COVID-19 Spring Semester FAQ


Do I need to test before returning to campus for the spring semester?

Will masks be required for the spring semester?

How can I know if I have COVID-19?

How often am I required to get tested for COVID-19? How do I know when my next testing week will be?

Do I need to test on assigned weeks if I’ve already had COVID-19?

If someone I was around is positive (or symptomatic), what should I do?

If I test positive, what should I do?

If I am determined to have been exposed to COVID-19 (to be a contact), how long will I need to quarantine, where will I quarantine, and what should I do when I find out?

Can I test out of quarantine?

Where should I test when getting released from quarantine?

If I am quarantining or isolating on Georgetown’s campus, what do I need to take with me?

Who should I contact if I begin to feel worse while in quarantine or isolation on Georgetown’s campus?

What about the COVID-19 vaccine?

What changes for me after I have had COVID-19? Do I still have to test and quarantine?

What are the consequences for failing to follow the guidelines that the college has put in place to protect the community this spring?

Where can I find all student policies related to COVID?

 

Do I need to test before returning to campus for the spring semester?

  • Yes, as in the fall, all students are required to have a negative test (or a positive test more than 10 days old and another positive shortly before return). Please schedule this test within 72 hours of your return, and for athletes a PCR test is required. 
  • Please email a scanned copy (or forward the email of your negative results) to HealthForms@georgetowncollege.edu before you come to campus.

 

Will masks be required for the spring semester?

  • Masks or face shields will be required for all students, staff, faculty, and visitors anytime they are inside and near other people. Outside, masks are recommended when near others, but not required [revised 5/3/21]. Masks are the best-proven way to prevent you from accidentally infecting others if you are sick and don’t know it, and can also protect you to some extent as well. 
  • Faculty, staff, and students are strongly requested to responsibly wear masks even when they are not on Georgetown's campus and to avoid any activities where exposure is likely. The best defense for the campus is preventing the virus from coming to campus in the first place.

 

How can I know if I have COVID-19?

  • The only way to know for sure is to schedule a test. If you are experiencing any of these common symptoms, please contact the wellness center at 502-863-8201 and we can help you determine if you need to test and where best to do so:
    • Loss of taste and/or smell – this is the single most common symptom for COVID-19
    • Fever – while not everyone with COVID-19 gets a fever and many other illnesses may cause a fever, anyone who is running a fever right now should be tested for COVID-19 to at least rule that cause out.
    • New or unexplained cough, along with shortness of breath/difficulty breathing.

 

How often am I required to get tested for COVID-19? How do I know when my next testing week will be?

  • How often you are required to test will depend on how at risk you are of being infected. Risk factors primarily depend on what activities you are participating in (especially sports), and where you live.
  • If you sign in to the Portal at my.georgetowncollege.edu, you should see your next couple required testing weeks. Failure to test during an assigned week will result in a fine, so please be sure to stay on top of your required testing.
  • You can test on campus on Wednesday and Friday in the rec center. You can sign up at https://georgetowncollege.as.me/

 

Do I need to test on assigned weeks if I’ve already had COVID-19?

  • UPDATED FEBRUARY 8, 2021: After testing positive for COVID-19, you are not required to test for 90 days from that positive result. Tests will tend to return positive for some time, while individuals have some level of immunity from having already been sick, so continued testing during this time is inconclusive and can cause more confusion. Your Portal should accurately reflect that you are not required to test during this time.

 

If someone I was around is positive (or symptomatic), what should I do?

  • You are considered a contact if you have been within 6 feet of the positive case without a mask for 15 or more minutes over the course of 24 hours. Plainly said: If a teammate you have been in close contact with is positive, you are likely a contact. If you’ve ridden in a car without a mask on with someone who is positive, you are likely a contact. The best way to avoid getting sick is to avoid situations in which you might become sick.
  • If you think that you may be a contact, reach out to COVID_Response@georgetowncollege.edu, and they will let you know what you need to do next. They may direct you to quarantine and test for COVID-19. 

 

If I test positive, what should I do?

  • Do not physically interact with anyone on campus or off. If you are at home when you test positive, do not come to campus. If you are in your dorm room when you test positive, stay there. If your roommate is present, make sure you wear a mask and avoid close contact with that person.
  • Reach out to COVID_Response@georgetowncollege.edu, and they will tell you what to do next.
  • Isolation for a positive case is ten days from first symptoms or from positive the date of your positive test.

 

If I am determined to have been exposed to COVID-19 (to be a contact), how long will I need to quarantine, where will I quarantine, and what should I do when I find out?

  • We typically ask that you complete your quarantine at home, but when that is impossible there are some limited quarantine spaces on campus in Knight Hall. For spring, all quarantine and isolation on campus is expected to be completed in Knight Hall.
  • Quarantine is for 10 and a test: this means you will need to quarantine for ten days from last known exposure, and must test to leave quarantine.
  • You should plan ahead and schedule a test for the tenth day, or as soon after the tenth day as possible. You will be required to have a negative test result before being released to return to in-person classes, campus activities, athletic in-person meetings and practices, and regular housing.
  • We recommend a PCR test, but can also accept a rapid test for non-athletes (all athletes must have a negative PCR test before they can be released from quarantine).

 

Can I test out of quarantine?

