Quarantine & Self-Isolation

If you have been exposed to COVID-19 or tested positive yourself, it’s going to be ok.

You have resources for support here at WSU, and we’re going to do what we can to help you through this.

Ask-a-Nurse Message Line

Call the Ask-a-Nurse message line at 507.457.2292 if you have questions and to get advice about whether to see a doctor.

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New Campus Quarantine: Sept 8-21

WSU has implemented a 14-day campus quarantine from Sept. 8-21.

The quarantine will limit all non-essential activities on campus for the next two weeks in a concerted effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

In order for this effort to be effective, we need students to stay in Winona during this time.

We are asking that everyone take this request seriously in an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and increase our chances of remaining on campus this year.

What Should I Do Next?

Quarantine is a 14-day period of time when a person exposed to COVID-19 stays home to avoid getting other people sick.

Self-isolation is a period of time when a sick person stays home and separates themselves from others, including people in their household.

Here’s how to tell whether you should be in quarantine or move into self-isolation.

I have symptoms of COVID-19.

You should be begin to self-isolate for 10+ days since the symptoms started and until you are fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

You should also get tested for COVID-19. Be sure to call Ask-a-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or your local healthcare provider ahead of time to make an appointment.

I was in quarantine, and now I have developed symptoms.

You should be begin to self-isolate for 10+ days since the symptoms started and until you are fever free for 24 hours without using fever-reducing medication.

You should also get tested for COVID-19. Be sure to call Ask-a-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or your local healthcare provider ahead of time to make an appointment.

I don't have symptoms, but I have been in close contact with someone who has symptoms.

Yes, you should quarantine for 14 days and monitor your symptoms. It may take up to 14 days for symptoms to appear after you’ve been exposed.

I don't have symptoms and I haven't been in close contact with someone who is showing symptoms.

You do not have to quarantine. You should continue wearing a mask, keep physical distance from others and wash your hands frequently.

On-Campus Students

Here’s everything you need to know about quarantine and isolation in the WSU residence halls.

Off-Campus Students

Here’s everything you need to know about quarantine and isolation in your off-campus home or apartment.

Quarantine for Students in Residence Halls

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to separate yourself from friends, family and in-person classes for 14-days.

You should get tested yourself. Contact WSU’s Ask-a-Nurse at 507-457-2292 or askanurse@winona.edu for guidance.

Once Housing & Residence Life becomes aware you need to quarantine, you will get an email in your WSU email account with more specific information about meals and next steps.

Remember, symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure, so it is important to “lay low” for the entire 14 days. If you develop symptoms, you will need to isolate.

 

 

How will I get food during my quarantine?

Meals will not be delivered.

Pick up your meals from the cafeteria and take them back to your room or eat outside.

If you do not want to enter the dining hall, the Housing & Residence Life staff will send you an online form so you can order food and arrange to pick it up. There will be a pick-up location on both Main and West Campus.

Options for Food in Winona 

Here are ways you can safely get groceries, snacks and meals while keeping your distance from others.  

If you go out to pick up purchases or carry-out orders, be sure to wear your mask! 

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and may not be 100% accurate at all times. WSU is not tracking whether businesses temporarily close due to COVID-19.   

Grocery Stores with Curbside Pick-Up

Hy-Vee: Online Shopping for Pick-Up 

Target: Online Shopping for Pick-Up 

Walmart: Grocery Online Shop & Pick-Up 

Restaurants that Deliver

Please remember to tip extra in these very uncertain times. Many of the delivery drivers rely heavily on tips!

Restaurants Offering Carry-Out or Drive-Thru

What Can I Do in Quarantine?

Stay in your room as much as possible to limit the chances of a potential exposure. Stay in Winona during the entire quarantine.

Requests for Room Changes will be reviewed for action after Sept. 21.

While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing and good hand washing, you can complete essential tasks including:

  • Complete the Daily Assessment every morning (this is required)
  • Attend class virtually whenever possible
    • Talk to your professors about your options.
    • If you have a class that must meet in person, you will have to take more precautions to keep your classmates safe.
  • Go to work, though working remotely is recommended. Talk to your supervisor about your options.
  • Get food
    • We recommend “to-go” options, though you can eat in the dining hall
    • Wear a mask while in line, though you may remove your mask at your table when eating
    • Keep physical distance (6ft) at all times
    • Leave the dining hall as soon as you are done eating. Do not “hover” over others at a table or stop to “hang out” at other tables.
  • Use community lounges, kitchens, and laundry facilities
    • Follow occupancy guidelines that are posted
    • Wear a mask and physically distance (6ft)
  • Students living in Kirkland-Haake and East Lake
    • Take turns using common spaces within your suite or apartment
    • Clean common areas after each use
    • If in common areas together, masks should be worn and physical distancing should still occur

