[Last updated March 9] 

Students may need to be: 1) isolated as a result of a COVID-19 positive test result, 2) isolated when symptomatic and awaiting COVID-19 test results; or 3) quarantined as a result of exposure.

There will be dedicated isolation spaces on campus for students who test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and awaiting test results. However, with the Omicron variant, it is possible that the College will at times experience case numbers that exceed the number of designated isolation rooms. For this reason, students should prepare for the possibility of needing to isolate in their own rooms.

Students are strongly encouraged to contact their parents or guardian if they are moved into quarantine or isolation. If a student is quarantining or isolating, House Deans will be notified and a short term health leave will be processed, if necessary. Students in quarantine and isolation should contact their faculty about how best to continue to participate in their courses. Professors will not be notified of specific diagnosis and test results for individual students.
 

Symptomatic Students

Students who are symptomatic and/or are concerned about possible infection, regardless of their vaccination status, should immediately contact the SWC, which will help them complete a medical evaluation and determine whether to perform a COVID-19 test. If an employee develops symptoms during the day, they should alert their supervisor, return home, and contact their primary care provider.

If you’re a student and you’re feeling ill outside of SWC hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday), there are a few routes you can take:

  • If your concern can wait until the SWC reopens, please call and leave a message on the nurse line. 

  • If you have a concern that is not an emergency but you feel it cannot wait until SWC re-opens:

    • You can schedule a video appointment with a provider by calling PennMedicine OnDemand at 717-544-2222. Get more information regarding OnDemand visits.

    • You can visit a local Urgent Care facility. Access facility addresses, hours, and wait times for Lancaster General Urgent Cares.

    • If your concern occurs before or after the above Student Wellness Center hours and it is an emergency – please call the Department of Public Safety (DPS) at 717.358.3939 or 911 if it is a life-threatening emergency.

    • If you go off-campus for medical attention related to concerns about possibly having COVID-19 and get a positive test result, please contact the College upon your arrival back to campus. If calling within SWC hours, please contact them at 717-544-9051. If calling after SWC hours, please contact DPS at 717-358-3939.

 

Testing Positive & Isolation Protocol

Students who test positive, regardless of their vaccination status, MUST IMMEDIATELY ISOLATE IN PLACE AND REPORT THEIR COVID-19 CASE TO THE SWC. Regardless of how you were tested or whether you live on-campus or off-campus, it is imperative that you contact the SWC to report your case and seek guidance on your isolation period.

There will be dedicated isolation spaces on campus for students who test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms and awaiting test results. However, with the Omicron variant, it is likely that the College will at times experience case numbers that exceed the number of designated isolation rooms. For this reason, students should prepare for the eventuality of needing to isolate in their own rooms.

In some cases, a student may need to isolate in their double room. We encourage roommates to talk to each other proactively about their preferences in the event that one of them gets sick. If on-campus isolation spaces are not available, the ill roommate will isolate in place and the healthy roommate will have the following options:

  • Stay in their room with their ill roommate.

  • Temporarily move to alternative housing until their roommate recovers by 

    • asking a friend if they can stay with them for a limited period of time,

    • staying elsewhere off-campus if they can safely do so, or 

    • contacting the Office of Housing during business hours to ask about open room availability OR the dean on call or Department of Public Safety after hours regarding open room availability. Please keep in mind that open rooms are very limited and will only be available as space allows.
       

On-Campus Isolation

Students living in on-campus housing who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to isolate:
  • at home if they feel well enough to travel and if traveling does not create risk for the health and safety of the public. If you choose to return home for your isolation period, please notify the College at COVID19testing@fandm.edu.

    OR

  • on campus in a designated isolation space.

    OR

  • in their room or apartment if going home is not an option and the College’s isolation space has exceeded capacity.
     

Meals will be delivered to students living in on-campus housing who test positive and need to isolate either in a designated isolation space on campus or in place in their room.

Commuters will need to quarantine and isolate at home.
 

Off-Campus Isolation

Students living in off-campus housing who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to isolate:

  • at home if they feel well enough to travel and if traveling does not create risk for the health and safety of the public. Isolating at home is strongly recommended. If you choose to return home for your isolation period, please notify the College at studentwellness@fandm.edu.

OR

  • in their apartment if going home is not an option.


Commuters will need to quarantine and isolate at home.

 

Release from Isolation

Release from isolation occurs when, in consultation with the SWC, an individual has improving symptoms, is fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours, and has been at least 5 days from either positive test or start of symptoms. Generally speaking, if you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, your isolation period can end on day 6. Be vigilant about wearing a mask indoors and when around others (including outside) for 5 additional days. Again, only the SWC can authorize a release from isolation.

 

Contact Tracing and Quarantine Protocol

The SWC will no longer be conducting formal contact tracing on any student who tests positive.

The individual who has tested positive will be responsible for notifying any close contacts who are on campus (e.g. roommates, friends, professors), as well as those who are not affiliated with the College (e.g. family, friends). 

A close contact is defined by the CDC as, “someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes.”

Students may contact the SWC with any questions or concerns related to communicating with their close contacts. 

Only close contacts who are unvaccinated OR not boosted (and completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine more than 5 months ago, or J&J more than two months ago) will be required to enter a modified quarantine. 

During modified quarantine, students will be able to leave their rooms only to use the bathroom, pick up grab-and-go meals, get fresh air (cannot be around others), get tested, or in case of an emergency. It is critical that during the quarantine period all protocols for physical distancing, masking, and hand hygiene are followed.

Students living in on- or off-campus housing who are not fully vaccinated and identified as close contacts will be required to quarantine:

  • In their room or apartment if doing so does not create risk for the health and safety of others.

OR

  • at home if traveling does not create risk for the health and safety of the public. If you choose to return home for your quarantine period, please notify the College at COVID19testing@fandm.edu.

Release from quarantine occurs 5 days after last exposure to the individual provided no symptoms have developed.