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Campus Plan-Spring 2022

COVID-19 Update - March 17, 2022

Throughout the pandemic of 2020, 2021, and now 2022, guidance and requirements have changed frequently. CDC updated guidance a number of times in the last two weeks. This document will address continuing efforts to mitigate the risks associated with COVID 19 as well as highlights recent changes in Concord safety protocol.

Note these changes since the last update:

  • As long as Mercer County remains in the Green or Yellow and the on-campus cases remain low in number, Concord is making masks optional in its facilities beginning tomorrow.  This lifting of mask restrictions reflects improvements in COVID-19 rates across the country and in the state. The Pandemic continues and other mitigation strategies for preventing the spread of infections should be continued.
  • Employees are encouraged to have a rapid test for COVID following day five of exposure, regardless of vaccination / booster status.
  • Boosters are now recommended after month five for Pfizer and after month six for Moderna.

 

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 the illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the two or three days after.

Quarantine

The CDC has updated 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.

  1. Individuals who are unvaccinated or are more than five (5) months out from their second Pfizer dose or more than six (6) months out from their second Moderna dose (or more than 2 months after the J&J vaccine) and not yet boosted, are to quarantine for 5 days. The last date of exposure is Day 0, then five days of quarantine, then return on day six.
  2. Individuals who are within six (6) months of having received the two dose Moderna or within five (5) months of the Pfizer vaccine series or within two months of having received the J&J vaccine and not eligible, therefore, for the booster and are not required to quarantine.
  3. Individuals who have been fully vaccinated and received their booster shot do not need to quarantine following an exposure.
  4. If symptoms occur, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not attributable to COVID-19 or influenza.
  5. For all individuals exposed to the virus, Concord encourages a test for SARS-CoV-2 at day five, regardless of vaccination status.
  6. Rapid/Self Home tests are acceptable for surveillance and post-quarantine use.

Isolation

Isolation relates to behavior after a confirmed infection to help prevent the potential spread of the infection to others. Individuals with COVID-19 are to isolate for 5 full days, if asymptomatic.

COVID positive individuals with symptoms, however, must remain in isolation at least 5 days and continue isolating until their fever has remained below 100 degrees for at least 24 hours and other symptoms are resolving.

Days of isolation are counted as follows: Day 0 is the date of the positive test; Days 1-5 are isolation; Day 6 is the earliest release from isolation.

 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

Concord University has updated our mask requirements to reflect the latest guidance by the CDC, March 17th, 2022. Mercer County is now indicated as GREEN on the CDC’s COVID-19 Community level map.   


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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