A reality of dealing with COVID-19 is the possibility that you’ll need to go into isolation or quarantine. For faculty, staff and students, this is not an ideal situation. For students, this probably isn’t the first thing you had in mind as you start your spring semester, but you do need to prepare, just in case.
Both of us are wrap around care managers at Ithaca College, and there are four total (Alex Devers, Samm Swarts, Christopher Griffin, and Beth Greene). We are here to help when residential students enter either isolation or quarantine on campus. One of our biggest challenges is getting people to understand the difference between isolation and quarantine. Isolation is for individuals who test positive for COVID-19, while quarantine is for those who were a close contact of someone who tested positive, which is determined by contact tracing. We are also using Emerson Hall for students needing to satisfy the New York State travel advisory quarantine during move-in. No matter the circumstance, if you’re a student living on campus, you’ll be required to pack up and move to Emerson Hall for the duration of your isolation or quarantine.