January 13: Campus Testing, Booster Clinic and Latest Guidance

TO: SJU Community
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President of Student Life and Associate Provost; Zenobia Hargust, M.S., SPHR, Chief Human Resources Officer
RE: Campus Testing, Booster Clinic and Latest Guidance
DATE: January 13, 2022 at 3:35 P.M. 

We are looking forward to the start of the Spring Semester and wanted to provide you with an update on COVID-19 policies and procedures. We realize this is a lot of information but please read this thoroughly and visit the University’s COVID-19 website.
KN95 Mask Distribution
As noted in a previous communication, the University has obtained a large supply of KN95 masks that offer greater protection and are expected to be used in all academic settings. All residential students will have masks placed in their rooms prior to move-in.
Employees may pick up masks from their building liaison. Commuters and off campus students may pick up masks at the Office of Public Safety and Security Service Center in Campion 229 (which will have extended hours 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays, Jan.18 though Jan. 27). Other distribution sites will be shared on Tuesday in a follow up communication.  
Advice on caring for and extending the life of these masks was compiled by Michael McCann, Ph.D., professor of biology, and can be found online.
Eating and Drinking in Class and Meetings
To support consistent and effective masking, including the covering of both the nose and mouth at all times, food and beverages are prohibited in classrooms and meetings until at least Jan. 31. In addition, there will be enhanced grab-and-go options in the dining hall for those that prefer this alternative. Depending on virus prevalence locally and regionally, this date may be extended.
Return to Campus Testing
Return to campus rapid antigen testing will be available for any asymptomatic member of the community who wishes to participate on Tuesday, Jan. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the O’Pake Main Gym. No appointments are necessary but please bring your SJU ID. If you are symptomatic, students should schedule an appointment with the Student Health Center and employees should contact their health provider.  
Please note, if you are currently symptomatic or exposed, we ask you to obtain a negative COVID-19 test prior to your arrival date on campus.
As a reminder, if you tested positive in the last 90 days and have not submitted a COVID-19 Self-Disclosure Form, please do so immediately and upload a copy of your test result. You do not need to test at the return to campus testing on Jan. 18.

Booster Clinic
There will be two Moderna booster clinics offered by Dake’s Drug Store on campus, on Tuesday, Jan. 25 and Feb. 1, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Perch. No appointments are necessary and boosters will be given on a first come, first served basis. Bring your insurance card and photo ID.  
Contact Tracing/Isolation and Quarantine
In compliance with the latest CDC guidance, the University has updated its contact tracing, quarantine and isolation procedures to follow the five day isolation protocol.
If you are symptomatic, positive or exposed to a non-SJU community member, complete a COVID-19 Self-Disclosure Form immediately.  
Any community member who tests positive for COVID-19 (regardless of vaccination status) is required to isolate for a minimum of five days. For asymptomatic individuals or those with improved symptoms, the isolation may end on day six, but masking must continue for an additional five days.
Any community member who is symptomatic (regardless of vaccination status) should isolate immediately and get tested.

Anyone identified as a close contact or had a known exposure should follow this guidance:

  • For unvaccinated individuals or those who are more than five months out from their second dose of the primary vaccine (or more than two months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) and not yet boosted, should quarantine for five days, test on day five, followed by strict mask use for an additional five days.
  • For individuals who have received their booster shot, quarantine is not required following an exposure, but a mask is required for 10 days after the exposure, with a test on day five.  

A  flowchart of the process can be found here.

The process for on campus isolation has also been updated. For the latest, please visit the University’s COVID-19 website.
Thank you for your ongoing attention to these important health and safety communications. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and adapt accordingly.