Last updated: July 31, 2020
Quarantine is for those without symptoms of COVID-19. Its purpose is to keep individuals away from others while they self-monitor for the development of symptoms during COVID-19’s incubation period (14 days), and/or while they await test results.
Self-quarantining upon arrival
Self-quarantining for 14 days upon arrival to New York State is required for:
- Students who are arriving from states / locations with a NYS travel advisory
- Students who are arriving from an international location
Please note that a negative arrival test does not shorten your required 14-day quarantine.
Self-quarantining for approximately 24 hours is required for:
Asymptomatic students from non-travel-advisory locations who are waiting for their arrival test results
- Refer to the university's Move-In Information for complete details about move-in and quarantine guidelines
- Visit our Returning to Campus: COVID-19 Testing, Quarantine, & Isolation for additional information about Cornell Health's services
Other reasons for quarantine
Quarantine is also required for:
- Asymptomatic students who have been tested for COVID-19 and are awaiting results (length of time may vary)
- Students identified through contact tracing as someone who has been in contact with a known COVID-19 case, during which they are monitored for symptoms (typically 14 days)
- Students who enter New York State after having been in a state with a NYS travel advisory for more than 24 hours (14 days)
- Students who are arriving or returning from an international location (14 days)
How to self-quarantine
Those who are directed to self-quarantine must follow these guidelines:
- Do not leave your quarantine location for any non-essential reason.
- Do wear a face covering, practice physical distancing, wash hands frequently, and sanitize high-touch areas if you share a living space.
- Do not have visitors to your quarantine location, unless they have been approved by your health care provider.
- Do have food and supplies delivered:
If you must leave your quarantine location (for example, to get tested for COVID-19, or to attend a related medical appointment):
- Do walk or drive alone to your destination (avoiding the use of public or shared transportation).
- Do wear a face covering and maintain 6 feet of distance from others at all times.
- Do return immediately to your quarantine location when you are finished.
Monitoring your symptoms
It is important to take your temperature daily and closely monitor your symptoms while self-quarantining. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.
People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, call Cornell Health during business hours (607-255-5155) to consult with a nurse and be screened for COVID-19 testing at Cornell Health. You may also call Cornell Health after hours for consultation with an on-call provider about symptoms or concerns.
If you or someone else develop life-threatening symptoms – including trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face – call 911 immediately.
Caring for your mental health
Despite being physically separate from others, it is important to stay connected with friends and family, and engaged virtually in classes and campus activities. The Campus Activities Office, for example, will offer a variety of virtual programming beginning in early August and continuing throughout the semester.
But if your mental health and resilience feel taxed during quarantine, you are not alone. Please reach out for support if you need it:
- Visit our Coping During COVID-19 webpage to find ideas, resources, and services to support your well-being.
- Call Cornell Health 24/7 to speak with a licensed therapist (607-255-5155, #2).
- Attend a Let’s Talk drop-in Zoom consultation with a CAPS counselor.
- Schedule a telehealth appointment with a Cornell Health provider.
- Connect with someone now through one of these recommended hotlines or textlines, including options especially for students of color and LGBTQ students.