Student Quarantine and Isolation

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If a student tests positive for COVID-19, the following steps will be taken to move the student to an isolation dorm where they will occupy a single room with a private bathroom until they are released from isolation. Once a student receives a positive test from the Broad Institute or other diagnostic test, they will be asked to immediately isolate in their bedroom until they are able to move to an isolation dorm. During this time, students will be asked to pack necessary belongings to be moved. The student will be assisted to an isolation dorm by a security officer. While in isolation, students are not allowed to leave their room in the isolation dorm. All meals will be delivered to them, and Bowdoin Health Services will monitor their symptoms and progress via telehealth. Students will be allowed to return to their original residence hall only when they have been cleared by Health Services. In addition to monitoring and supporting students’ physical well-being during isolation, Bowdoin will deploy a care team of professionals from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, Residential Life, Counseling Services, and others as necessary to ensure that isolated students receive the help and advocacy they need.


Any student identified through contact tracing as a close contact with someone testing positive for COVID-19 is required to be in quarantine for fourteen days as mandated by the Maine CDC. A close contact is defined as someone who was within six feet for a cumulative duration of longer than fifteen minutes with an individual who tested positive. Students in quarantine will be moved to a residence hall set up for this purpose. Food will be delivered by Dining Services, and a care coordinator will be assigned to each student in quarantine. Health Services will work with students in quarantine to perform follow-up COVID-19 tests as necessary.

COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation: Protocol and Packing List

We want you to be prepared in the event you test positive for COVID-19 or need to quarantine during the spring 2021 semester.

If you receive a positive notification from Health Services, or are traced as a close contact to a positive case, below are the steps you need to take immediately:

  • Pack up your belongings; use the list below as a guide.
  • Call Security at 207-725-3314. Tell them you received a positive test result and are requesting an escort to an isolation or quarantine building.
  • They will get you settled in a room and notify our On-Call Isolation and Quarantine Case Manager who will contact you to check in, ask a few questions, discuss dietary needs, etc.
  • You can expect at least one telemedicine visit per day from a member of our Health Center Staff, so please watch your email to schedule that visit.
  • Your Dean will be notified of your move to isolation and will also contact you to assess your ability to attend virtual classes and notify professors if needed.

Remember, testing positive for COVID-19 does not necessarily mean you are sick. The isolation process is in place primarily to manage the public health risk of COVID on our campus. Additionally, this process allows us to deploy a dedicated support system on your behalf in order to help you manage your individual health and well-being. If you develop COVID symptoms, know that the Health Services team will be there to assess and help you.

Items to Pack:

  • Personal Medications (including prescription and over-the-counter; include at least ten days’ worth)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, glasses, contacts, feminine products, shower items, razor, face wash, etc.)
  • Face coverings
  • Water bottle
  • Laptop and charger'Cell phone and charger
  • Books, class notes, etc.
  • Wallet, ID, Insurance card
  • Comfortable/loose lounging clothes, underwear and socks (remember you’ll be there at least ten days, so bring a few changes)
  • Pillow, blanket/comforter (there will be sheets in the room)
  • Towel