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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. Note: Per CDC guidelines, people who are fully vaccinated and who have been exposed to COVID-19 do not normally need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms of COVID-19. However, they do need to self-monitor for symptoms and wear a mask when around other people for 7 days after an identified exposure. Additionally, vaccinated individuals will need to obtain COVID testing 5 days after they experience an exposure, whether they are experiencing symptoms or not.

Self-isolation

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.

Quarantine

If you haven’t been diagnosed, but were exposed to the virus or have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you may 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. Fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine unless they have symptoms. Quarantine lasts at least 7 days with a negative test at day 5.

You may reference the following table to help understand when isolation or quarantine are needed:

 What should I do if... 
 I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 
I am not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 
I have a positive COVID 19 test?
  • Stay home and start self- isolation for 10 days
  • Report with Drexel Health Checker
  • Contact tracing will advise on return to work/school
  • Stay home and start self- isolation for 10 days
  • Report with Drexel Health Checker
  • Contact tracing team will advise on return to work/school
I have symptoms of COVID 19 (with or without exposure)?
  • Stay home, report symptoms to Drexel Health Checker app, and schedule test now.
  • Isolate until test results return.
    • Negative test and no exposure: Return to normal activity when symptoms improve.
    • Negative test and exposure: Resume normal activity with masking while around others. Self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure.
    • Positive test: See positive test instructions above.
  • Stay home, report symptoms to COVID Health Checker app, and schedule test now.
  • Isolate until test results return.
    • Negative test and no exposure: Return to normal activity when symptoms improving.
    • Negative test and exposure: Quarantine for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure. Contact tracing will advise on return to work/school.
    • Positive test: See positive test instructions above.
I do not have symptoms of COVID 19, but I was exposed?
  • Resume normal activity with masking while around others.
  • Self-monitor for symptoms for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure.
  • Quarantine for 7 days and retest 5 days from last exposure.
  • Contact tracing team will advise on return to work/school.

Students arriving from international travel who are not fully vaccinated must arrange to safely quarantine for seven days before coming to campus. Drexel will not provide a quarantine location for non-residential students. Note: To attend classes on Monday, September 20, 2021, students arriving from international travel must arrive no later than September 12, 2021, to complete their quarantine.

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 Drexel Campus Dining, with three daily 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 September 2, 2021