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Quarantine and Isolation

If you have been exposed to someone with a known case of COVID-19, if you have similar symptoms, or if you are diagnosed with COVID-19, you will need to separate yourself from other people to avoid potentially infecting them with the virus. Drexel follows Philadelphia Department of Public Health, state and federal guidelines regarding isolation and quarantine policies.


If you have been diagnosed with or tested positive for COVID-19, even if you have no symptoms, you will be asked to self-isolate. This will last for a period of at least 10 days from the onset of symptoms or from positive test result if asymptomatic.


If you haven’t been diagnosed, but were exposed to the virus or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will be asked to quarantine. Quarantine separates people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 so that they can monitor their health for the development of symptoms and obtain testing if necessary. Quarantine lasts at least 10 days with a negative test at day 9 or 10, or up to 14 days without a test.

Support Services

Student Health Services will provide ongoing support for students who have tested positive for COVID-19. These services may include:

  • Same-day virtual appointments for prompt evaluation of students with symptoms consistent with COVID-19
  • Frequent symptomatic telehealth check-ins until improvement of illness
  • Visits to patients’ isolation location for medical support
  • Communication of short-term medical leave and coordination with academic advisors to provide academic materials and study support for students during the isolation or quarantine period
  • For students currently living on-campus (and also for off-campus students who can't isolate in their current housing), the University can provide on-campus quarantine/isolation housing by request as housing availability permits

For students who are quarantining or isolating in on-campus housing, we can also provide the following services:

  • Meal delivery through Aramark, with meals ordered by the student to suit dietary needs
  • Opt-in, no-contact weekly laundry service
  • No-contact trash removal
  • Front desk staff available for questions or concerns

More Information

Complete information about isolation and quarantine procedures for Drexel students, as well as the services and support Drexel offers to students, can be found in our Isolation and Quarantine Guide [PDF].

Read a quick guide to services for students in quarantine/isolation [PDF].

Learn what to bring with you for quarantine/isolation [PDF].

Updated December 7, 2020