Quarantine, Isolation, and Contact Tracing

Updated May 2022

Quarantine and Isolation

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 or have had significant exposure to someone with COVID-19 and develop symptoms will need to separate themselves physically for at least five days.

There are two types of separation, isolation, and quarantine:

  • Isolation is for those with a positive test.
  • Quarantine is for those, identified through contact tracing, who are unvaccinated, or outside their vaccine window (5 months for Pfizer/Moderna and 2 months for Johnson & Johnson) who have not yet had a booster shot. These are people who have had close personal contact with a person with a positive or probable case, such as a roommate. Butler County General Health District is not currently ordering Quarantine. This is subject to change.

More Protocols for On-Campus Students in Isolation

This isolation protocol was developed in consultation with the Butler County General Health District.

All students who test positive for COVID-19 are asked to self-isolate for at least 5 days.

No symptoms or improving symptoms on day 5 AND fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medicine?

You must complete an antigen test on or after Day 5 of your isolation period.

  • If you test positive, you are required to remain in isolation for a full 10 days, unless you take another antigen test (not supplied by the university) and test negative.
  • If you test negative, you can resume your normal activities, but you should wear a well-fitted mask for 5 additional days while indoors and around others.

Symptoms same or worsening on day 5 OR still have a fever?

If you continue to have worsening symptoms or a fever, you should plan to stay in isolation until your symptoms are improving, up to 10 days.

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General Quarantine and Isolation FAQs

If I am quarantined or isolated, how long will I have to remain in my assigned space?

For isolation, the duration is at least 5 days from the onset of your symptoms or the date of your COVID-19 test (if asymptomatic).

  • Off-campus students may return to campus on day 6 as long as their symptoms have improved and they have had no fever for 24-hours (without the use of fever reducing medication). If symptoms haven’t improved or you still have a fever after 5 days, you are required to isolate until you are fever-free and your symptoms have improved.
  • On-campus students must complete an antigen test on or after Day 5 of their isolation period in order to potentially return to their residence hall and classes on day 6.
    • If you test positive, you are required to remain in isolation for a full 10 days (unless you complete an additional antigen test, which is not provided by the university, and test negative).
    • If you test negative, you may return to your residence hall on day 6 after you upload your negative test result to MedProctor, email CovidQandI@MiamiOH.edu to let us know your upload is complete and receive a confirmation email from a COVID-19 case manager. You should wear a well-fitted mask for 5 additional days while indoors and around others.
    • If you choose not to complete an antigen test, you will be required to remain in isolation for a full 10 days.

If I’m in Oxford when I find out I have to be quarantined or isolated, can I just go home and quarantine or isolate at my permanent residence?

If you are an on-campus student and you are told to isolate, you may choose to isolate at one of the following locations:

  1. An on-campus space designated by Miami University (isolation only).
  2. The home you lived in immediately before coming to Miami University if the following conditions are met:
    1. It is within driving distance of Oxford and you can drive there without making any stops (no use of commercial transportation options such as buses or airplanes).
    2. You have a private bedroom in which to stay until your release date.
    3. Anyone living in your home understands the risks of having you there. (They may get COVID-19 from you, and they too may need to quarantine or isolate).
    4. You agree to follow all requirements for isolation/quarantine. If you do not have access to your own vehicle, a parent can pick you up if the above criteria are met.
  3. At another off-campus location of your choice (friend’s house, hotel, etc.) if the following conditions are met:
    1. You have a private bedroom in which to stay until your release date.
    2. Anyone living in the space understands the risks of having you there. (They may get COVID-19 from you, and they too may need to quarantine or isolate).
    3. You agree to follow all requirements for isolation/quarantine.

What should I do if I am a close contact and start experiencing symptoms?

If it is a medical emergency, call 911. If it is not a medical emergency and you are in the Oxford area, call Student Health Service (SHS) to make a phone consultation appointment. Tell them you were a close contact and are experiencing Covid symptoms. SHS will schedule a phone consultation with a provider or nurse who will determine your next appropriate steps. You may call the Butler County General Health District at 513-863-1770 to report symptoms.

What information will be shared with others about my isolation status?

Personally identifiable student information is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Your privacy is important, and we will not share any personal medical information except as described below.

  • In the event of isolation, you may request to have your faculty members informed that you are absent due to illness (will not specify the type of illness) and your expected date of return, if known. This process and the link to the request form are contained in an email attachment you received from Miami covid case managers.
  • Personally identifiable information will be shared as required with public health officials in order to facilitate contact tracing and notification.
  • During contract tracing, your name and identity will not be revealed to your close contacts.

If I live off-campus will I be required to isolate?

If you live off-campus and are called by the Butler County General Health District and asked to isolate, you are expected to isolate and follow the instructions given during that call. Isolation letters will no longer be sent from the health department.

Non-compliance may subject you to significant consequences including legal action through the Butler County General Health District or disciplinary action through Miami University.

If your living arrangements meet the criteria for suitable isolation space (as deemed by public health guidelines) you will be permitted to isolate at your off-campus address.