Information Regarding COVID

Residential Students

 

COVID-19 Testing: All students are required to have COVID testing (RT-PCR test; most rapid tests do not qualify) completed by their arrival move-in date (August 24th or 25th, 2020), not their belongings drop-off date. COVID testing must be done no more than 14 days prior to the official arrival date which means testing is best done on August 10th or August 11th, 2020 in order to ensure timely results. Be sure to send negative results to the Student Health Services Office via healthservices@southernct.edu or you can upload them into your student health portal. If you test positive, DO NOT come to campus for arrival move-in. You will need to be cleared by your provider prior to being able to move onto campus. Clearance should be emailed to healthservices@southernct.edu.

COVID-19 testing will be available as a part of Drop-Off Days. More detailed information will be available once the arrangements are finalized

 

Connecticut residents may call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211ct.org/search to find a testing location near you.

 

For information in regards to housing at https://inside.southernct.edu/residence-life

 

Symptom Tracker

This is required for all students residing on campus and must be completed by 12:00 pm each day for the first 7 days on campus.

To access the symptom tracker, you can go into your student health portal daily.

 

Weekly Testing

During the semester, testing will be held on campus by Griffin Hospital. Students will be randomly selected every week for testing. This is a mandatory requirement for all students residing on campus at this time.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be asked to quarantine at home for 14 days. If you are not able to return home, you will be moved to an isolation area on campus. You are required to complete a daily symptom screening questionnaire and our COVID Coordinator will be in contact with you.

Commuter Students

If you are commuting to campus out of state, you will need a COVID test (RT-PCR test; most rapid tests do not qualify). Be sure to send results to the Student Health Services Office via healthservices@southernct.edu  or you can upload them into your student health portal. This will need to be performed after August 12th and must be received by Health Services prior to the start of classes.

Testing 

Connecticut residents may call 2-1-1 or visit https://www.211ct.org/search to find a testing location near you.

Quarantine vs. Isolation 

 

Isolation 

Used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. 

Who needs to isolate? Students who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom.

You can be with others after: 

  • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and 
  • At least 72 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and respiratory symptoms have improved (cough & shortness of breath)

 

Quarantine 

Used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department.

Frequently Asked COVID-19 Questions

 

If I am moving on campus from out of state, do I need to quarantine?

The CT state advisory requires visitors to Connecticut from “hotspot” states to self-quarantine for a period of fourteen (14) days from the time they were last in the affected state. ** Refer to CT State List For Recent Updates**

 

What if I come in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19?

If you are in close contact (within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes) of a person who test positive for COVID-19, you will be tested and asked to quarantine at home for 14 days. If you are not able to return home, you will be moved to a quarantine section on campus. You are required to complete a symptom screening questionnaire and our COVID Coordinator will contact you.

If someone tests positive for COVID-19 but you have not been in contact with them (within 6 ft for more than 15 minutes). You should self-monitor for symptoms and schedule a telehealth appointment with Health Services at (203) 392-6300

What if I start to experience symptoms of COVID-19?

If you become symptomatic at any time while the Health Services is open is open: Monday-Friday (8:30am-4:30pm). You can call to schedule a telehealth appointment at (203) 392-6300.