Based on scientific evidence, COVID-19 is a quarantinable communicable disease in the United States. Given that you have been in contact with someone who tested positive for the virus, or who is presumed positive for the virus, you are asked to “self-quarantine” or “lay low” and monitor your symptoms. The Methodist University Health Center, Housing and Residence Life, and Student Affairs are here to support you as you quarantine.
Hearing that you are “being quarantined/isolated” and restricted from connection on campus may feel kind of scary, but the goal of this period of time is to simply ensure that you are healthy, while also protecting others from exposure to illness. Some students may self-quarantine in their own off-campus room/house; others may need to relocate. In some circumstances, students may be quarantined together.
While you are “laying low”
You can still connect with friends and family via computer or phone. However, please do not break quarantine until after the 14 days are over, or until informed to do so by the Methodist University Health Center staff.
During quarantine/isolation you are:
- Not to go to classes, the library, or other academic/social/athletic functions
- Not to use public transportation or go to any shopping centers
- Not to have friends or family with you in your house/room/apartment
- Wear a mask if you need to use a shared bathroom or living areas, go to a health appointment, etc.
What you will need while “laying low”
To be comfortable during quarantine/isolation, you will want to have a few items on hand.
A self-care kit should include:
- Enough clean, comfortable clothes for two weeks
- A favorite pillow or blanket
- Your cell phone and laptop with chargers
- All toiletry items
- Mini refrigerator/microwave
- Prescription and non-prescription medications
- Digital thermometer (for daily use)
- Water bottles (stay hydrated) and snacks
- Face masks (if you need to share spaces with others)
- Hand sanitizer (for times when you can’t use soap and water)
- Disinfectant wipes
- Handwashing soap
Health services and support
Please take your temperature daily and record your symptoms on the health log you are given. Methodist University Health Services staff and/or an MU COVID Coordinator will monitor your health status periodically by phone, email or through video telehealth visits, asking for your temperature, symptoms listed below, and other pertinent health questions. If you develop symptoms or need medical help while in quarantine/isolation, please call the MU Health Center at 910.630.7164. If your health condition worsens and require hospitalization, call 911 and notify them you are on quarantine/isolation for transport by ambulance.
Symptoms to watch for and report:
- Fever (above 100.4° F) record on temperature log daily
- Shortness of breath
- Runny nose/congestion
- Muscle aches
- Sore throat
- New loss of taste or smell
- Chills with repeated shaking
- GI symptoms
Communication with family
Your personal health information is confidential. You will need to sign a release before our staff will be able to speak with your parents, other family members or friends about your condition.
If you are unable to pick your package up due to Covid, you may have a member of the Housing staff pick your package up for you. The MU Post Office hours are Monday through Friday 8-4. If you have questions, feel free to contact the post office staff.
During the dinner meal delivery, students will receive a new trash bag. It is the student’s responsibility to set the trash bag outside your room by 4:30pm Monday-Friday and 9:00am on Sunday for pick up by housekeeping. There will be no trash pick-up on Saturday. If you need additional bags, please let Dr. Doris Munoz know email@example.com.
If you have a maintenance need in your room please complete a work order by following these steps:
- Log on to support.methodist.edu (on campus network only)
- Sign in with your network ID and password (same as MU email)
- Click New Request
- Using drop down menu options, select the service needed
- Provide your phone number and the location where the service is needed
- Once submitted please email Nan Fiebig, Assistant Director of Housing and Residence Life, (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the issue so we can be sure it is resolved.
MU residential students are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of their housing under normal conditions and if placed in quarantine or isolation, room cleanliness will continue to be maintained by the room occupant(s).
According to the CDC – “If they feel up to it, the person who is sick can clean their own space. Give the person who is sick personal cleaning supplies such as tissues, paper towels, cleaners, and EPA-registered disinfectants.”
If you don’t feel up to it, health services, and the administrator on call will determine if your condition is escalated to a hospital stay or return home.
The first action is to “limit contact,” according to CDC guidelines for individuals in quarantine or isolation.
CDC guidelines also state and MU strongly recommends student(s) –
- Clean and disinfect “high-touch” surfaces and items every day: This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, handles, desks, toilets, faucets, sinks, and electronics.
- Clean the area or item with soap and water if it is dirty. Then, use a household disinfectant.
- Be sure to follow the instructions on the label to ensure safe and effective use of the product. Many products recommend keeping the surface wet for several minutes to kill germs. Many also recommend wearing gloves, making sure you have good air flow, and wiping or rinsing off the product after use.
- Most household disinfectants should be effective.
- To clean electronics, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for all cleaning and disinfection products. If those directions are not available, use alcohol-based wipes or spray containing at least 70% alcohol.
- If you are using a separate bedroom and bathroom: Only clean the area around the person who is sick when needed, such as when the area is soiled. This will help limit your contact with the sick person.
- If sharing a bathroom: The person who is sick should clean and then disinfect after each use. If this is not possible, wear a mask and wait as long as possible after the sick person has used the bathroom before coming in to clean and use the bathroom.
With PPE (personal protective equipment) there is no guarantee staff will not be exposed. As a result, unless it is an emergent situation (air flow, mold/mildew, and property damage/health and safety risk), housekeeping and maintenance personnel will not enter the space until test results are received for quarantine locations. For isolation, a waiting period of six or more hours will occur to coordinate actions to remedy the need.
Housekeeping and maintenance personnel are responsible for maintaining the facilities for the entire campus community. Following positive tests, and the room is vacant, housekeeping personnel will perform deep cleaning after waiting 24 hours. By limiting contact and potential exposure to staff, the campus will be maintained to move forward and away from quarantine/isolation conditions.
If you plan to leave for the duration of your quarantine please email Nan Fiebig (email@example.com). A reminder that once you leave you may not return once you depart campus, until you receive a negative COVID test.
Students will be provided a continental breakfast plus two hot meals (lunch and dinner) which will be delivered to their quarantine/isolation space each weekday. Two meals (brunch and dinner) will be delivered during the weekends. Students will be given food selections from the Main Ingredient Dining Line only.
Link to see the daily menu:
Weekday Meal delivery times:
- Lunch: weekdays between 11:30am-12:00pm
- Dinner: weekdays between 5:30pm-6:00pm
Weekend meal delivery times:
- Brunch: 11:00am-11:30am
- Dinner: 5:00pm-5:30pm
If quarantined/isolated students have questions or a food sensitivity concern, they should reach out to Ms. Carol Pope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support is a Call Away!
- Methodist University Health Center | 910.630.7164 | email@example.com
- Center of Personal Development | 910.630.7150
- Housing and Residence Life | 910.630.7626
- Division of Student Affairs | 910.630.7152
- Cumberland County Dept. of Public Health | 910.433.3800
- Cape Fear Valley Health System | 910.615.LINK (5465)