Isolation and Self-Quarantine Guidelines

The following are current guidelines for self-isolation and self-quarantine at DCC. These are guidelines and may need to be adjusted based on the individual circumstance of the positive case or exposure.

Isolation

If an individual has tested positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status), they should self-isolate themselves for 10 days, be without fever for at least 24 hours and symptoms must be improving before returning to class. This requirement is for anyone who tests positive, regardless of vaccination status. While isolating please consider the following:

  • Monitor your symptoms. If you experience trouble breathing, seek emergency medical care.
  • Do not share personal​ items such as cups, towels and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around others.​
  • Contact your Instructors to develop a learning plan. It is the student's responsibility to maintain communications with instructors.

Quarantine

  • If you are unvaccinated and have had close contact or potential exposure to a person with COVID-19, you should self-quarantine for at least 7 days AND receive a negative COVID-19 test at least 5 days following the exposure before returning to class/work. 
    • If released early from quarantine, these individuals should wear a mask, practice social distancing and monitor their symptoms through the end of the 14-day period following the exposure. 
  • If you are fully vaccinated you do NOT need to self-quarantine after contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 unless you have symptoms. 
    • It is recommended that fully vaccinated people get tested 3-5 days after their exposure, even if they don’t have symptoms, and wear a mask indoors in public for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.

While quarantining please consider the following:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Don't share your stuff
  • Disinfect commonly touched surfaces every day
  • Monitor your symptoms

You may or may not experience COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath) during your quarantine. If you do begin experiencing symptoms:

  • Wear a cloth face mask when you're around people or using common spaces 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes and immediately wash your hands afterward
  • Contact your healthcare provider if COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath) appear.

REPORTING OF ILLNESS FOR COMMUNITY MEMBERS 

DCC students should engage in the following notification procedures:

  • Please complete the Voluntary COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form additionally:
  • Students participating in athletics should contact their coach if they experience COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath).
  • Housing students should contact Director of Housing Kerry Hooks if they experience COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath). khooks@dawson.edu
  • Students should contact their Instructors to develop a learning plan if they will have an extended absence from class.
  • Students who are not athletes nor living on campus should contact Justin Beach, Dean of Students Success if they experience COVID-19 symptoms (coughing, fever and shortness of breath). jbeach@dawson.edu

COVID-19 Testing

  • Dawson County Health Department--- 207 West Bell,  Glendive, MT  59330,  406-377-5213, Testing is done 9:00AM - 10:00AM Monday - Thursday
  • One Health---303 N Harmon, Glendive, MT 59330, 406-815-5831
  • GMC Urgent Care--- 202 Prospect Dr, Glendive, MT 59330, 406-345-3311 

 

RELEASED FROM ISOLATION

When County Health has released you from isolation and you can return to classes.  Please contact Kerry Hooks in Housing at khooks@dawson.edu.

 

Additional Resources

Tips for social distancing, quarantine and isolation

How to stop the spread of germs

CDC's page on the science behind hand washing

 

Local, State and National Public Health Officials

Glendive Medical Center

Montana Department of Health and Human Services

CDC