Dear Colleagues and Students, Thanks to you all for your incredible work throughout this academic year. I’m writing with a short campus COVID update. […]
The following guidelines are based on updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Ohio Department of Health (ODH).
In the case of a positive COVID test:
- Regardless of the student’s vaccination status, they will need to isolate for a minimum of 5 days.
- If no symptoms or symptoms are resolving, and a rapid test given on the sixth day is negative, isolation can end. NOTE: A rapid test will be part of the “care” package given to the student in isolation. It cannot be taken until the morning of the sixth day in isolation.
- If there is a fever, isolation will continue until the fever has been gone for 24 hours AND a negative rapid test is received.
- If there is a positive rapid test, isolation will continue until day 10.
- If the student leaves isolation on day 6, after a negative rapid test, they must wear a mask around others for another 4 days or until day 10.
- If the initial positive test was a rapid test, the student should also take a PCR test per the Wayne County Health Department.
The following guidelines for isolation spaces are in place for the start of the Spring 2022 semester:
Off-Campus Isolation Spaces
Off-campus isolation will take place at the Comfort Suites. Students are permitted to isolate at home and we would strongly encourage any student who is able to do so.
- If a student tests positive and has symptoms, they will go to the Comfort Suites.
- If a student tests positive and has no symptoms, they will go to Comfort Suites if they have a roommate.
- If a student tests positive and has no symptoms and no roommate, they may isolate in place on campus. They must wear a KN-95 or N-95 mask outside of their room, unless in the shower.
- Based on Wayne County Health Department guidelines, COVID positive students will room with other COVID positive students at the Comfort Suites if a shortage if occupancy levels dictate.
On-Campus Isolation In-Place
When the Comfort Suites fills, all students will isolate in place on campus. We have approval from the Wayne County Health Department to do so when we have filled our off-campus isolation spaces. Should the need arise we may also require students from within a certain distance of campus to isolate at home.
Isolation in-place rules:
- Students must remain in their room other than to leave for meals or use the restroom
- No guests are allowed in the room
- High-quality masking is required at all times unless in the room alone (no roommate) or in the shower or while sleeping.
- Meals will be provided by Grubhub. Students will receive an email from Grubhub to order meals.
- Students who are too ill to pick up food, may call the Lowry kitchen at 330 287 3537.
No Quarantine for those whose vaccines are up-to-date
Vaccination status is up to date if one of the following conditions are met:
1. The person has a booster shot.
2. It has been less than 6 months since they completed the first two shots of Pfizer or Moderna.
3. It has been less than 2 months since they completed the first shot of Johnson & Johnson.
- They must wear a mask for 10 days after last exposure.
- The person must take a PCR test on the fifth day after exposure.
- If the contact tests positive and/or symptoms (at least 3 symptoms or loss of taste/smell) develop they will need to isolate.
- If the person goes into isolation, follow the above procedure.
Given rates of reinfection of COVID-19, individuals who have previously contracted COVID-19 will be required to follow all existing protocols for isolation and quarantine. If someone has tested positive 90 days prior to another exposure they must wear a mask for 10 days. If they develop symptoms, they will need to take an antigen test and isolate for a minimum of 5 days.
Off-Campus Quarantine for those who are not vaccinated or for whom vaccination is not up-to-date
Vaccination status is not up to date if:
1. The person has received only one dose of Pfizer or Moderna.
2. They completed both shots of Pfizer or Moderna more than six months ago with no booster.
3. They have completed the Johnson & Johnson more than two months ago with no booster.
- All off-campus quarantine spaces will be at the Best Western.
- They will need to quarantine for 5 days.
- On the fifth day after exposure, they will take a rapid antigen test.
- If the test is negative, they will be released from quarantine.
- They must wear a mask around others and monitor their symptoms.
- If the test is positive or if they later develop symptoms, they will need to isolate.