Quarantine and Isolation Guidelines

***If you need to quarantine or isolate and you live in a suite, please call (781) 343-1288 to be directed to a quarantine/isolation room.*** 

On this page: 

  • Quarantine 

  • Isolation 

  • When to Seek Emergency Medical Attention 

  • Life in Quarantine or Isolation 

  • What to Bring

Quarantine 

Per current CDC guidelines, fully vaccinated individuals do not have to quarantine if they are exposed to COVID-19. If you are fully vaccinated and are exposed, you will be expected to monitor yourself for symptoms for 14 days and wear a mask around others as a precaution. If you develop symptoms during this time, you should notify your healthcare provider immediately. For students, Babson Health Services should be your main contact if you have symptoms. They can be reached at 781-239-6363. 

If you have been told by a College official or Babson Health Services to Quarantine due to a possible exposure to COVID-19: please follow these guidelines.

 

  • You will be in quarantine for up to 14 days. A previous negative result does not mean you have not subsequently become infected. You may be permitted to leave quarantine after 10 days if you remain asymptomatic and meet any testing criteria recommended by Babson Health Services. 

  • You may only leave your room for necessary medical care or in case of an emergency. Babson Health Services will schedule a test (or tests) with you during your quarantine time. 

  • You must self-monitor for symptoms each day  

  • You will have meals delivered to your room. Meals will be provided by the dining hall based on your dietary restrictions. 

  • Trash will be picked up from outside your room. You must submit a facilities work order to request trash pickup. 

  • Should you need to do laundry during this time, please contact Seth Hodge to arrange service. PLEASE NOTE: you should bring linens and clean clothes with you for at least the first several days, because laundry cannot be done on short notice. 

  • You may not interact with anyone else in person during your quarantine. 

  • You must continue to quarantine until you receive a negative result on your COVID-19 test and you receive official clearance from the College and/or Babson Health Services. Please note that while you may receive an email with your testing result, it is not sufficient to leave quarantine.  

  • You should notify your instructors that you are unable to attend classes in person.

  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, you must notify Babson Health Services at 781-239-6363. Symptoms include: 

  • Fever or chills 

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Fatigue 

  • Muscle or body aches 

  • Headache 

  • New loss of taste or smell 

  • Sore throat

  • Congestion or runny nose 

  • Nausea or vomiting 

  • Diarrhea

Isolation 

If you have been told by a College official or Babson Health Services to Isolate due to a positive test result or symptoms of COVID-19, please follow these guidelines.

If you are sick and think or know you have COVID-19, you will isolate until: 

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 

  • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and 

  • Symptoms have improved 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 but do not have symptoms, you will isolate until 10 days have passed since your positive test.

  • You may only leave your room for necessary medical care or in case of an emergency.  
  • You must self-monitor for symptoms each day  

  • You will have meals delivered to your room. Meals will be provided by the dining hall based on your shared dietary restrictions. 

  • Trash will be picked up from outside your room. You must submit a facilities work order to request trash pickup.

  • Should you need to do laundry during this time, please contact Seth Hodge to arrange service. PLEASE NOTE: you should bring linens and clean clothes with you for at least the first several days, because laundry cannot be done on short notice.

  • You may not interact with anyone else in person during your isolation.

  • You should notify your instructors that you are unable to attend classes in person.

  • If your symptoms worsen and you need medical attention, you should contact Babson Health Services at 781-239-6363. 

  • You must continue to isolate until you receive official clearance from the College and/or Babson Health Services.  

When to seek emergency medical attention 

Look for emergency warning signs* for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately: 

  • Trouble breathing 

  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest

  • New confusion

  • Inability to wake or stay awake

  • Bluish lips or face 

*This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you. 

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19. 

 

Life in Quarantine or Isolation  

Life in quarantine or isolation can be challenging. Below are a few tips and suggestions to prepare for the possibility that you may need to quarantine or isolate:  

  1. Have all the needed materials to continue your studies as much as you can from your room  

  1. Have a check-in plan with some friends or family members. Texts, phone calls, and video chats can be a great comfort.  

  1. Consider purchasing subscriptions to some sort of online entertainment, such as games or media streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, or Disney+ (to name a few).  

  1. Have a few books you have been meaning to read purchased/borrowed and ready  

  1. Have hobby supplies (coloring books, knitting supplies, Legos)  

  1. Have a stuffed animal (teddy bear cuddles are important when sick) to keep you company  

  1. Pre-purchase a supply of snacks and beverages- have some of your comfort foods ready  

What to Bring 

We recommend packing some supplies that you can bring with you if you need to quarantine or isolate. You may want to have a bag prepared so that you can be ready on short notice.

This bag should include:

  • Clean, comfortable clothes 
  • Toiletries  
  • A plate, cup, bowl, and set of silverware   
  • An extra set of sheets  
  • A towel  
  • Extra masks 
  • Hand sanitizer  
  • Can or bottle opener  
  • Band-aids and Chapstick  
  • Activities (book, coloring book, origami paper, something that will bring you joy)  
  • Preferred snacks (meals will be provided, but you can bring your own snacks if you have favorites)  
  • Additional items such as needed electronics, medications, pillow, chargers, phone, license or passport, medical Insurance card, ATM or credit card