University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Quarantine & Isolation Information

Updated for 2021 Fall Term

Quarantine and isolation (Q&I) are used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.  Quarantine is used as a precautionary measure for non-vaccinated students who have potentially been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms of the virus.  Isolation is used for students who have tested positive for the virus.  This information has been developed in consultation with the University’s COVID-19 Medical Response Office (CMRO) to maximize the student’s comfort and well-being and minimize disruption during Q&I.  It is also designed to minimize risk of exposure by other students.  This information will also be provided via email to all students placed in quarantine or isolation. 

Whether in quarantine or isolation, students are not permitted to leave their room/suite for any reason (unless there is an emergency evacuation) until cleared to do so by Health Services.  Unfortunately, this means students cannot leave to do laundry, participate in study sessions, attend class, visit the dining hall, or use the library.  Additionally, no guests are permitted in the isolation space. There is no charge for being placed in Q&I (unless a student requests meal service and is not enrolled in a meal plan).  Any student who violates a Q&I order could be subject to judicial action up to, and including, dismissal from campus housing as per the Student Code of Conduct

Types of Q&I

Quarantine (Exposure or Symptoms)
If a non-vaccinated student has been exposed to COVID-19, that student and the non-vaccinated members of his/her pod will be required to quarantine in their room/suite for up to14 days (until cleared by Health Services).

Isolation:
Isolation is used if a student has tested positive for COVID-19.  Students will be contacted by Health Services and will need to move immediately into an isolation room in  the specially designated wings of the LLC.

Belongings

Students who are moved into isolation will need to take essential items such as clothes, towels/wash cloths, toiletries, medications, class supplies, laptop, phone, phone charger, etc. with them when they go to the LLC.  Students will not be permitted to return to their rooms to retrieve forgotten items.  Bed linens will be provided in the room. 


Meal Service

Meals will be delivered to students in Q&I on a daily basis.  A hot lunch will be delivered at approximately noon and a hot dinner will be delivered at approximately 5 p.m.  A boxed breakfast will be delivered with dinner.  Meals will be placed outside the door by a member of our team.  A copy of the menu for the semester is available here

Students will be charged one swipe for lunch and one swipe for dinner during quarantine/isolation.  Those meals will be deducted from the students’ meal plan balance upon departure from Q & I. Students without a meal plan who opt for meal delivery will be charged $20 per day for meals.  Those charges will be placed on students’ PittPAY accounts when they are cleared by Health Services. 

Students in quarantine who wish to order something from the Tuck Shop or Pitt Stop may do so using the Boost app…provided someone from within their building is willing to pick up the items and deliver them to a student’s door (sorry, but this option is not available for students in isolation).   Students who opt to do this should send an email to the individual picking up the order confirming he/she is authorized to do so.  A simple, “[insert name} is authorized to pick up my order,” will be sufficient.  This will be shown to the attendant where items are picked up.

Delivery of Packages & Mail

Our staff can pick up mail and have it delivered with either lunch or dinner. When students have confirmation that their mail has been delivered to campus, they should contact the Mailroom (814-269-2012) giving permission to have their mail picked up by someone else.  Please allow at least 24 hours for mail to be delivered.

Trash

Students should place their bagged trash outside their door when the trash can is full.  Trash bags will be provided

Information from Counseling Services

Having to stay inside can be hard on both our bodies and minds. We want to make sure students have resources to care for their mental wellbeing during this time. They are encouraged to sign-up for Therapy Assistance Online (TAO), which is a private online library of engaging, interactive programs that can help them learn skills to manage this challenging time.

For students who wish to utilize this service, here are the steps to get you started in TAO:

  1. Visit: https://us.taoconnect.org/student/invite/131/stayingwell
  2. Enter your name, Pitt email address and password (that you choose) on the enrollment form.
  3. Fill out the demographics and Informed Consent form and click ‘Sign Me Up!’
  4. You’re ready to go! Watch the quick video to help you navigate the TAO platform.
  5. If you choose to go home, please notify our office immediately.  Please note you will not be permitted to return to campus until you have been medically cleared by Health Services.

 

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Last updated 9/14/2021