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COVID-19 Procedures

Below are more details for Concordia's COVID-19 protocols for the 2021-22 academic year. Changes to these protocols are subject to change based on guidance from the university's Critical Incident Management Team, local health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Student Information

Procedure for Students with COVID-19 symptoms or infection

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please call the University Health Center immediately: 402-643-7224. Should the Student Health Center recommend a COVID-19 test, testing options are available on campus as well as in Seward. Tests will not be available or administered on campus. If you need to be tested, please coordinate your test through Memorial Hospital in Seward. Upon receiving a positive test result, the Student Health Center and/or local health agencies will begin contact tracing and assisting you with a move to isolation. 

Procedure for Student Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with a virus or disease (those who are sick with the virus and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay home until they are able to return to campus activities. Specific guidelines will be followed to remove a student from isolation. Students will be asked to isolate off-campus if possible. For students who do not have an option for isolating off-campus, we have limited designated isolation housing. We are not equipped to provide isolation spaces for students who do not live on campus.   

We are prepared to provide care and assistance to students who may become infected with COVID-19 or who have been exposed to it. We have designated extremely limited locations on campus to quarantine and isolate. If you are a student who tests positive for COVID-19, you must inform the Student Health Center. If you are experiencing symptoms or believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19, the Health Center will assist you to get tested. 

If you test positive for COVID-19: 

  • Self-isolate for 10 days from the start of your symptoms. Whenever possible, we encourage students to self-isolate at home. We know that may not be feasible in some cases, and therefore for students who live in one of the residence halls and cannot return home, we have limited designated isolation housing. For students who live off-campus, please isolate in your off-campus residence. 
  • Continue self-isolation until you see improvement in symptoms and fever free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medications like Tylenol or Ibuprofen). 
  • Follow the instructions of your medical provider. 
  • You must be cleared to return to campus activities by the University's nurse in guidance from the local health department. 
  • If you are isolating on campus, meal delivery will be provided along with materials needed for continued academic participation. 
  • Your professors will be made aware of your absence from classes, but you are still encouraged to contact them for any make-up work needed. 

Procedure for Student Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to a communicable disease, like COVID-19, away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with a virus without feeling symptoms.  

Students who are unvaccinated will be required to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact of someone who tests positive for the virus.  

 

If you are exposed to someone with COVID-19: 

  • Contact the Student Health Center for self-quarantine guidance. 
  • Confirm with the Student Health Center before returning to campus activities after completion of 10-day self-quarantine. 
  • Self-quarantine will require daily monitoring of symptoms and temperature checks. Limited supplies will be provided in quarantine and isolation spaces for temperature monitoring. 
  • In the event you are not able to return home for your quarantine, Concordia may be able to provide you space, but please know it is extremely limited. 
  • Your professors will be made aware of your absence from classes, but you are still encouraged to contact them for any make-up work needed. 

Note: You are still expected to self-quarantine for 10 days after an exposure has occurred even if you have a negative test result without symptoms. 

 

University Health Services will be available for telehealth appointments with students in quarantine and isolation spaces. The Student Health Center will provide care and support to those students through frequent contact. Off-campus medical resources are available to students who have a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. The student will be given direct cell phone access to key staff members on campus in the event that they need help with anything. 

Personal COVID Plan

Students will be asked to develop a COVID plan regardless of their vaccination status, in the event you are required to quarantine or isolate during the school year. This plan will need to include lodging arrangements, transportation to and from campus, in addition to obtaining meals. 

As of Sept. 1, since face coverings are required, students will only need to isolate if they test positive for the virus. They will not have to quarantine if they are identified as a close contact. The exception to this is when face coverings are not worn correctly. In cases where face coverings are not worn correctly, students may be required to quarantine when exposed.

Concordia will work with you on an individual basis to help develop these plans, but please know space is extremely limited on campus for quarantine and isolation space. 

Mental Health Services

Throughout the semester, Kathleen von Kampen, Concordia’s mental health counselor, will continue to provide face-to-face and online services for students on campus, including personal sessions, Let’s Talk sessions and more. 

For all faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program offers mental health counseling over the phone.  

Classroom Experience

We continue to face a challenging situation requiring each one of us to make a good faith effort to be flexible and to make decisions in the best interest of the community. In light of this, the Provost’s Office and the academic leaders have adjusted the classroom expectations and attendance policy.

Learn more about the Classroom Experience

Personal Comfort Levels

We want to make sure you feel as comfortable on campus as possible. To show others your comfort level for interacting, print out one of these signs to put on your office or dorm room door.  

Please note, these personal guidelines are not meant to replace the campus-wide policy of wearing face coverings. 

 

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Faculty/Staff Information

Procedure for Faculty/Staff Reporting COVID-19 Test Results

Should you, as an employee, be directed to get a COVID-19 test, you must notify HR. Please work with your supervisor on alternative work arrangements, as you will be required to self-quarantine until you receive a negative test result or are cleared by your doctor.   
  
If you receive a positive test:   

  • Notify HR and pass along documentation of your test results  
  • Work with your supervisor and HR on working remotely, if possible  
  • HR will notify B&G of the need for increased sanitization in specific areas  

You are required to be cleared by Four Corners, or your local health department, before returning to campus. 

If I’m alerted by one of my employees that they are undergoing a test for COVID-19, what do I do? Do I tell someone? What do I tell them to do?

Tell your employee they are required to stay home in quarantine until they receive a negative test. Then, contact HR and let them know of the situation. HR will connect with your employee and provide the next steps.  

If I’m at home because I’ve tested positive for COVID-19, or I have symptoms, am I allowed to work from home without having to use emergency paid sick leave? 

In many cases, this is an option. Please work with your supervisor and HR to coordinate a plan for working from home during your quarantine or isolation. 

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