Griffin Return: Illness

In the Event of Illness

COVID-19 is a contagious illness caused by the Sars-CoV-2 virus. This virus is passed mainly from person to person typically through respiratory droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking. The primary symptoms may include dry cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell and sore throat. You could have other symptoms in addition to the ones listed above, congestion or runny nose, fever/chills, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

All campus community members need to actively monitor their own health each day and seek medical evaluation and treatment if they have any symptoms affiliated with COVID-19.

What should I do if I have been in close contact with someone positive for COVID-19 or with someone suspected to have COVID-19?

You should quarantine yourself for 14 days. If you are a resident student, you will quarantine in your room on campus or, if possible, return to your home to quarantine. If you are a commuter student, you will quarantine at home. Quarantine means you need to stay in your room, leaving only to use the restroom and under strict health protocols, such as wearing a mask and social distancing. If at all possible, you should not leave your room.

Where are other sites in the St. Louis region where I can get tested for COVID-19?

Quarantine & Isolation

Learn more about the difference between quarantine and isolation below.


According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Resident students in quarantine should stay in their rooms. Commuter students need to separate themselves from others within their homes. All need to monitor their health and follow directions from their local health department. 

Who needs to quarantine? Anyone who has been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19. 

What counts as close contact?   

  • You were within 6 feet of someone who has COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes 
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19
  • You had direct physical contact with a person (touched, hugged or kissed them)
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils
  • The individual sneezed, coughed or somehow got respiratory droplets on you  

Steps to take:   

  • Stay home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19
  • Watch for fever (100.4F), cough shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  • If possible, stay away from others especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19 


According to the CDC, isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. 

Who needs to isolate? 

  • People who have symptoms of COVID-19 and are able to recover at home
  • People who have no symptoms (are asymptomatic) but have tested positive for COVID-19 

Steps to take: 

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including troubles breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake or lips and face turn blue) seek emergency medical care immediately 
  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible 
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels and utensils
  • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people 

When can I return to school after being in isolation? 

  • At least 3 days (72 hours) without a fever and the use of fever-reducing medications 
  • and  improvement in respiratory symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath)
  •  and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared

More information from the CDC

Campus Nurse

The campus nurse hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  If you need to make an appointment to see the nurse, please call 314-889-4784 or email Due to the current pandemic, there will be no walk-in visits. After hours, resident students should contact Fontbonne Public Safety at 314-889-4596.

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As we continue to monitor the status of COVID-19 and guidance from the CDC and St. Louis County, Fontbonne has implemented health and safety precautions for a return to campus.Learn more on our Griffin Return page.