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The Knights Care initiative is a community effort where we take appropriate steps to keep one another safe during the current pandemic. Because COVID-19 is a dangerous virus that threatens some members of our campus community more than others, we must work together, drawing on that Wartburg reservoir of leadership and service, to diminish the threat that this disease poses.

Wartburg College continues to monitor reports and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from national and regional health agencies. The institution is taking safety precautions, following the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH).

COVID-19 Dashboard

These numbers include all faculty, staff, and students in the Wartburg community. Last upated 6/2/21.

# Current Positives (or Inconclusives)

0

# in Isolation
(In the care of the college or at home)

0

# In Quarantine
(In the care of the college or at home)

0

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 2021)

Self-Isolation: An individual who tests 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.

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. 

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to severe illness or death. These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. If you develop any of these symptoms and believe you may have been in a location with known COVID-19 cases or in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed, please contact the on-campus Noah Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or Waverly Health Center at 319-352-4120 to determine the desired course of action. If self-quarantine or other actions are deemed medically necessary, the college is poised to work with you and local health officials to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

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 cassie.hales@wartburg.edu) 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 covidresponse@wartburg.edu. 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?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a three-month period where quarantine or testing is not required.  We just ask that the student, faculty, or staff submit the testing results so that we have an accurate count of days.

The federal government passed different plans related to the coronavirus that helped to provide funds for higher education institutions. These plans had different names and were passed at different times, but they also were related. Each of the plans included the “Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds” (HEERF). 

Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students

Each of the HEERFs provided dollars to be spent as emergency financial aid grants to students to help students with unexpected financial challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses. 

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) Quarterly Expense Reports

Safety Procedures

Face masks: Face masks or cloth face coverings are no longer required on campus, though unvaccinated individuals are strongly encouraged to continue masking and distancing. 

Hand hygiene and cough etiquette: Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, and after coughing or sneezing. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizer stations will be available on campus. 

Physical distancing is strongly recommended for individuals who are not vaccinated; when possible, unvaccindated individuals should maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others. 

Visitors: Wartburg will make every effort to keep its campus community safe by requiring all visitors to abide by the health and safety parameters laid out for students, faculty, and staff. 

Contact Tracing Processes

Still have questions? Email us at covidresponse@wartburg.edu, and we will do our best to answer your question!

Consistent with Wartburg’s mission, produce general recommendations on health and safety for the campus. 

The charge of this committee is to facilitate recommendations on decisions about a variety of issues the College currently face or may face as we prepare for  2020-21, including situations and/or procedures not currently described or in accordance with current language in the Wartburg Faculty Handbook.  This temporary committee would provide a larger lens for faculty to view Faculty Council’s discussions and recommendations.