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 College continues to monitor guidance from the CDC and state and local health departments. 

    If an individual exhibits one or more symptoms, 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 (for students) who will provide instructions to seek health care/get tested. The individual should follow the detailed steps below, depending on whether they are an employee, graduate student, commuter student or residential student.

    Vaccination & Boosters
    All community members are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations including booster doses (when eligible). The only exception is for individuals with an approved medical or sincerely held religious or spiritual belief.

    Masks
    The indoor mask mandate on campus will be lifted effective Thursday, March 3 at 8 a.m. The following are exceptions where/when masks are still required indoors:

    • In the Health and Counseling Center,
    • By people with symptoms of illness,
    • By people in days 6-10 following a positive COVID-19 test (after a five-day isolation); 
    • By people in days 1-10 after an exposure to someone with COVID-19, and
    • Individuals who are not up to date on their vaccines (not yet boosted or have a medical/spiritual exemption)

    Testing
    We will continue to test all individuals with an approved exemption to the COVID-19 vaccine requirement on a weekly basis. 

    Quarantine/Isolation
    The College will follow CDC guidance on who should quarantine after exposure to COVID-19. 

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    Contact Tracing
    Once the College receives notification that a member of the campus community has tested positive the student COVID-19 case manager will administer a contact survey. This survey will gather important information from the case including date of positive test, date of symptoms (if relevant), and a list of all community members identified as a close contact. All contact surveys will be reviewed by the student COVID-19 case manager and a follow-up phone call will be administered to gather additional information, if necessary.  

    New in spring 2022, we will primarily rely upon community members personally reaching out to their friends, classmates and colleagues to communicate this important information as notifying close contacts in the past has often resulted in “I already knew” responses. Full contact tracing will be conducted through the Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.  

    1. Contact your immediate supervisor and the employee COVID-19 case manager at  timmons@hood.edu to alert them to a confirmed case.
    2. You are required to stay home until the CDC’s criteria of when it is safe to bearound othersare met and a medical provider cleared you to return.
      1. 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, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
    3. New in spring 2022, we will primarily rely upon community members personally reaching out to their friends, classmates and colleagues to communicate this important information as notifying close contacts in the past has often resulted in “I already knew” responses. Full contact tracing with be conducted through the Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.  
    4. All employees must complete the Return to Workform before returning to work. 

     

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

     

    1. You will receive information from the employee COVID-19 case manager regarding the employee and if any other action is needed.
    2. Check on employee while they are in isolation (email, phone call, card).
    1. Contact the director of wellness at wellness@hood.edu.
    2. 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 cleared youto return.
      1. 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, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
    3. New in spring 2022, we will primarily rely upon community members personally reaching out to their friends, classmates and colleagues to communicate this important information as notifying close contacts in the past has often resulted in “I already knew” responses. Full contact tracing with be conducted through the Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.  

     

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

    1. Contact the student.
    2. If, based on contact survey, 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).
    3. The dean of the Graduate School will contact the student’s advisor and faculty and will check on the student during isolation/quarantine.
    1. Contact the director of wellness at wellness@hood.edu.
    2. 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.
      1. 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, inability to wake or stay awake, and bluish lips or face.
    3. New in spring 2022, we will primarily rely upon community members personally reaching out to their friends, classmates and colleagues to communicate this important information as notifying close contacts in the past has often resulted in “I already knew” responses. Full contact tracing with be conducted through the Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.  

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

    1. Contact the student.
    2. ​​​​​​​If, based on contact survey, it is determined that the student must isolate or quarantine, the director of wellness will notify the dean of students.
    3. ​​​​​​​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 check on the student during isolation/quarantine.
    1. Contact the director of wellness at wellness@hood.edu.
    2. 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.
      1. 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.
    3. New in spring 2022, we will primarily rely upon community members personally reaching out to their friends, classmates and colleagues to communicate this important information as notifying close contacts in the past has often resulted in “I already knew” responses. Full contact tracing with be conducted through the Frederick County Health Department and the Maryland Department of Health.  

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

    1. Contact the student.
    2. ​​​​​​​If, based on contact survey, 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.
    3. ​​​​​​​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.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​