Sickness and Isolation Tips

If you are feeling ill or need medical care, please reach out to Upper Great Lakes Family Health Center Houghton Clinic at 906-483-1860, or your preferred medical provider.

If You Are Sick:

  • Try to stay isolated in one room, away from other people and pets.
  • Avoid shared space in your apartment or home as much as possible.
  • If you must use shared spaces, limit your movements and open windows to keep air circulating, especially in kitchens.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces in your room and bathroom every day (doorknobs, light switches, electronics, and counters).
  • Avoid sharing personal items, such as dishes, towels, bedding, and electronics.
  • Follow the recommendations of your health care provider and/or the health department.

Read about COVID-19 symptoms and personal safety practices.

Call 911 if you or someone you know experiences any of these COVID-19 emergency warning signs:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

What To Do When In Isolation or Quarantine

Whether you live on campus or in an off-campus residence, spending 14 days quarantined may be challenging. Thank you for doing your part to keep the Husky community safe. 

The Basics

Please follow the basic guidelines listed below at all times, whether you are indoors or outdoors. When spending time outside, further guidelines also apply.

You May NOT

  • Go to work, school, church/worship, public events, dining halls, or any type of group gathering, even if it’s outdoors and practices social distancing
  • Have visitors or meet with others, even outdoors while practicing social distancing
  • Enter any other buildings or indoor spaces except your own residence hall room, isolation space, or off-campus residence
  • Visit outdoor gathering spots on campus or in the community (i.e., Walker Lawn, Wads Garden, McNair Square, Prince’s Point, playgrounds, or common seating areas)

You Should/Can

  • Wear a mask at all times when outside your room or isolation space
    Avoid encounters with other people and crowds (if you must pass by, stay six feet apart)
  • Spend time outdoors (up to two hours per day in designated areas)
  • Take part in virtual activities (see our virtual event calendar)
  • Take hand sanitizer with you when going outside or visiting any shared space, such as a bathroom (use it before and after touching anything)
  • Return to your room or isolation space and contact your health care provider if you begin to experience COVID-19 symptoms
  • Call 911 if you experience any COVID-19 emergency warning signs

Time Outdoors

We know that fresh air, sunshine, and physical activity are critical to your mental health and well-being. If you need some time and space outside, you can spend up to two hours per day outside, alone, in designated areas. The areas open to you depend on whether you live on or off campus.

On Campus

Students quarantining on campus can spend their outdoor time at sparsely populated outdoor areas on and near campus—i.e., Tech Trails, Nara Nature Trails, Houghton Waterfront Trail, etc. 

When leaving and returning, please check in/out with your Residence Education Coordinator (REC)—their email address will be provided to you at the beginning of your quarantine.

You May NOT
  • Enter or exit your residence hall through a door near a dining facility (ask your REC if you’re not sure which door to use)
You Should/Can
  • Leave and return on the half hour (i.e., 1:30 p.m.) to avoid foot traffic
  • Enter and exit your residence hall using the door closest to your room—unless the door is close to a dining facility (ask your REC for help if you’re not sure which door to use)
  • Walk, jog, or bike, if you feel well enough—but you must wear a mask or stay 25 feet away from people and structures when breathing hard due to activity

Off Campus

Students living off campus should spend their outdoor time in sparsely populated, public outdoor spaces. If you have access to a private backyard or balcony, you may stay outside longer, as long as no one else is sharing the outdoor space (on balconies, this means all other balconies or entrances within 25 feet are unoccupied).

You May NOT
  • Spend your outdoor time anywhere on campus (including Prince’s Point) or at gathering spots in the community (i.e., playgrounds or common seating areas)
You Should/Can
  • Plan your trips to avoid encounters with your roommates
  • Enter and exit your residence through the door closest to your bedroom
  • Walk, jog, or bike, if you feel well enough—but you must wear a mask or stay 25 feet away from people and structures when breathing hard due to activity