You can also do the following social activities:

  • Spend time outside – remember a mask and physical distancing (6ft) are still required
  • Attend “virtual” hall events
  • Connect virtually with friends from other halls
  • Connect virtually with family and friends
  • You are allowed to have up to 1 other person in your room from the same residence hall, but you both should be wearing a mask and physical distance (6ft)

If you need to leave your room:

  • Wear your mask at all times – including outdoors
  • Keep your 6ft distance
  • Minimize your time with others to 15 minutes or less

What Can't I Do in Quarantine?

The point of the quarantine is to severely limit interactions with other people so the virus can be contained. Residence Hall Front Desks will remain open, but may have adjusted hours

If you don’t follow these rules, you increase the likelihood that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise. Rising cases will make this shift to an online-only campus permanent for the rest semester.

If you are found hosting a gathering in your room, you and those in attendance may have their housing contracts terminated.

  • Do not go stay at your family home
    • By returning home, you may spread COVID-19 to your family and within your home community
    • If you do need to return home, you should weigh the risks with your family members and continue quarantining upon your arrival
  • Do not attend any group activities or gatherings with friends
  • Do not visit friends or family outside Winona
  • Do not bring visitors into your residence hall
  • Do not bring friends from other residence halls into your residence hall
  • Do not use the Fitness Center. This facility will be closed between Sept. 8-22.
  • Do not go to work in-person if possible. Talk to your supervisor about your options.

If you need to leave your room:

  • Wear your mask at all times – including outdoors
  • Keep your 6ft distance
  • Minimize your time with others to 15 minutes or less

Isolation for Students in Residence Halls

Whether or not you have a positive test result, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 then you must isolate for 10 days since your first symptoms:

  • and be fever-free for 24 hours without medication
  • and your symptoms are improving

 

Health & Wellness Services will connect with you to see how you are doing. You’ll be provided transportation between Tau and Health & Wellness Services as needed.

Student workers and volunteers may also contact you for a daily check-in while you are in isolation.

Where can I self-isolate?

You can choose to isolate at home or on-campus.

If you stay on campus, you will need to move to Tau Center.

What to Pack in Your Isolation Go Bag

Here’s a checklist of items to have packed up in case you need to self-isolate in Tau Center.

Healthcare Items
  • 2+ Masks
  • Prescription Medication
  • List of any Allergies
  • List of Important  Phone Numbers
  • Pain & Fever Relievers (Acetaminophen & Ibuprofen)
  • General Cold & Flu Medicine (Mucinex)
  • Cough Syrup (Dayquil/Nyquil) & Cough Drops
  • Vick’s Vap O Rub
  • Thermometer
  • Tissues
Comfort & Entertainment Items
  • 4 Changes of Comfy Clothes (Sweats, PJ Pants, T-shirts & Fuzzy Socks)
  • Extra Throw Blanket (sheets & a blanket are provided)
  • Pillow
  • Electronics Chargers
  • Books, Movies and Games
  • Snacks (meals will be delivered to isolation rooms)
Personal Hygiene Items
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Shampoo & Hair Products
  • Body Wash & Lotion
  • Menstrual Care Products
  • Set of Towels

How will I get food?

Your meals will need to be ordered and Dining Services will deliver them to Tau Center.

We recommend taking some snacks to have in your room as well for between meals.

Quarantine for Student Living Off-Campus

If you’ve been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you will need to separate yourself from friends, family and in-person classes for 14-days.

You should get tested yourself. Contact WSU’s Ask-a-Nurse at 507.457.2292 or askanurse@winona.edu for guidance.

Remember, symptoms can develop up to 14 days after exposure, so it is important to “lay low” for the entire 14 days.

What Can I Do in Quarantine?

Stay in your room as much as possible to limit the chances of a potential exposure. Stay in Winona during the entire quarantine.

While wearing a mask and practicing social distancing and good hand washing, you can complete essential tasks including:

  • Attend class virtually whenever possible
    • Talk to your professors about your options.
    • If you have a class that must meet in person, you will have to take more precautions to keep your classmates safe.
  • Go to work, though working remotely is recommended. Talk to your supervisor about your options.
  • Use online services and curbside pick-up to get essential supplies whenever possible

If you need to go out in public, make sure that you:

  • wear a mask
  • stay 6 feet apart
  • avoid touching your face
  • wash your hands often

You can also do the following social activities:

  • Spend time outside – remember a mask and physical distancing (6ft) are still required
  • Attend virtual campus events
  • Connect virtually with family and friends

 

Options for Food in Winona 

Here are ways you can safely get groceries, snacks and meals while keeping your distance from others.  

