Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine and isolation are used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by separating a person away from others. There are several reasons an individual would be directed to quarantine or isolate.
Quarantine Requirements and Options Ahead of Spring Semester
Students may be required to quarantine before arriving to campus for the Spring Semester. All students need to review the quarantine requirements set forth by New York state and RIT. Students with an RIT housing assignment who are required to quarantine before circulating on campus may choose to quarantine on their own independently or participate in the University Coordinated Quarantine option.
Types of Quarantine
County-Mandated Quarantine: Individuals that are identified as a close contact of an infected person are placed in county-mandated quarantine for 10 days and monitored for symptoms. If symptoms appear, the individual would be tested, placed in isolation, and if appropriate contact tracing of that individual would be undertaken.
Precautionary Quarantine: Individuals that were in close contact with a person being tested for cause (presenting symptoms consistent with COVID), will be placed in precautionary quarantine while the evaluation is being completed. During this time, the individual in precautionary quarantine will also be monitored for symptoms. If symptoms appear, the individual would be tested and placed in precautionary isolation.
Types of Isolation
Mandatory Isolation: Individuals infected with the virus (symptomatic and asymptomatic) are separated from people who are not infected. The County Health Department will issue an order of Mandatory Isolation. Mandatory Isolation is a minimum of 10 days and requires that the person is getting better and without a fever prior to being released to circulate in the community.
Precautionary Isolation: Individuals presumed to be infected and under evaluation, which often includes COVID testing, are separated from people who are not infected. Evaluation typically takes 2-4 days at which time the individual would be moved into mandatory isolation if COVID confirmed or released if COVID is highly unlikely to be the cause of symptoms.