Quarantine


What is Quarantine? What is Isolation?

How are they different?

This year, we ask that all Knights pledge to Armor Up and take the health and well-being steps critical to reduce spread of COVID-19 at UCF.

UCF encourages rather than requires our campus community to wear face coverings indoors and to follow CDC guidelines on our campuses and everywhere you go.

Any student who has tested positive for COVID-19, may have been exposed to COVID-19, or has medical questions related to COVID-19 must contact Student Health Services using the COVID-19 hotline at 407-823-2509. If you are experiencing any COVID-19 related symptoms and need emergency care, call 911. If a student is experiencing additional challenges or needs support, contact Student Care Services at 407-823-5607 or caremanager@ucf.edu.

In addition,

In the event that you or someone you have had close contact with tests positive for COVID-19, you may hear from UCF Housing or Student Health Services about the need to take one of these measures:

Building-based quarantine:

Residents may be asked to quarantine in their building for several reasons, including if they have tested negative for COVID-19 but have a roommate who has tested positive. This means they are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering and practice physical distancing. They are allowed to leave their individual room to pick up food from the lobby or do laundry within their building, for example. But they must not leave the threshold of their building until cleared to leave by Student Health Services and Housing and Residence Life staff in writing (by email).

It is extremely important that students have up-to-date phone information in their myUCF account, and that they answer their phone during this period for official updates.

  • Wear face cover, physical distance, wash hands frequently
  • Access classes online until quarantine is completed
  • Stay in your building, okay to use facilities like laundry in their building or community
  • Okay to accept food deliveries at lobby doors

Isolation:

Residents who test positive will be advised to return home or moved to an isolation room. Isolation spaces on campus are private bedrooms in apartments that may house other isolated students. These individuals are not allowed to leave their room (except for an emergency, like a fire evacuation). Necessary care services, including meal delivery, will be arranged. The student will remain in isolation until cleared to leave by Student Health Services and Housing and Residence Life staff in writing (by email).

A very small number of persons with a positive antigen test will be shown to not have active infection. If a PCR confirmation test shows no active infection, we will follow guidance by the Florida Department of Health regarding if those negative cases should be quarantined or may return to their primary residence.

It is extremely important that students have up-to-date phone information in their myUCF account, and that they answer their phone during this period for official updates.

  • May go home or move to an isolation space on campus
  • If on-campus:
    • Wear face covering (encouraged) and physical distance when around isolated roommates or staff
    • Wash hands and sanitize surfaces frequently
    • Stay in the bedroom and bathroom area of your isolation space
    • Do not leave your isolation space room/apartment
    • Work with housing staff if you need to arrange food delivery services to your unit door

 

More information

The CDC has shared more detailed guidance about what it means to safely quarantine and isolate. Through contact tracing, UCF will be in direct contact with residents about any possible exposure and required next steps.

The on-campus experience depends on all of us taking personal responsibility for our actions. We can be proactive in making the smart, safe decisions that are considerate of our own health and the well-being of others.

As a reminder, prior to moving into your residence, you acknowledged an addendum to your housing agreement that outlined the community health guidelines you are required to adhere to. We are pleased to see the majority of our residents following these precautions, and we remind you that failure to comply with the terms of the addendum is grounds for termination of your housing agreement.