Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) Information

Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) has been closely monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and has been continuously collaborating with our local and state departments of public health.  As a result, we implemented a multifaceted approach for how to monitor and maintain the health of our community. Here are some resources and information regarding our health and safety plans for the fall semester.

FLU VACCINATION CLINICS

Your continued good health matters –particularly as we enter flu season. It is important that you receive the flu vaccine. You can find information here about free flu shots for students.

IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES

Because of our good health and precautionary behavior such as mask wearing and physical distancing, Student Activities will begin hosting small in-person activities while also increasing awareness of virtual and in-person events through the uKindess site.

COVID-19 TESTING

Note: Testing takes place at the north end of the Fieldhouse.

Routine Surveillance Testing Plan

For large residential campuses such as ours, practicing routine surveillance is an obligation of the reopening plan we provided to the state Department of Public Health.

UConn-Storrs surveillance obligations include routinely testing non-symptomatic students on our campus. In addition to routinely testing residential students, SHaW has expanded testing to include Storrs commuter students and student employees. Students are randomly selected to participate in surveillance testing by Student Health and Wellness.

All students are encouraged to be tested regardless of whether or not they have been randomly selected.

Pooled Sample Testing

  • Student Health and Wellness is involved in an innovative partnership with the UConn Institute for System Genomics and MARS (Microbial Analysis, Resources and Services) to perform pooled sampling for non-symptomatic students.
  • This approach significantly increases the number of individuals that can be tested in a short period of time.
  • Students will provide a saliva sample in a tube. Samples from multiple individuals are then pooled together or batched into one sample and then tested.
  • If a pooled sample is negative, all individuals in that pooled sample are deemed negative.
  • If the pooled sample is positive, then all the individuals in that pool will need to have a CoV2 diagnostic test provided by SHaW.
  • For residential students, pooled sample saliva kits will be distributed and collected in your residential hall.
  • There is a plan for expanded pooled sampling that will include designated sites for saliva sampling around campus for non-residential students. This will be promoted through the Daily Digest.

Testing of Symptomatic Students

If you are a Storrs student experiencing any symptoms, regardless of whether you live on or off campus, please contact the SHaW Advice Nurse at 860-486-4700.

The Advice Nurse is available to Storrs students 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

    2020-11-13 | Testing Information for students under Residential Quarantine

    11/13/20

     

    Dear Storrs Campus Resident:

    As was communicated in an email that was sent this morning, all UConn Storrs on-campus residential students are currently in quarantine. The message explained that many students are in a modified quarantine while some are in residential quarantine and others are in a medical quarantine, which means they are under the direct supervision of the SHaW medical team.

    This message has two purposes. First, to clarify which residential buildings are classified as in a Residential Quarantine, meaning the students living in those buildings cannot attend classes in person. And second, to share specific information about exit testing.

    The following is a list of buildings currently in residential quarantine:

    • Alsop A
    • Batterson
    • Belden
    • Busby Suites
    • Fairfield
    • Litchfield
    • Middlesex
    • Russell
    • Tolland
    • Werth Tower

     

    As was noted in the email this morning, residential students are expected to be COVID tested and to receive a negative result before leaving campus for the Thanksgiving and Winter Recesses. To avoid a long wait at the testing center, the schedule below has been developed.

    • If you are unable to get your test at the time listed, exit testing will also be available Monday November 16 through Wednesday November 18, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
    • If you plan to leave for break before your building’s testing time, please come at an earlier time.
    • If you miss your scheduled time, you will still be accommodated by coming at a later time.
    • Students who have been approved to remain on campus after November 20 should still be tested but can do this between November 16 and 18.
    • Students who have been COVID tested between Wednesday, November 11 and Friday, November 13 do not need another test.
    • Students who have had a positive COVID test result during the fall semester do not need to be exit tested.

     

    TESTING SCHEDULE

     

    Belden, Brock, Eddy, and Watson                              Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:00 – 11:00 am

    Buckley N, Buckley S and Shippee                             Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:00 – 11:00 am

    Busby Suites                                                                       Saturday, Nov. 14 11:00 -11:45 am

    Charter Oak Apartments                                               Saturday, Nov. 14, 11:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Holcomb, Whitney, Sprague, Hicks                           Saturday, Nov. 14, 12:30 – 1:25 pm

    Garrigus Suites and Husky Village                              Saturday, Nov. 14, 1:15 – 2:00 pm

    Hale, Ellsworth, and Spring Valley Farm                  Saturday, Nov. 14, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

    Hilltop Apartments (all buildings)                              Saturday, Nov. 14, 3:00 – 5:00 pm

     

    McMahon N and McMahon S                                      Sunday, Nov. 15, 10:00 -10:45 am

    North Campus (all buildings)                                       Sunday, Nov. 15, 10:45 am – 11:45 am

    Northwest (all buildings)                                               Sunday, Nov. 15, 11:30 am – 12:45 pm

    Northwood Apartments (all buildings)                    Sunday, Nov. 15, 12:45 – 1:15 pm

    Rosebrooks, Snow, and Wilson                                   Sunday, Nov. 15, 1:15 – 2:30 pm

    Towers (all buildings)                                                      Sunday, Nov. 15, 2:30 – 4:00 pm

    Werth Tower                                                                     Sunday, Nov. 15, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

    West (all buildings)                                                          Sunday, Nov. 15, 4:00 – 5:00 pm

     

     

    Sincerely,

    Residential Life and SHaW Staff

     

    2020-11-15 | Testing Information for Storrs students living off-campus

    11/15/20

    Dear Storrs Off-Campus Students:

    If you plan to leave the Storrs area for Thanksgiving Recess, UConn will be offering testing to Storrs students who wish to be tested prior to leaving for the break.  Testing will be available to off-campus students on Monday, November 16th through Wednesday, November 18th from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  To avoid a long wait at the testing center the schedule below has been developed.  If you are unable to get your test at the suggested time listed below, you can arrive for testing anytime between Monday, 11/16 and Wednesday, 11/18, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.

    Students who plan to remain in the area do not need to be tested.

    Students who have already been COVID tested between Wednesday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 15 do not need another test.

    Students who have had a positive COVID test result during the fall semester do not need to be tested.

    COVID Testing will be provided on-campus at the Field House between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 16 through Wednesday, Nov. 18.  Parking will be available in the South Garage, which will be open to off campus students for testing free of charge.

    Please do not eat anything, drink anything, chew gum or smoke for a half hour before your test.  Please bring your UConn Student ID. If you already have a Vault Medical account, you will be asked to log in to your account.

     

    Testing Schedule - Last Name Beginning With:

     

    Date and Time

    ABCD

    Mon, Nov. 16, 9:00-10:00 am

    EFGH

    Mon, Nov. 16, 10:00-11:00 am

    IJKL

    Mon, Nov. 16, 11:00-12:00 pm

    MNOP

    Mon, Nov. 16, 12:00-1:00 pm

    QRST

    Mon, Nov. 16, 1:00–2:00 pm

    UVWX

    Mon, Nov. 16, 2:00–3:00 pm

    YZ

    Mon, Nov. 16, 3:00–4:00 pm

     

    MNOP

    Tues, Nov 17, 9:00–10:00 am

    QRST

    Tues, Nov 17, 10:00–11:00 am

    UVWX

    Tues, Nov 17, 11:00–12:00 pm

    YZ

    Tues, Nov 17, 12:00–1:00 pm

    ABCD

    Tues, Nov 17, 1:00-2:00 pm

    EFGH

    Tues, Nov 17, 2:00-3:00 pm

    IJKL

    Tues, Nov 17, 3:00-4:00 pm

     

     

    YZ

    Wed, Nov 18, 9:00-10:00 am

    UVWX

    Wed, Nov 18, 10:00-11:00 am

    QRST

    Wed, Nov 18, 11:00-12:00 pm

    MNOP

    Wed, Nov 18, 12:00-1:00 pm

    IJKL

    Wed, Nov 18, 1:00-2:00 pm

    EFGH

    Wed, Nov 18, 2:00-3:00 pm

    ABCD

    Wed, Nov 18 3:00-4:00 pm

    Students leaving from college to return home for the holidays are at risk of bringing COVID-19 infection home with them. For more information on celebrating Thanksgiving safer, please refer to CDC’s Thanksgiving Holiday preparation guidance at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/thanksgiving.html.

