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Close Contact & Self-Isolation in Residence 

If you develop symptoms, or are considered a Close Contact you will need to self-isolate while you are symptomatic and/or you wait for your test results so you do not potentially spread illness to others. If you test positive or are a Close Contact with symptoms, you will have to self-isolate and may be required to move to a quarantine location for Self-Isolation. VIU Student Residence and VIU are prepared to support you during this process.  

Feeling Unwell?

If you are feeling unwell Isolate in your room and monitor your symptoms for 48 hours, please follow the BC CDC guidelines at this link  BC CDC Symptoms . Please let your bathroom mate and /or roommates know and ensure you have a cleaning plan in place. If your symptoms worsen or persist after 48 hours please follow the BC CDC guidelines to book a COVID test  BC CDC Testing . If you have several COVID symptoms please book a test immediately and begin your quarantine/isolation until you get a test result. 

You will be required to isolate in your room and will not have access to common rooms/ kitchens/ shared spaces until you have your test results back or as directed by Public Health.

In order to keep our community safe and healthy, the Vancouver Island University requires residence students to self-isolate before being tested and while you are waiting for results from your Covid-19 test. You will be asked to remain in your room and notify VIU Residence through the COVID & Illness Reporting Portal and communicate with your bath roommate and to monitor your symptoms. 

If a Residence Quarantine Room  is available, or is recommended by VIU, or directed by the BC Health Authority you will be required to move into a isolation room. You may be required to move to a Residence Quarantine Room if you are considered a Close Contact with symptoms, have a positive COVID test result or potentially before you attend your testing appointment. 

    While you are sick and waiting for your COVID test you have 3 isolation options: 

    1. Isolate in your room, you will have to have food already in your room or have food delivered to your room. You will be required to isolate in your room and will not have access to common rooms/ kitchens/ shared spaces. You will be asked to connect with front desk daily to monitor your symptoms 
    2. Isolate in your room, and opt into the VIU Food Services meal plan for $17+ tax a day and have food delivered to you daily dinner and the next days breakfast and lunch. You will be asked to connect with front desk daily to monitor your symptoms 
    3. Isolate in a Residence Quarantine room in B9, with the mandatory VIU Food Services meal plan for $17+ tax a day including meals and VIU Food Services meal plan and have food delivered to you daily:  Dinner and the next days breakfast and lunch. You will be asked to connect with front desk daily to monitor your symptoms (limited space available) 

    Need additional items while in quarantine?

    • You can have your food or supplies delivered to the front desk and a VIU Residence Staff member will deliver it to your door once a day

    Close Contact & Symptomatic

    If you are considered a Close Contact and become symptomatic you are required to:

    • Notify VIU Residence via email at: residence@viu.ca or by the VIU Residence Portal
    • Call 811 and arrange for a COVID Test
    • Notify your bathroommate or roommates in your apartment and ask them to isolate until you get your test results back
    • Isolate in our Residence Quarantine room in building B9
    • You will be signed up for the mandatory VIU Food Services Meal Plan for a cost of $17 a day and have food delivered to you daily:  Dinner and the next days breakfast and lunch. 
    • You can have food or supplies delivered to the front desk  VIU Residence Staff member will deliver it to your door once a day
    • You will be asked to connect with front desk daily to monitor your symptoms by logging into your COVID & Illness Reporting Portal to complete the daily symptom checklist (limited space available) 

    If VIU Residence is directed by the BC Health Authority to lock down a Full building or Floor, Students must adhere to the following guidelines: 

    • They are not to leave their room for the designated period as directed by BC Health/VIU 
    • They are not to use Common room or Kitchen 
    • Food will be provided By VIU Food Services for the building for the first 4 days (96 hours) 
    • After the first 4 days of lockdown students will be required to opt into the $17 VIU Food Services Meal plan 
    • In the case of an emergency and you have to vacate your room or building you MUST wear a facemask  

      

    Being Prepared 

    Students are encouraged to have a 2 week supply of food or snacks in their room in the case of a lockdown, or mandatory isolation period due to a COVID exposure, or awaiting test result.  

    It is encouraged that students have their own 2 week supply of personal items:  

    • Thermometer 
    • Any Medication they may require 
    • Cleaning supplies & Toiletries 
    • Food and snacks for up to 2 weeks that can be prepared in room  
    • A cleaning and communication plan with their bathroommate 
    • A support plan for lockdown, virtual social engagement 
    • Face Covering/Mask 

      

    Your Bathroommate and/or Apartment are your “household” (Family)

    Please have a conversation with your Bathroommate and/or your Apartment. They are considered your "household". This does not include your whole floor or building. Only those you are sharing a living space with. If you feel unwell, please let your bathroommate know and ensure you have a sanitizing and cleaning process in place. If you feel sick you will be required to Isolate in your room, we ask that you do not use shared kitchen and common room spaces for at least 24 hours, if your symptoms continue, persist or worsen please call 811. If your bathroomate or apartment mate tell you that they are feeling unwell, please limit your contact with others outside your household and monitor your symptoms.

    You should plan to talk to your bathroommate/ and your apartment about what you are going to do if one of you gets sick or starts feeling unwell. What will be your cleaning plan? How will you keep each other safe? Pick up and deliver food for each other?

    Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

    Stay Safe

    VIU Student Residences Staff