SPRING 2023 COVID-19 INFORMATION

MASK PROTOCOL

  • Masks are encouraged, yet optional, inside all ACPHS college buildings. ACPHS is a mask-friendly campus. There are many reasons why an individual may decide to continue to wear a mask; we support the choices of our community members.
  • Individuals experiencing COVID symptoms, or those who have had an exposure, are required to wear a mask until they have been cleared by the COVID testing team. You must contact COVIDTesting@acphs.edu after exposure.
     

CAMPUS QUARANTINE and ISOLATION POLICIES

At a minimum, ACPHS is following CDC guidelines, but the College reserves the right to implement additional safety measures on a case-by-case basis. 

If an individual is symptomatic, regardless of vaccination status:

  • E-mail COVIDTesting@acphs.edu regarding your status
    • Students and employees can pick up test kits at no cost Monday - Friday 9 am - 4 pm in SC 207 or HAB 104 or e-mail COVIDTesting@acphs.edu if a test kit is needed outside those times
    • Resident students can contact the RA on Duty for a test kits outside the above hours
  • Perform rapid test or PCR test (recommended)
    • If PCR test is negative, resume normal activities.
    • If rapid antigen test is negative, repeat test 48 hours later, for a total of two negative tests before resuming normal activities
    • If rapid or PCR test is positive, follow isolation instructions below
  • Isolate until you receive test results
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around all individuals including household members for 10 days. A high-quality mask (e.g., N-95, KN-95 or KF-94) is recommended.

If individual is exposed to a COVID-positive individual:

  • Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19
  • If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested (see instructions above)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around all individuals, including household members, for 10 days. A high-quality mask (e.g., N-95, KN-95 or KF-94) is recommended.
  • Get tested 5 full days (day 6) after exposure to determine if you have an asymptomatic infection
  • This includes living with a COVID-positive individual

Isolation instructions for individuals who test COVID-positive regardless of vaccination status:

  • E-mail COVIDTesting@acphs.edu regarding your status
  • If uploading a COVID-19 self-test, you also must label your test with the date, time, and your full name. In addition, include a photo ID, i.e. ACPHS Campus ID card or state driver’s license

  • Provide information regarding all contacts, starting 48 hours before positive test if asymptomatic, or 48 hours before the beginning of symptoms

  • Fully isolate at home for 5-days
    • Stay alone, in a bedroom
    • Do not share bathrooms
    • Have meals brought to the room, do not enter into the common spaces
    • You can end isolation after 5 full days (day 6) if you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, your other symptoms have improved, and you send in a negative antigen test.
    • You may end isolation after 10 full days (day 11) without testing as long as your symptoms have diminished

Note: Infections with the currently circulating variant are known to result in individuals remaining positive and infectious for up to 10 days.

  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask around all individuals including household members for 10 days total. A high-quality mask (e.g., N-95, KN-95 or KF-94) is recommended.
     

ALL REQUIRED TO GET COVID-19 BOOSTER WHEN ELIGIBLE

All students and employees who are eligible are required to get their COVID-19 booster and send a photo of your updated vaccination card or documentation to COVIDTesting@acphs.edu. New students are required to submit their vaccination and booster information into Slate. You are eligible to receive your booster dose five months after the last dose of the Pfizer or Moderna series or two months after Janssen/J&J.

Those who are not currently eligible must receive their booster within 14 days of becoming eligible. If you have received a primary series of a WHO-listed vaccine not available in the United States, and it has been at least six months since your last dose, we are following CDC guidance and advise that you receive a booster dose of vaccine with only the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

Please contact Student Affairs (Students) or Human Resources (Employees) should you have any questions regarding exemptions.


VISITORS

Visitors (including children) are welcome on campus. Visitors who are symptomatic are asked to refrain from coming to campus until they receive a negative COVID-19 test.