    Wishing you and your family and safe and healthy break,

    Suzanne

    SUZANNE A. ONORATO, PH.D. | she/her/hers
    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
    UCONN STUDENT HEALTH AND WELLNESS

    QUARANTINE

    How can I Quarantine at home safely?

    If you do not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and choose to quarantine at home, follow these precautions:

    • Obtain a COVID-19 test and have the result before you leave campus.
    • Do not use public transportation to travel home.
    • Ensure that you have a quarantine space in your home that is not shared by others.
    • Wear a mask when you are not in your designated quarantine space.
    • Wash your hand frequently.
    • Spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
    • Monitor your symptoms daily and take your temperature twice a day.
    • Call SHaW and seek testing if you develop symptoms of COVID-19 during your quarantine period.

    What is Modified Quarantine?

    modified quarantine means that all quarantine procedures below apply to these remaining students with the exception that they are permitted to attend class in person, participate in clinical placement, and participate in essential research functions conducted at UConn. They must continue to wear masks, follow medical advice, refrain from gatherings, and remain in their rooms.  They may go to class or other academic activities, pick up food at the dining halls, participate in COVID testing, and go for walks outside away from other people.

    Quarantine Instructions for Students Living in University Housing

    Self-quarantine is used to keep individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 away from others. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur from people without symptoms.

    The self-quarantine period lasts for 14 days after the last known contact with someone infected with COVID-19. Most Residential students may quarantine in place; however, some may need to relocate to a designated quarantine location.

    Students with a meal plan will be directed to a designated dining hall for the period of their quarantine.
     

    DURING THE SELF-QUARANTINE PERIOD:

    • Stay in your designated self-quarantine location.
    • Monitor your health daily and submit your Daily Symptom Check.

     

    • DO NOT enter public places except to access take-out dining services from your designated dining hall.
    • DO NOT attend in-person instruction.
    • DO NOT go to work.

     

    • DO communicate with your faculty instructors and employers.
    • DO continue with online learning.
    • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
    • DO spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
    • DO wear a mask whenever you are not in your designated quarantine space.
    • DO wash your hands frequently.
    • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu for needed help and support.
    • DO contact SHaW through studenthealth@uconn.edu for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you!

    Quarantine Instructions for Off-Campus & Commuter Students

    Self-quarantine is used to keep individuals who were exposed to COVID-19 away from others. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 that can occur from people without symptoms.

    The self-quarantine period lasts for 14 days after the last known contact with someone infected with COVID-19.
     

    DURING THE SELF-QUARANTINE PERIOD:

    • Stay in your designated self-quarantine location.
    • Monitor your health daily and submit your Daily Symptom Check.

     

    • DO NOT enter public places including the UConn campus.
    • DO NOT attend in-person instruction.
    • DO NOT go to work.

     

    • DO communicate with your faculty instructors and employers.
    • DO continue with online learning.
    • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
    • DO spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
    • DO wear a mask whenever you are not in your designated quarantine space.
    • DO wash your hands frequently.
    • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu for needed help and support.
    • DO contact SHaW through studenthealth@uconn.edu for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you!
    Calculating the Start and End of Quarantine

    When do I start and end Quarantine?

    Quite simply, you should quarantine for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

    See the scenarios below to determine when you can end quarantine and be around others. For all of these scenarios, even if you test negative for COVID-19 or feel healthy, you should stay home (quarantine) since symptoms may appear 2 to 14 days after exposure to the virus.

    Scenario 1: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—will not have further close contact

    quarantine scenario

    Scenario 2: Close contact with someone who has COVID-19—live with the person but can avoid further close contact

    quarantine scenario

    Scenario 3: Under quarantine and had additional close contact with someone who has COVID-19

    length of quarantine scenario

    Scenario 4: Live with someone who has COVID-19 and cannot avoid continued close contact

    scenario for quarantine

    What if my Quarantine period ends AFTER the move-out date for Residential Housing?

    If students have not been granted permission to remain in residential housing over winter recess, they are encouraged to move out of their fall assignment to complete their quarantine period. If they are unable to move out entirely they will be able to return after their quarantine period is over to complete the process. This will need to be coordinated with Res Life.
    Students may move at any point during their quarantine with the following caveats:
    1.  They are still asymptomatic.
    2. They do not need to travel using public transportation.
    3. They have had a negative PCR test. SHaW can offer POC testing for these students with the goal of testing 24-48 hours before their departure. This is NOT generalized departure testing, which we do not recommend.
    All early move outs must be done in collaboration with Residential Life.

    ISOLATION

    What is the difference between residential quarantine, medical quarantine, and isolation?

    QUARANTINE keeps someone who might have been exposed to the virus away from others.

    • Residential Quarantine - Residential students were required to participate in a precautionary 14-day residential quarantine before the start of the fall semester. This time period had fewer limitations than a medical quarantine. During this time period, residential students were not confined to their rooms and were provided with limited engagement opportunities that followed the State’s guidance on gatherings.  Students were expected to remain on campus.
    • Medical quarantine is a period of time when a student who has been potentially exposed to the virus is medically advised to limit their in-person interactions with others.
      • Residential Students who are in this type of quarantine will not be able to attend in-person instruction and their movement around campus will be limited.  This prevents more individuals from potential exposure to the virus.
      • Off-campus and Commuter Students will not be able to come to campus until cleared by their medical   provider. 

    ISOLATION keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home.

    • Self- isolation is required when an individual is diagnosed with COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. Individuals in self-isolation must remove themselves from all face-to-face interactions until they are no longer infectious. 

    All students are strongly encouraged to have an isolation and quarantine plan.

    What if my Isolation period begins on November 12 or after?

    Residential students who have an isolation start date of 11/12/2020 and after will have isolation periods that extend past the date Residence Halls close for Winter Recess. If they have not been granted permission to remain on campus for Winter Recess they will be able to stay on campus through the end of their isolation period.

    However, if they are able to safely isolate at home and choose to do so, they should pack for isolation and travel home. They can return to campus to pack and move out more fully after the isolation period is over. This will need to be coordinated between the student and Residential Life.

    Info and FAQ from SHaW for Students in Isolation at the Graduate Hotel

    Important Numbers

    SHaW Nurse Advice Line: 860-486-4700 option #1 then #2

    Dining: 860-486-5053 or 860-486-5102 (6:00am – 7:00pm 7 days a week)

    Res Life: 860-486-2926 (Mon – Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm)  or  860-486-7020 (After Hours)

    Graduate Hotel Front Desk: 860-487-7888

     

    FAQ’s on your stay at the Graduate Hotel

    1. Am I still under the rules of my Housing Contract? YES
    2. Can I leave my room? NO, not unless instructed to do so by SHaW or Public Safety.
    3. Can I have take-out food delivered? NO
    4. May I have visitors or deliveries? NO
    5. What if I need medication or other essentials? Contact SHaW.
    6. What if there is a fire alarm? Shelter in place. The Fire Department will inform you if you need to evacuate.
    7. What if I need more towels? Call the Front Desk.
    8. What if something in my room needs to be repaired? Call the Front Desk.

    Instructions from Res Life for Students in Isolation at the Graduate Hotel

    Check-in instructions:

    • Please make sure to sign the agreement between you and Hotel within 24 hours of arrival at the Hotel. Once signed, put the agreement in the envelope that was provide and slip it under the room door into the hallway.
    • Students in isolation are expected to remain in their isolation space and not leave their room except in the case of an emergency. Please do come in contact with others except for the student with whom you are sharing the room.

     Meal delivery information:

    • Meals will be delivered three times a day. Students placed in the Graduate Hotel cannot order food delivery. Individuals attempting to deliver food will be turned away.
      • Breakfast is delivered at 7:30am Monday through Friday and 9:00am on Saturday and Sunday.
      • Lunch is delivered at 12:00pm
      • Dinner is delivered at 5:00pm.
    • Each day, after the evening meal please put trash in the bags provided by the Graduate Hotel and place in the hall outside of the room door.

     

    Policies:

    • A reminder to follow the TH&SP https://reslife.uconn.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/1534/2020/07/2020-RL-THSP-Final-7.13.20.pdf during this time.  We want you and your community to be safe and stop any further spread of the virus.  Despite being in isolation, any reported violations are managed through our student conduct process.
    • In the event of a fire alarm, isolated students should shelter in place. If there is an actual emergency, the FD will notify the isolated occupants of the need to evacuate, either through the fire alarm live voice notification, or in person.
    • Students placed in the Graduate Hotel cannot order food delivery. Individuals attempting to deliver food will be turned away.
    • No visitors or deliveries other than from SHaW and Dining Services are allowed.

