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Message to Residential Students: Updates to COVID Isolation Procedures

April 5, 2023

Happy Spring, Billikens!

Updates to COVID-19 isolation housing

We are implementing a change to isolation procedures for students who test positive for COVID-19. 

All students that live in a residence hall will now have the option to stay in their living space if they test positive for COVID-19, regardless if that student has a roommate, suitemate or their own room. 

What does this mean for you and your roommate(s)? 

If one of you should become ill with COVID-19, flu, or any other illness, you and your roommate(s) may wish to navigate the situation in any number of ways. 

We encourage you to have a conversation with one another now – before you encounter these scenarios. Together, you can create an action plan for what you will do if you or your roommate or suitemate become sick. Options could include: 

Hotel Ignacio is still an option for those who test positive for COVID-19 and have a roommate(s). However, access to Hotel Ignacio will end after spring semester. 

In the best case scenario, no one will become ill. But planning is good! If you have a plan in place, you can help your roommate who becomes ill recover comfortably, with less stress. And you can help healthy roommate(s) reduce their risk of illness.

Navigating challenging (or just awkward) conversations

Hesitant to start the conversation? 

We understand that having these discussions with your roommate or suitemate can be a new and uncomfortable experience. However, learning to communicate and negotiate boundaries with your roommate or suitemate is a transferable skill that will serve you well in your adult life.

If you are concerned about conflict with your roommate or suitemate, you may wish to: 

Planning ahead to care for your health

Sometimes it is difficult to avoid getting sick, no matter how hard we try. You can make your time of recovery much more comfortable by taking some basic steps to plan ahead. 

Stock up on a few basic supplies: A thermometer, tissues, masks, hand sanitizer, Advil or Tylenol, and other things that you know help you when you’re not feeling great. You might add some canned soup and tea to your pantry, so if you have a sick day – or maybe just a cold and rainy one – you’re ready to take good care of yourself.

It’s no fun to try to figure out new healthcare logistics when you don’t feel well. Save the phone number for the Student Health Center or your primary care provider on your phone. And be familiar with your health insurance information, in case you need it. 

Staying healthy as we finish the semester

As we hit the final stretch in the school year, it is easy to fall out of healthy routines and try to coast to the finish line. Although getting to summer may be your main focus during these last few months, making sure to prioritize your health will help to ensure you end this year on a high note!

Here are some tips for maintaining your health in the spring season:

We want to support your wellness

Wellness is something we seek together! Please don’t hesitate to reach out so that we can best help each other stay safe and healthy.

The Student Health Center
Marchetti Towers East
3518 Laclede Ave.
Phone: 314-977-2323
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

University Counseling Center
3711 West Pine Mall
2nd Floor Wuller Hall
Phone: 314-977-8255 (press 9 for after hour/crisis needs)
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m 

Campus Recreation and Wellness
3639 Laclede Ave
St. Louis, MO 63108
Phone: 314-977-3181

Campus Ministry
3711 West Pine Mall
Wuller Hall
Phone: 314-977-2425

Dean of Students Office
Busch Student Center, Suite 356
Phone: 314-977-9378
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Student Success Center
Busch Student Center
20 N. Grand Blvd. Suite 331