Following the latest guidance from health officials, we are updating our COVID-19 protocols for Fall 2022 to keep our campus community as safe as possible while dealing with a virus that is becoming part of daily life. Thank you for all you do every day to protect yourself, your family and friends, and the campus community.
While we are eliminating some of our reporting requirements for students and employees, the following are key elements of our COVID safety approach:
If you feel sick or know you have been exposed to COVID, get tested. Remember that COVID symptoms – especially for those who are vaccinated – can be very mild, like a cold. Quarantine is no longer required for those who have been exposed, but you should get tested after 5 days and wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days.
If you test positive for COVID, you should not come to campus and should isolate yourself from others for at least 5 days, with Day 0 being the day your symptoms start (or the day you test positive if no symptoms are present). On Day 6, if your symptoms are resolving and you have been fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medicine, you may return to campus in a well-fitted mask, which you should wear through Day 10. Consult a medical professional about your isolation period if you have moderate or severe symptoms, are hospitalized, or are immunocompromised.
Masks are optional on campus but remain an important tool for reducing exposure, especially for those at high-risk or working to protect others at home. We encourage any who want to take this optional precaution to do so.
We also encourage all employees and students to be vaccinated against COVID and to get a booster dose when eligible. Vaccinations help protect you from serious illness and death and they reduce the spread of COVID to others. Our local health departments continue to offer first and second vaccine doses, boosters, and pediatric doses. Visit Vaccines.gov for a complete database of vaccine providers.
WHAT TO DO IF YOU’RE HAVING SYMPTOMS, TEST POSITIVE, OR ARE EXPOSED TO COVID
If you TEST POSITIVE, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated
|The day your symptoms start, or if no symptoms, this is the day you take a COVID test||Stay home from school/work and isolate from other people||Return to school/work if symptoms are resolving and no fever for 24 hours; wear a well-fitted mask at all times on campus||Your isolation/precaution period is over|
If you are EXPOSED to someone who tests positive, whether vaccinated or unvaccinated
|Your last contact with someone who tests positive||If no symptoms, return to school/work; wear a well-fitted mask at all times on campus|
Get tested on Day 5
|If your test is negative, continue wearing a well-fitted mask at all times on campus|
If symptoms develop, stay home and Get tested again
|Your precaution period is over|