     

    Stay in touch:

    • Evenings after 7pm and weekends you can call the RA on Duty for South Campus at 860-377-7020.
    • If you have questions during business hours, please call 860-486-2926.  In case of an emergency, please call 911.
    • Hall Directors on Duty and the UCPD will be driving in the area of the Hotel regularly on rounds.
    • If you have any facilities related needs please contact The Hotel Front Desk at: 860-427-7888.
    • If you have medical questions, be sure to call Student Health and Wellness at 860-486-4700.
    • Contact your current RA/HD for questions and concerns, you are still part of the community.
    • If you feel up to it, please stay connected to the virtual activities available to you.

     

    While your stay in the Graduate Hotel is temporary, I hope you are comfortable and have what you need.

     

    Take care,
    Residential Life
    1346 Storrs Rd
    Storrs, CT 06269
    livingoncampus@uconn.edu

    Isolation Instructions for Students Living in University Housing

    Self-isolation is used to keep individuals have COVID-19 away from others while they can spread it to others. This is a critical public health measure that prevent the transmission of COVID-19 in the community.

    Your self-isolation period will last for a minimum of 10 days from the date of the onset of your symptoms or the date of the positive test if you do not have any symptoms.
     
     
    DURING THE ISOLATION PERIOD:
     

    • DO NOT leave your designated isolation location except to seek medical care in coordination with SHaW or public safety authorities.
      • Meals will be delivered by dining services. (Take-out delivery is not permitted at the Graduate Hotel isolation site)
      • Do not allow anyone in your isolation unit unless assigned there by SHaW.

     

    • DO attend your scheduled medical visits by telemedicine or phone.
    • DO monitor your symptoms daily.
    • DO wash your hands frequently.
    • DO communicate with your faculty, instructors, and employers.
    • DO continue with online learning.
    • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
    • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu for needed help and support.
    • DO contact SHaW through studenthealth@uconn.edu for your medical and mental health needs. We are here for you!

    UPDATES & COMMUNICATIONS

    2020-10-30 | Dean of Students prohibition on attendance at off-campus gatherings

    10/30/2020

    Dear Huskies,

    I’m worried. Earlier this morning, the medical team informed me that we have nine reported off-campus positive cases among our students, in addition to three on-campus.  This presents a jump in the off-campus positivity rate to 5.6% and is UConn’s highest single day total in weeks.

    There is no indication that these cases are related to one another or stem from a common source, meaning they are scattered. This is cause for even greater concern, especially in light of the fact that the state’s positivity rate has jumped in recent days.

    On campus we continue to be healthy and there is no indication in the waste water or in testing results that we are seeing a comparable increase in COVID-19.  It is also important to note that the recent increase in off campus positive cases is not affiliated with an event or gathering.  This is the reality of COVID-19 as it surges throughout the state of Connecticut, our country, and our world.

    I have no choice but to insist that on campus residential students be prohibited from attending off campus social gatherings through Nov 4 at 8am.  This is essential to our health and safety.  On campus residential students who attend off-campus social gatherings will be referred to Community Standards by Connecticut State Police.  Please note this only applies to social gatherings and does not apply to voting on Nov 3.

    Further, off campus students are strongly encouraged to participate in surveillance testing today from 9am to 3pm at the Field House.    Surveillance testing and point of care testing for symptomatic students is available throughout the semester.

    As students, you have done incredible work in caring for others and being safe.  The University does have a number of events planned for Halloween weekend, and I encourage you to participate.

    We are in this together.  Always.  I am so grateful for all that we have done to keep UConn safe and healthy as the virus aggressively spreads among our communities.  Please join me in redoubling those efforts.  We’ve got this.

    All good things,

    Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD

    Associate Vice President and Dean of Students

    2020-10-07 | Belden Hall quarantine release

    10/7/2020

    Dear Belden Hall Residents,

    Since the beginning of the Belden Hall quarantine 160 tests have been performed with no new positive results detected over the past seven days. As communicated last Friday the rate of positive tests peaked at 15% early in the quarantine, however you continued to observe the precautions of the quarantine and be tested regularly. It worked. You stopped the spread of COVID-19 in Belden Hall in under two weeks. That is an incredible achievement.

    Based on these results, the residential quarantine of Belden Hall will be lifted today 10/7/2020 at 4:00pm.

    Students in isolation or medical quarantine under the care and direction of SHaW should continue with their current precautions. Students who are released from isolation must continue to follow the public health guidelines that keep everyone safe whether or not they have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing, which will protect the community from all respiratory viruses including COVID-19. These measures keep everyone healthy.

    Thank you for protecting each other and our community from the spread of COVID-19.

    Continue to be well,

    Ellyssa Eror, MD, Medical Director

    2020-10-06 | email from the Dean of Students

    2020-10-02 | email to Belden Hall residents – quarantine update

    10/2/2020

    Dear Belden Hall Residents,

    Last week Belden Hall was placed under residential quarantine due to the high number of positive cases at this location.  In the past two weeks 143 tests have been performed for Belden residents with a total of 13 positive tests. Early in the quarantine, the rate of positive tests climbed to 15% but in the past three day there have been no new positive cases in Belden. That is phenomenal.

    Thank you for getting tested and for your commitment to decreasing the spread of COVID 19. You will have the opportunity to be tested again on Monday October 5th. Based on those results we hope to release Belden Hall from quarantine early next week.

    Until that time, please continue to observe the following:

    • Participate in the enhanced testing regimen with twice weekly surveillance.
    • Do not attend in person instruction and contact Dean of Students office for any needed academic support.
    • Obtain grab and go meals at Buckley and North Dining Halls.
    • No guests.
    • If you are a student currently under medical self-quarantine or medical self-isolation, continue to follow all guidance provided by SHaW.

    You have done an incredible job keeping yourselves and your community safe. Congratulations on flattening the curve!

    Be Well,

    Ellyssa Eror, MD, Medical Director

    2020-09-30 | notice to Eddy Hall – release from quarantine

    9/30/2020

    Dear Eddy Hall Residents,

    Thank you for your commitment to keeping yourselves and our community healthy. The spread of COVID-19 has dropped precipitously over the past 10 days. Through the beginning of the quarantine the positivity rate in Eddy hall was 6.3% with 12 confirmed cases. However, you continued to be tested and observe the precautions of the quarantine and it worked. There have been no new cases detected in Eddy Hall in the past week. Based on these results, the residential quarantine of Eddy Hall is be lifted today 9/30/2020 at 10:00am.

    Students in isolation or medical quarantine under the care and direction of SHaW should continue with their current precautions. Students who are released from isolation must continue to follow the public health guidelines that keep everyone safe whether or not they have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing, which will protect the community from all respiratory viruses including COVID-19. These measures keep everyone healthy.

    You have done an incredible job protecting each other from the spread of COVID-19. Thank you.

    Continue to be well,

    Ellyssa Eror, MD, Medical Director

    2020-09-25 | email to residents of Belden Hall

    9/25/2020

    Dear Belden Hall Residents,

    This is an important announcement.  Please read this carefully and in its entirety.

    Last week we informed you of a concerning trend of positive cases among Belden residents. Unfortunately, the rate of spread has not abated and is disproportionate to the positive cases we have seen among other residential locations.

    Our medical team continues to promptly isolate and quarantine directly impacted students.  It is, however, necessary that we place all Belden Hall residents under quarantine effective September 25 at 4:00pm.

    As a result, the following changes are in immediate effect for Belden Hall residents:

    • Students will participate in an enhanced testing regimen with twice weekly surveillance testing of this population until we are able to assess the ongoing trends.
    • Quarantine status will need to continue until a clear decrease in transmission can be documented through this testing effort. This may be greater than 14 days.  SHaW will update you on your quarantine status on October 2.
    • You are not permitted to participate in in person instruction. The Dean of Students office will be contacting you to ensure appropriate measures are in place to ensure your academic progress.
    • Grab and go meals are available only at Buckley Dining Hall.
    • No guests are permitted.
    • If you are a student currently under medical self-quarantine or medical isolation, you must continue to follow all guidance provided by SHaW.

