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Self-quarantine means staying home if you think you were exposed to prevent further potential spread of the virus. People asked to self-quarantine may or may not show symptoms, which means it is even more important for them to stay home and follow self-quarantine guidelines. We know that can be a scary thought (and potentially boring), so we have provided information here about how to self-quarantine effectively to keep yourself and those around you healthy.

WSU students, faculty and staff identified as close contacts i.e. within 6 feet of a person testing positive for COVID-19 for a cumulative 15 minute exposure over a 24 hour period shall:

  • If fully vaccinated (2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series or single dose of Janssen vaccine):
    • Students, faculty and staff may return to work or a WSU location provided they don’t experience COVID-like symptoms.
    • Get tested 3 to 5 days after exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until receiving a negative test result.
    • Should symptoms present, stay home and isolate, contact your healthcare provider by phone and Jason Sampson at 509-335-9564 or Shawn Ringo at 509-335-5251.
  • If unvaccinated:
    • Quarantine at home and away from others for 14 days.
    • Should symptoms present, stay home and isolate, contact your healthcare provider by phone and Jason Sampson at 509-335-9564 or Shawn Ringo at 509-335-5251.


Should an employee test positive for COVID-19, and elect to disclose their COVID status to their supervisor or WSU, the supervisor or WSU representative shall request the employee contact EH&S for adherence to WAC 296-62-600 Public health emergency reporting and notification requirements for infectious and contagious diseases. Affected personnel shall contact Jason Sampson at 509-335-9564 or Shawn Ringo at 509-335-5251.

What to do in Self-Quarantine

  • Remain at home for the 14-day period, staying at least six feet away from others.
  • Wear a mask when around others.
  • Avoid public transportation and crowds.
  • Only leave your home for essential errands such as medical care or getting food. Opt for curbside pickup or delivery when available.
  • Connect with friends and family virtually, instead of meeting in person.
  • Find ways to exercise on your own. Check out UREC's virtual fitness opportunities.
  • When you need a break, spend time outdoors and away from others.
  • Take care of your mental health.


Taking Care of your Mental Health

We care about the mental health challenges you’re facing, and we’re ready to provide support when you need it most. During self-quarantine, you may feel:

  • Anger or resentment
  • Uncertainty
  • Loneliness or isolation
  • Boredom and frustration
  • Sadness and depression
  • Symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) | 509-335-4511

For after-hours crisis support call 509-335-2159. Many services can be provided via telemental health. Services include individual and group therapy, biofeedback and psychological assessments.

How to Safely Hang Out with a Friend

While it’s recommended to stay away from others, you can reduce the risk of an in-person visit by following these measures:

  • Maintain physical distancing of six feet.
  • Wear a mask, especially inside.
  • Reduce contact with shared objects or spaces.
  • Plan to be outside, if possible.
  • Keep interactions brief.
  • Wash hands often.

Prepare a “Go Bag”

Just in case you need to self-quarantine, or if you actually get sick and need to isolate, it’s good to have the following items pre-packed and readily available:

  • Clothes and pajamas for 2-3 days
  • List of important people’s phone numbers
  • Digital thermometer: for monitoring your symptoms
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Water bottle
  • Two re-usable cloth masks
  • Cell phone charger
  • List of allergies
  • Medications
  • Snacks
  • Things you keep you occupied like books or a deck of cards

Know the Symptoms:

Common symptoms* of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever (defined as >100.4 ⁰F)
  • Chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Diarrhea
  • Congestion or runny nose

*This is not an exhaustive list. See the full CDC symptoms list for more guidance. 

Daily self-monitoring includes taking your temperature. If you develop symptoms or require medical attention, please contact your medical provider or Cougar Health Services.

Cougar Health Services – Call first for all appointments: 509-335-3575. For emergencies: Call 911 or Pullman Regional Hospital at 509-332-2541.


  • Cougar Health Services can be reached by phone at 509-335-3575 and encompasses a variety of student-centered health services including Counseling and Psychological Services, Health Promotion, the Medical Clinic, on-campus pharmacy, and Vision Clinic.
    • Counseling and Psychological Services, reception can be reached at: 509-335-4511
    • Medical Services appointments can be made through the WSU Patient Portal.
    • For non-WSU affiliated residents, a list of private practice and community health providers can be found on the CHS Referral Guide.
  • The Student Care Network outlines the following resources:
    • Food Assistance, including food delivery options and food pantries.
    • Financial Assistance
    • Local and National Resources related to COVID-19
    • And information about quarantine, isolation and contact tracing.
  • The Academic Success and Career Center continues to provide virtual academic and career services for current WSU students and alumni.
    • For graduate and post-graduate students, please keep in contact with your specific academic program about academic assistance opportunities and resources.