Quarantine and Isolation Information
Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 14 days and feels they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 or is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.4 F, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, or possible hearing loss) should alert Stetson immediately.
What's the difference?
- You quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus.
- You isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others.
Based on Florida Department of Health and CDC guidelines (revised Jan.4, 2022), members of the Stetson community should isolate:
- For 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), followed by 5 additional days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.
- if you develop a fever, continue to isolate until your fever resolves.
Note: This change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.
- If you are unvaccinated or more than 5 months out from your second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, quarantine for 5 days followed by strict mask use for an additional 5 days. Alternatively, if a 5-day quarantine is not feasible, it is imperative that any exposed person wear a well-fitting mask at all times when around others for 10 days after exposure.
- If you are vaccinated and/or have had a recent booster, quarantine is not required following an exposure, but you should wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure.
For anyone exposed to COVID-19, the CDC also recommends taking a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
CDC Infographic (download/note: the 6 month requirement has now been reduced to 5 months):
When to Stay Home? The date of your exposure is considered day 0. Day 1 is the first full day after your last contact with a person who has had COVID-19. Stay home and away from other people for at least 5 days. Learn why CDC updated guidance for the general public.
Student Isolation Guides
Below you will find two COVID-19 Student Isolation Guides tailored to support resident and commuter experiences. These guides are intended to be resources, providing information that supports you from the start of your isolation period through your clearance to your regular activities. Please know that our staff is here to provide continual support along the way.
For more information about what happens when someone is required to isolate, please consult the FAQs for the DeLand Campus on the Stetson's Safer Campus website (see Isolation category), and for the College of Law consult its FAQs.
At-Home COVID-19 Test Kits
We have received notification from the Florida Department of Health that results from at home COVID-19 test kits are unable to be recorded and reported as valid because of DOH’s inability to confirm these results. All at home tests must be confirmed by at COVID-19 laboratory test.
Therefore, Stetson will isolate based on at-home test results, but we will not count these results as an official positive until it is confirmed by a lab test.
What do I do if someone else or myself is sick or fears exposure?
See Stetson’s Health Response Protocol. Any members of the Stetson community who have been to campus in the past 14 days and feel they may have come into direct contact with the virus causing COVID-19 — or are experiencing flu like symptoms (fever over 100.4, chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting) — should alert Stetson immediately. Fill out this online the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form. During business hours, call Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150. After business hours, call DeLand Public Safety at 386-822-7300, or College of Law Public Safety at 727-343-1262. If you are concerned about someone else’s exposure, also let us know — don’t just tell them to do so. This applies also to our College of Law students, faculty and staff.
What resources are available to me if I test positive?
Who should I notify if I receive a positive test result from a test provider other than Stetson?
What happens if someone shows symptoms of COVID and another infection (like Flu)?
COVID must be ruled out if someone shows symptoms. They will take a PCR test and isolate until results come back. According to DOH protocol, If someone tests positive for something like the flu, they should still be tested for COVID-19.
Have Additional Questions or Concerns?
Questions about testing should be directed to [email protected]. For more information and specific answers to your questions, please consult the FAQ section below, the DeLand FAQs on the Stetson's Safer Campus website (see Isolation category), or the College of Law FAQs.
CDC Infographic (download):
- Volusia County COVID-19 Information
- City of DeLand COVID-19 Information
- Stetson University Health Service