Testing and General Policies

For Spring Semester 2022

Masking Guidelines & Testing

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

KN95 Masks

Summer Testing for Faculty/Staff and Summer Fellows

Updated: May 31, 2022

The Myrin basement virus testing site will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:00 AM–12:00 Noon, starting on Tuesday, May 31. Currently testing is not required, but we recommend a weekly test.

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Quarantine/ Isolation Guidance

(Updated Friday, February 4, 2022)

  • If you are up-to-date on vaccination and are designated a contact by the contact tracing team, you are not required to quarantine, but you required to test daily when the testing site is open for the week following the contact. You are also asked to where a KN95 mask whenever indoors and around others.
  • If you are not up to date, you must quarantine for five full days, and then test daily following that period
  • There is also special guidance for those who have recently recovered from a verified COVID infection; you may discuss this with the contact tracing, case managers, or Wellness.
  • This also serves as a reminder that we now have a booster requirement for students. If you have not uploaded this information, the additional restrictions for those who are “not up-to-date” will apply to you.

Ursinus is adopting, with minor modifications, the recently revised guidance from the CDC on quarantine and isolation. These changes reflect the more rapid progression of disease from the Omicron variant, as well as a desire to reduce disruption from long periods of separation.

Isolation refers to steps taken for individuals who test positive, or otherwise are assumed to have contracted COVID.

  • All infected individuals should remain isolated for 5 full days the date of the positive test. For students who live within driving distance of campus, the assumption is that they will do isolate at home, as the college has very limited space for isolation.
  • On or after the sixth day, those with either mild or no symptoms (without fever) who test negative may re-enter usual activities. They should avoid large groups and wearing a KN95 mask for the following five days. We ask that these individuals also come to the testing site on the first available day for antigen testing to monitor their recovery; they should identify themselves to the testing personnel as returning from isolation.
  • Those who continue to test positive should remain in isolation for a full ten days. Those who experience serious symptoms, should consult with Wellness or their family physician. They may return to regular activities at that point if symptoms have largely disappeared and they have been without fever for at least 24 hours.

Close contacts of positive cases, as identified by our Contact Tracing team, should also follow certain precautions, depending on their vaccination status.

  • For those whose vaccination status is not up-to-date*, they must quarantine for a five-day period following their last exposure. Students who live within driving distance of campus are expected to quarantine at home; all students who are unvaccinated must have a quarantine and isolation plan. At the five-day point, these individuals should get a COVID test, and if negative, may return to regular activities with extra precautions for the next five days: consistent mask wearing, avoiding those in high-risk groups, testing daily whenever the testing site is open for the next five days, and watching for symptoms.
  • For those whose vaccination is up-to-date*, contacts may continue usual activities with extra precautions for a ten-day period: consistent mask wearing, avoiding high risk groups, testing daily whenever the testing site is open for a full week following exposure, being alert for symptoms.

For all of the above instances in which mask wearing is required, the testing site will supply at least two KN95 masks that can be alternated on a daily basis for the period specified.

*Up-to-date is defined by the CDC to include individuals who are both 1) fully vaccinated (two weeks past final dose of an EUA approved vaccine) and 2) boosted if they are eligible. Booster eligibility currently begins five months past the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or two months past the administration of the J&J vaccine.

KN95 Masks