Protocol for Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 On Campus
A. Reporting COVID-19 Exposure in the College Community
Members of the College community who have a positive COVID-19 test or COVID-19 symptoms should report that information to the College’s COVID hotline at 215 751-8035 (press “Option 1” for COVID inquiries, then press “Option 1” if you are an employee or “Option 2” if you are a student). Contractors or visitors should report COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to Public Safety at 215-751-8111. The College may request that individuals experiencing COVID-19 symptoms get a COVID-19 test. Individuals should also report if they have been directed by a medical professional or a public health department to quarantine because they have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Any individuals that fall into any of these categories should be directed to seek medical advice and follow the return to campus protocols set forth in Section D of this document.
B. Infected Person on Campus
When the College receives a report that someone has tested positive for COVID-19 on campus, the College will implement the following procedures.
a. Take steps to Thoroughly Disinfect Any Areas Frequented by the Infected Individual
i. Identify all locations where the infected individual spent time and temporarily close those areas of operations. Increase ventilation to the extent reasonable. When possible, wait 24 hours prior to thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting the area.
ii. Employees in the affected areas should be told not to report to work on campus until they are notified the cleaning has been completed.
b. Report the Incident to the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health
When HR, Public Safety, or the Dean of Students’ Office receives a report of an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, they should share that information with the Office of General Counsel so that the OGC’s office can report the information regarding the exposed individual to the City of Philadelphia Department of Public Health at 215-685-5488.
c. Contact Tracing
Contact tracing is an important part of the College’s safety and health program and its efforts to eliminate the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Contact tracing responsibilities within the College are delegated to the following department(s): Human Resources, Public Safety, and the Dean of Students’ Office. In the event a member of the College community tests positive for COVID-19, the College shall follow the protocol below to identify others who may have been exposed and take appropriate steps to isolate them to prevent further spread of the virus.
Please note, for purposes of contact tracing, a person is considered a “Close Contact” if the person has been within six feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (the “Case”) for 15 minutes or more over a 24 hour period while the Case was infectious; or if a person had direct contact with infectious secretions of a Case during the Case’s infectious period. A Case is considered infectious beginning 48 hours before until 10 days after he or she first developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19
i. Identify Contacts
a) Interview positive casesand help them identify the employees or students with whom they were in close contact within the College during their infectious period (beginning 2 days before symptom onset).
b) Possible areas of exposure would include coworkers working in close proximity, shared meeting rooms, break rooms, rest rooms, or locker rooms.
c) Use College tools to identify contacts with the infected individual. Review attendance records, access logs, or other records to cross-reference and identify potentially affected employees or students.
ii. Locate and Notify Contacts
a) After identifying the employees or students who may have been potentially exposed, the College shall notify them as soon as possible of their potential exposure, and interview them to determine if they meet the requirements for a Close Contact. If the employee or student meets the definition of a Close Contact, they shall be isolated or quarantined as set forth below. If the employee or student is determined not to be a Close Contact of the infected individual, no immediate action shall be taken but the student/employee should be advised to monitor symptoms and advise the College immediately if he/she develops any symptoms of COVID-19.
b) For all Close Contacts, the College shall inquire whether the employee or student has any current or recent symptoms of COVID-19. If so, they should be directed to seek immediate medical attention and their return to work should be governed by the return to work protocols below. If the employee or student is asymptomatic, they should be asked to remain off campus and self-quarantine for 14 days from the date of the Close Contact with the sick employee, at which point they may return to campus provided they have not developed any symptoms.
iii. Monitor Contacts
The College shall periodically monitor and check on the status of any employee or student who is asked to self-quarantine as a result of a close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. In the event an employee or student in self-quarantine develops symptoms of COVID-19, the College shall assume they are a positive case and shall restart the contact tracing protocol with respect to the affected employee or student.
C. Enhanced Screening Protocols and Distancing for Affected Work Areas
a. If not occurring at the time of the incident, re-institute temperature screening or enhanced symptom screening process for at least 14 days following the infected individual’s last day on campus.
b. Review distancing arrangements and consider further opportunities to increase distancing between employees in work areas, break rooms, and common areas to at least 6 feet at all times.
D. Follow Return to Campus Protocols
Any individual who has reported COVID-19 symptoms; has reported a positive COVID-19 test; or who is required to self-quarantine due to exposure to someone with COVID-19, may only return to campus as set forth below:
a. Individual with COVID-19 symptoms (regardless of whether they have tested positive for COVID-19)
- For at least 3 days (72 hours), without using any fever-reducing or other medications, the individual has not had a fever and other COVID-19 symptoms have improved; and
- At least 10 days have passed since the COVID-19 symptoms first appeared
b. Individual with Positive COVID-19 Test Who is NOT Experiencing Symptoms
- At least 10 days have passed since the first positive COVID-19 diagnostic test; and
- The individual has NOTexperienced any COVID-19 related symptoms since he or she first tested positive for COVID-19
c. Employee with Household Contact of a Positive COVID-19 Case
Remain at home throughout the isolation of the ill household member, and then for 14 days after isolation is discontinued for the ill household member.
d. Employees with Close Contact in a Non-Household Setting
Remain at home for fourteen days from the last date of close contact.
Prior to returning to campus after quarantine or isolation, an employee or student must complete and return the Return to Campus Certificate.
The College will ensure that all communications and records related to contact tracing or the COVID-19 Certification Forms are considered private and only shared with persons who have a need to know such information. All records should be stored in a private location and, if related to an employee, may not be stored in their personnel file.