As of March 6, 2020, GVSU is asking all faculty, staff, and students who have traveled to countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission) in the past 14 days to follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

Stay home for 14 days from the time you left an area with widespread, ongoing community spread (Level 3 Travel Health Notice countries) and practice social distancing.

As of right now, there are no other areas that fall under CDC guided self-quarantine. 

On January 31, 2020, the U.S. federal government announced that the COVID-19 situation was a Public Health Emergency.  Since then, the federal government has announced a number of quarantine measures.

What prompted the March 6, 2020 self-quarantine actions at GVSU was the updated guidance from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for anyone returning from Countries that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission) without any symptoms of illness, to undergo up to 14 days of self-quarantine to ensure they have not contracted the virus.

The CDC is frequently updating its Travel Alerts and may add travelers returning from other countries to the list.

What do I need to do?


  1. Download THIS FORM to record your temperature with a thermometer two times a day to monitor for fever. Also watch for cough or trouble breathing.
  2. Stay home and avoid contact with others. Do not go to work or class for this 14-day period.
  3. Do not go to public areas, or attend large gatherings, such as parties, weddings, meetings, and sporting events.
  4. STUDENTS = Notify the Dean of Students Office at 616-331-3585 OR if living on campus, Housing and Residence Life at 616-331-2120. 
  5. STUDENTS = Also please complete this care report.
  6. FACULTY/STAFF = Notify your direct supervisor the same as you would if reporting an illness.
  7. Do not take public transportation, taxis, or ride-shares during this time.
  8. Wash your hands often and practice good hygiene.
  9. Do not go out to restaurants or have guests over to your house or apartment.
  10. Postpone any travel except for medical care. If travel is absolutely necessary, contact your local health department first for instructions.
  11. If you need medical care, call your health care provider. CALL AHEAD before you go to your doctor’s office or to an emergency room. Tell them your symptoms and that you traveled to an area of the world that has a COVID-19 outbreak.
  12. Postpone all non-essential medical appointments (for example, dental cleaning, eye exam, routine check-up) until you are out of quarantine. If you have an essential appointment during the quarantine, please call your provider ahead of time and tell them that you traveled to an area of the world experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak. Your local health department may also be able to help you.  
  13. Keep your distance from others (about 6 feet or 2 meters)

Complete a full 14 days of self-quarantine after you left the Level 3 country (for example, beginning the day after the last day you were in a country with a Level 3 travel health notice).

If you develop symptoms while under self-quarantine:

Visit the WHAT IF I AM SICK page

If you get sick with fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), cough, or have trouble breathing:

  • Seek medical care. CALL AHEAD before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room.
  • Tell your doctor about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Avoid contact with others.

If you need to seek medical care for other reasons, such as dialysis, call ahead to your doctor and tell them about your recent travel to an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19.

The GVSU Family Health Center  and the Metro Health Campus Health Center can also be a resource.
You may call the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services 24 hours a day and 7 days a week 1-517-335-9030.

Students who are worried about family or friends abroad can connect with staff members at the University Counseling Center; faculty and staff members can contact Encompass, the employee assistance program.

Am I at risk?

The complete clinical picture with regard to COVID-19 is not fully known. Reported illnesses have ranged from very mild (including some with no reported symptoms) to severe, including illness resulting in death. While information so far suggests that most COVID-19 illness is mild, some data from China suggests serious illness occurs in 16% of cases. Older people and people of all ages with severe underlying health conditions, like heart disease, lung disease and diabetes, for example, seem to be at higher risk of developing serious COVID-19 illness.

Learn more about the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

If you are at increased risk for COVID-19 complications due to age or because you have a severe underlying medical condition, it is especially important for you to take actions to reduce your risk of exposure.

Is quarantine different from isolation?


  • Quarantine is for people who are not currently showing symptoms but are at increased risk for having been exposed to an infectious disease. Quarantine is for people who could become sick and spread the infection to others.
  • Isolation is used for people who are currently ill and able to spread the disease and who need to stay away from others in order to avoid infecting them.

Do I need to check in with my local Public Health Department?

Individuals returning from China and Iran will be screened upon entry to the United States, and the public health department at their destination will be notified. Local public health will then follow up regarding the self-quarantine steps noted above.

Those traveling from Italy or South Korea, are not required to notify local public health.

If you have questions, state and local health departments are a valuable source of information.  Please check here for your county.

These agencies can answer questions regarding self-quarantine and symptoms. If you develop symptoms that may require COVID-19 testing, they will work with your health care provider.  They may subsequently help follow and monitor your health status. This allows them to rapidly detect any potential signs of infection and get the you evaluated quickly if needed, minimizing the risk of spread.


Quarantine is put into place to prevent the possible spread of an infectious disease from someone who may have been exposed to the disease but is not yet sick. When people are quarantined, they are kept separate from others until they are out of the period when they could get sick. During that time, individuals track their health so that if they do develop symptoms, they can notify a healthcare provider quickly for evaluation, testing if needed, and care.

When people are in self-quarantine, they have no symptoms, but because there is a possibility that they might have been exposed, they stay away from others in public settings. For 14 days from their last possible exposure, people in self-quarantine cannot go to work, school, or any public places where they could have close contact with others. They are asked to monitor their health so that should they develop symptoms, they can be quickly and safely isolated from all others, including those in their household.

Generally, people who are asked to self-quarantine want to do whatever they can to remain healthy, prevent others from becoming ill, and are very cooperative with government recommendations.

Close Contact is being
a) within approximately 6 feet (2 meters) of a COVID-19 case for a prolonged period of time; close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a health care waiting area or room with a COVID-19 case
– or – 
b) having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being coughed on)

As of March 6, 2020, GVSU is asking all faculty, staff, and students who have traveled to Countries, that have a Level 3 Travel Health Notice (widespread, ongoing transmission) in the past 14 days to follow the CDC guidelines for self-quarantine.

These are individuals who do not have any symptoms of COVID-19, but are being asked to monitor for symptoms, and practice social distancing as a precaution.

At this time, CDC does not recommend testing, symptom monitoring or special management for people exposed to asymptomatic people with potential exposures to Covid-19 (such as in a household), i.e., “contacts of contacts;” these people are not considered exposed to Covid-19.

Roommates are not required, but could choose, to monitor their own health and let their health care provider know immediately if they develop any illness. 

If your roommate should test positive for Covid-19, they would be isolated and be monitored by public health.

Practicing everyday preventive actions are the key to reducing your risk for any respiratory infection, including if you live in the same room/suite/house as someone who has been asked to self-quarantine:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Always wash your hands with soap and water if your hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid close contact with people who have symptoms for a respiratory illness
  • Stay home when sick, except to get medical care, and encourage others to do the same
  • Cover coughs and sneezes with a tissue or the crook of your elbow. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds immediately after, or use a hand-sanitizer.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects daily (e.g., tables, countertops, light switches, doorknobs, and cabinet handles) using a regular household detergent and water or a disinfectant.

Yes, people in self-quarantine are not sick and can still have contact with their household members.

Should they develop any symptoms, they are asked to quickly and safely isolate from all others, including those in their household, and to contact their medical provider.

Social distancing means:

  • Avoid public places where close contact with others might occur – this includes shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, schools and classrooms
  • Avoid public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share)
  • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

CDC guidelines include social distancing for a period of 14 days for anyone who has traveled to an area with a CDC Warning Level 3 Health notice.

If you have traveled to one of these countries  you should Self-Quarantine.

Page last modified March 13, 2020