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Quarantine and Contact Tracing

Spring Hill College is taking a number of preventative measures to ensure that the campus community has reduced exposure to COVID-19 impacts. We understand that it is likely that transmission and presence of the virus in our college community will continue at times into the Spring semester. Spring Hill College has developed protocols for contact tracing and quarantine to help those who have contracted the virus and assist those who may have been exposed to the virus.

Quarantine and Isolation Scenarios

If you have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19, please quarantine yourself immediately and contact badgershealth@shc.edu for further follow-up and questions. If you are determined to be a close contact (within 6 ft for 15 minutes or longer), you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the time of last exposure.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and are experiencing symptoms, please isolate yourself immediately and contact badgershealth@shc.edu for further instructions and contact tracing. You will be required to isolate for 10-days after the onset of symptoms AND be fever-free without medication for 24 hours AND all other symptoms have improved.

If you test positive for COVID-19 and do not have symptoms, please isolate yourself immediately and contact badgershealth@shc.edu for further instructions and contact tracing. You will be required to isolate for 10-days from your test date.

If you test negative for COVID-19 and have symptoms, please isolate yourself and immediately contact badgershealth@shc.edu. Contact tracing will be conducted to determine if there are any known exposures to COVID-19.

If one of the members of your household has been advised to get a COVID-19 test, please notify your supervisor and remain at home until the test results are confirmed. If positive, you will need to follow the quarantine guidelines. Your healthcare provider may recommend that you also get a test.

Key Terms:

may include any of the following: cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, new olfactory disorder, new taste disorder, fever (measured or subjective), chills, rigors, myalgia, headache, sore throat, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, or congestion/runny nose.
separates people with an infectious disease, like COVID-19, from people who are not sick.
separates people who were exposed to an infectious disease to see if they may become sick
Close contact
is generally defined as being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes and included household contacts, intimate partners, and in-home caregivers, starting 2 days before symptoms appeared or specimen collection date (whichever was earlier). Distance could be longer of shorter, depending on the exposure level and setting

What happens when I am in quarantine or isolation?

  • Students may return to their family home within 24 hours of a diagnosis or notice of exposure to quarantine. We encourage families to develop a plan for bringing their student home should this step become necessary. Families should proactively discuss the potential for infection at home or any at-risk family members prior to making this decision.
  • Students who stay on campus in quarantine or isolation will be contacted by a member of the student affairs staff through the Badgers Health email or by phone to explain the quarantine or isolation protocol.
  • Spring Hill College staff will determine whether a student will be able to quarantine in place or relocate to a designated quarantine room for the duration of their quarantine period. A number of factors determine this decision based on the scenario and the student’s living situation.
  • Students will be emailed a quarantine protocols guide explaining services, guidelines, and instructions for their time in quarantine. Instructions for ordering meals will also be included in this form.
  • Badgers Health will contact faculty members to let them know the period of time for which a student has been asked to quarantine. It is the student’s responsibility to follow-up with faculty members to arrange for any missed work or assignments during this time.
  • Spring Hill College has a limited number of quarantine beds to offer for students needing to use these accommodations. The College will continuously review the capacity of these spaces reaching capacity in our quarantine beds may require the College to return to full remote learning if the capacity is exceeded.

Contact Tracing

  • Spring Hill College will continue to follow CDC, APHD, and MPHD guidelines in contacting the individuals or the larger campus community regarding possible exposure as a close contact. Individuals will be contacted if they are determined to be a close contact (person within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer) as defined by the CDC.
  • It is important that anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 be thorough and truthful during the contact tracing process in order to identify anyone who may be a close contact. The larger campus community will be notified when there are multiple cases that can be traced to a common source or location. It is important to note that no names will be shared during the contact tracing process.

Any students who violate the quarantine or contact tracing guidelines will be subject to the student conduct process.

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