Quarantine and Isolation Update
The CDC updated its guidance for quarantine and isolation requirements prior to the holidays. Under the new guidance:
- Quarantine can end after Day 10 without testing and if NO symptoms have been reported during daily monitoring;
- Quarantine can also end after Day 7 if you test negative and if NO symptoms were reported during daily monitoring. The testing can be conducted within 48 hours (Days 5 or 6) before the time of planned quarantine discontinuation, but quarantine CANNOT be discontinued earlier than after Day 7.
- Students will be allowed to leave QIH housing to receive a test at the student drive-through testing center, and
- Students living in SDSU housing will need to provide proof of a negative test to their hall director if they discontinue QIH after Day 7. A positive test on Day 5 or 6 extends quarantine and isolation for another 7 to 10-day window.
Please note that in both cases, continued symptom monitoring and masking at all times through Day 14 must be met.
Quarantine and Isolation Procedures
On-campus Quarantine and Isolation Housing (QIH) will be available to students living both on and off campus if they meet one of three criteria:
- Have been tested for COVID-19 and are presumptive positive until test results are received; or
- Have receive a positive or inconclusive COVID-19 test from a medical professional; or
- Have been notified by the South Dakota (or other state) Department of Health of potential exposure and need to self-isolate.
Housing will be available in the Wecota Annex. Additional sites may be used if demand exceeds capacity available. In some apartment housing units, because of the configuration of the unit, it may be possible for the student to shelter in place. All accommodations are single occupancy only. Guests are not permitted in QIH. Students will be advised of QIH facilities and access procedures during their first floor meetings prior to the start of the semester.
Students presenting COVID-19 symptoms will be directed to do one of the following:
- Contact the SDSU Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services at 605-688-4157 during its operational hours and follow the directions of the staff. Do not report directly to the Student Health Clinic and Counseling Services or enter the Miller Wellness Center;
- Outside of SHCC hours of operation, contact the Brookings Health System emergency number at 605-696-9000 and follow instructions of staff; or
- Contact Avera Brookings Medical Group at 605-697-9500 or Sanford Health Clinic at 605-697-1900 during their operational hours to include acute care clinic hours and follow instructions of staff.
If student chooses to isolate in university housing, the following will be implemented:
- Students will not return to their residence hall or off-campus apartment. They will instead report directly to their temporary assignment in QIH. The student ID card door access will be disabled for this time period. There will be no additional charge for this housing.
- Residential Life personnel will retrieve a list of essential belongings provided by the student for a short-term stay if the student lives in university housing. If the student is living in off-campus housing, the VPSA office will work with the student to arrange for delivery of essential items to a designated location to deliver to the QIH.
- Dining services will arrange for daily food deliveries. Dining will be charged to the student's meal plan and, if the student does not have a meal plan, to one's student account.
- The student will notify faculty members for each course and identify a plan for continuation of academic coursework with each faculty member. If technology is needed, SDSU will loan a laptop to the student for the duration of the QIH stay.
- A daily “check-in” will be conducted by medical personnel from the SHCC or more if determined by the medical provider.
- A daily “check-in" will be completed by a counselor from the SHCC or more if determined by the counselor.
- Students will remain in assigned QIH room except to shower or use the restroom. Depending on occupancy on the floor, a shower schedule may be established to permit efficient cleaning and reduce opportunities for contagion with other QIH residents.
- Rooms will be stocked with linens and trash bags to last for 14 days. Used linens shall be put into provided bags, tied shut and left immediately outside room in the corridor.
- Used trash bags should be tied shut and placed in the corridor. University personnel will take trash to the dumpster.
- Individuals are required to follow the current university and SDBOR face covering protocols.
- Approved service animals are permitted. Exiting QIH to attend to the routine needs of a service animal is also permitted. Comfort animals are not permitted in QIH housing.
- Students are permitted to begin a stay in QIH and leave prior to the 14-day period ONLY if they return home or as directed by a medical authority.
- Students will be officially released from QIH by written statement from the South Dakota Department of Health or other medical authority.