Isolation FAQs

What You Need To Know

Thank you for helping to keep our community safe during your self-isolation for COVID-19.  Here are a few resources for support and reminders about safety during your isolation:  

How long will I be in isolation?  

In keeping with CDC guidance, isolation is a minimum of 5 days, with day 0 being the date you first began feeling symptoms.

What if I need home antigen tests?

You may call the nursing department Monday – Friday between 8am and 3pm to set up curbside pickup of test kits.

Where will I isolate?

Students who live on-campus will isolate in their assigned residence and are not permitted to use any shared spaces other than restrooms. Wear a mask at all times when outside of your room. You and your roommates are advised to mask and maintain distancing as much as possible.

Can I take a walk?

You can go outside for a walk but must wear a mask at all times and keep greater than six-foot distance from others at all times. Be sure to avoid common spaces and avoid eating with others.

How do I get food?

During the time you are required to wear a face mask and dine alone, undergraduate students who have purchased a meal plan and Tuck students can pick up their food at specific locations on campus. Read Dartmouth's COVID-19 dining guidance for instructions on how to pick up meals.

When you leave your room or residence, remember to wear a face mask and avoid close contact with others. You are required to dine alone and avoid public spaces for at least 10 days from when you first tested positive even if you end isolation earlier.

What if I have close contacts?

A "close contact" is an individual who has been within 6 feet of you for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period during your infectious period. This applies to both indoor and outdoor settings, with or without masks.. Please think about any contacts that meet this definition in the 48 hours prior to the time of your testing or the onset of symptoms, whichever came first.  When thinking about with whom you may have been in close contact, please remember to include roommates, classmates, professors, and College staff.

It is your responsibility to notify your close contacts regarding your COVID-19 diagnosis. Please direct them to the Dartmouth Together website for information and resources.

Who Do I Call If I Have a Problem?

MEDICAL CONCERNS (603) 646-9440

Please call our nursing department, available 24/7, with any medical concerns.  Nursing staff will help facilitate your care.  If you receive a voice mail, we will call back!  Please leave a message with a call back number and be sure your phone is able to receive messages.


  • During Regular Business Hours (M-F, 8:00 a.m. - 4 p.m.), you can call the office (603-646-9442) and ask to speak with the counselor on-call. If you receive voice mail, leave a message with your call back number and be sure your phone is able to receive messages.
  • After Regular Business Hours: call (603) 646-9442 and choose option #1 to be connected with the on-call provider.

For further support, the Counseling Center has guides and resources available as well as group counseling and discussion workshops.

For issues or questions with your residence hall or room including Wi-Fi, heat, bathroom, windows, water leaking, etc., contact Residential Operations at 603-646-1203 or

SAFETY CONCERNS (603) 646-4000
The Department of Safety & Security (DOSS) is available 24 hours/day 7 days/week


Undergraduate Deans office

  • 603-646-2243

Geisel School of Medicine Office of Student Affairs 

  • 603-650-1509

Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Students

  • 603-646-2106

Thayer School of Engineering Academic and Student Affairs office

  • 603-646-3483

Tuck School of Business


The Student Wellness Center has virtual offerings, such as drop in mindfulness and yoga classes, and they offer wellness check-ins. Find information on the Student Wellness Center website. Read through coping with COVID-19 and post-COVID for other resources and support.

We understand how difficult isolation can be and we appreciate your willingness to comply with our instructions!    

Please let us know if there is anything, we can provide to make your time in isolation a bit easier or more cheerful.