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COVID Quarantine/Isolation



Please select the appropriate tab below for what to expect during your time in quarantine or isolation. 

 

Quarantined individuals are those restricted to their assigned room(s) on campus, and Isolated individuals are those who have moved to an isolation room on campus or those isolating off-campus.

You may not leave isolation or quarantine without express written permission from Student Life or Health Services.


Isolation On-Campus

Packing List

You may be in isolation for 5-14 days, so we often recommend people pack for at least 14 days. You’ll need:

  • Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Sheets, pillow
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Computer, phone, other devices with chargers
  • Items for class (books, notebooks, etc.)
  • Other items can be brought by your RA once your original room is disinfected

 

Contact Information

Angela Clipperton, Director of Health Services, AngelaClipperton@letu.edu, 903-736-0999

  • Health questions (including tests)
  • Schedule your retest if necessary
  • Learn when you can be released from isolation

Your RA and RD

  • Connecting with floor mates
  • Other support

Shelly Gribble, ShellyGribble@letu.edu, 903-233-4446

  • Meal setups and delivery

 

Meals

If you are on the meal plan, lunches and dinners will be brought to you by Student Life representatives. You can email ShellyGribble@letu.edu if you want to opt in to any breakfasts or opt out of any other meals.

It is important to note that your meal plan will be charged for each meal delivered. If you want to manage how those meals are used, you need to communicate with Shelly.

Please also let Shelly know if you have any food allergies or sensitivities.

 

Classes

You are responsible to contact your professors to let them know that you will need to attend class online. We can confirm this with them once you fill out the required COVID-19 Notification Form if you have not already.

 

Outdoor Use

You are permitted to step out onto your porch, but you must remain on the porch with a face covering on. Any visitors must stay at least 10 feet back and also wear a face covering.

For security, please use the top deadbolt lock to lock your door at night. You are not being issued a key since you are not leaving and returning to your apartment. The bottom lock (on the doorknob) may lock you out if you step out onto the porch, so make sure that one is unlocked at all times.

Many of you are next door neighbors to families and some of those families have small children who don’t know how to distance. If you are on your porch, it is your responsibility to stay 10 feet away from them. You may politely ask them to stay off your porch. It remains the parents’ responsibility to keep their children away.

You are also allowed (and expected) to take your trash to the dumpster. This is your one time you can leave the porch without direction from Student Life. You need to wear a mask, walk directly to the dumpster and back and take care to remain 10 feet away from anyone else who may be out.

Please take out your trash when you are released from isolation and leave. You can also contact your RA if you need a moving cart again for the way back.

 

Laundry

We encourage students to pack enough clothes for 14 days in order to minimize the risk involved with leaving the apartment to do laundry. If students’ isolation goes beyond 14 days, or if packing for 14 days was not possible for the student, he/she may contact the RD to set up a laundry appointment.

If you need to do laundry, please contact your RD one day in advance. He or she will schedule you a time to use the Isolation laundry space. Your RD will give you instruction on how and when you move from your isolation location to the laundry space and back again. You may not move between buildings without being in contact with your RD or other Student Life representative.

 

Taking Care of Yourself

Physical Health

  • Obviously you are sequestered to see if you become sick. Do all the normal things that moms and doctors say: drink plenty of water and rest, eat healthy and exercise. Watch your symptoms carefully and report them to the Director of Health Services via email as soon as anything changes.

Mental Health

Remember that as a student, you have access to free tele-counseling (called TalkNow) on BuzzCare!

 

Facilities

Most work orders are not urgent enough that Facilities Services will need to enter while you are in isolation. But if an urgent work order arises (examples include water actively flowing, AC not cooling when temperatures are over 90), you can call your RA. Facilities Services will arrange for you to either isolate in one room of the apartment or step outdoors while they complete the emergency work.

 

Leaving Isolation

You will only be released from isolation by communication from the Director of Health Services. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, she will call you to check in on your symptoms and will email you the day before you are approved to leave saying that you may exit the following day.

If you are only exposed and asymptomatic, you have the option to retest six (6) days after your exposure, remaining in isolation a minimum of seven (7) days. Because this retest is for your convenience, you will be financially responsible for this test. There are a couple of ways to get this done:

  1. Retest on campus with the Director of Health Services during business hours, Monday-Friday. You will have your results in 24 hours and will pay $70 before the test is taken. 100% of this payment goes toward the cost of the test.
  2. Retest at a facility off-campus. Louis Morgan Pharmacy on High Street offers free tests that have results in 48-72 hours.
    1. If you choose to test off-campus, you must communicate that with your Resident Director and receive permission to leave campus to get tested.
      1. You must communicate this with your RD via email during business hours, Monday-Friday.
    2. The test must be a PCR test.
    3. You must submit your results to the Director of Health Services and wait for your official release from her.

 

Cleaning

You are expected to do the following to clean the apartment before you leave:

  • Remove all items you brought
  • Take trash to dumpster
  • Wipe any spills or messes
  • Clean microwave/fridge from any food

Isolation Off-Campus

Packing List

You may be in isolation for 5-14 days, so we often recommend people pack for at least 14 days. You know more about what you have at your permanent residence but since you are unable to return to campus until authorized, please think through all you need to pack. We often recommend the following::

  • Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Sheets, pillow
  • Towel
  • Water bottle
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Computer, phone, other devices with chargers
  • Items for class (books, notebooks, etc.)

 

Contact Information

Angela Clipperton, Director of Health Services, AngelaClipperton@letu.edu, 903-736-0999

  • Health questions (including tests)
  • Schedule your retest if necessary
  • Learn when you can be released from isolation

Your RA and RD

  • Connecting with floor mates
  • Other support

 

Classes

You are responsible to contact your professors to let them know that you will need to attend class online. We can confirm this with them once you fill out the required COVID-19 Notification Form if you have not already.

