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Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine

Contact tracing, isolation, and quarantine are important public health tools that are being used to minimize the spread of COVID-19 within our community. COVID-positive individuals will be isolated, and are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts and prevention measures to identify any individuals who may be close contacts. Individuals who are determined to be close contacts of COVID-19 positive individuals are expected to quarantine and comply with all instructions from the Tompkins County Health Department.

Emerson Hall Isolation and Quarantine

Guests, visitors, and family members MAY NOT enter Emerson Hall. This is compromising the isolation and quarantine space and potentially exposing others to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Please be respectful of this request, the health and safety protocols that we are trying to enforce, and Ithaca College personnel working in Emerson Hall. Please do not enter the building. 

Residential Students - Isolation and Quarantine

For students in residential halls or apartments who may need to isolate or quarantine during the semester.

Individuals who are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which leads to COVID-19 disease, will be required to isolate. People who are isolated must remain separated from others for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvements of any other symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

You will be asked to quarantine if you might have been exposed to a person positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. If you were in contact with a person positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, you will be asked to stay home for at least 10 days if you are asymptomatic after your last contact with that person, and longer if you develop symptoms. 

Residential students will be isolated and quarantined in Emerson Hall (or other residence hall or local hotel as space is required). Residential students, whether in a residential hall or apartment, must relocate to Emerson Hall if under public health orders for isolation or quarantine, or if directed by college personnel to do so.

Emerson Hall offers an individual space with a private bathroom. Ithaca College will provide you with dining, sanitation, laundry, medical, mental health, and academic support services as needed. Students in isolation or quarantine must remain in the room provided and may not:

  • Leave your room, unless directed to by college personnel
  • Access campus
  • Access the broader Ithaca community
  • Have visitors or guests

You may not depart Emerson Hall until cleared by the Tompkins County Health Department and the Care Manager on duty. 

Members of the Ithaca College campus community are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing may be conducted by a Hammond Health provider or Tompkins County Health Department. During contact tracing, you may be asked questions related to:

  • Your demographics (e.g., age, sex, race)
  • Medical information
  • Potential exposure to COVID-19
  • Potential infectious period
  • Any COVID-19-related symptoms, including the date when they started and how long the symptoms lasted
  • Any contacts during the infectious period. Contacts may include household members, intimate partners, individuals providing care in a household, and individuals who have had close contact (less than six feet) for more than 10 minutes cumulative in duration within a 24 hour period; and within six feet; and within the last 48 hours
  • Identifying and locating information for each contact

Your individually identifiable information will not be provided to people who are contacted, they will only be made aware that they have been in contact with someone who is positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so that they can take steps to be tested and protect those around them.

ACADEMICS

  • Books
  • Notebooks
  • Pens + Pencils
  • Laptop + Charger
  • Earbuds or Headphones

ESSENTIALS

  • Clothes
  • Medication
  • Thermometer
  • Phone + Charger
  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Shampoo + Conditioner
  • Personal Hygiene Products
  • Deodorant
  • Face Covering
  • Health Care Insurance Card
  • Wallet/ID

OTHER

  • Pillow + Blanket (sheets, pillow, + towels are provided)
  • Entertainment: books, games
  • Snacks + Drinks
  • Shower shoes
  • At check-in, you will receive several bags of shelf-stable food and drinks. In addition, you will receive one hot meal each evening. All rooms are equipped with micro-fridges. If you have special dietary needs, please convey this during intake with the Care Managers.  
  • Students must complete their meal request form every day by 11 AM. 
  • Students are encouraged to bring snacks or other food items that will help to make your stay in Emerson Hall more comfortable.   
  • You may order take-out at your own cost and have it delivered to Emerson Hall between 9 AM and 8:30 PM. These items will be delivered to your room by the Care Managers or Student Health Emergency Liaisons (SHELS). You may not leave your room to accept deliveries.

Students are required to participate in a virtual daily check-in every day with a Care Manager or Student Health Emergency Liaison (SHEL). Students will receive a daily reminder about the check-in, and the link to access the Zoom meeting between 12-3PM each day.

There are many opportunities for virtual engagement here on campus and we encourage students to take advantage of these to remain connected while completing isolation or quarantine:

The following campus health & support resources are also available to help support students while in Emerson Hall:

Students may bring approved service or emotional support animal with you to Emerson Hall for isolation or quarantine if needed. Please share this information with the Care Manager during the intake process to convey any specific needs you may have.  

  • Depending upon your situation, you may walk, drive, or request college-supported transport to Emerson Hall. This will be determined by our contact tracer during their initial phone call with you when you are informed that you must isolate or quarantine.
  • If you are driving your own vehicle to Emerson Hall, please park in Z-Lot adjacent to Emerson Hall.  
  • The Care Managers will provide instructions on how to enter the building, which may require that you proceed to the main entrance of Emerson Hall  or an alternative door that may be closer to your room assignment.  
  • Only students isolating or quarantining are allowed in Emerson Hall.  
  • You will not be permitted to leave your room once in isolation or quarantine, unless there is a fire alarm or directed to do so by college personnel.  
  • Visitors are prohibited. Friends may bring items to the front door of Emerson Hall and provide them to the Care Managers or the Student Health Emergency Liaisons (SHELS), who will deliver them to your room.  
  • All College polices, rules, and regulations are in effect and enforced during your time in Emerson Hall. 

