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Quarantine and Isolation

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UCI is committed to supporting all students during any required isolation and quarantine. This includes contact tracing, academic support, health services, and counseling services. UCI’s contact tracers will notify and consult individuals with positive COVID-19 cases and close contacts to provide isolation and quarantine instructions. 

Additionally, all residents in isolation and quarantine in Graduate and Family Housing will receive a regular wellness call from a Housing Professional Staff member to provide support and assistance as needed.

*UCI recommends that on-campus residents who will be traveling home for Thanksgiving break remain at home for the rest of the quarter. Remember, once you return to campus, you must sequester for 14 days, be tested twice (once upon return and again a week later) and have two negative test results before you can emerge after 14 days of mandatory sequester. The sequester takes you to final exam week, then winter break.

About Quarantine and Isolation

Isolation and quarantine help protect the public by preventing exposure to people who have or may have a contagious disease.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

CDC Guidance for Quarantine

How to self-isolate guide for employees

About Sequestration

What is Sequestration?

Sequestering means minimizing in-person interactions whether in the dorms, dining facilities, or other on or off campus locations where individuals congregate or interact. Students should leave their residences only to participate in essential activities (e.g., to pick up meals or purchase food, participate in low-risk outdoor recreational activities, or obtain health care services).

Student residents returning to campus after Thanksgiving break must sequester for 14 days, be tested twice (once upon return and again a week later) and have two negative test results before they can emerge from their mandatory sequestration period. This period will take you to final exam week, then winter break.

Throughout the sequestration period:

1. Practice the three basics of COVID prevention: wear a face-covering outside of your room, maintain a physical distance of six feet or more, and frequently wash your hands.

2. Complete the Daily Symptom Check - https://students.uci.edu/daily-symptom-check.html

3. No in-person interactions with people outside of your Zot Pod. While around others in your Zot Pod/household, wear a facecovering and maintain physical distance of six feet or more. Low-risk recreational activities should be outside only (see guidelines for Permitted Activities).

4. No guests or visitors! No one is permitted in your room except you! If you live in an apartment, no one but you and your assigned apartment-mate(s) are allowed in the unit.

5. Do not leave your residence except to participate in essential activities (e.g., to pick up meals or purchase food, participate in low-risk outdoor recreational activities, or obtain healthcare services). 

6. No in-person gatherings. Residents are not permitted to host gatherings of any kind during sequestration. 

Failure to comply with these requirements will result in disciplinary action. Some restrictions will continue beyond the sequestration period.