Quarantine & Isolation

Decision Trees:

Students: Quarantine (Exposure) | Isolation (Positive)
Faculty & Staff: Quarantine & Isolation

    Spring 2022 Policy for Students, Faculty and Staff

  • Purpose

    The purpose of this policy is to create a process to reduce the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 virus from individuals with possible COVID-19 infection by separating individuals who are ill with or potentially exposed to COVID-19 in accordance with the University’s isolation and quarantine protocols.

  • Policy Scope

    This policy applies to all employees and students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students) who will be on-campus for job related, residential or educational purposes or for other activities on either the Reynolda campus, Wake Downtown, Brookstown, Wake Washington, or the Charlotte campus. The policy also applies to all employees and students (undergraduate, graduate, and professional students) who will be participating in University-sponsored programs or activities off-campus.

  • About Case Investigation and Contact Tracing

    Prompt identification of individuals exposed to a person having been diagnosed with COVID-19 and quarantining those exposed individuals can significantly reduce transmission of the virus. Contact tracing is an effective disease control strategy that involves investigating cases and their contacts and interrupting disease transmission by advising cases to isolate and contacts to quarantine according to current University protocols. Case investigation, contact tracing, and case management are three core measures that have been historically used by state and local public health departments to slow or stop the spread of infectious disease to a community.

    Specific protocols have been developed that allow for notification to initiate contact tracing, the interview process, contact identification, and determination of quarantine options. These protocols are maintained by Wake Forest BestHealth.

 

 

    Quarantine Requirement

  • Quarantine for Students, Faculty, and Staff

    Students, faculty and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 through close contact with an infected individual will be required to quarantine based on University guidelines (see next question for details). Healthcare workers are required to quarantine until they meet the CDC recommendations for healthcare workers and OSHA ETS Return to Work criteria.

    Students, faculty and staff will be notified by the Contact Tracing Team of their recent exposure to someone with COVID-19. Faculty, staff, and students who have experienced an exposure to COVID-19 outside of the workplace or away from campus are required to notify the Faculty & Staff Clinic to evaluate the need for quarantine and/or testing for COVID-19.

  • Quarantine for On-Campus Students

    Students who must quarantine and who reside in on campus housing may quarantine in housing provided by the University or another location of their choice while following CDC guidelines for quarantine precautions.

    When a determination is made to quarantine an on-campus student, the relevant staff will contact Residence Life and Housing to initiate the intake process, whether a student chooses to quarantine in University-sponsored housing or elsewhere.

    University-provided quarantine housing may be provided in accordance with relevant public health guidelines. Students will be provided with basic supplies and, if requested, meals and transportation. Students may receive occasional calls from the clinical staff at WF BestHealth for symptom monitoring, care, and other support.

  • Quarantine for Off-Campus Students

    Students who must quarantine and who reside in off campus housing will be instructed to separate themselves from others based on CDC guidelines for quarantine precautions. For health and safety reasons and to minimize the risk of virus transmission, University officials may also review a student’s living environment and request that any student residing off-campus relocate to quarantine in a space provided by the University (depending on availability) or to another location, subject to University approval. Students may receive occasional calls from the clinical staff at WF BestHealth for symptom monitoring, care, and other support.

  • What Should Students Take to Quarantine Location
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes. Enough for at least a week.
    • Masks/face coverings
    • Favorite snacks
    • Water bottle
    • Toiletries: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap/body wash, shampoo and hair care, skin care products, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, eye care, etc.
    • Glasses or contacts/solution if needed
    • Laptop and charge cord
    • Charge cord for other devices
    • Medications (Rx and over-the-counter pain medication, etc.)
    • Class materials: readings, textbooks, notebooks, etc.
    • Personal documents: Deacon OneCard, wallet, insurance card, photo ID, etc.
      • important contact numbers
  • Quarantine for Employees

    Employees who must quarantine will be instructed to separate themselves from others based on CDC guidelines for quarantine precautions. Employees are required to report an exposure to the Faculty & Staff Clinic (FSC), who will provide additional instructions.

  • Length of Quarantine

    Fully vaccinated individuals (as defined below) who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 will not require quarantine.  They will need to wear a well-fitting mask for 10 days after being exposed to someone with COVID-19 in all indoor settings (including residence hall rooms and spaces and in all University buildings) and in every situation in which close contact is anticipated with other individuals (e.g., crowded outdoor events).

    • Fully vaccinated individuals should monitor symptoms of COVID-19 during the 10 days following exposure and should be tested as soon as possible if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.
    • Fully vaccinated individuals should be tested for COVID-19 between days 3-5 following exposure (antigen or PCR test).  A negative test does not change the masking requirements.

     Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will require quarantine as described below:

    • Quarantine will be for five (5) days after the exposure as long as:
    • The individual does not develop symptoms during the five (5) days of quarantine.  If symptoms develop, the individual should be tested as soon as possible.
    • The individual tests negative at day 3-5 (antigen or PCR test)
    • They agree to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after being released from quarantine in all indoor settings (including residence hall rooms and spaces and all University buildings) and in every situation in which close contact is anticipated with other individuals (e.g., crowded outdoor events).

    Fully vaccinated individuals are those who are at least two (2) weeks past the primary vaccine dose(s) (one dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, or two doses of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines) and who have received a booster dose of a COVID-19 vaccine if it has been more than six (6) months after the second of their Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or 2 months after their Johnson and Johnson vaccines.