    We ask for your support in this important medical decision that is essential for us to effectively control spread of this virus.  The University is committed to doing all that we can as we adjust to this status for Belden Hall.

     

    Thank you,

     

    Ellyssa Eror, MD, Medical Director

    2020-09-25 | update to residents of Eddy Hall

    9/25/2020

    Dear Eddy Hall Residents,

    Last week Eddy Hall was placed under residential quarantine due to a disproportionately elevated number of positive cases compared to other residential locations. In the past week 80% of you have been tested and the trend is beginning to improve. There have been no new cases in the past three days.

    Thank you for getting tested and your commitment to decreasing the spread of COVID 19. If this trend continues, we hope to lift the quarantine early next week.

    Until that time, please continue to observe the following:

    • Participate in the enhanced testing regimen with twice weekly surveillance.
    • Do not participate in in person instruction and contact Dean of Students office for any needed academic support.
    • Obtain grab and go meals only at the Buckley Dining Hall.
    • No guests.
    • If you are a student currently under medical self-quarantine or medical isolation, continue to follow all guidance provided by SHaW.

    You have done a phenomenal job thus far flattening the curve. Keep it up!

    Be Well,

     

    Ellyssa Eror, MD, Medical Director

    2020-09-25 | release of The Oaks from quarantine

    Dear Huskies,

    Over the past two weeks the spread of COVID-19 amongst our students at the Oaks decreased significantly and has remained stable. Your adherence to the quarantine measures shows. Thank you.

    More than 60% of you have come to be tested and the most recent positive cases have been close contacts of confirmed cases of COVID-19 rather from the general population of the Oaks. This is a significant change in the patterns of the previous two weeks. Based on these results, the residential quarantine for the Oaks will be lifted this morning Friday September 25th.

    Although this might feel like a cause for celebration, the risk of contracting COVID-19 is still present. Your continued success will rely on consistently wearing masks when in public and around others outside of your household unit and maintaining physical distancing. Spread of the virus occurs when people are closer than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. If wide spread transmission recurs a second quarantine period may be necessary.

    Students in isolation or medical quarantine under the care and direction of SHaW should continue with their current precautions. Students who are released from isolation must continue to follow the public health guidelines that keep everyone safe whether or not they have tested positive for COVID-19. This includes mask wearing, hand washing and physical distancing, which will protect the community from all respiratory viruses including COVID-19.

    Thank you for your commitment to the health of UConn and the greater Storrs community.

    Be safe.  Be well. 

     

    Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD - Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    Ellyssa Eror, MD - Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness

    2020-09-21 | update to residents of The Oaks

    Dear Huskies,

    Thank you for taking the quarantine so seriously for yourself and other student residents of the Oaks.  We have some early good news.

    SHaW has tested nearly 50% of all students residing in the Oaks following our decision to place students in quarantine.  We are very happy to report that early results of this additional round of tests indicate that we have reduced the spread of the disease by more than half.

    More than half.  This reduction not only indicates the excellent partnership between Eastern Highlands and Student Health and Wellness that led to the quarantine, but it reflects your own excellence in following quarantine restrictions.

    We know it’s not easy.  We know it asks a lot of you to keep yourself, UConn, and the greater Storrs community safe from the spread of this virus.  Thank you.

    Don’t stop now.  In the coming week, the remaining 50% of Oaks residents will be contacted regarding additional testing.  Please be sure to follow those instructions from SHaW and continue to observe quarantine restrictions.  Pending those results, we will be able to determine when to lift the quarantine for the Oaks.

    I remind you that the spread of COVID-19 at UConn is up to us to control.  We have consistently reported low infection rates of around 1% in our residential community and we are confident in the continued efforts of the Oaks residents.  Remember, spread occurs at UConn among those who are not consistently wearing masks and not keeping 6 feet of distance from one another.

    A couple of reminders:

    • Medical Clearance: Any student who is in isolation needs to be medically cleared by SHaW.  Students in quarantine may re-enter the campus community when they reach the end of their quarantine period. No clearance is necessary. We will notify you by email when the Oaks residential quarantine is lifted.
    • Community: Student Affairs has done incredible work building safe and healthy ways to connect virtually and in-person as a community. Please continue to refer to the uKindness site for virtual ways to stay connected during quarantine.
    • Testing: Surveillance testing is available at our Field House location at the North Entrance. Please schedule your testing appointment through the patient portal when contacted by SHaW.
    • Address information: It is important that we have your current local address. Please update your “current address” field with your Storrs/Mansfield address if you have not already done so.

     

    Be safe.  Be well.  Let’s flatten the curve.

     

    Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD - Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    Ellyssa Eror, MD - Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness

    2020-09-19 | email to Eddy Hall residents

    Dear Eddy Hall Residents,

    This is an important announcement. Please read this carefully and in its entirety.

    Over the course of the past week, four positive COVID-19 cases have been identified among Eddy residents. This rate is disproportionate to the positive cases we have seen among other residential locations and cause for concern.

    Our medical team continues to promptly isolate and quarantine directly impacted students. It is, however, necessary that we place all Eddy Hall residents under quarantine effective September 19 at 4pm.

    As a result, the following changes are in immediate effect for Eddy Hall residents:

    • Students will participate in an enhanced testing regimen with twice weekly surveillance testing of this population until we are able to assess the ongoing trends
    • Quarantine status will need to continue until a clear decrease in transmission can be documented through this testing effort. This may be greater than 14 days. SHaW will update you on your quarantine status on September 25.
    • You are not permitted to participate in in person instruction. The Dean of Students office will be contacting you to ensure appropriate measures are in place to ensure your academic progress.
    • Take-out meals are available only at Buckley Dining Hall
    • No guests are permitted
    • If you are a student currently under medical self-quarantine or medical isolation, you must continue to follow all guidance provided by SHaW.

    We ask for your support in this important medical decision that is essential for us to effectively control spread of this virus. The University is committed to doing all that we can as we adjust to this status for Eddy Hall.

    Thank you,
    Ellyssa Eror, MD
    Medical Director
    Student Health and Wellness
     

    2020-09-19 | email to Belden Hall residents

    Dear Residents of Belden Hall,

    In the past weeks we have detected three cases of COVID-19 among the residents of Belden Hall. This is a higher rate than we are seeing in other residence halls across campus and we need your help to reduce transmission.

    As a result, we are increasing surveillance testing of Belden residents over the course of the next week. In addition, for the next two weeks, Belden residents are prohibited from having visitors. We believe these cases are the results of guests in rooms and lack of masking when in close contact.

    This notification is a reminder of how critical it is to continue with physical distancing, wearing a mask that covers both nose and mouth when outside of your room, and washing your hands frequently. Carry and use hand sanitizer.

    SHaW continues to provide comprehensive care for students who have been directly exposed to COVID. Please continue to follow all directions provided by SHaW.
    Please help us keep you and our community safe.

    Thank you,
    Ellyssa Eror, MD
    Medical Director
    Student Health and Wellness

    2020-09-18 | email to Rosebrooks Hall residents

    Dear Residents of Rosebrooks Hall,

    We are reaching out to ask you to take an active role in slowing the transmission of COVID-19 on campus and in our community. In the past two we have detected several cases of COVID-19 in the residents of Rosebrooks Hall. This is higher rate than we are seeing in other residence halls across campus and we need your help to reduce transmission.

    This past week all residents of Rosebrooks Hall have been invited to be tested at our surveillance testing location at the north entrance of the Field House. Those invitations will continue over the next two weeks. Please schedule appointments to get tested.

    In addition, be mindful of the control measure that keep all of healthy and safe.

    Continue with physical distancing and wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth when outside of your room and wash your hands frequently. Carry and use hand sanitizer.

    If you are identified as a close contact of a positive case and placed in medical self-quarantine, follow all quarantine guidelines.

    In addition, for the next two weeks, do not visit another student’s room and do not allow guests in your assigned suites. Avoid interactions that will create close contacts (<6 feet and >15 minutes). While we understand the deeply seated need for human connection and the desire to spend time with friends, during a pandemic these interactions come with a price.

    This will slow the transmission of COVID-19 both in Rosebrooks Hall and across campus. Please help us keep you and our community safe.

