Positive Tests, Quarantine, and Isolation

Process for Positive Tests and Close Contacts

If you are a member of the on-campus community who has tested positive for COVID-19 or is determined to be a close contact, you will be contacted by Wellness Services regarding next steps, including moving into isolation (positive test) or quarantine (close contact). The Appleton Health Department handles contact tracing to identify close contacts, with Wellness Services providing assistance. Current health guidelines define a close contact as anyone who is within 6 feet of a positive case for at least 15 minutes in one day. While masks can help protect you, this is with or without a mask. The time can be continuous or split up over the course of a day, e.g. 5 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes in the evening. Typically, anyone sleeping under the same roof for at least one night is considered a close contact, though this can vary. For the purposes of contact tracing, the guideline for the infectious period starts either the day of testing or, if symptomatic, two days before symptoms developed.

Isolation/Quarantine Information

For on-campus students:

Wellness Services will provide information about next steps including moving into isolation/quarantine space and testing processes. Students living on campus will move to Kohler Hall for isolation (positive test) or quarantine (close contact). Students in isolation or quarantine are encouraged not to travel home. According to the university’s travel policy, travel via public transportation is prohibited. Travel via personal vehicle is also a risk and discouraged.

For students, faculty, and staff living off campus who visit campus:

Students and faculty and staff living off campus who visit campus in any capacity will isolate/quarantine at their off-campus residence. Wellness Services or Human Resources will provide further instructions. Travel is also discouraged for this group. If you are a close contact or have developed symptoms, do not come to campus for testing. Find more about options for off-campus testing here.

Expectations for Those in Isolation/Quarantine

If you are isolating or quarantining on campus, Lawrence will provide students with contacts across campus to help them adjust and ease disruption in routine. Students are also provided with resources on and off campus for after-hours needs.

The following regulations apply to students in the Kohler space; any member of the campus community in quarantine/isolation should follow similar practices applicable to their living situation to limit exposure to others.

  • Stay in your room. Do not have guests over.
  • Do not attend any in-person classes or activities.
  • Meals will be delivered to your door via a knock and drop delivery system.
  • Keep surfaces clean.
  • Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  • Remove trash from your room and leave outside your door for a custodian to pick up.
  • Postpone any travel. If travel is absolutely necessary, you must contact Wellness Services first for instructions.
  • Postpone all nonessential medical appointments unless virtual (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of isolation/quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during this time, please call your provider ahead of time.
  • Maintain social distancing and keep 6 feet, or 2 meters, apart if you are near others.
  • Wear a mask if you must leave your room.
  • Only students in quarantine are allowed to go outside for a walk/fresh air. They must avoid contact with others. Students in isolation should only leave for medical needs.

How to be cleared from isolation:

  • You must be cleared by Wellness Services to leave isolation housing.
  • If you have no symptoms, you can be cleared 10 days after your positive test result.
  • If you have symptoms, you can be cleared after: 
    • At least 10 days from when symptoms started, AND
    • Your symptoms have improved, AND
    • You are afebrile (temperature less than 100.4) for at least 24 hours without using medication to reduce fever.

How to be cleared from quarantine:

  • You must be cleared by Wellness Services to leave quarantine housing.
  • If you have no symptoms, you can clear 14 days after your last exposure.

Testing while in Quarantine

It is recommended that people who have been exposed to COVID-19 should be tested at least 5 days after their last exposure (with or without symptoms). No one in quarantine should come to Lawrence University surveillance testing. Wellness Services will provide students in quarantine housing information for where to be tested.

If you receive a negative test result while in quarantine:

  • You will have to complete the full 14-day quarantine period.
  • You will continue to monitor for symptoms twice daily and notify Wellness Services if you develop any symptoms or have questions.

If you receive a positive test result while in quarantine:

  • Together, we will reassess your needs and continue to adjust as needed.
  • You will transition to isolation. Wellness Services staff will share more details with you if this happens.
  • If you remain without symptoms, you will be able to clear from isolation 10 days after you were tested.

COVID testing using health insurance (check your insurance coverage): Call your healthcare provider

Urgent Care Physicians
Location: 3329 Express Court, Appleton WI, 54915 Phone: 920-733-5900

Find more about options for off-campus testing here.