  • Clearance/Release from Quarantine

    Students

    Students will be contacted via secure message sent from PyraMed on behalf of the Student Health Service on the anticipated last day of quarantine to review if symptoms have developed and results of any testing. If the student has met the University’s criteria for release from quarantine, the student will be advised they may have access to campus to return to classes and other campus activities.

    Employees

    Employees will be contacted by the Faculty & Staff Clinic on the anticipated last day of quarantine to review if symptoms have developed and results of any testing. If the employee has met the University’s criteria for release from quarantine, the employee will be advised they may have access to campus to return to job responsibilities if they were unable to work from home during this time.

 

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    Isolation Requirement

  • Students, Faculty and Staff
    • Students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to be evaluated for symptoms, submit to be tested for COVID-19 if indicated, and report positive results.
    • Symptomatic students, faculty and staff who have been confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are awaiting the results of COVID-19 testing will be required to isolate pending test results.
    • Unvaccinated students, faculty, and staff who are required to undergo weekly asymptomatic testing must follow CDC guidelines for isolation if their testing confirms COVID-19. These individuals will not need to isolate while waiting for weekly testing results.
    • Students, faculty and staff who are required to isolate will not be allowed to access campus except to attend medical appointments in the Student Health Service (students) or to remain in their isolation housing if this is on campus.
    • Release from isolation will be determined by a medical provider and/or public health officials based on the University’s criteria for discontinuation of isolation for non-hospitalized individuals (which, in some circumstances, may require a negative test result). Individuals
      who were hospitalized will also need to meet the criteria for release from isolation per CDC criteria for hospitalized patients.
  • Isolation for On-Campus Students

    Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and who reside in on-campus housing will be required to isolate until criteria for discontinuation of isolation has been satisfied. Students may isolate in housing provided by the University or another location of their choice while following CDC guidelines for isolation precautions.

    When an on-campus student requires isolation, the relevant staff will contact Residence Life and Housing to initiate the intake process, whether a student chooses to isolate in University-sponsored housing or elsewhere. Once the student has been notified of the need to isolate, the student will minimize their contact with others, not attend classes in-person, wear a mask indoors except when alone in a residence hall room, and avoid entering common spaces whenever possible.

    University-provided isolation housing may be provided in accordance with relevant public health guidance. Students will be provided with basic supplies and, if requested, meals and transportation. Students may receive occasional calls from the clinical staff at WF BestHealth for symptom monitoring, care, and other support.

  • Isolation for Off-Campus Students

    Students who reside in off-campus housing will be instructed to isolate themselves from others until criteria for discontinuation of isolation has been satisfied. For health and safety reasons and to minimize the risk of virus transmission, contact tracers may also review a student’s living environment and request that any student residing off-campus relocate to isolate or quarantine in a space provided by the University (depending on availability) or to another location. Students may receive occasional calls from the clinical staff at WF BestHealth for symptom monitoring, care, and other support.

  • What Should Students Take to Isolation Location
    • Comfortable clothing and shoes. Enough for at least a week.
    • Masks/face coverings
    • Favorite snacks
    • Water bottle
    • Toiletries: toothbrush/toothpaste, soap/body wash, shampoo and hair care, skin care products, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, eye care, etc.
    • Glasses or contacts/solution if needed
    • Laptop and charge cord
    • Charge cord for other devices
    • Medications (Rx and over-the-counter pain medication, etc.)
    • Class materials: readings, textbooks, notebooks, etc.
    • Personal documents: Deacon OneCard, wallet, insurance card, photo ID, etc.
      • important contact numbers
  • Isolation for Employees

    Employees who have been instructed to isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test result will be instructed to follow CDC guidelines for isolation precautions. Employees are required to report if they tested positive or have been tested and results are pending to the Faculty & Staff Clinic (FSC), who will provide additional instructions.

  • Length of Isolation

    All individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 by an antigen or PCR test or who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a healthcare provider are required to be isolated. The onset of isolation begins the day of onset of symptoms.  If the individual does not develop symptoms, the onset of isolation begins the day of the positive test or diagnosis of COVID-19.  The individual may be released from isolation after five (5) days regardless of their vaccination status if:

    • They have no symptoms of COVID-19 or their symptoms have completely resolved.
    • Their symptoms are improving and they have had a negative test (antigen) at day 5.
    • They have had no fever for at least 24 hours (without using fever reducing medications)
    • They agree to wear a well-fitting mask for 5 days after being released from isolation in all indoor settings (including residence hall rooms and spaces and all University buildings) and in every situation in which close contact is anticipated with other individuals (e.g., crowded outdoor events).
  • Clearance/Release from Isolation

    Students
    Students will be expected to self-monitor daily for symptoms and reach out to SHS as needed. On the anticipated last day of isolation, students will receive a secure message in their SHS portal and be asked to complete a form before releasing them from Isolation. Students residing in University-provided housing may leave the designated space after being cleared by WF BestHealth. Vacated spaces will be cleaned according to University protocols.

    Employees
    Employees will be contacted on the anticipated last day of isolation by the Faculty & Staff Clinic to determine if the release from isolation precautions have been met. If criteria are met, the employee will be advised they may have access to campus to return to job responsibilities.

 

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