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Residential Life and Housing has created this guide to help our fall 2020 incoming residents reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our residential community. Infection and exposure to COVD-19 can happen at any time with little or no time to react and prepare for isolation or quarantine. We encourage our residents to use this guide as a tool to prepare for isolation or quarantine before moving to campus.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus, including those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms, from people who are not infected. Residents who are sick with COVID-19 or presenting symptoms associated with COVID-19 will be moved to a temporary space in Gladding Residence Center III or The Honors College. to isolate for no less than 10 days. Please see additional information on What to do if you have or suspect you have coronavirus (COVID-19). Isolated residents will remain in their temporary space until they can be around others. During isolation, residents should remain in their assigned sick room and use only the bathroom inside their suite.
As described by the CDC, Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. Residents advised to quarantine must stay in their assigned room, separate themselves from others, monitor their health and follow directions from Richmond Health District or VCU contact tracing team, for 14 days from the last contact with a positive case. For additional information please see guidance from CDC, Quarantine if you might be sick.
Residents in isolation housing will have a temporary room in Gladding Residence Center III or The Honors College. Residents will have access to VCU SafeNet Wireless in each suite and hardwired internet in each bedroom to complete coursework and necessary communications. Residents must comply with all health and safety protocols, including following the CDC guidance protocols.
Essentials including cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies and meals, will be delivered to residents in isolation housing. Please see the Provided Items section below for more details.
No, linen sets will be provided for isolation housing. Each set includes the following:
Resident transport will be provided from a resident’s assigned hall to isolation housing. A staff member from Residential Life and Housing will contact via the students cell phone to arrange transport.
Residential Life and Housing staff will be communicating to residents in isolation periodically to check-in and see how they are doing. This check-in will occur via the students cell phone. A Zoom call can also be arranged if that is preferred. Residents may also be contacted for virtual programming opportunities. Additional campus resources will also be available virtually. Student Health Services will also be reaching out to offer support, patient education and medical advice.
Residents living in on-campus housing who have been exposed to COVID-19 by someone who has a positive viral test or a clinical diagnosis for COVID-19 will be required to self-quarantine in their room for 14 days from the last contact with a positive case. For more information please visit What to do if you were potentially exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19) .
In traditional style halls, Rhoads, Johnson and Gladding Residence Center, individual-use bathrooms will be designated for residents who are self-quarantined in their room. The signage on these bathrooms will state Authorized Use Only. Residents who are not self-quarantined are encouraged not to use bathrooms marked in this way.
In any other hall type where there is a restroom in the resident’s apartment or suite, residents are encouraged to use the restroom closest to or connected to their room.
Essentials including cleaning supplies, hygiene supplies and meals will be delivered to residents who are self-quarantined. Please see the Provided Items section below for more details.
Residential Life and Housing staff will communicate to residents in quarantine periodically to check-in and see how they are doing. This check-in will occur via the students cell phone. A Zoom call can also be arranged if that is preferred. Residents may also be contacted for virtual programming opportunities. Additional campus resources will also be available virtually. Student Health Services will also be reaching out to offer support, patient education and medical advice.
During isolation or quarantine, meals will be prepared by Dining Services Students in isolation and quarantine will receive an initial kit that includes plenty of clear liquids, soups, and snacks and then will be provided a daily delivery of fresh meals throughout the time in isolation or quarantine.
If a resident needs to refill supplies of essential items, they should call the Residential Life and Housing on-call number that will be provided to them at the beginning of their isolation/quarantine period. An Residential Life and Housing staff member will help them complete the Isolation and Quarantine Request Form to have those items delivered to their door.
Before moving to campus, residents should prepare a COVID-19 Ready Box. This box should include personal items needed for a 14-day stay, as residents will not be able to leave their quarantine or isolation space. Residents should keep this box easily accessible in the event of an unexpected move to isolation housing or need to self-quarantine. The box should include the following items:
Residents with an animal must establish an emergency action plan in case of disruption to our residential operations, including potential quarantine or medical isolation due to COVID-19, or if the institution determines it is temporarily unsafe to have animals in the residence halls. Specific details are available in the resident service and emotional support animal agreement. As provided in CDC guidelines, residents who become sick and need to isolate or quarantine will need to have their animals picked up by an emergency contact within 24 hours. Emergency contacts will need to adhere to any VCU health and safety protocols for safe retrieval of the animal from the residence hall. See additional resources from CDC regarding animals and COVID-19 here: If You Have Pets | COVID-19