    Thank you,

    Ellyssa Eror, MD
    Medical Director
    Student Health and Wellness

    2020-09-14 | COVID-19 testing information for UConn students residing at The Oaks

    Dear UConn Students residing at the Oaks,

    Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and healthy campus by being a part of this residential quarantine. We are providing PCR testing to all UConn students who reside in the Oaks over the next 10-14 days at our new testing location in the field house (north entrance) and through pooled testing. This will help us determine the trends of COVID-19 transmission and is a vital to being able to manage this outbreak. Please respond to our email communications about testing opportunities.

    This testing if for students with no symptoms of COVID-19. Students who are experiencing symptoms should reach out to our Advice Nurse at 860 486-4700.

    A few words about COVID-19 PCR test results: a negative test while reassuring in the moment, does not affect an individual’s quarantine status. Negative test results cannot release you from the quarantine. Students who test positive for COVID-19 must adhere to isolation precautions for the duration of the isolation period and no further testing is indicated. Students who have a record of a positive test result and have been released from isolation should contact SHaW – Medical Care as this may impact your quarantine status.

    We appreciate your cooperation through this challenging time. We will keep you informed as we gather more information.

    We will get through this together.

    Best Regards,

    Ellyssa Eror, MD
    Medical Director

     

    2020-09-14 | Clarification: Release from COVID-19 self-isolation vs. self-quarantine

    Self-isolation is used to separate individuals with confirmed or presumed cases of COVID-19 from others during the time they able to spread the disease. This infectious period is determined clinically based on the time from a positive test result in individuals without symptoms or the resolution of symptoms for those did. The minimum isolation period is 10 days but may be longer for individuals with persistent symptoms of COVID-19.

    Release from isolation does not require repeat testing for COVID-19. In fact, repeat testing is not recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) although it may be considered, in collaboration with an Infectious Disease specialist, for individuals who are severely immunocompromised.

     

    Self-quarantine is used to separate individuals who have a confirmed exposure to COVID-19 during the time in which they may become ill from that contact. The self-quarantine is set at 14 days from the last exposure and cannot be altered. Negative testing for COVID-19 during the quarantine period does not change its duration. Release from quarantine is based on this timeline and does not require testing or clinical clearance in individuals who remain asymptomatic.

     

    We continue to field questions from the Oaks about the possibility of testing out of the quarantine. As stated above, a negative test result does not affect the quarantine timeline. However, students who have a documented positive test result (PCR or antigen) within the past 90 days and have been released from isolation are not subject to quarantine restriction, including the Oaks residential quarantine.

     

    2020-09-13 | Quarantine Instructions for UConn students residing at The Oaks

    Residential quarantines are used to help contain the spread of COVID-19 from locations with high levels of transmission. This helps prevent the spread of COVID-19 to the broader community.
     
    During the self-quarantine period:

    • Stay in your designated self-quarantine location.
    • Monitor your health daily and contact SHaW - Medical Care if you develop symptoms.

     

    • DO NOT attend in-person instruction.
    • DO NOT go to work.
    • DO NOT enter public places unnecessarily including the UConn campus.
    • DO NOT use public transportation (including ride sharing services such as Uber and Lyft).

     

    • DO communicate with your faculty instructors and employers.
    • DO continue with online learning.
    • DO stay connected with friends and family through virtual platforms.
    • DO spend time outside and go for walks away from other people.
    • DO wear a mask whenever you are not in your designated quarantine space.
    • DO wash your hands frequently.
    • DO reach out to the Dean of Students at DOS@uconn.edu for needed help and support.
    • DO contact SHaW through studenthealth@uconn.edu for your medical and mental health needs.

     

    We will be reaching out to provide enhanced testing opportunities during this time. Please monitor your UConn email and respond to messages from SHaW. We are in this together.
     

    2020-09-11 | Email to students residing in The Oaks

    Dear UConn Students who reside in the Oaks,

    As we monitor the presence of the COVID-19 virus in our area, we continue to see increasing numbers of positive cases from residents of the Oaks apartment complex.  Between the data shared by Student Health and Wellness and Eastern Highlands Health District, we believe it appropriate to characterize this as an outbreak warranting increased medical intervention. To help halt the spread of the virus at this location, all UConn Storrs students residing in the Oaks apartment complex must observe a self-quarantine period until we can document a decrease in the rate of transmission. We anticipate this period to last for the next 14 days and will help control the spread of the virus.

    We believe these cases resulted from close contacts, less than 6 feet, with or without a mask.  As you know, close contacts can occur both within a household and when spending time with others. While we understand the deeply seated need for human connection and the excitement of spending time with friends, during a pandemic those interactions come with significant risk.

    As a student in self-quarantine, in person classes will need to be virtual.  Students are not permitted to attend in-person classes until SHaW has released the individual from self-quarantine.  The Dean of Students office is available to assist you in providing for academic accommodation during this time.

    You are permitted to leave your apartment for solitary activity or to obtain groceries or take-out. Masks or face coverings must be worn, and physical distancing observed at all times when not in your quarantine space.

    Student Health and Wellness will serve as the primary medical provider for enrolled students of the Oaks and will provide more explicit directions on quarantine.

    If you are currently under the care of Student Health and Wellness - Medical Care, that care and oversight will continue.  Please continue to follow the medical direction of the SHaW medical team.

    We encourage anyone who is experiencing symptoms to be medically evaluated and tested. We will also reach out with increased surveillance testing opportunities over the next two weeks.

    UConn students who are symptomatic should call 860-486-4700 to speak with an advice nurse. Non-UConn students may seek testing and medical care at UConn Health Urgent Care, or call Hartford Healthcare at 1-833-621-0600.

    Please help us keep you and your community safe.

     

    Yours in health,

    Robert Miller, Health Director, Eastern Highlands Health District
    Ellyssa Eror, MD, Medical Director, Student Health and Wellness
     

    2020-09-11 | Message to Garrigus residents from SHaW Executive Director

    Hello Garrigus resident,

     

    Thank you for your compliance with the precautionary quarantine.  I am writing to give you an update on a tentative end date for the Garrigus quarantine.

     

    There are many health and safety related considerations that need to be factored into the decision to lift quarantine.  The length of a group or individual quarantine may be altered when these considerations are weighed.  At this time, based on what we know today, we are anticipating that the Garrigus precautionary quarantine will end mid-week next week.  However, we will continue to meet daily over the next few days to review trends and up-to-date information to ensure that this decision is in the best interest of the health and safety of our students and the campus community.

     

    Although we anticipate that the Garrigus precautionary quarantine will be lifted mid-week next week, please keep in mind that we may need to alter that decision based on any new information that comes to our attention.  Also, if you are under medical care for isolation or medical quarantine (other than the precautionary Garrigus quarantine), please follow the specific instructions for your individual circumstance.

     

    Please know that once we have determined the exact Garrigus precautionary quarantine end date, a message will be sent directly to each student to let you know of the plan. 

     

    If you have any medical questions over the weekend, please call the SHaW Advice Nurse at 860-486-4700.

     

    Thank you again for doing all that you can to keep healthy and to support a safe campus.

     

    Suzanne A. Onorato, PhD

    Executive Director

    UConn Student Health and Wellness

    2020-08-11 | Communication from SHaW’s Medical Director

    2020-07-30 | Travel Advisory for Out-of-State Students

    Pursuant to Governor Lamont's Executive Order No. 7III, “anyone traveling into Connecticut from certain states are directed to self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state.”

    List of Travel Advisory States

    This order requires travelers arriving in Connecticut from restricted states to submit Connecticut’s online travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival.

    To further protect our UConn community, we request all of the following of our students coming from one of these states:

    • Prior to leaving your home state, upload a negative COVID-19 PCR test collected within 14 days of your scheduled travel to Connecticut to the SHaW Patient Portal. Once logged into the portal, select “Document Upload” from the top menu bar, then select "COVID 19 Results and Clearance" in the Document Type dropdown. Please account for the time it may take to receive your test result.
    • Upon arrival in Connecticut, obtain a COVID-19 PCR test.
      • Residential students will be tested as part of their dorm check-in process.
      • Non-Residential students will receive email notification to upload a second test result.
    • Self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival to Connecticut. (You must quarantine even if your test is negative.)
      • This state-mandated 14-day self-quarantine will impact your ability to attend in-person classes so plan accordingly.

     

    Please contact us directly with any questions at studenthealth@uconn.edu or by calling our Advice Nurse at 860-486-4700, option 1, option 2.

     

    We look forward to seeing you this fall!

