COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Campus Exposure Procedure

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1. Possible Exposure

If you have had:

  • Contact of less than 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer with an individual who has symptoms
  • Contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (laboratory confirmed) but has not had any symptoms

What to do:

  • Report exposure to your instructor (if you are a student) or to your supervisor (if you are an employee) immediately.
  • The CDC guidelines recommend that you isolate yourself from all other people, including those in your household.
  • Contact your healthcare provider or the health department in the county in which you live for evaluation and testing.
  • Do not come back to campus for 14 days from the date of exposure, after which you may return to campus as long as you do not develop symptoms or have a positive test result.

2. Positive Test but No Symptoms

If you have:

  • Been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a positive diagnosis but are currently not experiencing symptoms

What to do:

  • Report diagnosis to your instructor (if you are a student) or to your supervisor (if you are an employee) immediately.
  • The CDC guidelines recommend that you isolate yourself from all other people, including those in your household.
  • Follow your healthcare provider’s directions for follow-up testing and CDC guidelines for monitoring your symptoms. (Monitoring includes watching for symptoms and checking your temperature every twelve hours)
  • Do not come back to campus for 10 days following your diagnosis and healthcare provider’s directions for follow-up testing, after which you may return to campus as long as you do not have any symptoms.

3. Positive Test with Symptoms

If you have:

  • Been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a positive diagnosis and are currently experiencing symptoms

What to do:

  • Report diagnosis to your instructor (if you are a student) or to your supervisor (if you are an employee) immediately.
  • CDC guidelines recommend that you isolate yourself from all other people, including those in your household.
  • Follow your healthcare provider’s directions for treatment of your symptoms.
  • Stay away from campus until:
  1. You have gone three days with no fever without using fever-reducing medication during that time,
  2. Your respiratory symptoms have improved, AND
  3. It has been at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared.

4. Negative Test with Symptoms

If you have:

  • Been tested for COVID-19 by a healthcare professional and received a negative diagnosis and are currently experiencing symptoms

What to do:

  • Report symptoms to your instructor (if you are a student) or to your supervisor (if you are an employee) immediately.
  • Stay away from campus until your symptoms have improved.

5. Communication

  • Instructors or supervisors will immediately notify the Director of Human Resources as well as their direct supervisor.
  • Director of Human Resources will communicate with executive leadership and initiate communication to any potentially impacted college community members, maintaining appropriate confidentiality, while ensuring any college student or employee who may have potentially been exposed is promptly notified so that they can self-monitor.
  • Individuals who initiated the response will be asked to assist with contact tracing. This information will be tracked separately from personnel and student records, and names will not be released.
  • The college may elect to close an impacted classroom or office for a period up to 72 hours following a confirmed case to allow for natural deactivation of the virus.
  • You may be asked to provide documentation from your healthcare provider that you are cleared to return to school or work.