Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected. This includes people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and those who have tested positive for COVID-19, whether showing symptoms or not.

  • People with suspected COVID-19 should seek medical care and testing from their regular health care provider (or OSU Student Health Services, if available) and follow instructions from the local public health authority (LPHA).
  • People who are suspected, or known to be infected with COVID-19, should immediately return to their place of residence or designated isolation area until they can safely resume normal activities per their health care provider and/or LPHA.
  • People with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and have symptoms of COVID-19 should remain in isolation at their place of residence for at least 10 days after the first onset of illness, and 24 hours have passed since the fever has resolved (without use of fever reducing medicine) and other symptoms have improved.
  • People who test positive for COVID-19 but have no symptoms should isolate until at least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test.

Students who live in a campus residence hall will be isolated within a designated isolation 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.
  • Other needed student care and academic support.

Students living off campus are connected with Student Health Services, student care and provided guidance about self-isolation measures.

Students living off campus and isolating should remain in isolation per local public health authority direction and have food delivered.

PPE should be worn by anyone providing assistance to students in isolation.

  • 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 think they have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop fever or other COVID-19 symptoms or have a positive test result for COVID-19 should:

  • Stay at their place of residence; avoid close contact with others; and contact their primary health care provider.   
  • Remain at their place of residence for 10 days after the first onset of illness and  24  hours after fever has resolved (without medication) and symptoms, including cough, cease.

Employees who have been physically on-site at an OSU location in the previous 14 days must notify their supervisor if they believe they have been exposed to COVID-19; have symptoms of COVID-19,;been diagnosed with COVID-19; or have a positive COVID-19 test result.

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, but are asymptomatic, are prohibited from being on-site on OSU property for 10 days from the time of testing (and are strongly recommended to isolate for that time).

Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are symptomatic are prohibited from being on-site on OSU property for 10 days plus an additional 24 hours after symptoms, including fever, have resolved without the use of fever-reducing medication (and are strongly recommended to isolate for that time).