    SHaW Medical Care Staff

    2020-07-28 | Message from the Dean of Students

    Dear Students,

    Normal, for now.  When a colleague shared that with me during our fall planning conversations, I realized how right she was.  UConn is looking forward to resuming residential living and in person learning this fall.  However, the pandemic is not resolved, and we need to introduce ourselves to a different kind of UConn this fall.

    I write today to share your enthusiasm for the fall return and to provide a detailed description of what ‘normal, for now’ will look like at UConn.

    First, to keep our campuses open and to retain some sense of normalcy, we each need to commit to ourselves and to each other to adopt key behaviors that are effective in reducing exposure to COVID and controlling the spread of the virus.  Whether in person or apart, we are One UConn and we must all prioritize the health of UConn Nation.  This means wearing masks, practicing physical distancing, and notifying our healthcare provider when we are symptomatic.

    As we know all too well, the restrictions COVID places upon us are constantly changing and I want us to maintain good communication with one another. UConn Communications has committed to developing communications channels for you to be routinely informed of our plans.  Our objectives are to maintain regular centralized updates through the reopening website and daily COVID emails. You may find statements on social media platforms about our plans, but these may not be accurate. The most comprehensive and up to date information is available on the UConn Reopen page and through the regular COVID emails. I encourage you to regularly check these sites/messages.

    I am thankful to the hundreds of employees who have dedicated themselves over the course of this summer to ensure our best work.  We miss UConn as much as you do, and we look forward to your return.  As always, our plans are designed to be nimble and responsive to the changing presence of illness on campus.

    Below I am including specific steps we are taking as a university to provide for you -- medically, residentially, and as an engaged and connected community.

    COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT:

    UConn Promise: As Huskies, our ability to be a safe and healthy campus rests in our compassion and care towards one another.  The UConn Promise solidifies our shared commitment to maintaining physical distancing, monitoring our health, and caring for others as individuals during complex times.

    UKindness: We will continue and expand UKindness, a University-wide initiative intended to inform, engage, and connect with students during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The UKindness portal will provide information on approaches we can take to keep our community safe, healthy and connected through a variety of student-focused initiatives.

    Guidance on Gatherings: Student organizations will meet virtually through September 20.   Following that, student organizations will be able to hold activities and meetings in person in accordance with state guidelines on gathering.  University events will occur throughout the residential quarantine period and throughout the fall semester.  All events –whether university or student led- will need to occur in compliance with state guidance.  Additional information is available here.

    This does mean that many events and activities will be redesigned to meet the physical distancing requirements to help keep us safe and connected with one another.

    Dining: We will have five dining locations open in Storrs and one in Avery Point for the fall while following University and State guidelines. The dining facilities will be serving take-out meals; however, this may change to a take-out / dine-in option as we get closer to Fall semester, following the University and State of Connecticut guidelines and safety protocols. Retail dining locations, such as the cafes, will be open with reduced seating and will be arranged to allow for adequate physical distancing.

     Masks and Physical Distancing: Masks/face coverings must be worn on campus and physical distancing must be practiced to ensure public health. Wearing a face covering can help prevent the spread of infection to others when worn by someone who has COVID-19, even if that individual is asymptomatic. The mask reduces the release of droplets during breathing, speaking, coughing, or sneezing.  Wearing a face covering does not replace physical distancing, practicing good hygiene, and staying home when sick. Following these guidelines will help us all work to keep our campus community healthy. More information about proper usage of masks is available at this link.

     Enforcement and Expectations: Students will be advised on expectations through signage presented throughout the campus. Students will not be able to attend in-person classes or university events if they do not wear a mask and adhere to physical distancing requirements. Repeatedly failing to follow these expectations may result in a referral to Community Standards and/or removal from the residence halls.  Following the community expectations is a necessary act of support for all members of UConn Nation.

     Recreation Center: The UConn Rec Center will open to students on August 31.  Prior to that date, the UConn Rec staff is deeply committed to offering robust virtual classes and recreation options that will continue throughout the fall semester.

     MEDICAL:

     In a recent email from the President, UConn shared our commitment to a multifaceted approach to student health.  Here are a few highlights:

    Testing: All residential students are required to be tested upon arrival while simultaneously observing a precautionary 14-day quarantine period on campus prior to the start of class.  Commuter students engaged in in person learning are required to submit verification to SHaW of a negative COVID test administered 14 days prior to the start of classes.  Students should refrain from coming to campus until proof of test has been provided.  Students having difficulty obtaining testing will be advised on how to do so through additional communication from Student Health and Wellness.

    Surveillance: SHaW will be routinely and randomly testing Storrs students throughout the semester.  Further, we are grateful to our colleagues in Human Genomics who are partnering in developing methods for expanded surveillance testing and environmental monitoring.

     Contact Tracing: Contact tracing identifies individuals who have been less than 6 feet away from a confirmed positive case for greater than 15 minutes.  Regional departments of public health are responsible for contact tracing.  SHaW has been designated by DPH to contact trace UConn Storrs students. On the Storrs campus, SHaW will notify students identified through contact tracing. The Dean of Students Office will work with identified students to notify their faculty.

     Quarantine and Medical Isolation: Residential students are required to participate in a precautionary 14-day quarantine before the start of the fall semester. This time period will have fewer limitations than a medical quarantine. During this time period, residential students will not be confined to their rooms and will be provided with limited engagement opportunities which will follow the State’s guidance on gatherings.  Students are expected to remain on campus.

    Medical quarantine is a period of time when a student who has been potentially exposed to the virus is medically advised to limit their in-person interactions with others. Residential students who are in medical quarantine will not be able to attend face-to-face classes and their movement around campus will be limited so that more people are not potentially exposed to the virus. Students who do not live on campus will not be able to come to campus if in medical quarantine until medically cleared by their primary care provider.

    Students who test positive for COVID, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, will be placed in medical self-isolation and must remove themselves from in-person interactions with others until they are recovered.  Both quarantine and isolation will be monitored by a health care professional.

    Storrs based students may receive medical care and guidance through Student Health and Wellness while students on our regional campuses will continue to be cared for by their primary care providers. Residential students will have access to isolation spaces as needed but are recommended to self-isolate at home. When possible, non-residential students should also self-isolate at home.

    Storrs students who need to miss class due to medical quarantine or isolation should email dos@uconn.edu to request support in notifying their faculty when they are unable to attend classes. Regional campus students should email the Student Services staff at their home campus to request support and faculty notification.

    RESIDENTIAL:

     Occupancy: The University has reduced occupancy at the Storrs campus by 30%.  Students living within the residence halls for the Fall semester must comply with the Temporary Health and Safety Procedures and the Housing Contract.

    Residential Life recently completed the room assignment process. Thank you for your patience as we all make a rapid and significant adjustment to residential living. I am happy to report that we were able to meet the priorities of the university and grant housing to those all students who appealed.  While not possible in every case, Residential Life is making every effort to keep apartment mates together and to honor students’ housing rate preferences.

     Family Unit: The family unit term describes groups of individuals living in close proximity to one another within university residence halls. Within the ‘family unit’ structure, students are able to operate as they would in a home environment. Family units include 1) Residents in apartments, 2) residents in a suite (two rooms connected), and 3) residents assigned to a residential floor (floor section) who share a communal bathroom.

     TRAVEL:

    As of July 24, 2020, the state of Connecticut has mandated that all individuals who come to Connecticut from a state under a travel advisory must submit Connecticut’s  online travel form and self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Students under this state mandate should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health.

    This will impact the ability to attend in-person classes so please plan accordingly. SHaW will be directly contacting students from travel advisory states with further direction on testing, quarantine, and registering with the University.  Any students with questions about their recent travel may contact SHaW directly.

    ***

    I realize this is a great deal of information to process at one point in time and you may have more questions. In the coming weeks we will have forums for specific populations - residential students, parents/families and faculty. Please watch your email for announcements of the dates, times and how to access the forums.

    So that’s our normal.  For now.  But not forever.  We all sincerely hope for a full return to campus life in the Spring of 2021.  In the meantime, I welcome you to the fall and to our return.  It will be a different time, but one where I know we will care for each other as Huskies and all do our part to keep our campuses open.

     

    Eleanor JB Daugherty, EdD
    Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

    2020-07-13 | Residential Life’s Temporary Health & Safety Procedures

    Residential students are expected to follow these health and safety procedures.