 

Taking Care of Yourself

Physical Health

  • Obviously you are sequestered to see if you become sick. Do all the normal things that moms and doctors say: drink plenty of water and rest, eat healthy and exercise. Watch your symptoms carefully and report them to the Director of Health Services via email as soon as anything changes.

Mental Health

Remember that as a student, you have access to free tele-counseling (called TalkNow) on BuzzCare!

 

Leaving Isolation

You will only be released from isolation by communication from the Director of Health Services. If you have tested positive for COVID-19, she will call you to check in on your symptoms and will email you the day before you are approved to leave saying that you may exit the following day.

If you are only exposed and asymptomatic, you have the option to retest six (6) days after your exposure, remaining in isolation a minimum of seven (7) days. Because this retest is for your convenience, you will be financially responsible for this test. There are a couple of ways to get this done:

  1. Retest on campus with the Director of Health Services during business hours, Monday-Friday. You will have your results in 24 hours and will pay $70 before the test is taken. 100% of this payment goes toward the cost of the test.
  2. Retest at a facility off-campus. Louis Morgan Pharmacy on High Street offers free tests that have results in 48-72 hours.
    1. If you choose to test off-campus, you must communicate that with your Resident Director and receive permission to leave campus to get tested.
      1. You must communicate this with your RD via email during business hours, Monday-Friday.
    2. The test must be a PCR test.
    3. You must submit your results to the Director of Health Services and wait for your official release from her.

Quarantine

Contact Information

Angela Clipperton, Director of Health Services, AngelaClipperton@letu.edu, 903-736-0999

  • Health questions (including tests)
  • Schedule your retest if necessary
  • Learn when you can be released from isolation

Your RA and RD

  • Connecting with floor mates
  • Other support

Shelly Gribble, ShellyGribble@letu.edu, 903-233-4446

  • Meal setups and delivery

 

Meals & Trash Removal

Your RD has put you on a list for meal pick-up. The standard is lunch and dinner every day. Let your RD know if you have dietary restrictions.  Meals will be picked up outside the Corner Café on the side patio. The patio will be closed to non-quarantine students while we are using this pickup method. 

Your scheduled times will be listed in your information packet that was emailed to you via Maxient. They are typically around Noon and 5pm but subject to change.

When you leave your room, you may not use an elevator, you must wear a face covering, sanitize your hands before touching any surface and you must stay at least six feet away from people at all times. For trash removal, have a friend or RA take trash out for you. If that is not possible, you may take out your own trash and you must follow all the same procedures that you use for picking up your meal.

You can email ShellyGribble@letu.edu if you want to opt in to any breakfasts or opt out of any other meals. Changes will go into effect within 24 hours. If you have a need outside of business hours, please contact your RA or RD.

It is important to note that your meal plan will be charged for each meal delivered. If you want to manage how those meals are used, you need to communicate with Shelly.

Please also let Shelly know if you have any food allergies or sensitivities.

 

Classes

You are responsible to contact your professors to let them know that you will need to attend class online. We can confirm this with them once you fill out the required COVID-19 Notification Form if you have not already.

 

Roommates & Suitemates

Your roommate does not need to quarantine unless he or she receives this same letter. Your roommate may opt in to remaining in the room with you or may opt out and find another place to reside for the time being. The university can offer alternate housing for your roommate while spaces are available. Because of the need to consider the safety of your roommate, your quarantine status will be shared with him or her.

If your roommate stays, you will both need to wear masks when you are both present and remain over six feet apart constantly. You should have no contact with your suitemates and will need to make sure the bathroom is completely vacant while you are using it. Wipe shared surfaces that you touch with disinfectant.

 

Laundry

If you need to do laundry, please contact your RD one day in advance. He or she will schedule you a time to use the Isolation laundry space. Your RD will give you instruction on how and when you move from your isolation location to the laundry space and back again. You may not move between buildings without being in contact with your RD or other Student Life representative.

 

Facilities

Most work orders are not urgent enough that Facilities Services will need to enter while you are in isolation. But if an urgent work order arises (examples include water actively flowing, AC not cooling when temperatures are over 90), you can call your RA. Facilities Services will arrange for you to either isolate in one room of the apartment or step outdoors while they complete the emergency work.

 

Taking Care of Yourself

Physical Health

  • Obviously you are sequestered to see if you become sick. Do all the normal things that moms and doctors say: drink plenty of water and rest, eat healthy and exercise. Watch your symptoms carefully and report them to the Director of Health Services via email as soon as anything changes.

Mental Health

Remember that as a student, you have access to free tele-counseling (called TalkNow) on BuzzCare!

 

Leaving Quarantine

You will only be released from quarantine by communication from the Director of Health Services. If you are exposed and asymptomatic, you have the option to retest six (6) days after your exposure, remaining in isolation a minimum of seven (7) days. Because this retest is for your convenience, you will be financially responsible for this test. There are a couple of ways to get this done:

  1. Retest on campus with the Director of Health Services during business hours, Monday-Friday. You will have your results in 24 hours and will pay $70 before the test is taken. 100% of this payment goes toward the cost of the test.
  2. Retest at a facility off-campus. Louis Morgan Pharmacy on High Street offers free tests that have results in 48-72 hours.
    1. If you choose to test off-campus, you must communicate that with your Resident Director and receive permission to leave campus to get tested.
      1. You must communicate this with your RD via email during business hours, Monday-Friday.
    2. The test must be a PCR test.
    3. You must submit your results to the Director of Health Services and wait for your official release from her.