Winthrop University: Center for Student Wellness - COVID-19

COVID-19

IMPORTANT COVID testing requirements (pdf 194K) for students enrolled in classes during the spring 2022 semester.

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Reporting positive cases

Students who test positive must email covidreporting@winthrop.edu, upload the test result into the Medicat Patient Portal and completing the C19 QI form. Once these steps have been taken, a nurse will attempt to contact the student by phone or via secure message. Students employed by Winthrop will follow the student protocol for quarantine and isolation.

    • If a student contacts a faculty or staff member about testing positive by an off campus provider and needing to be out of class/campus work, the F/S needs to report that information to covidreporting@winthrop.edu and include the student’s name, CWID, and current phone number if available. Health Services will contact the student directly. Health Services will not communicate about student results with faculty or staff.
    • For acute illness that results in absence from in-person classes, with authorization, Health Services will notify the Dean of Students Office that provides official absence notifications to Academic Affairs. Health Services will only share dates of absence regardless of the health related issue. No health details will be shared. The Dean of Students Office will issue an absence notification (dates only, not condition) to students’ faculty.
    • Should a student’s condition related to COVID-19 change, the student must communicate that information to Health Services who will notify the Dean of Students Office of a change in dates for the quarantine or isolation period. Students should immediately communicate this information to Health Services by emailing covidreporting@winthrop.edu.

CDC Close Contact Definition for unvaccinated persons

Unvaccinated persons with an exposure within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated.

CDC Close Contact Definition for vaccinated people

Vaccinated students with an exposure to someone with COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Vaccination status is up to date meaning a student has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible, and it has been at least 2 weeks after final dose
  • Have not developed any symptoms since the COVID-19 exposure

Isolation and Quarantine Criteria

Isolation criteria:

You will no longer be considered infectious when all of these conditions have been met:
  1. It has been at least ten (10) days since the illness began (or since date of testing for asymptomatic people testing positive) – AND
  2. It has been at least 24 hours since the last fever without taking medication that lowers fever -AND-
  3. All Covid related symptoms have improved.
**Note: If you have not experienced symptoms but have tested positive for COVID-19, you may discontinue isolation when at least 10 days have passed since the date of your positive COVID-19 test result as long as you have not become ill during this 10-day period.
 

Quarantine criteria:

If you have been exposed to a positive case of COVID-19 the CDC has updated the guidelines for quarantine. Effective 12/3/2020, quarantine will last 10 days from the last known close contact with the positive individual. 
  • Your quarantine period may end after 7 days as long as you test negative at least 5 days after your exposure and you do not develop any symptoms. Students must contact Health Services at covidreporting@winthrop.edu and attach the negative test result or upload the test result in the Patient Portal. Upon receipt of the negative test result, Health Services will call you to discuss updated dates for your absence notification to the Dean of Students Office.
  • If you choose not to test then you will need to complete the full 10 day quarantine period. This time frame changes if you develop symptoms.
  • Regardless, students must continue to monitor for COVID-like symptoms for the full 10 days and immediately report any changes to Health Services via covidreporting@winthrop.edu
  • CDC quarantine guidelines. Winthrop University is still following the 10-day isolation and quarantine period.

Information about coronavirus (2019-nCoV): 

World Health Organization Advice for the Public
World Health Organization Travel Advice
World Health Organization Daily Situation Reports
American College Health Association Information for Campuses
CDC Information for Travel
CDC Hygiene Etiquette
Corona Virus Etiquette 

Physical and Mental Health Resources for Dealing with COVID-19

Last Updated: 6/1/22