The information below may be helpful as students and families discuss potential plans in case a student is exposed or tests positive. If you live off campus, this information can help you safeguard the health and wellbeing of those who live with you.

What if I need to Isolate/Quarantine in my off-campus home?

  • First, contact the UA COVID-19 Support Program for information and further instructions.
  • Isolate in place. You should stay in your home, away from others. If you can safely return home to avoid or reduce exposure to roommate(s), please do so.  When that’s not possible, and you need to go to common areas, wear a mask, and wash your hands before and after touching any common surfaces, including light switches, doorknobs, cabinet/drawer handles, faucets, etc.
  • Keep a journal of your symptoms. If your health deteriorates, please call the COVID hotline or your personal physician.
  • Ask someone – a family member, roommate or friend – to check on you daily to see if you need any assistance, deliveries or support.
  • Contact your professors/instructors about any missed in-person classes, and how you can stay connected and on top of your schoolwork, if possible.

You can find more information and resources on UA’s Health Info website.

What Should I have Ready in my Home in case I need to Isolate/Quarantine?

  • Gather an emergency contact list, state issued identification, medical card, and lists of all allergies and medications.
  • Personal items could include a refillable water bottle, thermometer, prescriptions, fever/pain-reducing medicine, any other daily medications, and additional face masks.
  • Toiletry items other than your routine toiletries are hand soap, toilet paper, and tissues.
  • Cleaning supplies you should have ahead of time are disinfecting spray/wipes, dish detergent, laundry detergent, and hand sanitizer.
  • Make sure you keep your academic supplies at home as much as possible: all schoolwork, books, planner, computer, charger, power strip
  • Phone charger
  • Paper food products –plates, bowls, disposable cutlery, paper towels
  • Headphones

You may want to have a few days’ supply of your favorite sports drink, hot tea, soup, snacks and other easy foods stored to get you through the first few days until you know more about your symptoms and what you may prefer as added comfort.

What if my Roommate is Quarantining?

You should monitor your own symptoms, in case you have been exposed. But there are things you can do in the meantime to ensure the health and well-being of everyone in your home.

  • Disinfect any common surfaces, including light switches, doorknobs, cabinet/drawer handles, faucets, etc.
  • If at all possible, assign a bedroom and bathroom that can just be for the person quarantining. Everyone else should use other areas in the home.
  • Text them once a day to see if they are doing okay. If their symptoms worsen, please call the COVID hotline for guidance.
  • Ask your roommate to let you know if they need to come through any common areas to get food or deliveries. Try to go into another space in your home and avoid close contact.
  • If you are available and comfortable, offer to bring deliveries to your roommate’s bedroom door to prevent them needing to leave their isolation space.

You can find more information and resources on what to do if someone in your house has tested positive at UA’s Health Info website.

Off-Campus Resources is compiling other resources to assist students and families as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. If you have questions about available options for food and grocery deliveries, please contact our team.