POSITIVE CASES: WHERE STUDENTS IN QUARANTINE LIVE

SILVIA OAKLAND, TRUMPET EDITOR-IN-CHIEF
KAYLA MARTHALER, TRUMPET MANAGING EDITOR

Coronavirus-positive students leave campus and live in other Wartburg-owned property when numbers of cases are rising, a school official said.

The college is also leasing apartments, six of which are in a building in the Leitha Terrace complex. As of Sept. 14, 30 students are in isolation and have tested positive, according to the Knights Care dashboard. 

The plan to re-open the campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Knights Care, contained school guidelines, instructions for self-screening, modified school operations and isolation and quarantine plans for students who tested positive.

The policy, released Aug. 7, 2020, states “students who have been told to self-quarantine or self-isolate may go home if they are able. When that is not possible, students will self-quarantine in their own rooms.” 

“These [campus-owned properties] are like what you call single-family homes, dwellings, to provide students with an isolation space. We are also in the process of securing a lease with a few apartments in town as well,” Dr. Daniel Kittle, dean of students and chair of the Campus Health Recovery Team, said. “We are just trying to make sure that we have flexibility in regards to isolation space.”

Cassie Hales, director of residential life, along with other members of the Contract Tracing Team and residential life staff send students an email with their new room location, directions for transportation and their meal delivery schedule. Students in both quarantine and isolation receive two hot meals, one for lunch and one for dinner, from the Mensa between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. These meal deliveries now include “on the go” breakfast items.

According to Katelyn Kluver, a second-year student who was quarantined on campus, while students are able to list any dietary restrictions they might have before going into quarantine or isolation, they are not given any choices regarding the meals that are delivered to them.

“The houses or apartments have individual beds and have some kind of desk or a place for students to do their coursework,” Kittle said. “They all have refrigerators, cooking supplies, trash room services and wireless internet.”

While the newly leased apartments near campus are furnished, students isolating in them have reported being left without sheets, a packing list for isolation, laundry service and can be housed up to two students per room. 

Students who are currently in quarantine or isolation are not required to sign a non-disclosure agreement but are asked to sign a contract that explains the expected behavior of students while in quarantine or isolation, according to Kittle. 

By signing the contract, students accept being subject to fines and removal from campus if they break the guidelines of isolation or quarantine. These guidelines include students remaining in their isolation location, not attending class or work, wearing a mask inside residential buildings, and not having visitors.

For more information regarding the isolation and quarantine policy, go to

Coronavirus-positive students leave campus and live in other Wartburg-owned property when numbers of cases are rising, a school official said.

The college is also leasing apartments, six of which are in a building in the Leitha Terrace complex. As of Sept. 14, 30 students are in isolation and have tested positive, according to the Knights Care dashboard. 

The plan to re-open the campus during the COVID-19 pandemic, Knights Care, contained school guidelines, instructions for self-screening, modified school operations and isolation and quarantine plans for students who tested positive.

The policy, released Aug. 7, 2020, states “students who have been told to self-quarantine or self-isolate may go home if they are able. When that is not possible, students will self-quarantine in their own rooms.” 


“These [campus-owned properties] are like what you call single-family homes, dwellings, to provide students with an isolation space. We are also in the process of securing a lease with a few apartments in town as well,” Dr. Daniel Kittle, dean of students and chair of the Campus Health Recovery Team, said. “We are just trying to make sure that we have flexibility in regards to isolation space.”

Cassie Hales, director of residential life, along with other members of the Contract Tracing Team and residential life staff send students an email with their new room location, directions for transportation and their meal delivery schedule. Students in both quarantine and isolation receive two hot meals, one for lunch and one for dinner, from the Mensa between the hours of 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. These meal deliveries now include “on the go” breakfast items.

According to Katelyn Kluver, a second-year student who was quarantined on campus, while students are able to list any dietary restrictions they might have before going into quarantine or isolation, they are not given any choices regarding the meals that are delivered to them.

“The houses or apartments have individual beds and have some kind of desk or a place for students to do their coursework,” Kittle said. “They all have refrigerators, cooking supplies, trash room services and wireless internet.”

While the newly leased apartments near campus are furnished, students isolating in them have reported being left without sheets, a packing list for isolation, laundry service and can be housed up to two students per room. 

Students who are currently in quarantine or isolation are not required to sign a non-disclosure agreement but are asked to sign a contract that explains the expected behavior of students while in quarantine or isolation, according to Kittle. 

By signing the contract, students accept being subject to fines and removal from campus if they break the guidelines of isolation or quarantine. These guidelines include students remaining in their isolation location, not attending class or work, wearing a mask inside residential buildings, and not having visitors.

Click here for more information regarding the isolation and quarantine policy.

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