Fall 2021 Isolation and Quarantine Policies

 If you test positive for COVID-19. 
 

Isolation Protocol

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will need to temporarily relocate to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Notifications
  • You will receive an email from HUHS and the College Isolation/Quarantine Team with specific guidance. Be sure to review the following points:
    • Isolation check in time and walking instructions
    • Who to call list
    • What to pack
    • Care packages
  • Your House or Yard Support Team will receive an email from the College Isolation/Quarantine Team so that they can support you. 
  • You can find more about HUHS's process here
     
Location/Meals
  • You will temporarily relocate to the Harvard Square Hotel/Cronkhite
  • HUDS will deliver meals to your room in the Harvard Square Hotel/Cronkhite. Please make sure you place your order promptly following the instructions in the communication you receive. 
  • If you would like to request a package to be delivered to you in your isolation location, follow the isolation package delivery protocol
     
Masks and Testing
  • Follow HUHS's instructions regarding testing.
  • If HUHS instructs you to leave your room at any point (see Restrictions), you must wear a mask.
     
Restrictions
  • You cannot attend class in-person as long as you are in isolation. Instructors have been asked to show flexibility and support, but it is important that you take the initiative to reach out to your instructors and stay on top of your coursework: 
    • Connect with your Resident Dean to discuss a plan to stay on top of academics. 
    • Notify your instructor as soon as possible to coordinate alternative methods of learning. If you're not feeling well enough to carry on with your work, you should let your instructor know and see what flexibility might be possible.
    • Ask your instructor, Teaching Fellow, or friend to set up a Zoom meeting and bring you into the class session, share notes for missed classes, and cover any missed coursework. 
    • Receive course materials by asking instructors to drop off packages with the Building Manager or Yard Ops (under Weld Hall).  
  • You cannot leave your room except to go to the bathroom (if applicable) or with instruction from HUHS to get to medical care, at which times you should be masked.
     
Clearance
  • You need to be cleared by HUHS to leave isolation housing and return to residential housing
 If HUHS confirms your exposure to COVID-19 and you need to quarantine. 
 

Quarantine Protocol

If HUHS confirms you've been exposed to COVID-19 and need to quarantine, you may be required to temporarily stay separated from others. 

Notifications
  • You will receive an email from HUHS and the College Isolation/Quarantine Team with specific guidance. 
  • Your House or Yard Support Team will receive an email from the College Isolation/Quarantine Team so that they can support you.
  • You can find more about HUHS's process here.  
     
Location/Meals
  • You may be asked to temporarily relocate to the Harvard Square Hotel/Cronkhite if HUHS says it's necessary. If you are asked to relocate, HUDS will deliver your meals to you. Please place your order immediately upon receiving the guidance. 
  • If you quarantine in your room, meals will be delivered once a day. Please place your order immediately upon receiving the guidance. 
     
Masks and Testing
  • You must mask in all spaces except while eating or sleeping.
  • You should continue to follow your assigned testing cadence, according to Crimson Clear
     
Restrictions
  • You should minimize all in-person social contact to prevent spreading COVID-19 to others
  • If you are quarantining in your House:
    • If you receive a package during your quarantine, you can email your building manager to request it.
  • If you are quarantining in your Dorm:
  • If you are quarantining in an isolation location (the Harvard Square Hotel or Cronkhite)
Clearance
  • You need to be cleared by HUHS to be discharged from quarantine.
 If a peer tests positive but HUHS hasn't confirmed your exposure. 
 

Assumed Exposure Protocol

If you've heard through a peer that they have tested positive and you have interacted with them in the past few days, you should take precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Notifications
  • If you are worried that one of your peers has tested positive for COVID-19, you should review the information on the Keep Harvard Healthy website about best practices
  • If you are experiencing symptoms, you should “FAIL” Crimson Clear and wait for a call from HUHS.
  • You can find more about HUHS's process here
  • Do not assume that you need to quarantine without being instructed to do so by HUHS, but you are always able to make thoughtful choices about your interactions at any time. For example, you might consider being attentive to the guidance provided by HUHS in the email from Dr. Nguyen and Dean O' Dair.
     
Location/Meals
  • You can ask your roommates to drop off food.
  • You can pick up meals from the dining halls if you double mask.
     
Masks and Testing
  • You should double mask when entering dining halls. 
  • You may be advised by HUHS to take a Color test and drop it off immediately.
     
Restrictions
  • Do not spend longer than 15 minutes in any one space or with any one person.