    FALL 2020 COVID-19 FAQs    (Updated: 9/29/2020)

    What are the COVID-19 testing requirements for Storrs residential students?

    • All residential students on the Storrs campus are required to be tested upon arrival to campus.  They will receive the COVID-19 test as part of the residential life move-in process.  For Storrs residential students, they will be tested on-site as part of the move-in process.  

    Fall 2020 Entry Weekend Testing Information – Storrs

    How do Storrs residential students get their move-in test results?

    • Results are available through a CareEvolve portal, usually in less than 24 hours from receipt of the tests at Broad Institute's loading dock. Taking collection and shipping time into account, most results are available at or under a 24-hour turnaround time.
    • After your test on move-in day, expect an email from CareEvolve@lknotification.com. This email will contain a confirmation code and a link to the CareEvolve portal. You will need to confirm your name, birthdate, and UConn's zip code (06269). You will then fill out your profile, entering demographic information.  The Address will be your dorm name and room number, i.e. Keller 303. The exception to that is Werth Tower, where the dorm name was imported into CareEvolve as NextGen. Once you are logged in, click your test date to view your results. For a detailed presentation on this process, click here.
    • If you have a positive test result, it is very likely that you have COVID-19. UConn staff will reach out to you to initiate quarantine and isolation procedures to avoid spreading the virus to others. There is a very small chance that this test can give a positive result that is wrong (a false positive result). Student Health and Wellness medical staff will work with you to determine how best to care for you based on the test results, medical history, and your symptoms.
    • A negative test result means that the virus that causes COVID-19 was not found in your sample at the time you were tested.
    • Unsatisfactory/Tests Not Processed (TNP) or invalid test results indicate an error in collection or an insufficient sample. Up to 5% of tests may result in unsatisfactory/TNP samples under normal conditions.
      • Common unsatisfactory/TNP results include, but are not limited to:Unsatisfactory_11: Solids are present in sample or viscosity of sample is too high to process. To prevent this, blow your nose thoroughly before collecting the sample.Unsatisfactory_12: The sample is not sufficient to process because something is wrong with the swab. Most commonly, this is because the swab is put in the tube upside-down. The correct placement of the swab is with the soft tip pointing down toward the liquid at the bottom of the tube.

        Invalid: A test that seemed fine and went through the testing process, but did not indicate the presence human material, which should be present on all swabs.

        In any of these situations, SHaW staff will contact you to redo your sample collection.

         

    What are the COVID-19 testing requirements for Stamford residential students?

    • All residential students on the Stamford campus are required to be tested upon arrival to campus.  They will receive the COVID-19 test after the residential life move-in process.  For Stamford residential students, a testing site will be set up on the Stamford campus on August 18th.  Stamford residential students will receive an email with explicit instructions for how to schedule a test. 

    What are the COVID-19 testing requirements for commuter and off-campus students for all campuses?

    • Commuter students engaged in in-person learning are required to submit verification to Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) of a negative COVID test administered within 14 days prior to the start of classes.  Students should refrain from coming to campus until proof of test has been provided to SHaW.  
    • The university is making COVID-19 PCR testing available to off-campus and commuter students through a no-cost mail-in option. An email will be sent to students' UConn email address between August 13th–16th with information on how to obtain testing through our partner, Vault Medical. Students may also obtain testing on their own at their own expense and upload the results through the student health portal.
    • To upload the negative COVID-19 PCR test results, go to the SHaW Patient Portal. Once logged into the portal, select “Document Upload” from the top menu bar, then select "COVID 19 Results and Clearance" in the Document Type drop-down menu.

    What if I am a commuter student having trouble getting a COVID test?

    • Student Health and Wellness (SHaW) has a link on their website “Find a CT COVID-19 Testing Site” for testing options in locations throughout CT.  In addition, for commuter students engaged in in-person learning who are having difficulty obtaining testing, SHaW will advise on additional options in the near future.

    Are there other COVID-19 related requirements for Storrs and Stamford residential students?

    • In addition to re-entry testing, residential students on both Storrs and Stamford campuses will simultaneously observe a precautionary 14 day quarantine period on campus prior to the start of class.  
    • Residential students will be required to submit daily electronic symptom self-checks for 7 days.
    • Residential students will also be required to participate in ongoing surveillance testing throughout the semester provided by UConn.

    Will I be required to have additional testing for COVID-19 during the semester?

    • In order to monitor the ongoing health of the UConn community, in accordance with the Connecticut Higher Education gating requirements, UConn will be doing random weekly surveillance testing of 5%-10% of the residential student population throughout the semester on both the Storrs and Stamford campuses.
    • In addition, UConn will be performing environmental monitoring on the Storrs campus through wastewater testing and pooled sampling for SARS-CoV-2 throughout the semester.

    What if I feel ill or I experience COVID-19 symptoms?

    • If you feel ill or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, for residential and non-residential, graduate and undergraduate students on the Storrs campus, call Student Health and Wellness at 860-486-4700 to obtain a screening and instructions on next steps.
    • For residential students on the Stamford campus, there will be a specific process outlined during move in for how to get a screening and obtain a test.
    • For Regional Campus off-campus and commuter students, contact your local healthcare provider.

    I am a GA employee, what happens if I test positive for COVID-19?

    GA employees who test positive for COVID-19 need to:

    • Email HR at hr@uconn.edu with the following information:
      • Supervisor name and contact information
      • Last date on campus and locations where they were

    I am a Storrs Campus residential student, what happens if I have symptoms or if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Storrs Campus residential students who test positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, are recommended to self-isolate at home.  For those who cannot self-isolate at home, they will be placed in self-isolation in one of the dedicated reserved isolation spaces on campus.
    • Individuals in self-isolation must remove themselves from face-to-face interactions with others until they are recovered.  SHaW will provide daily telemedicine visits for Storrs students in isolation.  Food will be delivered by UConn Dining Services for Storrs based residential students in isolation.

    I am a Stamford Campus residential student, what happens if I have symptoms or if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Stamford Campus residential students who test positive for COVID-19, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic, are recommended to self-isolate at home.  For those who cannot self-isolate at home, they will be placed in comfort care spaces in one of the dedicated residential spaces on campus. They must remove themselves from face-to-face interactions with others until they are recovered.  Stamford residential students in self-isolation will be provided instructions on self-monitoring and will continue to be cared for by their primary care providers. 

    I am a commuter or off-campus student, what happens if I have symptoms or if I test positive for COVID-19?

    • Storrs based students may receive medical care and guidance through Student Health and Wellness while students on our regional campuses will continue to be cared for by their primary care providers. When possible, non-residential students should self-isolate at home.  They will be given self-isolation instructions. SHaW will provide medical support and instructions for Storrs off-campus students who test positive.

    I am a student from out of state, will I need to self-quarantine?

    • As of July 24, 2020, the State of Connecticut issued new travel restrictions mandating that all travelers arriving to Connecticut from restricted states must submit Connecticut’s online travel form and must self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival. Students under this state mandate should stay home, separate themselves from others, and monitor their health.  This may impact a student's ability to attend in-person classes so please plan accordingly.
    • SHaW will be sending students from restricted states a Travel Advisory.  Any students with questions about their recent travel may contact SHaW directly.

    I am an international student; do I need to self-quarantine for 14 days before coming to campus or attending classes?

    • International students living in residential housing will be included in the university's 14 day residential self-quarantine. Before coming to campus or attending in-person instruction, international students who live off-campus are directed to self-quarantine for 14 days after arrival from their country of origin.

    What if someone I know is diagnosed with COVID-19 and I was in contact with them?

    • Contact tracing identifies individuals who have been less than 6 feet away from a confirmed positive case for greater than 15 minutes.  Regional departments of public health are responsible for contact tracing.  SHaW has been designated by DPH to contact trace UConn Storrs students. 
    • On the Storrs campus, SHaW will notify students identified through contact tracing. The Dean of Students Office will work with identified students to notify their faculty.  For the regional campuses, contact tracing will be conducted by the local departments of public health.

    Will I need to be tested if I am identified as a close contact through contact tracing?

    • Our screening and testing strategy is designed to mitigate community spread through early identification.  Students with close contact exposure to a COVID-19 positive individual, even if they are asymptomatic, will be instructed to get tested. 
    • For Storrs students, close contact testing will be conducted by SHaW.  For Stamford residential students, we will provide a self-administered mail-in test.  For regional commuter students, they will be instructed on how to get tested.

