Isolation Housing

Self Isolation In-Room

Follow current CDC guidance on isolation. Isolate for at least 5 full days (the day you test positive or develop symptoms is day 0) AND until you have been at least 24 hours without fever and your symptoms are improving. After your 5 full days of isolation, you should wear a mask any time you’re around other people, typically for 10 days. You may remove your mask once you are fever-free, your symptoms have improved, and two sequential antigen tests taken 48 hours apart are negative.

Limit Contact

  • Separate yourself from public spaces in the building.
  • Open windows to increase air circulation when possible.
  • Avoid having visitors.
  • Do not attend classes, work, or travel while isolating.
  • Notify your instructors and employers when you are unable to attend class meetings or work, to discuss your options. Instructors are encouraged to be flexible and supportive of all students in such circumstances.
  • Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.

Food

  • Order delivery through Starship robots or other delivery services.
  • Have friends drop off food or groceries.
  • Avoid eating in the dining hall or other public areas.
  • Avoid sharing glasses or utensils.

Restrooms

  • Use single use restrooms where available.
  • Practice extra caution and physical distancing when in shared restrooms.
  • Wear a mask as much as possible when not attending to personal grooming.

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What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 and live with roommates

You must isolate yourself as best as possible from others, including those you live with, to protect the health of others while you recover. Eat in separate areas and don’t share glasses or utensils. Consider wearing a mask indoors when around your roommates. Learn more about what to do if a roommate or family member tests positive for COVID-19.

Entering Temporary Accommodations

Temporary isolation accommodations maybe be provided  for students who have a positive COVID-19 test result, who are required to self-isolate, and feel uncomfortable staying in your residence hall room. You will be paired with another student during your stay.

Limited Isolation Locations

UW-Madison University Housing provides limited isolation spaces for residents based on occupancy needs and contract dates. Temporary accommodation assignments will be communicated to residents moving to isolation.

What You Need

Be sure to bring supplies you’ll need for at least the next five (5) days. This includes:

  • School supplies (textbooks, notebooks, pens, etc.)
  • Electronics and chargers
  • Comfortable clothing and any comfort items that will help your space feel more — this could include a blanket, pillows, and items to help you relax
  • Personal care items and any prescription and non-prescription medications
  • Snacks

Note: limit your personal belongings to two standard-sized suitcases and one carry-on for ease of transportation. You must be able to handle your luggage yourself.

Transportation

Do not use public transportation.

Please arrange your own transportation to your room assignment. Walk, arrange a ride from a friend, or other ride services. Find more transportation details for students entering temporary housing.

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What if I forget an important item in my dorm?

Housing staff may not be able to retrieve items from your room. If special circumstances arise, contact covid19housing@housing.wisc.edu.

Expectations

  • You should limit your time outdoors and remain in your assigned room most of the time except in the event of an emergency
  • When outdoors, students should wear a mask at all times, social distance, and not gather
  • When exiting buildings, use the most direct route and only use an elevator one at a time (if available) when needed – use stairs when possible instead
  • Quiet hours are from 11 p.m. – 7 a.m. Courtesy hours are 24/7
  • No visitors allowed this includes other isolated or quarantined students
  • No smoking or vaping (you will not be able to leave the building to smoke or vape)
  • No controlled substances or alcohol permitted
  • No pets allowed (with the exception of approved service animals)
  • No deliveries after 9 p.m.
  • You must wear a mask anytime outside of the room
  • You must continue adhering to all policies in the Student Housing Handbook
  • First-time violations of COVID-related policies can result in Housing contract jeopardy status or removal depending on severity, and second-time violations can result in removal from University Housing

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What can I do while in Isolation?

Students are encouraged to bring items with them for school. Students will have access to UWNet WiFi for access to coursework and entertainment.

Space & Amenities

Provided Items

Depending on your isolation location, the following items will be in the room upon arrival:

Hotels

  • Bed
  • Linens
  • Towels
  • Desk
  • Free Wi-Fi access
  • Soap, shampoo, and lotion
  • Snack pack

WiFi and Cable TV App

High-speed WiFi is available at all isolation locations. Cable TV is available through the SpectrumU app.

Assistance

Questions about accommodations can be emailed to covid19housing@housing.wisc.edu.

Personal Laundry

  1. Coordinated through Lazybones
  2. Log in or sign up for an account at mylazybones.com
  3. On the scheduled pick-up day, place laundry in the laundry bag provided
  4. Place the laundry bag outside your door, following the protocol for removal of items from your room
  5. Clean laundry will be placed outside your door, following the protocol for accepting deliveries
  6. Close your door

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Meals

You will be responsible for ordering and paying for your own meals. If you have snacks feel free to pack them.

