Students, faculty, or staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or a known COVID-19 exposure should not engage in any campus activities until testing can be completed.
Our on-campus Noah Campus Health Clinic, operated by Waverly Health Center, will have access to rapid and traditional tests for students, faculty, or staff experiencing symptoms. Students living on campus or anyone who is on campus when they begin feeling ill or learn they were exposed to an individual who tested positive, should call the Noah at 319-352-8436.
If someone tests positive for COVID-19, the health service provider will give them instructions for caring for themselves and protecting others through isolation during their illness.
Providers at Noah Campus Health Clinic will notify the college’s Contact Tracing Team lead of the diagnosis. The team lead will mobilize one or more of the College’s internal contact tracers to identify individuals from the campus community who had exposure to the diagnosed person. Definitions of exposure for this purpose include:
Direct physical contact
Within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more
Proximate contact (more than 6 feet proximity for greater than 30 minutes)
Simultaneously, the Iowa Department of Public Health will be notified of the confirmed case and contact the individual within 48 hours to conduct their own investigation.
In an effort to contain spread, Wartburg College contact tracers will err on the side of caution and will likely ask potential contacts to self-quarantine until IDPH can finish its investigation.
Contact tracers will notify the Dean of Faculty Office regarding students in self quarantine or isolation and provide specific details regarding the amount of time until they are expected to return to class.