Quarantine, Isolation & Positive COVID-19 Cases

Quarantine and Isolation

Isolation and quarantine help protect the campus by preventing exposure to community members who have or may have a contagious disease. The following information applies to Colby-Sawyer students. Information for faculty and staff members can be found on the myHR COVID-19 Employee Resources page.

COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart

What to Do When You Have Been Exposed to Someone Diagnosed With COVID-19

Use this flow chart to determine whether you should seek testing for COVID-19, isolate and/or refrain from attending in-person courses/work.

COVID-19 Exposure Flowchart

Definitions

Isolation

Isolation means the separation of a person known or reasonably believed to be infected with COVID-19 from those who are not infected to prevent spread. For Colby-Sawyer purposes, the need for isolation will be determined and compelled by a campus authority. People in New Hampshire who are in isolation are also under active monitoring.

Quarantine

Quarantine means the separation of a person who has been exposed to someone (symptomatic or asymptomatic) with COVID-19 from others to prevent the possible spread of the disease. Quarantine for Colby-Sawyer will require non-vaccinated persons to quarantine if exposed. Vaccinated persons will not require quarantine unless they are symptomatic or have tested positive.

Exposure/Close Contact 

 Exposure means that an individual has had close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. Close contact means that the individual has been within 6 feet of the person infected with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more in a 24-hour period. The 15 minutes of contact can be non-consecutive.

Positive COVID-19 Cases/Isolation

  • Any student confirmed through testing to be infected with COVID-19 must cooperate with the Baird Health and Counseling Center (BHCC) regarding at-home or on-campus isolation and provide New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (NHDHHS) and/or BHCC information regarding close contact with others during the defined contact period.
  • If COVID-19 illness is confirmed (irrespective of symptomatic or not), students will be isolated per current CDC and NHDHHS recommendations. Isolation may include returning home or to an on-campus facility designated by a campus authority. BHCC will participate in an isolation support team to ensure students’ needs are met and that privacy is maintained to the extent possible. BHCC will contact the student regularly during isolation and make a determination for release from isolation when appropriate.
  • In accordance with CDC and state guidelines, students confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 (See: Self-Care During Isolation and Quarantine) and are at home may discontinue isolation and be cleared for a return to campus if all of the following conditions have been met:
    • At least 10 days have passed since symptom onset and,
    • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
    • Other symptoms have improved (to include but not limited to: fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea/vomiting, or diarrhea)
    • Released from isolation by BHCC (See: Student Discharge Process from Isolation)
  • Students confirmed to have been infected with COVID-19 who never develop symptoms may be given permission by BHCC to discontinue isolation 10 days after the date of their positive test.
Restrictions (on-campus Isolation)

Residential students who are required to isolate on campus are restricted to the Colby-Sawyer campus and must physically separate in their designated/assigned isolation location. Meals will be delivered by Dining Services to the assigned isolation location. Visitation by anyone, except for those also assigned to the isolation location, is strictly prohibited during the isolation period. Students who are in isolation may not have any contact with others except for medical personnel and other students also assigned to the isolation location (as long as that student is also confirmed COVID +).

Restrictions (off-campus Isolation)

Students who are required to isolate off campus are restricted from returning to Colby-Sawyer College property or attending college sponsored events unless formally cleared to do so by BHCC. Isolating students will receive a written notice informing them that they are approved to return to campus to finish isolation on campus (at a designated/assigned location) or that they have been cleared from isolation restrictions.

Meals

Isolating students can order their meals online through colbysawyercatering.catertrax.com and pick up their meals from the residence hall lounges. Meals will be delivered at the following times:

  • Breakfast: between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: between noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Academics

The isolating student should e-mail their professors and let them know that they will not be in class. They should inquire about how to continue with the class sessions and assignments from their remote location. BHCC will contact the Office of the Academic Vice-President when a student will be out of class for more than a week, and that office will notify the applicable professor(s) for the isolating student. Because of privacy, the faculty member will not be told why the student is out, but just that they are not available to attend class in person.

Student Discharge Process from Isolation

Students can only return to regular campus activities or participate in college sponsored events (i.e., going to class or the dining hall, visiting friends, attending a sporting event off campus, etc.) on the date provided by BHCC that they are cleared to do so.

Symptomatic Individuals, Known Exposure and Quarantine

Students who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 but who have not tested positive must report that they are experiencing symptoms directly to BHCC at bhcc@colby-sawyer.edu.  Students should also contact BHCC if they respond “Yes” to any of the following questions:

  • Do you have a fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or higher today or in the past 24 hours?
  • Have you had close contact with someone in the prior 14 days who has tested positive for COVID-19? (Note: Health care workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment should answer “no” because they are not considered to have exposure.)
  • Have you traveled in the prior 10 days to an area with a high rate of the communicable disease?
  • Are you experiencing any UNEXPLAINED respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough or shortness of breath?
  • Are you experiencing any UNEXPLAINED general body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills or severe fatigue?
  • Are you experiencing any abnormal gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting or diarrhea?
  • Have you experienced a change in your sense of taste or smell?
Restrictions (on-campus quarantine)

Residential students who are required to quarantine and choose to remain on campus are restricted to the Colby-Sawyer campus and must physically separate in their residence hall rooms except to use their residence hall restroom. Quarantining students may also go to their residence hall’s common area to pick-up boxed meals, which will be delivered by Dining Services. Visitation by anyone is strictly prohibited during the designated quarantine period. Quarantined students may go outside alone wearing a face covering at all times and without any contact with others.

Restrictions (off-campus quarantine)

Students who are required to quarantine and choose to do so off campus or are commuter students are restricted from returning to Colby-Sawyer College property or attending college-sponsored events until formally cleared to do so by BHCC. Students who are asked to quarantine will receive a written notice informing them that they are approved to return to campus.

Meals

Students in quarantine can order their meals online through colbysawyercatering.catertrax.com and pick up their meals from the residence hall lounges. Meals will be delivered at the following times:

  • Breakfast: between 8 and 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: between noon and 12:30 p.m.
  • Dinner: between 5 and 5:30 p.m.
Academics

The quarantining student should e-mail their professors and let them know that they will not be in class. They should inquire about arrangements for continuing with the class sessions and assignments from their remote location.

Self-Care During Isolation and Quarantine

COVID-19 has no cure as of right now. The symptoms for young adults tend to be that of the common cold. To take care of oneself while in isolation and treat symptoms:

  • Drink lots of fluids
  • Take Tylenol or Ibuprofen as directed
  • Gargle salt water for sore throat
  • Take Sudafed or a Decongestant for pressure, congestion or runny nose, headache, etc.
  • Take Mucinex for cough

Email or call Baird Health and Counseling Center at 603-526-3621 or bhcc@colby-sawyer.edu for assistance.

Violations of the Quarantine or Isolation Policies and Expectations

Should a Colby-Sawyer student violate the quarantine or isolation policies and/or expectations, the college reserves the right to immediately revoke their on-campus privileges to include housing and restrict them from campus. Additionally, alleged CSC student violations of these policies and/or expectations may be referred to the Department of Citizenship Education for resolution.

For more information about the college’s conduct process visit the Code of Community Responsibility.