COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Definitions

As a result of ongoing transmission potential for COVID-19, students may be required to isolate or asked to quarantine during the semester to ensure the health and safety of our campus community. Here is some general information as it relates to isolation and quarantine.   

Temporary isolation means that you are experiencing symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 infection and you are awaiting PCR test results. 

Isolation means that you are now infected with the virus and need to separate yourself from others and monitor your health for worsening symptoms for at least 10 days. If you test for COVID-19 outside of the SHC, we ask that you notify the SHC of your positive results so that we can follow along with you during your illness and provide guidance if you develop worsening symptoms.  

  • Presymptomatic means you are currently infected with the virus but have not yet developed symptoms.
  • Asymptomatic means you have tested positive for COVID-19 and you do not have symptoms, however, You are contagious and must isolate for at least 10 days.

Quarantine means that you might have been exposed to an individual with COVID-19 and that you need to stay home (in your residence hall/apartment), separate yourself from others, AND monitor your health for the development of COVID-19 symptoms.

Fully vaccinated means that it has been at least 2 weeks since your second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or at least 2 weeks since a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.

Temporary isolation includes the following:

  • Self-isolate at home (or in your on-campus housing assignment).
  • Do not interact or have exposure to others. Stay in your room as much as possible. If your test result comes back as positive, we need to ensure you haven’t had close and prolonged exposure to anyone during this time.
  • When leaving your room to access the bathroom or kitchen, you must wear a face mask.
  • If you need to access the dining hall, you must wear a face mask, be at least 6 feet from others, and take your food “to go” only.  You can then go back to your room to eat.
  • If you have an on-campus job, please alert your employer you cannot work today due to your illness.
  • If you are enrolled in courses that hold class in-person, please follow your course syllabus for guidelines on missing class due to an illness.
  • If you are a student-athlete, please let your coach know of your need miss athletic involvement due to being sick.

Isolation includes the following:

  • Relocation to an isolation room if you live on-campus or self-isolation at home if you live off campus for 10 days beginning with the date your symptoms began or the date you went for testing, if asymptomatic.
  • For individuals living on-campus, meal delivery will be provided for the duration of your isolation.
  • Do not interact or have exposure to others. Stay in your room as much as possible.
  • If you have an on-campus job, please alert your employer you cannot work due to your illness.
  • If you are enrolled in courses that hold class in-person, the Dean of Students office will send a notification to your faculty of your need to not attend class in-person for a period of time. It is faculty discretion on how to keep you engaged while in isolation. Students should also reach out to faculty to discuss options.
  • If you are a student-athlete, please let your coach know of your need miss athletic involvement due to being sick.

Quarantine includes the following:

  • Self-quarantine at home (or in your on-campus housing assignment).
  • Continually be on the lookout for any developing symptoms.  
    • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day to monitor for a temp greater than or equal to 100.4°F/38°C or higher.  
      • When taking your temperature wait 30 mins after eating, drinking (when using an oral thermometer), or exercising. 
    • If you develop a fever (100.4°F/38°C or higher), nasal congestion or runny nose, headache, loss of taste or smell, muscle or body aches, cough, chills, sore throat, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, fatigue, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing: 
      • Call the SHC (904-256-8080) immediately to make an appointment to be evaluated by a SHC provider who will offer guidance on the management of your symptoms and testing options.  
      • Do not show up at the SHC without FIRST making an appointment.
        • Walk-ins will not be accepted due to the risk of exposure to healthcare personnel and other patients in the SHC.   
  • Do not interact or have exposure to others. Stay in your room as much as possible. If you develop symptoms or test positive for COVID, we need to ensure you haven’t had close and prolonged exposure to anyone during this time.
  • When leaving your room to access the bathroom or kitchen, you must wear a face mask.
  • If you need to access the dining hall (if you are an on-campus resident), you must wear a face mask, be at least 6 feet from others, and take your food “to go” only. You can then go back to your room to eat.
  • Do not attend class in-person. The Dean of Students office will send a notification to your faculty of your need to not attend class in-person for a period of time. It is faculty discretion on how to keep you engaged while in quarantine. Students should also reach out to faculty to discuss options.
  • If you have an on-campus job, please alert your employer you cannot work.
  • Student-athletes cannot participate in team activities until cleared out of quarantine.

