Covid Details: Quarantine Updates, Vaccination and Screening Exemption

Quarantine Updates and Screening Exemptions

On Monday January 11th, New Hampshire's Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated quarantine guidance for people who are fully vaccinated or previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).

Key points for our campus include:

  • For those who are 14 days beyond their second dose of COVID-19 vaccine (14 days after full vaccination), quarantine is no longer required after an unprotected exposure to a person with COVID-19 or after travel outside of New England
  • For those who are within 90 days of a prior SARS-CoV-2 infection, confirmed by laboratory testing (PCR, Antigen), quarantine is no longer required after an unprotected exposure to a person with COVID-19 or after travel outside of New England
  • Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 with an antigen or PCR test within the last 90 days will be removed from surveillance COVID-19 screening.

Important caveats:

  • This applies to those who work and/or reside in New Hampshire, and we remind students to check the rules for their home state and for job sites in other states.
  • Regardless of prior infection or vaccination status, any person with new or unexplained symptoms of COVID-19 still needs to isolate and be evaluated for COVID-19 testing.  This is because some who have received the vaccine in the trials still went on to develop symptoms and test positive for COVID-19, albeit less often and with typically milder symptoms.
  • It is important to continue to practice social distancing, avoid social groups and gatherings, and wear face masks when in public places and facilities.  



COVID-19 Vaccine

Vaccination for COVID-19 in New Hampshire is managed through the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, which determines priorities for vaccination and the distribution of vaccines. For information on New Hampshire's vaccine roll-out and updates about local vaccination efforts, please review the most recent information from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and their Vaccine Phase Check tool. 

New Hampshire is currently vaccinating Phase 1b recipients.  This group includes medically vulnerable individuals with significantly higher risk and two or more qualifying conditions.  If you would like to be considered for this vaccination group, please review the list of qualifying conditions and schedule a visit Dartmouth College Health Services provider. 

Dartmouth is eager to ensure opportunities for those students, faculty, and staff who have not already received a vaccine to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We are actively tracking vaccine developments and preparing to help distribute and administer vaccines if and when we are asked or permitted to do so. As we learn more in the coming weeks, we will share updates through our Community Conversations webcast, community emails, and social media.

At this time, the New Hampshire Department of Health is offering vaccine to New Hampshire residents only.  Students who are able to receive vaccine in their home state may wish to consider delaying return to campus until after the second dose.  Dartmouth College is currently unable to facilitate immunization, first or second dose, for out of state students. New Hampshire residents returning to campus who have already received a first dose of vaccine and are already registered with the Centers for Disease Control Vaccine Administration Management System may access that website directly to schedule the second dose.  

Students who do receive vaccine are requested to submit documentation of vaccination via email to Dick' or fax, 603-646-9410.


Travel Quarantine Information

What are the quarantine rules?

If you are an undergraduate arriving to the area from outside the Upper Valley or a graduate student arriving to the area from outside New England, you are not permitted to enter any grocery store, restaurant, pharmacy, or other public or campus building until you complete a 10-day quarantine. Travelers now have the option to shorten their travel-related quarantine if all the following apply: the person gets a molecular-based test (an antigen is not acceptable) on day 7 (or later) of their quarantine, the person tests negative, and they remain asymptomatic.  Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during the quarantine period. If you are outside to pick up supplies or take a walk, you must wear a face covering at all times and maintain 6 feet physical distancing. No visitors are permitted in your room during the quarantine period. You may not enter any Dartmouth College campus buildings other than your dorm until you have completed the quarantine.

During the quarantine period, you must also monitor yourself for symptoms, including checking your temperature twice a day.  If you develop fever of 100.4 F or greater or any other symptoms of concern, please call DCHS at 603-646-9401 for evaluation.

More information on Dartmouth College quarantine policy is available here.

Helpful information from the New Hampshire Department of Health can be found at this link.  New Hampshire's most recent travel guidelines are published here.

What if I need medication or pharmacy supplies?

Call the Dick Hall's House Pharmacy at (603) 646-9456 to place your order. When you arrive at the Health Service building, please wait outside and call the same number and a pharmacy representative will deliver your items.

How can I get food?

The Dean's office for your program can provide additional details and support regarding specific plans for food.

Dartmouth Dining has options for graduate students including "lunch and dinner" and "dinner only" plans. You can choose between standard selections, vegetarian or vegan offerings. Call 603-646-2271 or email to sign up for the service. Fees do apply.

Several local grocery stores offer curbside pick-up:
Coop Food Stores (Hanover, Lebanon) -
Price Chopper (Lebanon and West Lebanon) -
Hannaford (West Lebanon) -
Dan and Whit's (Norwich) – email
Favorite Hanover takeout and delivery includes Ramunto's, Pine, Molly's, Murphy's, Market Table, Jewel of India, Boloco's and Cutting's North Side Café.

Check out more options at the Upper Valley Business Alliance's list:

More Questions?

Check out the Dartmouth College Quarantine FAQs