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Stetson University COVID response Fall 2022:

Stetson University plans to start Fall 2022 outside of the COVID Tiers system. Masks will no longer be required in the classroom. We will continue to follow state Department of Health guidelines for isolation of positive cases. The university strongly encourages testing for COVID-19 before arriving to campus in the fall. At-home COVID tests will be available on campus for optional testing while supplies last.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19?

Please fill out the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form to notify the university of your positive test result, including positive results obtained with an at-home test. A contact tracer will be in contact with you within 24-48 business hours to review isolation protocol and go through the contact tracing process.

Based on Florida Department of Health and CDC guidelines (revised on February 25, 2022), members of the Stetson community that have tested positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 5 days from the date of symptom onset or positive test result (the date symptoms start or a positive test result is received is considered Day 0).

On Day 5, if your symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), or if you are asymptomatic, you will be cleared from isolation. Following clearance, an additional 5 days of wearing a mask is strongly recommended when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter.

Note: This change is motivated by science demonstrating that the majority of SARS-CoV-2 transmission occurs early in the course of illness, generally in the 1-2 days prior to onset of symptoms and the 2-3 days after.

What about after business hours?

A full after-hours protocol is in place. Community members should fill out the COVID-19 reporting form: Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form. These forms are checked regularly, including weekends, and screened for urgency. If you need immediate medical attention, always call 911.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

Any member of the Stetson community who has been to campus in the last 10 days and is experiencing flu-like symptoms (fever over 100.4 F, 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 or vomiting) should stay home and notify Stetson University by using the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form.

If you need non-urgent medical assistance or have medical questions during business hours, call Stetson Health Service at 386-822-8150. After business hours, call DeLand Public Safety at 386-822-7300, or College of Law Public Safety at 727-343-1262.If you need immediate medical attention, always call 911.

Please isolate if you have symptoms or if you test positive. Don't wait to talk to us.

What to do if I am exposed to someone positive for COVID-19?

If you have had close contact (closer than six feet to a positive person for over 15 minutes, with or without facial covering), and you are asymptomatic, you do not need to quarantine or report it to Stetson University. However, continue to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 days after exposure.

If symptoms develop or you test positive, stay home and notify Stetson University by using the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form so that a member of the contact tracing team may follow up with you. Testing on days 3-5 after exposure is highly recommended.

What are my options for COVID-19 testing?

Stetson University highly encourages community members who are sick to undergo COVID-19 testing to control the spread of COVID-19 and safeguard the health of students, faculty and staff. Early identification of the virus allows Stetson to take swift action to support and isolate individuals.

Testing Options at a Glance:

  1. Stetson Health Service: All patients must have an appointment. Rapid Antigen test will be administered for symptomatic patients and a PCR test may be ordered at the provider’s discretion. The provider’s visit and the PCR test are charged through insurance. Referrals to an off-campus option are available for those without insurance. (Students, Staff and Faculty). Call 386-822-8150 for appointments.

  2. On-Campus Free At-Home Rapid Antigen Tests Available: To increase testing availability for our community members, Stetson University is offering free at-home test kits for students and employees while supplies last. Tests can be picked up at Stetson Health Service and the CUB South Info Desk by the coffee shop during business hours (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday) and at Public Safety after hours and on weekends. Please bring your Stetson ID and report positive test results by using the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form.

In addition, the federal government is providing free COVID-19 rapid antigen test kits to every U.S. residential address that requests them at www.covidtests.gov and at 1-800-232-0233 for those without Internet access, while supplies last.

COVID-19 Gateway Testing Fall 2022

Stetson University strongly encourages testing for COVID-19 before arriving to campus and reporting any positive results to the university by filling out the Stetson University: COVID-19 Report a Health Concern form. At Home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests will be available upon campus arrival while supplies last for those who wish to test.

Isolating after testing positive for COVID-19

Below you will find a COVID-19 Student Isolation Guide tailored to support resident and commuter experiences while in isolation. This guide is intended to be a resource, providing information that supports you from the start of your isolation period through your clearance to your regular activities. Please know that our staff is here to provide continual support along the way. This guide is intended for DeLand students only:

Residential positive isolating students:

  • Will isolate in place unless they choose to go home or leave campus.
  • If you desire an alternate place to stay (e.g., home, hotel) that will be your responsibility to arrange and cover any costs if applicable.
  • May only leave their room for designated purposes (restroom use, independent outdoor exercise, medical care) if wearing a mask.
  • Can arrange with a friend to pick up meals from the commons on their behalf.

All positive isolating students:

  • Faculty will be notified of your isolation.

On-campus roommates/apartment-mates/suite-mates of positive, isolating students:

  • Will receive email notification and instructions to self-monitor.
  • If you desire an alternative place to stay (e.g., home, hotel) that will be your responsibility to arrange and cover any costs if applicable.

Preventing COVID-19

  • Wearing a face covering in areas of high transmission rate
  • Washing your hands for at least 20 seconds (or using alcohol-based hand sanitizer when washing hands is not possible)
  • Physically distancing at least 6 feet
  • Getting vaccinated

These resources provide more information on the coronavirus.

Why Get Vaccinated against COVID-19?

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best option to lower your risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death if you get infected. Everyone ages 5 years and older are eligible to receive one booster after receiving their COVID-19 vaccine primary series. Some people are eligible to receive a second booster. Even if you have had COVID-19 in the past, it is still recommended you get vaccinated and receive a booster! Find a COVID-19 vaccine and/or booster at COVID-19 vaccine locator. Once you are up to date with your vaccines, you can resume activities that you did prior to the pandemic.

If you already have been vaccinated, letting us know will help us to make better decisions for everyone. Voluntarily report your COVID-19 vaccination status to Stetson as soon as possible by using this online form. This data is a vital component of our decision-making process and helps to safeguard our community.

Assistance for People with Disabilities:

For information on COVID-19 vaccine assistance for people with disabilities, please consult Disability Rights Florida (DRF) guidance.

 

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