Spring 2022 COVID-19 Plan
updated January 6, 2022
Dear Covenant Community,
We trust you had a restful break and are excited to welcome you back for the Spring 2022 semester. With record numbers of COVID-19 cases increasing each week due in large part to the Omicron variant and taking into account new guidance from the CDC and the Georgia Department of Public Health, here are our plans and new protocols to start the semester:
Re-entry: While only unvaccinated students are required to provide a negative test result or
evidence of a positive test within the last 90 days to studentdevelopment@covenant.
Masks: We will continue to require a well-fitting mask in the chapel and all classrooms and instructional spaces to begin the semester during the current surge of cases and will reassess at the end of January as we track local case counts. As a result of the transmissibility of the new variant, masks are recommended in other crowded indoor spaces during this current surge of cases. Research has shown that N95, KN95, and surgical masks are the most effective.
Testing: The Health Center will continue to provide testing as available Monday-Friday. Information on other local testing sites will be available again on the website. Please call Health Services at 706.419.1275 should you have questions to determine if testing is recommended.
Isolation and Quarantine: New guidance has been provided by public health for both isolation (positive test) and quarantine (close contact). In line with this new guidance and in an effort to best provide sustained care with our finite resources, isolation and quarantine will be handled differently than in past semesters:
Isolation: Students who test positive should plan on ten days of restrictions (with day 0 being the day of symptom onset or the day of a positive test for asymptomatic individuals). Students who are asymptomatic or no longer symptomatic after five full days can come out of isolation after being cleared by Health Services. The earliest students could leave isolation would be on day six after a conversation with Health Services. They will still need to wear a mask for the remainder of their full ten days. Students unwilling to wear a mask will need to remain in isolation. We again recommend that students go home if possible after testing positive. If unable to go home, private rooms will be provided on campus as long as they are available.
Students who test positive will receive information for their isolation including directions for meals and steps to take for communication with their faculty members in order to get access to links for remote courses.
Quarantine: Students who are close contacts to a positive case will need to quarantine unless they meet one of the following criteria:
- they received a COVID-19 booster shot;
- it has been less than six months (and more than two weeks) since the final shot of their initial COVID-19 vaccination; or
- they had a confirmed case of COVID-19 in the past 90 days.
If students meet at least one of the above criteria after close contact with a positive case, they do not need to quarantine but should wear a mask around others for ten days as a precaution and seek testing after five days while monitoring for symptoms.
For those who do not meet any of the above criteria, quarantine is for ten days with the opportunity to be released on day six after a negative test and a conversation with Health Services while still needing to wear a mask for the remainder of the ten day quarantine. The earliest an asymptomatic student in quarantine could leave is on day six - though students should get tested earlier if they develop symptoms.
Students are encouraged to quarantine at home if possible because quarantine rooms will not be provided on campus. With the anticipated increase of positive cases this semester, we are prioritizing space on campus for students who must isolate due to a positive test. If unable to go home, students will need to remain in their own rooms on campus for the duration of their quarantine, staying away from others whenever possible and masking when not.
If staying on campus, meals will not be delivered. Students in quarantine will need to mask up, wash hands, and go to the Great Hall to get their meals to-go using the Eco-box system provided in the Great Hall. Students in quarantine will receive an email from the college with instructions on quarantine and directions for communicating with faculty for access to remote learning.
These measures have been adjusted taking into consideration the research showing that the omicron variant is less virulent while much more transmissible than previous variants. We are expecting an increase in cases for the next several weeks and are prioritizing resources for isolation of positives while trying to preserve bandwidth for anticipated increases of the flu, colds, and other seasonal illnesses in our community.
Should you be unable to get into the Health Center due to high demand, please plan on visiting one of the local health clinics. It would be wise for students to communicate with their families now so that health insurance information is in hand as they return for the new semester.
Again, we are asking for proactivity and integrity on the part of the community: to isolate and seek counsel when sick, to comply with quarantine and isolation guidance, and to follow other recommended health hygiene practices such as handwashing, covering coughs, and avoiding others when ill. These reasonable actions will help us to weather the current Omicron surge without overwhelming our infrastructure while also reducing transmission of other sickness.
Should you have any questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your attention to these protocols and joining us in prayer for the semester ahead.
On behalf of the COVID-19 Committee,
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