Thinking Inside the Box
In addition to on-campus testing, students were asked to quarantine at home for 14 days before arriving on campus, and be tested prior to arrival. Students with positive tests are being asked to stay home and recover. As students arrive on campus, they report immediately to the testing center, are tested, and then are participating in an onboarding quarantine until they receive two negative tests. Students traveling from states on Connecticut’s travel advisory list will quarantine for 14 days.
“The frequency of our testing protocol, which exceeds both state and CDC guidelines, is essential to mitigating the spread of the virus on campus,” said Senior Associate Dean of Student Life Sarah Cardwell. “The twice weekly testing will help identify people with COVID-19 before any symptoms emerge. Regular and frequent testing will enable the College to isolate anyone testing positive from the rest of the community and immediately initiate contact tracing to identify people who were in close contact with someone who tested positive.”
The testing program is part of Conn’s comprehensive health strategy, which is informed by guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control, State of Connecticut and the American College Health Association. The strategy also includes mask requirements, social distancing guidelines, enhanced cleaning protocols and self-monitoring requirements, as well as contact tracing, isolation and quarantine plans. Students, faculty and staff are also required to sign the Camels Care Pledge, acknowledging their responsibility for their own health as well as the health and safety of the community.
The testing protocols and the College’s comprehensive health strategy were developed in partnership with a panel of alumni experts—including an emergency room doctor and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention professional—and with Keith Grant, the senior director of infection prevention at Hartford HealthCare (HHC), and Martha O’Brien, director of HHC’s Campus Care program. In July, the College announced a new partnership with Hartford HealthCare that offers students access to high-quality, comprehensive healthcare services across the HHC system.
Read more about students' return to campus in The Day.