  • No, in accordance with the latest guidance, if you have been exposed, you must quarantine for the full 10 days to make sure that you do not have COVID-19. 
  • The reason this is required is because COVID-19 has an incubation period. You may be exposed and not show symptoms or produce a positive result for up to 10 days after your exposure. The quarantine period is enforced in order to get you through that incubation period to determine if you may have contracted the virus from that contact.

 

Where should I test when getting released from quarantine?

  • You can get a PCR test for free at WEDCO. If this is not a good option for you, either because of the delay in getting results or because this option is not available, then you can get PCR tests elsewhere. Two local options that students have used (please note that these will require insurance):
  • Wild Health – open six days a week, and provide a PCR test with results usually returned within 24 hours. Two locations in Lexington area.
  • Georgetown Urgent Care – Urgent Care offers both a Rapid and a PCR test, so be sure that you get the one you need. Located next to Walmart in Georgetown.

 

If I am quarantining or isolating on Georgetown’s campus, what do I need to take with me?

Here’s what we recommend bringing in your COVID-19 bag

  • Extra cell phone charger
  • Powdered Gatorade to mix in water may be a great idea
  • Some sort of distraction - even a coloring book and crayons or a deck of cards
  • Textbooks and laptop to do your schoolwork
  • A few masks 
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Snacks and drinks
  • Tissues 
  • Preferred over the counter medications for cold or flu-like symptoms (e.g. Pain Reliever, Cough drops, Vicks VapoRub, Mucinex DM, Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion) 
  • Prescription medications
  • Hair comb/brush, hair ties 
  • Hygiene products and toiletries
  • Thermometer 
  • Bedding (Knight Hall does not have bedding in the rooms) 
  • Comfortable clothes for 14 days: sweats, PJ pants, T-shirts, fuzzy socks 
  • List of any allergies
  • List of important peoples' phone numbers and your class schedule with professor written out, or printed 

 

Who should I contact if I begin to feel worse while in quarantine or isolation on Georgetown’s campus?

  • During business hours (Monday-Friday from 9 AM-4 PM), you can contact Campus Wellness at 502-863-7078. During non-business hours, you can contact Campus Safety at 502-863-8111 and they can direct your call to the appropriate contact. However, if you are having any emergency symptoms, particularly trouble breathing, your first call should always be 911.

 

What about the COVID-19 vaccine?

UPDATED APRIL 7, 2021: 

  • In keeping with new data released on the effectiveness of the vacciness, students are now exempt from testing/quarantining two weeks after the FIRST dose of vaccine, whether that is Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson.

  • You will need to upload your vaccine card after the first dose (and second dose) to be exempted. This is easy to do – go to my.georgetowncollege.edu and it is the top link on your home page (or under GC Life > Student Forms > Upload COVID-19 Vaccination Proof). Once you upload your card and answer the few questions there, you will be exempted beginning two weeks after the first shot. You can put in the expected date of the second shot, even if it is not yet scheduled.

  • Please note: you will be required to test, and to quarantine if exposed, until two full weeks have passed after your first dose of vaccine.
  • Vaccinated students should continue to follow all other protocols this spring, including wearing a mask anytime they are indoors around other people.

 

What changes for me after I have had COVID-19? Do I still have to test and quarantine?

Students are excused from testing and quarantine requirements for 90 days after testing positive for COVID-19. They should continue to follow all other COVID protocols.

 

What are the consequences for failing to follow the guidelines that the college has put in place to protect the community this spring?

General:

  • Congregating in large groups unmasked
    • 1st offense: $100;
    • 2nd offense: $250 fine and required to submit a 500-word statement on their own commitment to follow masking, social distancing, and contact tracing rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Georgetown College;
    • 3rd offense: suspension from the College
  • Neglecting to wear a mask indoors
    • 1st offense: verbal warning and/or written warning;
    • 2nd offense: $500 fine

 

COVID 19 violations:

  • Being dishonest on contact tracing
    • 1st offense: $250 fine and required to submit a 500-word statement on their own commitment to follow  masking, social distancing, and contact tracing rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Georgetown College, completing the tracing process;
    • 2nd offense: suspension from the College
  • Breaking Isolation
    • 1st offense: $500 fine and required to submit a 500-word statement on their own commitment to follow masking, social distancing, and contact tracing rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Georgetown College, and/or potential suspension from the College;
    • 2nd offense: minimum 1-year suspension from the College
  • Breaking Quarantine
    • 1st offense: $250 fine and required to submit a 500-word statement on their own commitment to follow masking, social distancing, and contact tracing rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Georgetown College;
    • 2nd offense: suspension from the College
  • Uncooperative or unresponsive to contact tracing from WEDCO or GC’s COVID Response Team 
    • 1st offense: $250 fine and required to submit a 500-word statement on their own commitment to follow masking, social distancing, and contact tracing rules to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 at Georgetown College and/or deferred suspension;
    • 2nd offense: suspension from the College
  • Not testing during assigned week
    • 1st offense: $100 fine;
    • 2nd offense: $250 fine;
    • 3rd offense: suspension from the College

 

Where can I find all student policies related to COVID?

All policies are available in the student handbook, which is kept on the catalog page:  http://catalog.georgetowncollege.edu/index.php/student-handbook/covid-19-related-student-policies


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