To minimize the spread of COVID-19 in our community, COVID-19 positive students must have a space where they can recover comfortably without coming into contact with other people in our community. Students in isolation housing are monitored by staff from the Habif Health and Wellness Center and will receive clearance to return to campus activities by ST. Louis County Department of Health and Habif Health and Wellness Center. Isolation housing will be provided for WashU students with or without WashU housing contracts.
Quarantine (as defined by the CDC) is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
The university will provide quarantine housing for students who have been directed to quarantine due to exposure, pending test results or other circumstances.
If you have been told you have a positive test or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, please call Habif at 314-935-6666 and follow the prompts.
On campus students who can travel by personal vehicle are able to isolate or quarantine at home with their family. Similarly, off campus students who can safely isolate or quarantine can stay in their apartments. This is determined by Habif Health and Wellness staff. Regardless, if off campus or graduate students wish to recover or quarantine on campus, as stated above, space will be made available to them.
We know that being in isolation or quarantine can be difficult but is necessary for us to safely provide Washington University students with a residential education experience. You will be monitored regularly by Habif and Res Life staff, mental health clinicians are available 24/7, and there are multiple ways to connect virtually with others.