COVID-19 (2022-23)

Please know that our plans are subject to change in the best interest of our community’s health and safety. We have back-up plans in place if any part of our current plan for the 2022-23 academic year needs to be altered.

Community Responsibility

Due to the responsibility of campus community members to get vaccinated and to receive boosters, to wear masks when necessary, to test following exposure or when symptoms are present, and to provide a timeline and accurate contact tracing, the College has been able to have low rates of transmission on campus.

This year we will continue to ask for community members to be responsible for their own health and the health of others. To that end, our updated policies reflect a continued increase in personal responsibility to support the community’s well-being.

It is important to understand the community transmission rate for Frederick County, as well as places you may be traveling to.

Vaccinations

All community members are required to be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccinations, including a booster dose when eligible. Individuals who have not uploaded their COVID information to the online Qualtrics system (launched March 2022) should do so ASAP! Exemptions for medical and sincerely held religious/spiritual beliefs will continue to be considered and reviewed. 

Testing

There are no re-entry testing requirements for campus ahead of the fall semester. Individuals are encouraged to stay home and be tested as soon as possible if they begin to exhibit symptoms prior to move-in and the start of classes. Students who are symptomatic can continue to be seen by a medical provider and tested at Hood Health Services.  

Following CDC guidance, individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 should make arrangements to be tested 5 days after the exposure and wear a mask for 10 days. Due to the wide availability and affordability of at-home COVID tests, the College will not offer on-campus surveillance testing. Individuals are encouraged to request at-home tests from the federal government in the event that testing may be necessary pursuant to our protocols or if they so desire to test. If an individual does not have access to their own at-home test, but needs one, they should contact wellness@hood.edu

Masks

There are no universal mask requirements at this time. However, individuals should keep a mask on them in case they are asked to wear one. Following CDC guidance, individuals who have been exposed to someone with COVID should wear a well-fitted mask for 10 days. If you need an N95 or KN95 mask, you can pick one up from Apple 4.  

Have you tested positive for COVID-19?

Contact COVID-19 case manager at wellness@hood.edu, provide the following information and isolate in place while you wait for further instructions. 

  • What day did you test positive? Provide a photo or copy of the test result, if available.  
  • What symptoms are present, if any? 
  • If symptoms are present, what day did they begin? 

All students are required to travel home for 5 days of isolation. On-campus isolation space will not be provided except for extreme circumstances (i.e. home is too far, severely ill etc.)

Have you been exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Contact COVID-19 case manager at wellness@hood.edu

  • If you are vaccinated and asymptomatic, you can continue to attend classes, but must wear a well-fitted mask (N95 or KN95) for 10 days. If you remain asymptomatic you should be tested 5 days after the last exposure. Students are responsible for getting themselves tested via a PCR or rapid test. Masks are provided to community members in Apple Resource Building, room 4.
  • If you have or develop symptoms of COVID, you should go to a medical provider immediately to be tested and should quarantine in place until you get the results. Students who are ill can be seen and tested at the Hood College Health Center, located in the Toll House Urgent Care building at 501 W7th St. 

Questions

Questions or concerns can be directed by email to the director of wellness or CERT (COVID Emergency Response Team).

The COVID Protocols for fall 2022 supersedes all previous plans.
(updated August 8, 2022)