Staying safe on campus during the coronavirus pandemic.
Our goal at Health Services is to keep the WCSU community as strong and healthy as possible. The coronavirus pandemic has left many feeling vulnerable about their own health or that of their friends and family. Coming to campus during this time has some added challenges and we want to offer some guidance that will help you prepare for college life with confidence.
A random sample of 25% of residential students, as well as other identified high-risk groups, will be tested on campus weekly for COVID-19. The results will be transmitted directly to Health Services by the testing agency. Any student testing positive will be notified by Health Services immediately. You may request your test results directly from Griffin Health by calling 203.735.4372, Monday-Friday from 8am to 4pm. There is no need to call Health Services requesting your test results.
Health Services now has an electronic patient portal. You can reach the portal using your WCSU email sign on at: wcsu.medicatconnect.com. In the patient portal you will find the symptom tracker that can be used any time you are having symptoms that you think could be from a COVID-19 infection. If you are experiencing any symptoms, please submit the symptom tracker and stay in your room (or at home) until someone from Health Services contacts you to determine if you should be tested.
All students traveling from states designated by the governor as “hot zones” will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon return to campus. This includes any trips or visits to a “hot zone” for longer than 24 hours. For further information, please review https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/travel
The university will follow guidance from the CDC and CT State Department of Health regarding testing students for COVID-19 and contact tracing of students exposed to the virus. Although the rate of illness in CT is currently low, the virus is still circulating in the community. There is a possibility that your child may contract a COVID-19 infection or be exposed to the virus while at school. We have reserved rooms on campus for these isolation and quarantine needs.
- Any student testing positive for the virus will be asked to isolate until fully recovered and cleared to end their isolation, which is usually around 10 days. Residential students may isolate on campus in a designated room or may go home, if this is more comfortable. Commuter students will isolate at home.
- Any student who has had a significant exposure to COVID-19 will be tested for the virus and will be asked to quarantine for 14 days. Residential students may quarantine on campus in a designated room, or may go home, if preferred. Commuter students will quarantine at home.
We understand that either of these situations could be very disruptive, but coming to school fully prepared will help make it more manageable!
- Here are some tips to help:
- Families should plan now for the possibility of a COVID-19 illness or exposure during the academic year.
- If the student prefers to go home for a required period of isolation or quarantine, where will they go (if home isn’t an option) and how will they get there (if they don’t have a car)?
- Students should come to campus with a “quarantine self-care bag“, packed with the essentials needed to spend 14 days in quarantine. Have the bag ready to grab in a hurry, if needed.
- The bag should include:
- Prescription medications, if needed (epi-pen, inhaler)
- Over-the-counter medications (fever, cough, diarrhea, stomach upset, cold or flu symptoms)
- First-aid supplies (bandaids, antibiotic ointment, thermometer)
- Travel-sized toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lip balm, deodorant, feminine products, contact lens case and solution)
- Snacks (granola bars, gatorade, crackers, trail mix)
- Infection control (hand sanitizer, disposable face masks, tissues)
- Electronic supports (phone charger, e-reader, handheld video games)
- A few items of comfy clothing.
Please feel free to reach out to Health Services (203.837.8594) with any questions you have about staying healthy as classes resume. We are looking forward to meeting you on campus for an exciting and healthy fall semester.
Health Services staff,
Nancy Haensch, APRN, Director
Joanne Zanella, RN
Dawn Lipke, Administrative Assistant