Prior to Entering Isolation
What happens after I receive a positive test result?
After you receive a positive test result, you should immediately put on a mask (preferably a medical grade mask e.g. *N95) and isolate in your room. Then, you will need to wait for an email from either Dean Hinkson or Dean Arwari regarding your room arrangements for isolation. If you receive your positive test late at night, you will not receive the email until the next morning.
In the meantime, you can start packing your belongings and filling out the ‘COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form’ (you can find this under the ‘messages’ section of your SHS portal). This form must be completed within 24 hours.
*N95 masks are available for sale at the Coop Store.
What if I have a roommate?
Notify your roommate immediately to let them know. You should both wear a mask around each other at all times and try to minimize interactions.
Can I test again for confirmation?
Per campus policy, you cannot complete another PCR test for confirmation. Repeat testing will lead to sanctions from the school.
What should I pack?
You may need to isolate anywhere from 5–10 days, so in addition to clothing and hygiene products, you should make sure you have all of your electronics, academic materials, entertainment items, medication, linens etc. It might be helpful to run through your head what you use on a daily basis and to pack those items with you.
Are students in isolation expected to contact professors themselves?
Students are not expected to contact professors. Rather, Class Deans should offer to contact professors in their initial correspondence with students about isolation. Please let your Class Dean know if you do not hear from them and would like them to reach out to your professors on your behalf.
What are my options for classes under isolation?
If you are feeling well enough, most professors should provide an alternative option so that you can join classes via e.g. Zoom. Students are also strongly encouraged to visit their professors during office hours after they finish isolation in order to catch up. Again, please let your Dean know if you have any issues with this and they will help communicate with your professors.
Meals and Living
How frequently are meals delivered?
From Monday to Friday, you will receive three meals during the day — the delivery times are typically 7:30am for breakfast, 12:30pm for lunch and 5:30pm for dinner.
For Saturday and Sunday, you will receive two meals during the day — the delivery times are typically 10:30am for ‘brunch’ and 5:30pm for dinner.
What are my meal options?
Firstly, please let your Dean know if you have any dietary restrictions. If you don’t have any special requests, you will receive a meal from one of the dining halls and the contents are dependent on the options available that day. You will also receive water, a non-water drink and snacks such as cookies, fruit, chips etc. with every meal.
However, students under isolation can also request almost anything they want e.g. if you would like chips at every meal. If you want to make a special request, communicate with your Dean to let them know.
Will I be living alone?
Depending on when you test positive, you may be living alone or with another roommate who has a similar isolation period to you (within 1-2 days).
Is there any time when I can leave my room?
You may not leave your room until your isolation period has ended, unless you have a medical emergency.
What if I need something urgently during isolation?
Students under isolation are not allowed to leave their rooms to pick up mail or package deliveries. If you need anything urgently, you will need to arrange for a friend to perform a ‘contactless delivery’ by leaving it outside of your room.
If I am feeling unwell, what medical resources are available to me during isolation?
Emergency: Call 911 or Campus Safety 909-607-2000 (x72000)
SHS: 909-621-8222 (x18222)
Monsour Counseling and Psychological Services (MCAPS): 909-621-8202
7C Health Telehealth (available 24/7)
How many days do I need to isolate?
Typically, you will need to isolate for 10 days and you will be released from isolation on day 11.
However, if from day 5 of testing positive onwards, you’ve had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and your symptoms have improved since being diagnosed with COVID-19, OR you have no symptoms, then you may call the number on your Contact Tracing Intake Form (you can find this under the ‘messages’ section of your SHS portal) to arrange for a rapid antigen test on the next working day.
If my ‘day 5’ falls on a Saturday or Sunday, when can I make an appointment to test out?
Unfortunately, if your ‘day 5’ falls on a Saturday or Sunday, you will not be able to test out until the next working day. Please call the number provided on your Contact Tracing Intake Form (you can find this under the ‘messages’ section of your SHS portal) and leave a voicemail with your information so they can arrange an appointment for you after the weekend.
What type of test is used?
You will perform a rapid antigen test with a staff member at the testing tent located outside of the SHS.
What if my test result from the rapid antigen test is positive?
If your test is positive, you will need to wait 48 hours before making another appointment with the SHS to take a rapid antigen test.
What if my test result from the rapid antigen test is negative?
If your test is negative, you must first return to your isolation housing and wait for an email from the Dean of Students Office regarding release from isolation. After you receive that email, you may return to your dorm and continue classes etc. as normal. However, you are still required to wear a mask in public areas and when you are in close proximity to others until you have reached your official ‘day 11’.
Do I need to partake in compulsory testing?
You do not need to partake in compulsory testing for up to 90 days after you are released from isolation. This is because Public health data shows that individuals may continue to test positive with PCR tests on and off for up to that time even though they are no longer infectious/contagious. However, if you are feeling unwell and are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, you should still reach out to SHS.
- Wear a mask (preferably a surgical mask such as an N95) and isolate yourself from others around you.
- Fill out the COVID-19 Contact Tracing Form on your SHS portal.
- Pack your belongings for isolation.
- Wait for an email notice from either Dean Hinkson or Dean Arwari regarding your rooming arrangements.
- Email your Class Dean regarding any special arrangements e.g. academic, dietary.
- Move into your isolation housing.
- Check the 'Contact Tracing Intake Form’ message in your SHS portal from the school’s Contact Tracer. This contains information about when you are allowed to ‘test-out’ or leave isolation.
- Look after yourself during this time!
- From day 5 onwards, if you have had no fever for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medicine and your symptoms have improved since being diagnosed with COVID-19, OR you have no symptoms, then you may call the number on your Contact Tracing Intake Form to arrange for a rapid antigen test on the next working day.
- You do not need a negative result to be released on day 11.
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