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Campus Plan-Spring 2022

COVID-19 Update - January 3, 2022


Thank you for your patience with the constant changes regarding the COVID pandemic management and operations. Please review the updates on the CU COVID site frequently as the information changes often. This briefing is the most current information.

Due to the highly contagious Omicron variant of COVID-19, state officials are requiring COVID testing of ALL students, faculty, and staff (both vaccinated and unvaccinated) at the beginning of the spring semester.


Testing Schedule 

STAFF
Tuesday, Jan. 4 : 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Student Center Ballroom

FACULTY
Friday, Jan. 7: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Student Center Ballroom
 

RESIDENTIAL STUDENTS

Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 8 & 9 -  2pm-9pm - North Towers Lobby

COMMUTER STUDENTS & ARAMARK

Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 10 & 11 -  9am-4pm – Student Center Ballroom

Upon entry to testing site, individuals will be provided a self-administered rapid test. Any positive rapid test will be followed up with a PCR test administered by one of our medical staff. There is no charge for the this testing event.
 

Quarantine and Isolation Guidance

The CDC has shortened the recommended time for quarantine and isolation for individuals exposed to, and/or infected with, the COVID-19 virus. The change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

Quarantine

CDC has update the recommended quarantine period for individuals who are exposed to the COVID virus, i.e., close contacts. Quarantine refers to the time following exposure to the virus or close contact with someone known to have COVID-19.

  • Individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than six months out from their second mRNA dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, are to quarantine for 5 days.
  • Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure.
  • If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19.
  • For all those exposed, best practice would also include a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day 5 after exposure. Encouraged but not required by CU.

Isolation

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection to help prevent the potential spread of the infection to others. People with COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours).

Based on the evolving body of knowledge and understanding of the virus and variants, individuals should get vaccinated to minimize the significant adverse effects of the virus.  In fact, the odds of being hospitalized or dying from the virus are significantly less than one percent for fully vaccinated individuals.
 
Vaccinations
Although the university does not mandate COVID vaccinations of employees or students, such vaccinations are strongly encouraged as the best method for protecting oneself and others. Please report your proof of vaccination and booster to www.concord.edu/vaccine
 
Safety Precautions
Being fully vaccinated is the priority and primary defense against the COVID virus and its variants. 

The use of other safety precautions such as masking, distancing, sanitizing, and hygiene are not nearly as effective as vaccinations with the new variants. That does not mean that we should stop being attentive or seeking to do the things that will help protect others.

After being vaccinated, the next most important thing one can do is monitor for symptoms of COVID and not report to work or school when symptomatic. If symptomatic, whether vaccinated or not, you need to quarantine and get tested. If you test positive, then you need to isolate and are urged to seek medical treatment without delay.

Please email positive test results, or close contact to individuals who tested positive, to the following:
Students: sbeasley@concord.edu
Faculty/Staff: dfitzpatrick@concord.edu

Face Masks or Face Coverings
Face masks or face coverings are required for all individuals while in University facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

Course Syllabi
Students should check with their instructors for current class practices and pay close attention to class announcements for guidance about expectations in individual classes.   
 

This guidance is current as of date and time of issue but may change at any time and without warning.

 

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