Ohio Wesleyan has developed a full COVID-19 Wellness Protocol for the campus based on the latest public health guidelines. An abbreviated version is shared here. Please note OWU’s protocols are subject to change as new health guidelines are enacted at the federal, state, or local level.
OWU’s Wellness Protocol utilizes the Centers for Disease Control definitions of the words “isolation” and “quarantine,” which are as follows:
- Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. (It is more serious than quarantine.)
- Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
Self-quarantine (for those who may have been exposed to the virus but not showing signs of illness) is a critical step to preventing the spread of COVID-19. This protocol addresses the conditions in which self-quarantine will be required and the steps OWU will take to ensure successful self-quarantine. This protocol follows updated guidance from the CDC.
Initiation of Self-Quarantine
Ohio Wesleyan University maintains the authority to require the self-quarantine of a student seeking to be present on campus or an employee before returning to campus.
The following conditions represent reasons a person may be required to self-quarantine:
- Any student or employee returning to OWU from a country under a CDC Warning Level 3 or higher – regardless of directions issued to the traveler at the U.S. point of entry.
- Any student or employee returning from areas within the U.S. with significant community spread posing a risk of uncontained transmission.
- Travel documentation is reviewed by International & Off-Campus Programs (IOCP) against current outbreak information and referred to Student Health as needed.
- Any student or employee who has been in close contact with someone under care for suspected exposure to COVID-19. Close contact is defined as ‘within about six feet’.
- Any student or employee who has been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact is defined as ‘within about six feet’.
- Any student or employee displaying symptoms associated with COVID-19.
- Fever, coughing, shortness of breath
- At the request of Delaware General Health based on a Public Health screening.
Students are encouraged to self-quarantine at home with family or caregivers, but in instances where that is not feasible due to the student’s circumstances, students must contact Residential Life and request a room for self-quarantine. ResLife will conduct well-being checks at regular intervals through phone calls and/or video conference calls. In-person checks will be conducted on a case-by-case basis by health care providers or Department of Public Safety Officers. Boxed meals will be provided.
Employees must immediately report to their direct supervisor if they meet conditions requiring a 14 day home self-quarantine. The direct supervisor is required to contact the Department of Public Safety who will consult with Delaware General Health or the employee’s home-based local public health agency to determine if a field interview is necessary. Direct supervisors will refer to guidance by Human Resources for successful remote work procedures.
If you self-quarantine, you must inform the University by completing this Self-Quarantine Notification form.
Any student displaying emergency warning signs (per CDC) difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to rouse, bluish lips or face should call 911. A Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer will be dispatched concurrently to assist EMS providers in locating and transporting the affected student. DPS Officers will provide notification to the Student Health Center and ResLife.
The Student Health Center will remain open as long as the campus is open. Normal operating hours are being observed Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
- Students will be accepted by appointment only and must call 740-368-3160 prior to arrival.
- Students may be required to use a facemask, provided by the Student Health Center, prior to being seen by health care professionals.
Questions about COVID-19 should be directed to the Ohio Department of Health (ODH) hotline number 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
- The call center will be open 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
- Call center staff includes licensed nurses and infectious disease experts.
- They can answer questions about COVID-19, the risk to the public, and the state’s response.
How to Self-Quarantine Guidance
- Stay in your room or assigned housing unit and out of public spaces.
- Do not go to work, events, or other social or religious gatherings.
- Limit contact with others – including persons living in your residence. Stay 6 feet away from other individuals at all times.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Never cough in the direction of someone else.
- Frequently wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
- Wash/sanitize after coughing/sneezing directly into your hands or after handling used tissues.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-quarantine.
- Keep your surroundings clean. While the virus is not spread very well from contact with soiled household surfaces, try to clean surfaces that you share with others, such as door knobs, telephones, and bathroom surfaces (or any other object that you sneeze or cough on), with a standard household disinfectant such as Clorox wipes. Wash your hands after cleaning the area.
- Monitor yourself for signs of possible infection, including fever (100.4 degrees F or 38.0 degrees C or higher, measured twice a day), coughing or shortness of breath.
- Seek medical attention if your illness becomes worse
Worsening symptoms include difficulty breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion or inability to rouse, bluish lips or face.