You may use outside delivery services or access food delivery through Starship Technologies robots and use your Housing Dining Plan where available.

Meal Options

While in isolation, you may consider using third party ordering services for delivery of food, meals, and groceries:

Starship – some locations only

Isolation and Quarantine students may be able to access food delivery service through Starship Technologies robots where available. Use your Wiscard when ordering through the Starship app and use your Housing Dining Plan and take advantage of a 5% discount on every order.

Packages, Mail, & Deliveries

Packages

You can continue to have packages delivered to your permanent academic year address. You will receive an email notification when a package is logged for you and it will be held at the desk until you return. If there is something essential you need (i.e. medication, academic supplies, etc.), you may email covid19housing@housing.wisc.edu and request your package be delivered to your isolation housing.

Mail

If you are expecting something important, email covid19housing@housing.wisc.edu and request that your mail be checked regularly and brought to your isolation housing.

Deliveries

Deliveries are accepted daily from 7am – 9pm. Deliveries will not be accepted after 9pm. Orders from restaurants, grocers, and other online services should have your name, isolation building name, and isolation room number specified for delivery.

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Will I be able to receive packages and mail while in isolation?

Packages

You will continue to have packages delivered to your permanent address. You will receive an email notification when a package is logged for you. You must email covid19housing@housing.wisc.edu and request your package be brought to your isolation housing.

Mail

If you are expecting something important, email covid19housing@housing.wisc.edu and request that your mail be checked regularly and brought to your isolation housing.

Cleaning & Prevention

Following CDC guidelines to minimize staff entering areas with potential COVID-19 exposure, you are responsible for day-to-day cleaning of your spaces and your own trash removal.

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My roommate went to isolation and I want my room cleaned. What can I do?

Time since roommate has been in your room

CDC Recommendations

Options

Less than 24 Hours Clean and disinfect the space Contact your hall desk to radio a Building Supervisor for assistance in cleaning/disinfection
More than 24 hours Cleaning is sufficient; disinfect is optional Check out a cleaning kit from your hall desk to wipe down areas of concern in your room
More than 3 days Nothing additional is needed Check out a cleaning kit from your hall desk to wipe down areas of concern in your room

Health & Safety

Resources

You may be experiencing a range of emotions including anger, sadness, fear, and loneliness. It is normal to feel this way, and we are here to help you! A professional staff member will contact you towards the beginning of your arrival at your temporary room. Know that you are not alone and the following resources are available to support you:

Hand Washing

To ensure the safety of yourself and others, we ask that you follow these steps each time you wash your hands:

  1. Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  2. Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  3. Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  4. Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  5. Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

Medical Needs

If you feel like you are experiencing worsening symptoms of COVID-19, call UHS at 608-265-5600 or call 911 in an emergency.

Security

For public safety, students will be asked to stay in their building except for retrieving meals and deliveries or for emergencies. If there is an emergency, call UW-Madison Police at 608-264-2677 or 911.

Building Emergency

In the event of an emergency, you may need to exit your building. Put on a mask to exit your facility via the nearest exit.

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When is it important to wash my hands?

Prior to:

  • Opening your door to accept deliveries
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching garbage or other items that may be contaminated

Why is hand washing important?

Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of the virus and avoid getting others sick. It is especially important to wash your hands frequently with soap and water while scrubbing the palms, back of hands, in-between fingers, and underneath the fingernails.

Leaving Isolation

Returning to Campus

You may use temporary housing for five (5) nights. On the morning of day six you will receive an automated email from University Housing with check-out instructions.

Please be out of the room before 10 a.m. that morning.

When returning to campus plan to use public buses, ride services, or arrange your own transportation back to campus.

Departure Date Procedures

  1. Pack all personal items and recheck you have everything with you before you leave. We are not responsible for items left behind. If you accidentally left something behind, please contact the Isolation and Quarantine Housing Team.
  2. Wash your hands and put on a mask prior to exiting your room.
  3. Follow check-out procedures for that specific hotel. Use contact-less check-out whenever possible.

Transportation

Please arrange your own transportation to your permanent academic year room assignment in your residence hall. Arrange a ride, take public transportation, ride services, or the bus if you are able. 80 Bus information can be found online.

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How do I pick up items I left behind?

The facility you stayed at will reach out to coordinate if they find items left behind. You may phone 608-262-9743 or email COVID19Housing@housing.wisc.edu to report lost items. Please include your name contact information, and a description of the item, and the location you stayed in. University Housing is not responsible for lost items.