Reporting Requirements for COVID-19 for Students
Aug. 17, 2020
We hope you are staying well, and we look forward to welcoming you to campus this week. Given that you will be on campus during the fall 2020 semester for in-person courses or will be participating in in-person experiential learning (such as: internships, field experiences and service-learning activities), we want to ensure that you are familiar with our campus protocols in the event you experience symptoms of COVID-19, have tested positive for COVID-19 (with symptoms or not), or have been in close contact (less than 6 feet for more 15 minutes while unmasked) with someone you have learned is infected with COVID-19.
These protocols are applicable if you have been on campus or at an off-campus learning site within the last 14 days, and/or if you are scheduled to take in-person courses.
A. If you are sick with COVID-19 related symptoms, or have tested positive for COVID-19 (with symptoms or not), please adhere to these five directions:
- Contact Janell Morillo immediately at 559.278.0276 or firstname.lastname@example.org and complete this online form.
Once the initial report is received, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety will:
- Contact you to determine where on campus you have been, identify any campus individuals with whom you have been in contact, and assess if anyone should self-quarantine due to possible exposure.
- Provide you with information regarding how to obtain counseling assistance during this difficult time.
- Determine if any campus areas need to be specially cleaned and disinfected or closed for a period of time.
- Coordinate with Facilities Operations (Custodial Services) to clean and disinfect areas as needed.
2. Notify your instructor if you will not be able to attend class.
3. Seek guidance from your medical provider. If you do not have a medical provider, contact the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC). Consider visiting one of the available testing sites in the county.
4. You are required to isolate at home for at least 10 days since symptoms first appeared, and at least one day (24 hours) have passed since last fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and other symptoms (e.g. cough, shortness of breath, body aches, etc.) have improved.
If during this isolation period, you have experienced symptoms, you will be asked to submit a doctor’s release to the Student Health and Counseling Center (SHCC) prior to returning to campus. If you have not experienced symptoms, you will not be required to submit a doctor’s release.
5. As a reminder, your health information is confidential. After you have reported to AVP Morillo (and completed the online form), the campus will take reasonable steps to protect your confidentiality.
B. If you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive or is strongly suspected to have COVID-19, please adhere to these four directions:
1. Complete the online form.
Once the initial report is received, the Office of Environmental Health and Safety will review and, if appropriate, take the steps outlined in scenario A (above).
2. You may be required to stay home (quarantine) for a minimum of 14 calendar days per Fresno County Department of Public Health recommendations.
3. Consider visiting one of the available testing sites in the county.
4. As a reminder, your health information is confidential. After you have completed the online form, the campus will take reasonable steps to protect your confidentiality.
Important Reminders and Resources
- Wear a face covering at all times when on campus. (See the April 13 communication and updated requirements from the California Department of Public Health.) The Order is available on the Fresno County Department of Public Health COVID-19 page. (Look on the right-hand side dark red menu and scroll down to the Face Coverings section.)
- Practice physical distancing of six feet or more.
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water.
- Use hand sanitizers provided.
- Stay home if you are sick or if anyone in your household is suspected to be COVID-19 positive.
- Links to campus, local, state and federal resources are available here.
Thank you for your cooperation with these protocols, as it is our shared responsibility to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our campus community.
Janell Morillo, Associate Vice President for Student Health, Counseling and Wellness
Lisa Kao, Director of Environmental Health and Safety/Risk Management