COVID-19 Protocols for Students & Employees
Eastern adheres to the guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Reporting of symptoms, a positive COVID test, or close contact is no longer required.
- Individuals who have COVID symptoms or who have tested positive for COVID should notify any close contacts and self-report to their instructor or supervisor.
- Follow the CDC isolation guidelines listed below to determine how many days you should stay away from campus.
- Students should communicate absences from class to their instructors. Like any illness, it is at the discretion of the instructor to excuse absences or allow makeup work.
- Employees should communicate absences from work to their supervisor. Employees should use approved sick leave or request to work remotely (if able) to cover their absence from the workplace.
Students and employees should continue to use good sensible measures to prevent the spread of all respiratory illnesses, including staying home when sick, using good hand hygiene, and getting vaccinated.
WHEN TO ISOLATE
WHEN TO ISOLATE
Regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19. You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results. If your results are positive, follow the full isolation recommendations below. If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
When you have COVID-19, isolation is counted in days, as follows:
If you had no symptoms:
Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result)
Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested
If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset
If you had symptoms
- Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive
- Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started
If you test positive for COVID-19, stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home. You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days.
Wear a high-quality mask if you must be around others at home and in public.
Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Do not travel.
Stay home and separate from others as much as possible.
Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
Take steps to improve ventilation at home, if possible.
Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (like trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
Learn more about what to do if you have COVID-19.
End isolation based on how serious your COVID-19 symptoms were. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
If you had no symptoms:
You may end isolation after day 5.
If you had symptoms and:
Your symptoms are improving:
- You may end isolation after day 5 if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication)
Your symptoms are NOT improving, continue to isolate until:
- You are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication.
- Your sysmptoms are improving.
If you had symptoms and had:
- Moderate illness (if you experienced shortness of breath or had difficulty breathing), you need to isolate through day 10.
- Severe illness (you were hospitalized) or have a weakened immune system, you need to isolate through day 10 and consult your doctor before ending isolation.
Regardless of when you end isolation, until at least Day 11:
- Avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19.
- Remember to wear a high-quality mask when indoors, around others at home, and in public.
- Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask until you are able to discontinue maksing (see below).
- For travel guidance, see CDC's Travel webpage.
After you have ended isolation, when you are feeling better (no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and symptoms improving),
- Wear your mask through day 10.
- If you have access to antigen tests, you should consider using them. With two sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.
Note: If your antigen test results are positive, you may still be infectious. You should continue wearing a mask and wait at least 48 hours before taking another test. Continue taking antigen tests at least 48 hours apart until you have two sequential negative results. This may mean you need to continue wearing a mask and testing beyond day 10.
After you have ended isolation, if your COVID-19 symptoms recur or worsen, restart your isolation at day 0. Talk to a healthcare provider if you have questions about your symptoms or when to end isolation.
Student Health Responsibility
The following outlines the expectations of all EOSC students while on campus. This is not only to protect your health, but also the health of our entire community. Your continued support of these guidelines is appreciated.
- Sick students must not go to face-to-face classes or be present on campus. Please contact your instructor for any needed accommodations.
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer regularly. Each campus building has hand sanitizer stations.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and throw it away immediately. Wash your hands afterward.
- Disinfect all high-touch areas in your living area on a regular basis. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
Students inquiring about general campus accommodations or accommodations related to COVID-19 for academics or housing need to contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 918-465-1810.