Quarantine is used to keep someone who may have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others for a full incubation period of 14 days.

  • Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (a “close contact”) should quarantine in their place of residence and at least six feet away from others, including household members, for the 14 days after their last exposure to a person with COVID-19 and follow any other direction from their local public health authority (LPHA).
  • In some cases, the LPHA may consider ending quarantine early for close contacts who have not developed any symptoms or who receive a negative test result. Quarantining for the full 14 days from the date of exposure is the safest way to protect against spread of the virus.
  • If a person becomes symptomatic during this time, they should contact their health care provider for testing and follow LPHA instructions for isolation.


Students who live in a campus residence hall will be quarantined within a designated quarantine area.

Students living on campus are connected with:

  • Housing staff and student health services for symptom monitoring.
  • Housing and Dining Services staff for contactless delivery food.
  • Student care and academic support via multiple departments.

Students living off campus may connect with Student Health Services or Telehealth in Central Oregon for guidance about self-quarantine measures.

  • Students who are ill should remain at home and consult their medical provider. Corvallis students can contact Student Health Services. OSU-Cascades students can use Telehealth. Or, students may also contact a local emergency medical provider.
  • Remain at home until 72 hours after fever (without medication) and symptoms cease, including cough.
  • Appropriate isolation/quarantine spaces for residential students have been designated that is sufficiently separated from other residents and staff.

Employees who have been determined to be a close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes or otherwise determined by the local public health authority), to someone with COVID-19 are prohibited from being on-site on OSU property for 14 days from the time of exposure.