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Preparation for Positive Covid-19 Test or Quarantine

Students, you have the support of Keene State faculty and staff to take good care of your physical and mental health. This means that when you don’t feel well, or you are concerned about your health, reach out for help. During the pandemic, the decision to be an advocate for own health and get help when you’re not feeling like yourself is even more important – your decision to contact the Keene State Wellness Center, get tested for Covid-19 if necessary and stay home, directly affects everyone around you.

It may seem confusing or overwhelming to think about quarantine and isolation. The most important thing for you to know is that if it’s needed, you will be supported, and you will continue to have contact with your college community, just remotely until we welcome you back to in-person classes and campus activities. Consider packing a “go bag” in advance, so that if you need to quickly move to quarantine or isolation, you are all set.

Check out the resources below that explain quarantine and isolation, and offer suggested items to put in your go bag.

Let’s be #OwlsUnited, and keep each other safe and healthy. When you’re not feeling well, contact the Wellness Center!


Wondering what happens if you may be positive for COVID-19 or have a confirmed case? Read on!

To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Keene State College has established a program that is focused on the health and safety of students and our entire community. A KSC student who has been in contact with someone who has tested positive with COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days. A student who has tested positive or presumed by symptoms of COVID-19 must isolate for at least 10 days and until 24 hours have passed since their fever has resolved. A student will be supported and monitored during this time. They can continue class participation remotely if they are able.

Schoolwork and Courses

A student is encouraged to communicate with their professors to let them know about their current situation and work out any plans for coursework over the following two weeks. If a student needs assistance with classes, they can contact the Dean of Students, Gail Zimmerman. #603-358-2842 gzimmerman@keene.edu

On Campus/Off Campus

If someone tests positive or is suspected to be positive, a student who lives on campus will be provided designated housing on campus during isolation or supported to isolate at their permanent residence if preferred and can do so safely. On campus students requiring to quarantine because of possible exposure to someone positive or suspected positive for COVID-19 will need to quarantine at their permanent residence off campus. Students living off campus will be asked to isolate and quarantine at their off-campus residence, or return to their permanent residence if preferred. If any student cannot safely quarantine or isolate at their home residence, they will be provided space on campus if needed.

Feel free to contact the departments below with any questions or concerns.

The Wellness Center:
Regarding any physical, mental, or emotional health issues
M-F 8:00am-4:30pm
(603)-358-2200

Residential Life and Housing:
Regarding room issues
M-F 8:00am-4:30pm
(603)358-2339

KSC Campus Safety:
Regarding any additional needs—they will be able to reach out to the appropriate department/offices, if needed
(603) 358-2228 Or 911


Go Bag Checklist

#OwlsUnited

The purpose of this checklist is to give you a list of supplies that we recommend you pack and have easily accessible to you at any point in the semester should you need to quarantine or isolate.

  • Personal Medications
  • Phone, Laptop or Tablets and Chargers
  • 10 Foot Extension Cord With Three Outlets
  • Spare Glasses or Contact Supplies
  • Small Flashlight (Perhaps on Phone)
  • Bed Linens
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Extra Cloth Mask
  • 14 Days of Clothes
  • Small Liquid Soap Container
  • Can and Bottler Opener
  • Boo-Boo Kit (Couple of Band Aids, Chap Stick)
  • Course Related Materials

Others items that can be easily collected and added to the Go Bag:

  • KSC ID
  • Driver’s License, Non-Driver ID Card, or Passport
  • Health Insurance Card or Information
  • ATM Card
  • Credit Card
  • A Little Cash
  • Wallet Sized Card with Important Phone Numbers