All students, faculty, and staff are required to complete a self-assessment every day to screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
OWU will be providing a mobile app to aid in this effort. It will prompt you every morning to check for symptoms, provide an assessment, and give you instructions should your report suggest the possibility of infection. This information will be recorded in an administrator interface that allows designated employees to follow up with you for further screening and, if necessary, initiate plans for further actions (such as quarantine, isolation, or medical transport).
To protect the safety of everyone in our campus community, please do not attend class if you feel ill or if you’ve been exposed to the virus. Faculty will have course plans for fall that include alternate learning activities for students not able to attend class. In some cases, students unable to be in the classroom may be able to participate via remote connections, in others they may view recordings of class activities, and in others they may be given alternate assignments.
Ongoing Viral Testing
Beyond the initial viral test that will be done at the start of fall semester, we will conduct ongoing viral testing of students throughout the semester to monitor the potential rate of infection and spread. We anticipate retesting 250-300 students every week through the remainder of the semester.
Isolation and Quarantine
Students who test positive will be placed into isolation immediately in a dedicated residence hall away from all other students or they may choose to return home immediately for isolation. Students in isolation who have tested positive for the virus can share bedrooms and bathrooms with each other. They must meet public health guidelines before being released from isolation.
Students who have had a high-risk exposure to someone with the virus will be quarantined immediately with private bedrooms and private bathrooms. Students must remain in quarantine for the length of time determined by public health officials.
Students in isolation or quarantine will be able to continue with their classes if their health permits. Faculty members will have course plans that include alternate learning activities for students who are not able to attend class. In some cases students who are unable to be in the classroom may be able to participate via remote connections; in others, they may view recordings of class activities; and in others, they may be given alternate assignments.
All students in isolation or quarantine:
- Receive delivered meals from AVI (our campus dining provider) in individual portions and left in a safe location for pick-up.
- Will have their rooms deep-cleaned by ABM (our cleaning services provider) after each vacancy.
- Are contacted daily by individuals from the Student Health Center and Student Engagement and Success Division, who check their status and make sure their needs are met.
Individuals who have tested positive for the virus will be interviewed as quickly as possible to identify those individuals with whom they have had close contact within the past 4 days. “Close contact” is defined by public health officials as a 15-minute encounter within 6 feet of each other.
Delaware public health officials will conduct the contact tracing process and will communicate with the university as appropriate regarding individuals who need to be quarantined or isolated. They will monitor the condition of those individuals to determine when they can be removed from quarantine or isolation. The university will provide information necessary for county officials to properly conduct contact tracing, including data such as classroom rosters, roommate rosters, athletic team rosters, etc.