for you, ask them to leave the food and other supplies at your door, if possible. Pick them up after the person has left.
  • Do not use public transportation, including airplane flights, carpooling, or ridesharing during isolation or in order to get to your isolation location.

When does my isolation end?

If you had symptoms and tested positive for COVID-19 or if a healthcare provider thinks* that you have COVID-19, you must stay home until:

  • At least 10 days** have passed since your symptoms first started, and
  • You have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of medicine that reduces fevers), and
  • Your symptoms have improved

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but never had any symptoms:

  • You must stay home for 10 days after the test was taken, but
  • If you develop symptoms, you need to follow the instructions above

*If a healthcare provider initially thought your symptoms were due to COVID-19 but they reassessed your diagnosis and concluded that you are not infected, you can stop isolating once 24 hours have passed since you have been fever-free without using fever-reducing medications. However, if you are under quarantine orders (because you are a close contact to a person with COVID-19) you must stay in quarantine.

**If you have a condition that severely weakens your immune system, you might need to stay home for longer than 10 days. Talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

How can I protect others?

Follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to others in your home and your community.

Separate yourself from others in your home
  • If you need to be in the same room as other people, set it up so that you can stay 6 feet apart if possible. It is important to stay away from people who are at higher risk of serious illness.
  • Use a separate bathroom. If this is not possible, disinfect the bathroom after use.
  • Open windows or use a fan or an air conditioner in shared spaces in the home.
  • Do not allow non-essential visitors.
  • Do not handle pets or other animals.
  • Anyone who continues to be in close contact with you will need to stay in quarantine for longer.
Wear a mask when you are around others
  • Wear a mask when you must be around other people in your own home. If possible, choose a mask that has multiple layers and a snug fit and consider double masking.
  • If you are not able to wear a mask, then people who live with you should avoid being in the same room with you. If they must enter the room you are in, they should wear a mask to protect themselves. If possible, they should wear a mask with multiple layers and a snug fit and consider double masking. After leaving the room, they should immediately clean their hands, then remove and throw out the mask (if it is disposable) and/or put it in a bag or bin for washing, and then clean their hands again.
  • Use masks with caution with children. Infants and children under the age of 2 should not wear masks. Most children between the ages of 2 and 8 can safely wear a mask but must be supervised by an adult. A mask should not be placed on anyone who is unable to remove the mask without help.
Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can after each use. Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after you cough or sneeze.
Avoid sharing food or personal household items
  • Do not prepare or serve food to others, if possible.
  • Do not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home.
  • Make sure to wash your dishes, drinking glasses, and eating utensils with soap and water after each use.
Clean your hands often
  • Wash your hands often, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; before eating or preparing food; and after touching your face mask or cover. Use soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • If soap and water are not available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub hands together for 30 seconds until they feel dry. Use soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
Clean and disinfect all "high-touch" surfaces every day
  • Clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces e.g. counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables.
  • Clean and disinfect any surfaces that may have body fluids on them.
  • Use household cleaning and disinfectant sprays or wipes. Be sure to follow the product label instructions.
  • If caregivers and household contacts clean or come into contact with your body fluids or secretions (such as sweat, saliva, sputum, nasal mucus, vomit, urine, or diarrhea) they should wear a disposable facemask and gloves. After cleaning, they should remove and dispose of their gloves first, clean their hands, then remove and dispose of their facemask, and clean their hands again.

See cleaning instructions in preventing the spread of respiratory illness in the home and FAQs for caregivers.

When do I need to seek medical care?

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

*This list is not all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility. Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.

