Quarantine & Isolation

Students can contact the Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators group at 443-480-1196.

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We will continue with standard Quarantine & Isolation procedures (same as the fall) for any student who becomes ill with COVID-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the spring semester. As required of facilities who have residential occupancy when a public health pandemic emergency is declared, Washington College has identified spaces for students who must isolate or quarantine.

Any student who tests positive with just the rapid antigen test will be considered COVID-positive and required to isolate. Health Services will no longer automatically administer a confirmatory PCR test, due to the extended delays in place for getting the send-out test results back. Instead the student will be considered positive and begin their isolation.

Students who are required to quarantine or isolate during the semester should work closely with their faculty members to make up any work missed because of their absence. In-person classes will not be accessible virtually, therefore, students should communicate with their professors to determine the appropriate steps to ensure their continued participation in their courses.

For students living on campus, there will be beds allocated separately for quarantine and isolation.

  • Corsica Hall will serve as the isolation hall (for students who are ill and/or tested positive).
  • Reid Hall will serve as the quarantine hall (for students who are unvaccinated and are not ill but have had a potential exposure or have been identified as a close contact).
  • Off-campus students will be able to isolate and quarantine at their off-campus residences but will be expected to follow the same protocols as on-campus students.

Isolation Guidelines

Washington College has the following UPDATED isolation guidelines in place:

An individual diagnosed with COVID-19 will be required to isolate for at least 5 days, starting with the date of the positive test

If the individual's case is asymptomatic OR if their symptoms were mild and have fully resolved in that time, they will:

  • Be eligible to do a repeat test on day 6. If that repeat test is negative, then they will be released from isolation. A symptomatic individual must have resolution of fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement of any other symptoms.
  • UPDATE: Effective 2/4, we will default back to moving any COVID-positive students into isolation housing, if they are unable to travel home. While it was our intent to proceed this way for students who were asymptomatic or experiencing only mild symptoms, we are updating our guidance in response to concerns that have been voiced from some members of the campus community.  We understand that in many situations, roommates and suitemates are not comfortable with having a COVID-positive student - even when that student is vaccinated, boosted, and asymptomatic - remain in their suite or room. 
  • If the individual's symptoms are moderate or severe and have NOT resolved in 5 days, they will be required to remain in isolation for 10 days.
  • Once released from isolation, all individuals who have recovered from COVID will be required to remain masked at all times indoors for a total of 14 days, counting from the date of the positive test.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 with severe symptoms may need to extend isolation to 20 days.
  • Note that with COVID cases, each case needs to be considered individually and as a result, the requirements may vary on a case-by-case basis. The above represent guidelines only and our Health Services and Q&I personnel will work closely with anyone who does contract COVID to determine a suitable isolation plan that considers that person's health, any extenuating circumstances, additional risk factors, etc.

Quarantine Guidelines

Any individual who is found to have had close contact – defined as being closer than 6’ with the person who tested positive for more than 15 minutes – will be required to follow quarantine protocols. These protocols will differ based on the person’s vaccination status.

Quarantine Due to Exposure

  • Unvaccinated or Not Up-to-Date with Vaccines

For those who are unvaccinated or are not up-to-date with the vaccine ( which includes having the booster) and who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, quarantine guidelines are as follows:

  • Quarantine for at least 5 full days, and get tested 5 days after their last close contact with someone with COVID.

  • Watch for symptoms and if any develop, isolate and get tested immediately.

  • Individuals who have been exposed and are not up-to-date on the vaccine should wear a mask for 10 days, and maintain physical distancing and avoid crowds. 

  • Fully Vaccinated Individuals
    • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms.
    • However, fully vaccinated individuals should get tested 5 days after their last close contact with someone with COVID - even if they aren't showing any symptoms - and wear a mask in indoor public settings for 10 days following exposure or until the test result is negative.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals should also continue to monitor for symptoms.

International Students

International students who are traveling from home to arrive on campus will follow the same procedures as all students, with one addition. That protocol is as follows:

  • Students traveling to campus from their home will test prior to getting on the plane.
  • Upon arrival to campus, they will go through gateway testing. 
  • If that gateway test is positive, they will be required to isolate according to the standards noted above.

If any international students need assistance with setting up a booster shot appointment, Health Services will be happy to do so. If any student is 6 months past their original vaccination date, they will be required to participate in surveillance testing in the meantime.

Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators

Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators will provide care and monitoring for our students required to stayin our designated Isolation & Quarantine residence halls. These services will include but are not limited to:

  • facilitating pick up of ill students and their necessary belongings from their residence hall room and transporting them to the isolation space
  • coordinating meal deliveries through College dining services
  • daily observation/check-ins with students in the Q&I residence halls and coordinating services with Health and Counseling as needed
  • provide over-the-counter medicines if needed
  • coordination of cleaning and linen services
  • coordination of and assistance with contact tracing for faculty, staff and students
  • notification of Provost’s Office when a student is unable to attend classes
  • notification of Provost’s Office when the student is cleared to return to classes

Students can contact the Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators group at 443-480-1196.

NOTE: The Kent County Health Department has established a protocol whereby the health officer can serve anyone who is deemed a public health risk with a mandatory isolation/quarantine order that is enforceable under law and carries stiff penalties if not followed. This applies to students living on our campus or in town (as it does for anyone living in Kent County).

After-Hours/Weekend Care

The College will be staffed with Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators 24/7. Any student who requires care or intervention will have access to this team at any time, day or night. The Q&I Staff, in turn, will have access to on-call medical personnel. They will consult with those professionals as needed. Should any student need more urgent care, the Q&I Coordinators will assist in transporting them to the local hospital.

COVID testing is now available on a limited basis during nights and weekends, for those you are showing symptoms. The Q&I Coordinators will be able to administer at-home tests to individuals after-hours and on weekends, while supplies last.


It is critically important to not stigmatize anyone who requires isolation or quarantine. These procedures are for the health and safety of everyone in our community. Stigmatizing, identifying or profiling anyone placed in isolation or quarantine by way of social media, verbally, electronically or otherwise has no place on our campus and, in some cases, may also be a violation of conduct policies.