We have a few reminders and want to provide clarification for isolation and quarantine procedures as we all work together to keep our community vigilant in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
As numbers of COVID-19 positive and quarantine cases start to rise, it is important that we all do our part to keep COVID in check at Ship!
Masks must be worn when indoors. This means wearing a tight-fitting mask over the mouth and nose, regardless of vaccination status. Masking is one of our best tools for mitigating possibility of exposure.
We ask those who are not vaccinated to wear a mask outdoors when they are unable to safely maintain social distancing.
- Testing is available for all asymptomatic students, faculty, and staff at the Raider Respect Results (R3) testing facility in Room 121 of the CUB Union Building, 8-4 M-F. The PCR type test takes 24-48 hours to process. Testing is done by AMI in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PADOH).
- Symptomatic students must schedule a test with the Etter Student Health Center. Etter Health Center will perform a Rapid Antigen test and results are expected in approximately 15 minutes.
- All testing notifications are communicated to the COVID Office. Positive tests result in case notification and investigation for those who are identified as “Close Contacts”.
1) A student reports a positive result by self-reporting from a private health institution or by being tested on campus (Etter Health Center or R3 Testing Center).
a) A campus resident student tests positive:
i) Residence Life and the COVID Office will be notified.
ii) Student will be placed into isolation for 10 days, either at home or in extenuating circumstances alternate isolation housing is arranged.
b) An off-campus student tests positive:
i) the COVID Office will reach out to student and offer two options for isolation: Self-isolate at current residence or return home for 10 days.
Off-campus positive test results please contact the COVID Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 717-477-1007)
2) COVID Office then identifies contacts and potential exposure for all positive cases.
(Close Contacts are individuals who were within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. Students should list classmates, roommates, teammates, etc. Students will also be asked to review classroom settings and seating to best capture those at risk of exposure.)
3) Isolation length is 10 continuous days. If symptoms worsen at any point, student will be given emergency care.
a) isolation in university provided isolation housing:
i) Student orders and receives 3 delivered meals a day, conducts symptom self-checks 3 times a day; and responds to check-ins via phone and/or e-mail.
ii) If symptoms permit, the student will work with faculty for missed classwork.
iii) Day 10 – student will be cleared to re-enter campus if free of symptoms.
b) isolation off-campus or at home
i) student conducts symptom self-check 3 times a day; and respond to check-ins via phone and/or e-mail.
ii) If symptoms permit, student will work with faculty for missed classwork.
iii) Students remain in their residence and limit contact to others.
iv) Day 10d – student will be cleared to re-enter campus if free of symptoms.
1) COVID Office identifies student as “contacts” and informs them of the need to quarantine.
2) RESIDENT CLOSE CONTACT – a campus residential student who lives with someone who tests positive* – isolation protocols begin:
i) If vaccinated and:
(1) student test negative and returns to class.
(Vaccinated students may be able to return to class within 3 days, but are asked to wear masks indoors and outdoors for 14 days as a precaution.)
(2) student tests positive – isolation protocols begin.
ii) If unvaccinated:
(1) student will be required to quarantine for 10 days and will:
(i) order and receive 3 delivered meals a day, conduct symptom self-checks 3 times a day; and respond to check-ins via phone and/or e-mail.
ii) if symptoms permit, the student will work with faculty for missed classwork.
iii) Day 10 – non-vaccinated students in quarantine will be cleared to re-enter campus if free of symptoms.
3) NON-RESIDENT CLOSE CONTACT
(i) Student will practice self-isolation at residence or return home.
(ii) If student is on the meal plan and in proximity, arrange with Aramark Dining Services for pick up of meals behind Reisner Dining Hall.
(iii) If symptoms permit, the student will work with faculty for missed classwork.
(iv) Day 10, student will be cleared to re-enter campus if free of symptoms.
(v) If symptomatic during quarantine, student will be tested by Etter or medical services.
(1) If tested negative, student will continue quarantine.
(2) If tested positive, student will begin isolation.
*All roommates of a positive case will be considered a close contact. They can choose to stay in residence hall room or return home for quarantine period.
For updated information about COVID-19 and our community, please use this link: https://raiderrespect.ship.edu This link is updated every Monday.