Today's Update: Friday, October 8

October 8, 2020

Dear Student Life Team, There is a great deal that goes into quarantining students who may have come into contact with someone who is suspected of having the coronavirus and isolating those students who test positive. From working with contact tracing to providing specific housing and supporting them with resources and programming, it is probably the most complex aspect in our response to COVID-19.  

As with anything this detailed and involved, it can be difficult to keep track of all the nuances. Our phone call centers and email accounts get questions every day (including weekends!) about various aspects of the process. Because it’s such a vital part of keeping our community safe and healthy, it becomes very important that students especially understand what is going on and what is expected of them.  

We’re doing everything we can to get out the word, but there are some of the same questions that keep coming up, so we know we need to do a better job of explaining certain aspects of the quarantine and isolation process.  

Our latest initiative is a series of videos that help explain how all this works. We collaborated with the College of Public Health and University Marketing to come up with six separate videos with more on the way. Each is well under a minute to make sure we keep the viewer’s attention, and they do an excellent job of providing an overview. 

You can see the videos go.osu.edu/SHBplaylist

They answer the questions we get most often, including, “How long will I be in quarantine or isolation?” and “When does the clock start on that time?” Answers: Those who test positive must isolate for 10 days, and those who have had close contact with someone who tested positive need to quarantine for 14 days. The clock begins on the day after the test was taken or the contact happened. So, most students can leave on the morning of day 11 (isolation) or day 15 (quarantine). It’s an easy answer, but not one that’s generally understood, which is one reason why these videos are so important. 

Other topics include contact tracing, confidentially and how the university supports those in quarantine and isolation housing.  

The more everyone understands what is going on, the easier it is to work Together as Buckeyes. These videos are just another Scarlet and Great way to get the message out.  

Melissa