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Social Distancing

Social distancing helps stop or slow down the spread of disease and allows for the health care system to more readily care for patients over time. If you can, avoid public spaces that are likely to draw crowds such as restaurants, bars, libraries and shopping centers. Staying at least six feet away from other people lessens your chances of catching COVID-19.

Self-Quarantine Guidelines

With consideration to vulnerable populations, USD has updated its self-quarantine guidelines:

  • If you have had direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 or are under testing for suspected exposure to COVID-19, you are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days.
  • If you are worried that you may have been exposed through contact with a person whom you suspect might have been exposed to COVID-19, you are expected to self-quarantine until a medical provider has determined the significance of the contact.
    • For example, if your roommate works closely with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, or is suspected of being positive for COVID-19, you are expected to self-quarantine until it is known whether or not an exposure is confirmed or 14 days have passed, whichever comes first.
  • If you visit a location identified as the highest notice level, “Warning Level 3,” you are expected to self-quarantine for 14 days. Learn more about COVID-19 and travel.
  • Students may not self-quarantine in residence halls. If you have concerns, please contact housing@usd.edu.