For Those Unvaccinated:

  • It is recommended all those in quarantine get a Day 5 COVID PCR test (not a rapid antigen test).  

    • If results come back negative, you may be cleared out of quarantine immediately if no symptoms are present.  
    • If you do not get a Day 5 COVID PCR test, you must wait until day 11 to be released from quarantine.
    • In both situations, all will be asked to continue to monitor symptoms and to wear a mask around others through Day 14.

For Those Fully Vaccinated:

  • Proof of vaccination will be requested.  
  • Once vaccination status has been verified, the vaccinated close contact will be provided a COVID testing date 3-5 days after their exposure.
    •  Either a rapid antgien or PCR COVID test is acceptable. 
    • If results come back negative, you may be cleared out of quarantine immediately if no symptoms are present.  

The COVID Response Team will clear quarantining students for return to campus activities.

Students needing to temporarily isolate will be instructed to do so by the evaluating SHC provider.

Students who have tested positive for COVID-19 need to isolate for 10 days. 

Students needing to self-quarantine will be notified of their exposure to a confirmed COVID-19 infected individual by the Health Department or a JU COVID-19 Response Team Member.   

  • If you believe you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19 symptoms or a confirmed case you also need to self-quarantine.
  • If you are instructed to quarantine by someone other than a JU COVID-19 Response Team Member, please ensure the Office of Student Life is aware that you are in quarantine by calling (904) 256-7067, emailing studentlife@ju.edu, or by completing this online questionnaire www.ju.edu/studentreport.

The SHC recommends that students be prepared for the possibility that they may be restricted to a room or apartment for a period of time. Also, students should consider their options for returning home or staying with friends/relatives off campus. It is vital for students to understand the importance of following the recommendations given to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 to our campus community.     

If you are asked to isolate or quarantine, you will likely not have time or the ability to gather supplies. Consider purchasing the following items to have on hand in the event you are instructed to isolate or quarantine.  

  • Tissues.
  • Hand sanitizer (at least 60% alcohol).
  • Fluids such as tea, bottled water, Gatorade, packets of ramen noodles or chicken soup, and juice (it is VERY important to stay hydrated).
  • A disposable or digital thermometer.
  • Salt for saltwater gargling for sore throat.
  • Honey—mixed in tea for sore throat and to soothe coughs.
  • Throat lozenges for sore throat.
  • Acetaminophen (Tylenol) for fever and body aches.
    • Follow dosing guidelines carefully to avoid excessive amounts.  
  • Nasal irrigation wash with saline solution.
  • Phenylephrine or other over the counter nasal decongestants.
  • TWO WEEK SUPPLY OF ANY PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS used for chronic illnesses.
  • Food sufficient for two weeks if living off campus.
    • Those isolating on campus will have meals delivered by Dining Services.
    • Also, ensure you have snacks or comfort food you enjoy when not feeling well.  
  • Eat regular meals and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Get at least 8 hours of sleep per day.
  • Find a way to keep active, even if it is in your room.
    • If you are COVID-19 positive do not exercise until cleared by your healthcare provider.  
  • Open your windows and get fresh air when you can.  
  • Stay in contact with friends and family via phone or FaceTime/Skype/WhatsApp/etc.  
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking/vaping, and recreational drug use.
  • Once cleared by a SHC healthcare provider via a phone call or telehealth visit.
  • Individuals with a competent immune system may be released from isolation after 10 days,  
  • AND if there has been no fever for 24 hours without a fever reducing agent:
    • Acetaminophen (i.e., Tylenol),
    • Ibuprofen (i.e., Advil), or
    • Multi-symptom medication that contains acetaminophen or ibuprofen (i.e., Dayquil/Nyquil),  
  • AND their symptoms of COVID-19 have improved.  
  • Once cleared by COVID-19 Response Team member.
  • You must remain in quarantine without the development of symptoms.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms while in quarantine, call the SHC immediately for further evaluation and guidance on next steps. 
  • While supplies last, the SHC is offering free COVID-19 rapid antigen testing for all symptomatic students as well as certain non-symptomatic students.
  • PCR testing is also available through the SHC for a cost of $80. 
  • For more information regarding available testing and pricing, please contact the SHC.

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