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COVID-19 Monitoring, Isolation and Quarantine Plan for Lewis & Clark Students, Academic Year 2020-21

July 17, 2020

Lewis & Clark is committed to maintaining the health of our campus community, and to protecting the health of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. This document articulates expectations and guidance for Lewis & Clark students related to self-monitoring, isolation and quarantine for the 2020-21 academic year. Revisions may be made as circumstances change.  (Note:  The procedures for self-monitoring, isolation and quarantine for summer 2020 (effective through August 13, 2020) can be found here.)

I. Self-Monitoring for Symptoms

Lewis & Clark students are expected to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily basis. At the first sign of illness, students are expected to immediately self-isolate in their residence,, consult with a healthcare provider, and follow the directions of that healthcare provider. This consultation can be provided by the Health Service. Anytime the Health Service is closed, students can access the Nurse Consultation Service at 1-844-915-2069.

II. Reporting of Illness or Quarantine

Students who are encouraged by their health care professional to self-isolate or quarantine should complete the online notification form, available through the Health Information Portal. For students living on campus, completion of the notification form will initiate outreach from college staff; a review of the student’s living situation; meal delivery; distribution of supplies to support isolation; and potential support for close contacts (e.g., roommates).

Health Promotion staff will collaborate to ensure that all potential college first responders (e.g., Campus Safety staff, Campus Living professional staff) and Facilities staff are aware of rooms where students are self-isolating or are in quarantine. First responders and Facilities staff entering these rooms, or engaging the residents of these rooms, should wear appropriate personal protective equipment.

III. Response to Confirmed Case of COVID-19

(This same response will be followed in response to any case where a health authority has made a presumptive diagnosis of COVID-19, in the absence of testing.)

Anyone learning of a confirmed student case of COVID-19 that has not previously been reported to the college–whether the student lives on- or off-campus–should contact the Office of Health Promotion with details. Health Promotion staff will be responsible for reaching out to students, and keeping a master list of all confirmed cases of students in all three schools, both on- and off-campus.

The Associate Director for Health Promotion will inform the Vice President of Student Life of all confirmed cases. When the confirmed case is a student at the Graduate School, the Vice President of Student Life will inform the Dean of the Graduate School. When the confirmed case is a student enrolled at the Law School, the Vice President of Student Life will inform the Dean of the Law School.

When practicable, within 24 hours of the college learning of a confirmed student case, the Vice President of Student Life (or designee) will delegate the case for review to a Case Review Team (CRT) consisting of the Health Service Director, Associate Director for Health Promotion, and (for students in residence) the Campus Living Director.

This team will conduct a review of the student’s situation and determine recommendations for the student, any roommate(s) who are students, and any other confirmed close contacts who are LC community members. The CRT will make recommendations to the Vice President of Student Life (or designee) regarding 1) community communication, if necessary, to inform community members who might be at risk from exposure; and 2) further mitigation efforts (i.e., potential testing of students, health monitoring, and recommendations regarding the need for self-isolation or quarantine).

For patients of the Health Service, Health Service staff will be responsible for reporting cases to public health officials. The Associate Director for Health Promotion or designee will be responsible for any other necessary communication with public health officials about cases, including discussion of potential contact tracing.

The Vice President of Student Life (VPSL) or designee, in conjunction with the Associate Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications will develop a communication plan when necessary to inform community members who might be at risk from exposure from an individual who is reasonably suspected of infection.

Health Service staff will check in on ill students on the next workday and on a daily basis each weekday until they deem such a frequency is no longer necessary. Students will be given written directions about what to do should their symptoms worsen over a weekend or holiday. Students may not come out of their isolation area until cleared to do so by Health Service staff.

Generally speaking:

  • A student in residence who tests positive will be relocated to a residence hall set aside for isolation. Two residents with confirmed cases may be housed together.
  • The roommate of any confirmed case of a student in residence will be moved to a quarantine area. Students in quarantine will always be placed in single rooms.
  • The room originally occupied by the infected student will be left to rest for three days, after which it will be deep-cleaned by staff equipped with appropriate personal protective equipment.

IV. Response to Students For Whom Quarantine has been Recommended

Any student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 within the preceding 14 days should stay in their place of residence and follow recommendations of their healthcare providers and public health officials related to quarantine. Students for whom quarantine has been recommended should complete the online notification form, available through the Health Information Portal, as soon as possible. For students living on campus, completion of the notification form will initiate outreach from college staff; a review of the student’s living situation; meal delivery; and distribution of supplies to support isolation. Students are expected to remain in quarantine until they have been cleared by their healthcare provider to end quarantine.

The Associate Director for Health Promotion (or designee) will be responsible for maintaining daily (on workdays) contact with students in quarantine. Students in quarantine will be provided information about resources to access should their condition worsen over a weekend or holiday.

V. Student Travel

Students are expected to follow CDC recommendations related to periods of self-isolation or quarantine following travel. In addition, students are expected to comply with the College’s Expectations for International Travelers. Questions should be directed to the Office of Health Promotion and Wellness.

VI. Academic Absences and Accommodations

Students who must miss class or academic work due to issues associated with illness or quarantine should e-mail their faculty. Students who need any academic adjustments or accommodations related to their illness should contact Student Support Services to discuss their options.

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