Off Campus Students - Isolation and Quaratine

For students in off campus living arrangments who may need to isolate or quarantine during the semester.

Individuals who are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which leads to COVID-19 disease, will be required to isolate. People who are isolated must remain separated from others for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvements of any other symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

You will be asked to quarantine if you might have been exposed to a person positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. If you were in contact with a person with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, you will be asked to stay home for at least 10 days if you are asymptomatic after your last contact with that person, and longer if you develop symptoms. 

Off campus students must isolate or quarantine in their off campus living arrangement, or make separate arrangements for where isolation or quarantine will occur. Residence halls on campus are not available for off campus student isolation or quarantine and Tompkins County does not pay for or provide isolation or quarantine facilities for students.

Students should prepare in advance for the possibility of having to isolate or quarantine. The college strongly recommends that all students in off campus living arrangements have the following items on hand throughout the spring semester:

  • Household Cleaning Supplies - In Ithaca, cleaning supplies can be hard to locate or buy in larger numbers. Off-Campus students should have a 14-day of household cleaning supplies upon arrival to Ithaca.

  • Groceries - Similar to household cleaning supplies, we recommend that you have 14 days of shelf-stable food supplies in your independent living arrangement.  

  • Toilet Paper - Although some independent living spaces do have toilet paper provided upon your arrival, you should plan to travel with some to support your four-day quarantine.  

  • Fever Reducing and Cold and Flu Medications - Students who have symptoms of COVID-19 will need to quarantine pending their test results. Off-Campus students should keep fever reducing and cold and flu medication well stocked throughout the semester.  

  • Face Coverings - Ithaca College will provide all students with two reusable and washable face coverings. However, we recommend that you bring more with you so that you have several spares available.  

  • Hand Soap

  • Hand Sanitizer 

  • Thermometer

  • Reusable water bottle

More information for students in independent living arrangements is available on Off Campus Living webpage.

Students in isolation or quarantine must remain in their residence, and preferably a separate room and bathroom within that residence, and may not:

  • Leave your room, except to use the bathroom
  • Access campus
  • Access the broader Ithaca community
  • Have visitors or guests

You may not exit isolation or quarantine until cleared to do so by the Tompkins County Health Department. 

Members of the Ithaca College campus community are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing may be conducted by a Hammond Health provider, New York State contact tracer, or local health department. During contact tracing, you may be asked questions related to:

  • Your demographics (e.g., age, sex, race)
  • Medical information
  • Potential exposure to COVID-19
  • Potential infectious period
  • Any COVID-19-related symptoms, including the date when they started and how long the symptoms lasted
  • Any contacts during the infectious period. Contacts may include household members, intimate partners, individuals providing care in a household, and individuals who have had close contact (less than six feet) for more than 10 minutes cumulative in duration within a 24 hour period; and within six feet; and within the last 48 hours
  • Identifying and locating information for each contact

Your individually identifiable information will not be provided to people who are contacted, they will only be made aware that they have been in contact with someone who is positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so that they can take steps to be tested and protect those around them.

Employees - Isolation and Quarantine

For employees required to isolate or quarantine

Individuals who are positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which leads to COVID-19 disease, will be required to isolate. People who are isolated must remain separated from others for a minimum of 10 days since symptoms first appeared and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvements of any other symptoms (e.g., cough, shortness of breath).

You will be asked to quarantine if you might have been exposed to a person positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. If you were in contact with a person with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, you will be asked to stay home for at least 10 days if you are asymptomatic after your last contact with that person, and longer if you develop symptoms. 

Employees will isolate or quarantine in their own home or other arrangements approved by your local health department. Employees should following the COVID-19 notification procedures with Human Resources and are also encouraged to access the COVID-19 Employee Resources.

When in isolation or quarantine, you may not access campus or the broader Ithaca community until cleared by your local health department.

Members of the Ithaca College campus community are expected to fully participate in contact tracing efforts. Contact tracing may be conducted by a college representative, New York State contact tracers, or local health department. During contact tracing, you may be asked questions related to:

  • Your demographics (e.g., age, sex, race)
  • Medical information
  • Potential exposure to COVID-19
  • Potential infectious period
  • Any COVID-19-related symptoms, including the date when they started and how long the symptoms lasted
  • Any contacts during the infectious period. Contacts may include household members, intimate partners, individuals providing care in a household, and individuals who have had close contact (less than six feet) for more than 10 minutes cumulative in duration within a 24 hour period; and within six feet; and within the last 48 hours
  • Identifying and locating information for each contact

Your individually identifiable information will not be provided to people who are contacted, they will only be made aware that they have been in contact with someone who is positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus so that they can take steps to be tested and protect those around them.

Enforcement of Contact Tracing, Isolation, and Quarantine

Non-compliance with contact tracing, isolation, or quarantine is a violation of the community agreement and can be reported here. Violations by faculty or staff will be subject to disciplinary processes in accordance with the respective policies in the Ithaca College Policy Manual or collective bargaining agreement covering the individual. Violations by students, both residential and off-campus, will be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with the Student Conduct Code.