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
  • Go Bag

Quarantine

If you have been told to Quarantine due to a possible exposure to COVID-19: please follow these guidelines. 

  • You will be in quarantine for 14 days. A previous negative result does not mean you have not subsequently become infected. You cannot “test out” of quarantine related to a COVID-19 exposure. 
  • You may only leave your room for necessary medical care or in case of an emergency. A test (or tests) will be scheduled with you during your quarantine time. 
  • You must submit the Daily Symptom Report every day while in quarantine.
  • 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 have your “go bag” (see below) prepared with several changes of clean clothes at all times.
  • 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
  • During your quarantine period, you are welcome to participate in classes and activities remotely if you feel well enough to do so. 
  • 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 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 submit the Daily Symptom Report every day while in isolation. 
  • 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 have your “go bag” (see below) prepared with several changes of clean clothes at all times. 
  • You may not interact with anyone else in person during your isolation.
  • During your isolation period, you are welcome to participate in classes and activities remotely if you feel well enough to do so. 
  • 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: 

  • Have all the needed materials to continue your studies as much as you can from your room
  • Have a check-in plan with some friends or family members. Texts, phone calls, and video chats can be a great comfort. 
  • 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).  
  • Have a few books you have been meaning to read purchased/borrowed and ready
  • Have hobby supplies (coloring books, knitting supplies, Legos) 
  • Have a stuffed animal (teddy bear cuddles are important when sick) to keep you company 
  • Pre-purchase a supply of snacks and beverages- have some of your comfort foods ready      

Go Bag

All students should have a “go bag” that remains packed and ready in case they are instructed to move for quarantine or isolation purposes.

This bag should include:

  • 2 changes of comfortable clothes (others should be brought but have 2 ready to go at all times)
  • Toiletries
  • A plate, cup, bowl, and set of silverware
  • An extra set of sheets
  • A towel 
  • An extra cloth mask
  • 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) 
  • A list of other last-minute things to grab specific to you pinned to the top of the bag  
    • Some suggestions: needed electronics, medications, pillow, chargers, phone, several changes of clean clothes, license or passport, medical Insurance card, ATM or credit card