Policy for Student Isolation on Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy, and dignity are protected throughout the duration of a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 illness
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff.
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students in isolation regarding the importance of reducing the risk of campus-wide exposure

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in isolation if deemed necessary by medical staff due to a positive diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in isolation and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the isolated student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup Form daily by noon (symptom checklist). Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on that Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages.
  4. Students in isolation will be given instructions concerning how to take care of their health, signs, and symptoms to monitor, and when to call for further medical assistance or evaluation. Once again, students are required to daily, by noon, complete a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.
  5. For isolation purposes, a student will be moved to a previously identified appropriate location on campus. It is possible that a student could be moved again depending on the student's situation and other campus needs.
  6. Students in isolation must remain in their room unless they have a life-threatening medical emergency or prior authorization from Student Health Center staff. This includes not being able to attend class, work, internships, research labs, or gatherings of any size in shared spaces with others or to retrieve items from their car or dorm room. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing while in isolation or in order to get to the isolation location is strictly prohibited unless authorized by Pepperdine staff. All needed resources including food, toiletries, and items related to academics will be brought to their room and placed outside of their door. Students will not be allowed to open the door and retrieve items until the area is clear of additional persons.
  7. While in isolation, no guests will be allowed in the student's room. All windows are to remain closed and locked at all times if the student is located on the ground floor to minimize the risk of exposure to public spaces, unless in the event of an emergency. Students located in isolation rooms above the ground floor may open their windows.
  8. Students are responsible for cleaning and maintaining their room and bathroom. Cleaning supplies will be provided for students to use to wipe down surfaces. Any accumulated garbage or recyclables that are unable to remain in the student's room for the duration of their stay are to be placed in a bag outside of the student's room for collection.
  9. If at any time a medical or other Pepperdine professional must enter the room, the student will be given specific directions regarding masks or distances that may be required.
  10. Facilities staff should not have contact with the isolated student. If a Facilities staff member enters an area where students are in isolation in error, the student should identify themselves as an isolated student.

University staff will do all that they can to make isolation arrangements as comfortable as possible. The Resident Director will make sure students are connected to campus resources (via phone) and that needed items are delivered. To contact the Resident Director on Duty, call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 310.506.4442 and ask for the Resident Director on Duty.

Policy for Student Isolation off Campus

The purpose of this policy is

  • To ensure that patient safety, privacy, and dignity are protected throughout the duration of a diagnosed or suspected COVID-19 illness
  • To minimize the risk of exposure to COVID-19 to all students, faculty, and staff
  • To document a shared understanding among all Pepperdine students in isolation regarding the importance of reducing the risk of campus-wide exposure

Policy

  1. A student will be placed in isolation if deemed necessary by medical staff due to a positive diagnosis or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19.
  2. Every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the student in isolation and/or their health status. However, in circumstances of public health and the need to recruit University staff to aid in caring for the isolated student, complete confidentiality may not be able to be maintained.
  3. Students are required to complete the Isolation or Quarantine Followup form daily by 12 noon. Students will be contacted within 24 hours if a call is requested on the Followup form. Students, staff, and faculty are expected to answer phone calls when contacted, promptly return missed calls, and read all messages sent to them.
  4. While in isolation, a student must remain in their own home, rental apartment, or other appropriate isolation location in which they ideally will have their own room and bathroom. All windows on the ground floor are to remain shut and locked at all times if they open to a public or shared space. Use of public transportation, carpooling, or ridesharing is strictly prohibited while in isolation or to get to the isolation location.
  5. While in isolation, students must remain in their room or isolation location and not allow people or pets to enter their isolation space. If it is necessary for students to access common areas, wear a face mask and practice social distancing of at least six feet if other people or pets share the area.
  6. While in isolation, students will not be allowed to attend classes at any of the Pepperdine University campuses as well as work internships, research labs, or gatherings of any size in public or shared spaces with others.
  7. While in isolation, students are encouraged to monitor their symptoms daily and seek prompt medical attention if their illness is worsening. Once again, students are required to complete daily, by noon, a symptom checklist provided by the Student Health Center.

Education

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or if soap and water are not available, clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
  • Avoid sharing personal household items, including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Clean all "high-touch" surfaces every day, including counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during the use of the product.
  • If you have a medical appointment, contact the healthcare provider before arriving at the clinic and tell them you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Put on a facemask before you enter the facility. If you have a medical emergency and need to call 911, notify the dispatch personnel you have been diagnosed with COVID-19. If possible, put on a facemask before emergency medical services arrive.