Response to COVID-19

These policies and protocols provide guidance for responding to potential exposure and potential and confirmed cases of COVID-19 among Hood College employees and students.

The director of wellness will serve as the student COVID-19 case manager for all potential or confirmed student cases on campus. The director of human resources will serve as the employee COVID-19 case manager for all potential or confirmed employee cases on campus.  In their respective roles, they will:

  • Ensure patient is receiving medical care and other support needed
  • Ensure contact tracing is completed
  • Arrange for quarantine/isolation
  • Notify other campus members who need to know per plan
  • Ensure that all campus protocols to minimize the spread of COVID-19 are being followed (cleaning, contact tracing, etc.)
  • Maintain record of each case from onset to release to return to campus

If an individual exhibits one or more symptoms, or has been in close contact (less than 6’) for more than 15 minutes (cumulatively over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 with or without wearing masks, or has received a positive test result (even if asymptomatic), they should isolate (stay home from work or class) and contact their health provider or the Hood College Health Center who will provide instructions to seek health care/get tested. The individual should follow the detailed steps below, depending on whether they are anemployee, graduate student, commuter student or residential student.

At this time, per CDC guidance, vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine after exposure to a possible case, so long as they remain asymptomatic for at least 14 days. If a vaccinated individual begins to experience symptoms of COVID they should contact their health care provider or the Hood College Health Center who will provide instructions to seek health care/get tested. Vaccinated individuals should do their best to remain isolated from others if they are exhibiting symptoms of COVID and awaiting a test result.

Quarantine/Isolation

The College will follow CDC guidance on who should quarantine after exposure to a case of COVID-19. At this time, per CDC guidance, vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine after exposure to a possible case, so long as they remain asymptomatic for at least 14 days. If a vaccinated individual begins to experience symptoms of COVID, they should contact their health care provider or the Hood College Health Center who will provide instructions to seek health care/get tested. Symptomatic individuals should do their best to remain isolated from others as they are awaiting a test result.

  1. If you are exhibiting symptoms, or have been in close contact (less than 6’) for more than 15 minutes (cumulatively over a 24-hour period)  with someone who has COVID-19 with or without wearing masks, or have received  a positive test (even if asymptomatic), you are required to stay home from work untildirected further.
  2. Contact your immediate supervisor and the employee COVID-19 case manager at  timmons@hood.eduto alert them to a potential or confirmed case.
  3. The employee COVID-19 case manager will conduct contact tracing. Based on the information obtained, they will contact facilities and the supervisor for follow-up steps.
  4. Contact your health provider for further instruction, which will likely result in a COVID-19 test.
  5. For emergency warning signs, immediately call 9-1-1. COVID-19-related emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inabilityto wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
  6. You are required to stay home until the CDC’s criteria of when it is safe to bearound othersaremet and a medical provider cleared you to return.
  7. ​​​​​​​Complete the Return to Workform.

If you are a Supervisor with an employee with a potential or confirmed case

 

  1. You will receive information from the employee COVID-19 case manager regarding theemployee and if any other action is needed.
  2. ​​​​​​​Check on employee while they are in isolation (email, phone call, card).
  1. If you are exhibiting symptoms or have been in close contact (less than 6’) for more than 15 minutes (cumulatively over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 with or without wearing masks or have received a positive test result (even if asymptomatic), you are required to stay home from class and stay away from campus until directed further.
  2. Contact the director of wellness at wellness@hood.edu.
  3. ​​​​​​​Contact your health provider or the Hood College Health Center (301-698-8374, option 1) for further instruction, which will likely result in a  COVID-19 test.
  4. ​​​​​​​For emergency warning signs, immediately call 9-1-1. COVID-19-related emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inabilityto wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
  5. ​​​​​​​You are required to stay home (or in your room if a resident) until the CDC’s criteria of when it is safe to be  around othersare met and a medical provider and the director of wellness have clearedyouto return.

 

​​​​​​​For a potential Graduate Student case, the director of wellness will:

  1. Contact the student.
  2. Contact a contact tracer and facilities.
  3. If, based on contact tracing, it is determined that the student must isolate or quarantine, the director of wellness will notify the student, the dean of the Graduate School and the Blazer Support Team (if a resident).
  4. The dean of the Graduate School will contact the student’s advisor and faculty and will check on the student during isolation/quarantine.
  1. If you are exhibiting symptoms, or have been in close contact (less than 6’) for more than 15 minutes(cumulatively over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 with or without wearing masks or have received a positive COVID-19 test result (even if asymptomatic), you are required to stay home from class and stay away from campus until directed further.
  2. Contact the director of wellness at wellness@hood.edu.
  3. ​​​​​​​Contact your health provider or the Hood College Health Center (301-698-8374, option 1) for further instruction, which is likely to result in a COVID-19 test.
  4. ​​​​​​​For emergency warning signs, immediately call 9-1-1. COVID-19-related emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inabilityto wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
  5. ​​​​​​​You are required to stay home until the CDC’s criteria of when it is safe to bearound othersare met and a medical provider and the director of wellness have cleared you to return.

For a potential Commuter Student case of COVID-19, the director of wellness will:

  1. ​​​​​​​Contact the student.
  2. ​​​​​​​Contact a contact tracer and facilities.
  3. ​​​​​​​If, based on contact tracing, it is determined that the student must isolate or quarantine, thedirector of wellness will notify the dean of students.
  4. ​​​​​​​The dean of students will notify the student’s advisor, faculty, coaches, office of student success, work study supervisor, office of accessibility services (if applicable), and others as appropriate; and will checkon the student during isolation/quarantine.
  1. If you are exhibiting symptoms or have been in close contact (less than 6’) for more than 15 minutes (cumulatively over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19 with or without wearing masks or have received a positive test result (even if asymptomatic), you are required to stay in your room and not go to class until directed further. If your roommate is not in the room, contact your roommate.
    If you have a roommate, you should instruct your roommate to shelter in place and wait for a call from the director of wellness regarding their potential need to quarantine.
  2. ​​​​​​​Contact the director of wellness at wellness@hood.edu.
  3. Contact your health care provider or the Hood College Health Services (301-698-8374, option 1)for further instructions, which is likely to result in a COVID-19 test.
  4. For emergency warning signs, you should report to the hospital emergency room or call 9-1-1. COVID-19-related emergency warning signs include, but are not limited to: trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in your chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
  5. ​​​​​​​You are required to stay in your isolation/quarantine space until the CDC’s criteria of when it is safe to bearound othersare met and a medical provider and the director of wellnesshave cleared you to return.

For a potential Resident Student case of COVID-19, the director of wellness will:

  1. ​​​​​​​Contact the student.
  2. ​​​​​​​Contact a contact tracer and facilities.
  3. ​​​​​​​If, based on contact tracing, it is determined that the student must isolate or quarantine, the director of wellness will notify the student and the dean of students. If the student cannot isolate/quarantine at home, the director of wellness will initiate the Blazer Support Team and facilities.
  4. ​​​​​​​The dean of students will notify residence life, the student’s advisor, faculty, coaches, office of student success, work study supervisor, office of accessibility services (if applicable), and others as appropriate; and will check on the student during isolation/quarantine.
  5. ​​​​​​​The director of wellness and residence hall professional on call (POC) fulfill each other’s duties if one is not available. If needed the POC will:
    1. ​​​​​​​Contact the director of wellness if they were not contacted by the student.
    2. ​​​​​​​Facilitate campus safety transportation to Hood College Health Center if needed.
    3. ​​​​​​​Notify campus safety to find roommate if not already located.
    4. ​​​​​​​Instruct the student (and roommate) to shelter in place in room until directed otherwise.