If you go out to pick up purchases or carry-out orders, be sure to wear your mask! 

Note: This is not an exhaustive list and may not be 100% accurate at all times. WSU is not tracking whether businesses temporarily close due to COVID-19.   

Grocery Stores with Curbside Pick-Up

Hy-Vee: Online Shopping for Pick-Up 

Target: Online Shopping for Pick-Up 

Walmart: Grocery Online Shop & Pick-Up 

Restaurants that Deliver

Please remember to tip extra in these very uncertain times. Many of the delivery drivers rely heavily on tips!

Restaurants Offering Carry-Out or Drive-Thru

What Can't I Do in Quarantine?

The point of the quarantine is to severely limit interactions with other people so the virus can be contained.

If you don’t follow these rules, you increase the likelihood that COVID-19 cases will continue to rise. Rising cases will make this shift to an online-only campus permanent for the rest semester.

  • Do not go stay at your family home
    • By returning home, you may spread COVID-19 to your family and within your home community
    • If you do need to return home, you should weigh the risks with your family members and continue quarantining upon your arrival
  • Do not attend any group activities or gatherings with friends
  • Do not visit friends or family outside Winona
  • Do not bring visitors or other friends into your home
  • Do not use the Fitness Center. This facility will be closed between Sept. 8-22.
  • Do not go to work in-person if possible. Talk to your supervisor about your options.

Isolation for Students Living Off-Campus

Whether or not you have a positive test result, if you have symptoms of COVID-19 then you must isolate for 10 days since your first symptoms:

  • and be fever-free for 24 hours without medication
  • and your symptoms are improving

You should do your best to self-isolate in your home or apartment.

While in Isolation

Stay home and do not go out into public.

Stay away from people in your home as much as possible.

Wear a face mask during every interaction with your roommates or other caretaker.

Avoid sharing personal household items such as bedding, towels and dishes.

Do not go to work in-person. Talk to your supervisor about your options.

How can I isolate if I have roommates?

Isolating can be challenging if you have to share space roommates, so here are some strategies to keep your household safe.

Read the full COVID-19 Guide to Shared Off-Campus Housing (PDF).

Get Contacts & Resources In Order

Have an emergency contacts list of family, friends, healthcare providers, teachers, & employers. Include resources for food and
supplies

If you live alone, you might arrange check ins with a friend or relative regularly.

Also, gather your health information, insurance cards, and write down important accounts and phone numbers in a notebook. You should be prepared to record your temperature and symptoms on a daily basis.

Separate Your Stuff

Designate in advance dishes, towels, bedding and ideally a separate bedroom and bathroom for anyone who’s ill. Ideally, healthy roommates—and pets—should stay outside that space

Stock Your Cabinets

You’ll want to make sure you have these items on hand while you are in isolation since you won’t be able to run errands or go out in public spaces. 

Medicine & Pharmacy

  • Daily Vitamins
  • Pain Relievers
  • Prescription Medications
  • Cough Drops & Cough Syrup
  • General Cold & Flu Medicine
  • Cloraseptic Spray (for a sore throat)
  • Saline Nasal Spray
  • Thermometer
  • Hand Sanitizer (60% alcohol)
  • Heating Pad & Cold Pack

 

Groceries

  • Healthy Ready-Made Food & Meals
  • Soup
  • Crackers
  • Electrolyte Drinks
  • Juices (100% juice)
  • Teas

 

Cleaning & Housewares

  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Disinfectant Spray
  • Soap (for washing hands & surfaces)
  • Toilet Paper
  • Kleenxes
  • Paper Towels
If Sharing a Bathroom

Ideally, if someone is sick with COVID-19, designate a personal bathroom to help minimize the risk of spreading COVID within the home. However, this isn’t always possible.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surface areas daily with an EPA-approved disinfectant: 

  • Toilet Seat
  • Flush
  • Sink
  • Faucet
  • Soap Dispenser
  • Light Switches
  • Door & Cabinet Handles

If possible, flush with toilet cover down to help prevent the virus from becoming airborne.

Keep and use separate sets of hand towels, wash cloths, and bath towels for each person in your home.

Does your home bathroom have a window? Keep it open to increase air ventilation.

Develop a shower schedule with your housemates. This will help to ensure that the shower is completely dry in between uses.