    What do I do if I have been told to self-quarantine/self-monitor?

    • Remain at home for the recommended period of time except to seek medical care. This will depend on the reason or timing of the recommendation.
    • Monitor your health for symptoms including fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
    • Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day to monitor for a fever (100.4◦/38◦C or higher).
    • If you develop symptoms, call ahead before seeking medical care, and do not use drop-in urgent care sites or other locations. You may contact Student Health and Wellness to speak to a health care provider at: 860 486-4700: option #1, then #2.
    • Practice good hand hygiene with frequent hand-washing.
    • Cover your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and practice good cough etiquette (cough into your sleeve or elbow, not your hands).
    • Do not share personal items.
    • Decline requests from visitors during the quarantine period.
    • You can return to normal activities after the quarantine period is complete, there is no clearance process.
    • There are no recommended restrictions for other members of your household during the quarantine period as long as you continue to have no symptoms of COVID-19.

    What if I need to miss class due to self-quarantine or self-isolation?

    • Storrs students who need to miss class due to medical quarantine or isolation should email dos@uconn.edu to request support in notifying their faculty when they are unable to attend classes. Regional campus students should email the Student Services staff at their home campus to request support and faculty notification. 

    Can I meet with a counselor while I am in self-quarantine or self-isolation?

    • Student Health and Wellness will continue to offer all mental health routine and urgent care through tele-mental health throughout the fall semester.  Visit the SHaW website for additional information.  

    What precautions can I take to ensure that I am doing my part to keep the campus safe?

    • Limit close personal contact and maintain a minimum physical distance of at least 6 feet.
    • Wear a mask or cloth face covering at all times when in public areas on campus - indoors, in classrooms, labs, elevators, and other common areas, as well as outdoors when social distancing is not possible.
    • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible.
    • Use hand sanitizer after interactions with people or objects if soap and water are not readily available.

    I am a student employee, what do I need to do to be ready to work in-person on campus?

    • Student employees working on campus will be required to submit a negative COVID-19 PCR test or provide medical clearance documentation following a positive test result. If a COVID-19 clearance is required, one will be available as a Secure Message on the SHaW patient portal.

    What should I bring to campus to be prepared for COVID-19 expectations or for general self-care?

    • Being prepared for COVID—19 is similar to what you typically need to be prepared for campus life.  A personal, reusable thermometer is a must-have.
    • Additional items we recommend: 
      • Travel-sized hand sanitizer
      • Sanitizing wipes
      • Masks/ face coverings (2 reusable masks will be provided for each student)
      • Non-perishable food items and favorite snacks

    I am a residential student, should I have a prepared packed isolation bag?

    • If you are directed to self-isolate you should be prepared to remain in self-isolation for 7-10 days. Residential students should have a prepared “go bag” with the following items:  
      • Thermometer 
      • Academic items: Laptop, laptop charger, phone, phone charger, pens, pencils, books, notepads, backpack. 
      • Clothing: Several changes of clothing, undergarments, socks, shoes. 
      • Bedding: Pillow, favorite blanket or throw blanket. 
      • Laundry bag or duffle bag 
      • Personal hygiene items: Soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush, glasses, contacts, contact solution, period products if applicable.
      • Medications: Any prescription medications you take on a regular basis and any over-the-counter medication you might need. 
      • Valuables: Student ID, wallet, purse, money. 
      • Water Bottle

    Is the dorm considered a “public place,” in terms of the Connecticut state form and not having to self-quarantine?

    • Yes, residential halls are considered "public places" and fall under the general restrictions for self-quarantine for individuals who arrive to Connecticut from states under the travel advisory. The exception is for students who are entering a residence hall as their designated self-quarantine space.

    I am a non-residential student, how should I prepare for self-quarantine/self-isolation?

    • If you are directed to self-quarantine/self-isolate you should be prepared to remain in self-isolation for at least 7-10 days.
    • Non-residential students are recommended to self-isolate at home, but may be able to self-isolate in their off-campus residence. Students self-isolating in their off-campus residence should prepare to have non-perishable food supplies on hand to support their period of isolation. There will also be community resources available.

    What is the requirement for parents/guardians or other family members arriving from states under the travel advisory during the move in process?

    • Parents/guardians or other family members arriving from states under the travel advisory are recommended to follow Connecticut State guidance, which includes a testing option prior to arrival.  As a reminder, please note only one individual will be allowed to assist with move in according to the guidelines at reslife.uconn.edu.

    Will we be able to get into the dorm on move in day without a test?

    • We expect all individuals arriving to Connecticut from states under the travel advisory to adhere to the guidelines, which include a testing option for those who are unable to observe the required 14 day self-quarantine.  

    What is the plan for COVID-19 testing prior to fall semester reopening?

    • The University sent its preliminary COVID-19 testing strategy for the fall semester to the UConn community on Saturday, July 18, 2020 via Twitter

    Can I be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus?

    • Several commercial laboratories provide COVID-19 testing
    • Testing through commercial laboratories requires an order by a medical provider.
    • UConn Storrs students may be tested for COVID-19 through Student Health and Wellness Medical Care. Call (860) 486-4700, option #1 then #2 to schedule a Telehealth appointment or schedule an appointment online through the student health portal, myHealth.uconn.edu

    What if I have COVID-19 testing results from an outside provider?

    Please upload all COVID testing results to the Student Health and Wellness Medical Records Department where it will be added to your medical record. This applies to all students including those based on our regional campuses.

    What if I think I have been exposed to COVID-19?

    • Individuals who think they may have been exposed and are experiencing symptoms should contact their healthcare provider immediately.
    • UConn Storrs students my seek medical care from SHaW at the Hilda May Williams building at 234 Glenbrook Road, Storrs. Please call first! Call 860 486-4700: option #1 then #2 to speak to a health care provider before you visit.

    Information about Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)     (Updated: 9/1/2020)

    What is COVID-19?

    • COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus first detected in Wuhan, China in December 2019. It has since continued to spread worldwide, including in the United States.

    What is a “novel” coronavirus?

    • A novel coronavirus is a new coronavirus that has not been previously identified. The virus causing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), is not the same as the coronaviruses that commonly circulate among humans and cause mild illness, like the common cold. COVID-19 is caused by a coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. 

    What are symptoms of COVID-19 and when do they appear?

    People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

    Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea

    This list does not include all possible symptoms. CDC will continue to update this list as we learn more about COVID-19.

    Use the CDC Self-Checker to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

    How is COVID-19 spread?

    The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.

    • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
    • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks.
    • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
    • Some recent studies have suggested that COVID-19 may be spread by people who are not showing symptoms.

     

    Also see CDC "How COVID-19 Spreads"

    How are individuals screened for COVID-19?

    • Individuals with symptoms of fevers, cough, and shortness of breath are screened with a series of questions to assess their risk of exposure to COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to the onset of their symptoms. These questions include travel histories and contact with individuals diagnosed with or suspected of COVID-19 infection.
    • Use the CDC Self-Checker to help you make decisions and seek appropriate medical care.

    Who should get tested for COVID-19?

    Considerations for who should get tested:

    • People who have symptoms of COVID-19
    • People who have had close contact (within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) with someone with confirmed COVID-19
    • People who have been asked or referred to get testing by their healthcare provider, local or state ​health department

    Not everyone needs to be tested. If you do get tested, you should self-quarantine/isolate at home pending test results and follow the advice of your health care provider or a public health professional.

    For additional information, refer to the CDC COVID-19 Testing Overview.

    What can I do to stay healthy and protect myself?

    Everyday preventive actions help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses. This includes:

    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Self-isolate when you are sick.
    • Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into your hands.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

    Also see CDC "How to protect yourself & others"

    Should I wear a facemask to protect myself and the community from COVID-19?

    Yes, the university requires facemasks or face coverings to be worn by all individuals in public spaces. 

    • You could spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick.
    • The mask is meant to protect other people in case you are infected.
    • Everyone should wear a mask in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
      • Continue to keep about 6 feet between yourself and others. The mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

      Is there a vaccine to protect against COVID-19?

      • COVID-19 is a newly identified virus and there is currently no vaccine to prevent infection.

      Is there a treatment for COVID-19?

      • There is no specific treatment, including antiviral medication recommended at this time.
      • People infected with COVID-19 receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms and should remain isolated until symptoms resolve to avoid spreading it to others.

      Where can I get more information?