Quarantine & Isolation
There is no quarantine prior to arrival required for the fall semester.
Generally speaking, there is no quarantine upon arrival required for the fall semester. Exceptions to this include:
- A student tests positive for COVID-19 during gateway testing
- A student’s gateway antigen test is positive and they elect for a LabCorp test as a follow-up – quarantine will be required while they await the results of the COVID test (2-3 days)
- A student arrives on campus unvaccinated due to the inability to receive a WHO or FDA-approved vaccine at home.
- International students who are coming from home or students who have been traveling abroad in the two weeks prior to arriving on campus, regardless of vaccination status (see below).
We will continue with standard Quarantine & Isolation procedures (same as the spring) for any student who becomes ill with COVID-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19 during the fall semester. As required of facilities who have residential occupancy when a public health pandemic emergency is declared, Washington College has identified spaces for students who must isolate or quarantine.
Students who are required to quarantine or isolate during the semester should work closely with their faculty members to make up any work missed because of their absence. Not all in-person classes will be accessible virtually, therefore, students should communicate with their professors to determine the appropriate steps to ensure their continued participation in their courses.
For students living on campus, there will be beds allocated separately for quarantine and isolation.
- Corsica Hall will serve as the isolation hall (for students who are ill and/or tested positive).
- Reid Hall will serve as the quarantine hall (for students who are not ill but have had a potential exposure or have been identified as a close contact).
- Off-campus students will be able to isolate and quarantine at their off-campus residences but will be expected to follow the same protocols as on-campus students.
- Students are expected to comply with all isolation and quarantine guidelines if ordered to do so by a Washington College official.
Current CDC guidance suggests the following:
- A symptomatic individual diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days from the start of symptoms with resolution of fever for at least 24 hours (without the use of fever reducing medications) and with improvement of other symptoms.
- An asymptomatic individual diagnosed with COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days from the date of testing.
- Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 with severe symptoms may need to extend self-isolation to 20 days.
Any individual who is found to have had close contact – defined as being closer than 6’ with the person who tested positive for more than 15 minutes – will be required to follow quarantine protocols. These protocols will differ based on the person’s vaccination status.
Quarantine Due to Exposure
- Unvaccinated Individuals
For those who are unvaccinated due to an approved exemption and who have been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, there are 2 options for quarantine:
- Quarantine can end on day 10 without a COVID test.
- Quarantine can end on day 7, with a negative COVID test.
- The test must be performed no earlier than day 5 after exposure.
- Individuals should continue to self-monitor for symptoms through day 14, wear a mask, maintain physical distancing and avoid crowd. If symptoms develop, quarantine should remove and Health Services should be contacted.
- Fully Vaccinated Individuals
- Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and are exposed to someone with COVID-19 do not need to quarantine or undergo testing, but should continue to monitor for symptoms.
International students who are traveling from home to arrive on campus will have slightly different requirements upon arrival. These include:
- For vaccinated students (must be an FDA or WHO approved vaccine), there will be a mandatory 3-5 day quarantine upon arrival, followed by a repeat COVID test.
- For unvaccinated students, there will be a mandatory 7-day quarantine upon arrival, followed by a repeat COVID test and weekly surveillance testing until the student is fully vaccinated.
- This initial quarantine will be the limited-movement period, which means students can go pick up meals, get their mail, and get outside for some exercise.
- New/transfer students who have Orientation activities scheduled during this time period will be permitted to attend, but will be required to wear a mask and maintain social distance.
NOTE: Any international student who did not travel outside of the US during the summer will not be required to comply with these protocols.
Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators
Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators will provide care and monitoring for our students required to stayin our designated Isolation & Quarantine residence halls. These services will include but are not limited to:
- facilitating pick up of ill students and their necessary belongings from their residence hall room and transporting them to the isolation space
- coordinating meal deliveries through College dining services
- daily observation/check-ins with students in the Q&I residence halls and coordinating services with Health and Counseling as needed
- provide over-the-counter medicines if needed
- coordination of cleaning and linen services
- coordination of and assistance with contact tracing for faculty, staff and students
- notification of Provost’s Office when a student is unable to attend classes
- notification of Provost’s Office when the student is cleared to return to classes
Students can contact the Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators group at 443-480-1196.
NOTE: The Kent County Health Department has established a protocol whereby the health officer can serve anyone who is deemed a public health risk with a mandatory isolation/quarantine order that is enforceable under law and carries stiff penalties if not followed. This applies to students living on our campus or in town (as it does for anyone living in Kent County).
The College will be staffed with Quarantine & Isolation Coordinators 24/7. Any student who requires care or intervention will have access to this team at any time, day or night. The Q&I Staff, in turn, will have access to on-call medical personnel. They will consult with those professionals as needed. Should any student need more urgent care, the Q&I Coordinators will assist in transporting them to the local hospital.
COVID testing is only available Mon-Fri during normal business hours.
It is critically important to not stigmatize anyone who requires isolation or quarantine. These procedures are for the health and safety of everyone in our community. Stigmatizing, identifying or profiling anyone placed in isolation or quarantine by way of social media, verbally, electronically or otherwise has no place on our campus and, in some cases, may also be a violation of conduct policies.