What should I do if I think I might have COVID-19?
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, do not engage in any campus activities and contact the Noah Campus Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or your primary health care provider immediately. Students also should contact Cassie Hales (319-352-8260 or email@example.com) to enact a self-isolation or quarantine protocol (e.g. meal delivery, notification of faculty, and contact tracing). Faculty and staff should stay home, call their primary health care provider, and notify their supervisor of their absence. Employees or their supervisors should contact Ryan Callahan to initiate the contact tracing process.
Do I still have to quarantine if I’ve been vaccinated?
Vaccinated individuals with exposure to someone with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
-It has been at least two weeks since receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine series or more than two weeks since receiving the first dose of a single-dose vaccine.- It has been less than three months since the last dose in the vaccine series was administered.
– The individual has remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure. If you have been fully vaccinated and would like to be exempt from quarantine, please send proof of vaccination to firstname.lastname@example.org. Questions about these new guidelines can be directed to the same email.
What happens when someone at Wartburg tests positive for COVID-19?
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 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 and close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period). In certain incidents, including large gatherings where masks and physical distancing guidelines are not observed, proximate contacts (more than 6 feet proximity for greater than 30 minutes) also may be considered an exposure.
Simultaneously, the Iowa Department of Public Health will be notified of the confirmed case and may contact the individual to conduct its own investigation. Wartburg 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.
What’s the difference between quarantine and isolation?
Self-quarantine: An individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 will stay at home or in their residence hall room while separating themselves from others and monitoring health. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in quarantine for a seven days from the point of exposure if the person has tested negative and no symptoms have developed or 10 days if a test was not administered and no symptoms have developed, unless they are excused by the College’s contact tracers. (Updated January 2020)
Self-Isolation: An individual who test positive for COVID-19 or displays symptoms is removed from interaction with campus community and moved to an isolated living space. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in self-isolation for a minimum of 10 days if symptoms improve.
Where will I go if I need to quarantine or isolate myself?
Students who have been told to self-quarantine or self-isolate may go home if they want and are able. Students who choose to stay on campus will self-quarantine in their own rooms. The college has two fully furnished apartments on campus, three college-owned homes off campus, and three off-campus apartments where students may self-isolate if they do not return home. All students who quarantine or isolate on campus or in alternative housing provided by the college will have:
- Meals delivered to their place of quarantine/isolation.
- The opportunity to keep current with classes and coursework through virtual options (if their health allows it).
- Regular check-ins from the college’s team of contact tracers.
Will I get a refund if I have to isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19?
Students must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days when they have symptoms of or tested positive for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 7-10 when they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Students who live on campus will be encouraged to return home during this period, if possible. Those who return home will be provided a pro-rated board credit (not room credit) for the number of days they are off-campus, which will be monitored by Residential Life and reported to the Business Office.
Students who live off campus and have a a board plan (except the Any 60 and Any 125) also will receive a pro-rated board credit if they self-isolate. Students who live off-campus and have an Any 60 or Any 125 board plan will not receive any board refund, even if the student is asked to self-quarantine by the College because those students can still have access to their meals throughout the rest of the term. Students who isolate on campus will be provided alternative housing and college employees will bring them their meals. These students will not receive board credit.
Students living on campus and placed in quarantine will not receive a refund and continue living in their rooms. All meals will be brought to them.
What if someone doesn’t follow the rules of isolation?
Students in isolation will be required to follow strict rules put in place to keep them and the community safe and healthy. Students who violate those rules could incur additional charges associated with their self-isolation.
I’ve already had COVID-19. Do I still have to quarantine if I’m exposed?