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Hello! If you are on this page it is likely you have tested positive for COVID-19. Please take a deep breath and read this whole message for information about next steps. We know testing positive for COVID-19 can be disconcerting, and we realize no one wants to spend time in isolation, but it's a necessary step to protect the health of our community.

The date your test sample was collected is considered Day 0 for determining your isolation period. You must isolate until at least Day 6. You may then leave isolation if you are fever-free, and asymptomatic or with decreasing symptoms. See instructions below.

Isolation Plan

You may isolate yourself at home if you meet all of the following criteria:

  1. Ability to drive yourself directly home in your private vehicle without any direct interaction with other individuals (no use of public transportation)
  2. Ability to isolate yourself at home in a private bedroom with access to a private bathroom
  3. Ability to have meals delivered to your room as well as trash picked up from your room without any direct in-person contact
  4. Ability to remain distanced from all other household members, avoiding any direct interaction with others, until you are released from your isolation
  5. If you are able to isolate yourself at home, email Kelle Chrysler at kjones2@hamilton.edu in the COVID Management Office to let them know you are going home. If you are not able to isolate at home, you must isolate in your bedroom on campus.

    Remember that it is your job to help keep your community safe. Wherever you are isolating you must stay in your room with the door closed unless you are picking up food or using the bathroom. You are in isolation, which means in the event of a fire alarm, you must put on a mask and exit the building until cleared to re-enter by emergency personnel. Remain physically distanced from others until cleared to return to your room.

    You may not leave to do laundry, work out at the gym, eat in a dining facility, visit other students, or congregate in a common space, just to name a few things. There is to be no in-person interaction with anyone, and you are to have no visitors in your room. You may pick up food to-go at the dining hall. You may go for walks outside wearing a mask and with no interaction with others.

What To Do Now

Pack only what you need and can easily carry with you:

  1. Note the date on a piece of paper, take a photo of it with the test result next to your Hill Card, and upload the image to the Student Health portal so that it can be added to your medical record.
  2. Call the COVID Management Office, 315-859-4141, and notify them of your positive COVID-19 test results. They will connect with Health Center representatives to review your information. If you test positive outside of normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Health Center staff will review your information on Monday morning. You may call your parents or guardian to discuss your care plan in advance of notifying Campus Safety. However, we expect you to make Campus Safety aware of your plan within two hours of receiving your positive test results.
  3. Pack for a 10-day isolation period if departing from campus in case you are not released on Day 6.
    • Laptop, cell phone, and necessary chargers
    • Books, coursework, and related supplies
    • Personal care items
    • Medications that you take daily or even periodically
    • Comfortable clothes with extra socks and underwear just in case
  4. Start making a list of your close contacts (individuals that you have been within 6 ft of, for 15 minutes or longer, during the previous 48 hrs). Your roommates, professors, and head coach, if on the roster of a varsity team, will be contacted automatically. For additional contacts, please use our anonymous form to report close campus contacts. Be advised that if individuals are fully vaccinated, including being boosted when eligible, then they do not need to quarantine following exposure to a positive case, unless they develop symptoms. They should mask around others for 10 days, and get tested 5 days following the exposure. CDC Guidance

If you would like to notify your faculty members that you have tested positive, please fill out the Faculty Contact Form. This form is optional, not anonymous, and will reveal your name and positive status to faculty teaching classes you are enrolled in. Please contact the DOS Office (dosdept@hamilton.edu) if you have any questions or concerns.

Food

Grab-and-go options will be available for pick up at the dining halls during normal hours of operation.

Support

If you are experiencing a medical emergency, like difficulty breathing or chest pain, call Campus Safety at 315-859-4000 for activation of the emergency medical system.

You should express any health concerns to the COVID-19 coordinator, Kelle Chrysler at kjones2@hamilton.edu. They will help connect you to necessary resources to assist you. The COVID-19 coordinator also will have a small supply of over-the-counter products upon request, such as: acetaminophen (generic Tylenol), ibuprofen (generic Motrin/Advil), and cough drops.

While in isolation, stay in touch with your professors, friends, and family by email, phone, FaceTime, Zoom, etc., for support, but remember to avoid any in-person interactions.

Contact

Office / Department Name

COVID-19 Task Force

Contact Name

Kelle Chrysler

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