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Student On-Campus Quarantine Instructions

Reporting and General Instructions

Any student who has been in close physical contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined. Students will be notified that they are a close contact by the College’s COVID-19 Response Team.


Health Services will reach out to students to offer support and to answer any medical questions students might have. It is imperative that students in quarantine continue to complete their daily symptom screening in CoVerified.


The expected duration of quarantine is 14 days from a person’s last exposure to a test-positive person. Students who live in singles or have an individual bedroom in a suite are typically quarantined on campus. While in quarantine, students can neither have visitors nor leave their room except:

  • To use the bathroom in the suite or residence hall. Students should also clean the areas they used in the bathroom and then return to their room promptly.
  • To pick up grab-and-go meals at the dining hall (and then immediately return to their room).
  • To participate in the Colby testing program.
  • For outdoor exercise activities as described by the Maine CDC, “such as swimming or hiking, provided that [quarantined students] abide by physical distancing guidelines and avoid contact with other people.” Students cannot exercise with others and while outdoors, cannot enter any buildings, including the Athletics and Recreation Center. They must return to their room immediately following the completion of exercise activities.
    In case of an emergency.

Any time a quarantined student leaves the room for permitted actions, they must wear a face covering, routinely wash their hands, and practice social distancing. Failure to comply with any of these rules is a violation of Colby policy.

 

Access to General Support

Students will have access to support while in quarantine. Sandeep Kaur, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team, is the College’s primary student support coordinator. The COVID-19 Response Team can provide assistance with facilitating communications with faculty or administrative staff, personal needs, and deliveries of materials needed for academic work, as well as to answer general questions about the quarantine process. To reach them, email covid-19responseteam@colby.edu. Medical/health questions should be directed to the Health Services at healthservices@colby.edu or 207- 859-4460.

 

Testing

Testing for quarantined students will take place at 11-11:20 a.m. and at 3-3:20 p.m. at the main testing tent on the Colby Green. Unless informed otherwise, students are tested every day except for Sunday. Students may choose to be tested at either time listed here. Upon arrival, there is a special entrance door about 10 feet to the left of the main entrance to the tent, labeled Entrance 2. That entrance should be used to gain access to a sequestered area for testing. Questions regarding testing should be directed to covidtesting@colby.edu.

 

Access to Meals

As noted above, quarantined students are allowed to leave their room to collect food from the dining hall. There will be grab-and-go options available to take back to a student’s room.

 

Access to Academic Needs

For assistance acquiring textbooks or technology, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team (covid-19responseteam@colby.edu) to arrange for a delivery or service. In regards to courses, students are asked to reach out to their professors to coordinate any additional academic support.

Academic deliveries are made once every afternoon on weekdays. Students should plan ahead and communicate their needs in advance to ensure they receive their materials in a timely manner. 

 

Release from Quarantine

On the last day of quarantine, a member of the COVID-19 Response Team and a member of Health Services will schedule a Zoom to release a student from quarantine.

 

Returning Home

Colby and its healthcare providers strongly recommend that students remain in quarantine in the Colby-designated space and that students not leave the off-campus location to complete quarantine with family or others. If a student chooses to leave, they assume the risks of that decision, including the risk to family or others, who may be exposed to COVID-19 and the severe adverse health impacts that can result from the infection. Colby may need to notify the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention if a student leaves before a quarantine period is complete. Questions about the importance of quarantining in place should be directed to Health Services at healthservices@colby.edu or 207-859-4460.

 

Additional Resources

CDC COVID-19 website: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Colby College COVID-19 informational webpage: covid19.colby.edu

 

August 2020