COVID-19 and Variants Protocols for Undergraduate Residential and Commuter Students on the St. Davids Campus Spring 2022

COVID-19 infections continue to impact the health and well-being of our campus community. It is important for each of us to follow the recommended protocols to ensure a healthy living and learning environment. If you have any questions about COVID-19 exposures or infections, please reference the protocols listed below and contact the Health Center as needed. 

To determine which exposure and infection protocols address your personal situation, determine which of the three vaccination categories you fit into, as defined by the CDC.

CDC Vaccination Categories with Definitions:

Up to Date - applies to any person 2 weeks after they have received ALL recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster doses when eligible

  • 3 vaccines of Moderna or Pfizer within 8 months period
  •  2 vaccines of J&J
  •  1 vaccine of J&J and 1 of Moderna or Pfizer at least 2 months after first dose

Fully vaccinated - applies to any person 2 week after they have received their primary series of COVID-19 without booster doses

  • 2 vaccines of Moderna or Pfizer
  • 1 vaccine of J&J 

Unvaccinated - applies to any person who does not meet the criteria for the other categories or who has not received any COVID-19 vaccines or boosters.

If you have tested positive of COVID-19 in within in the last 90 days follow the Up to Date category protocol for quarantine and isolation, regardless of vaccination status.

ALL RESIDENTIAL AND COMMUTER STUDENTS WHO TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 ARE REQUIRED TO REPORT THIS INFORMATION DIRECTLY TO HEALTH SERVICE BY CALLING  610.341.5955, or emailing damona.wilson@eastern.edu

Vaccination Category: Up to Date

    Positive COVID-19 Test Results;
    No Symptoms
    • Report test result to the Health Center 
    • Isolate for at least 5 full days after the first positive test
    • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate the Gatehouse and return to your residence hall
    • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days.
    Positive COVID-19 Test Results;
    With Symptoms
    • Report test result to the Health Center
    • Isolate for at least 5 full days after symptom onset and until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing aids.
    • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate the Gatehouse and return to your residence hall
    • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days.
    Exposure to a Close Contact* with a Positive COVID-19 Test
    • No quarantine necessary.
    • Get tested at least 5 days post exposure or if symptoms develop
    • Self-monitor daily for symptoms through Day 10
    • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for 10 days

    *A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.

    Vaccination Category: Fully Vaccinated

      Positive COVID-19 Test Results;
      No Symptoms
      • Report test result to the Health Center
      • Isolate for at least 5 full days after the first positive test
      • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate the Gatehouse and return to your residence hall
      • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days.
      Positive COVID-19 Test Results;
      With Symptoms
      • Report test result to the Health Center
      • Isolate for at least 5 full days after symptom onset and until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing aids.
      • With clearance from the Health Center, return to campus or vacate the Gatehouse and return to your residence hall
      • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days.
      Exposure to a Close Contact* with a Positive COVID-19 Test
      • Report exposure to the Health Center Quarantine for at least 5 full days from last potential exposure
      • Get tested 5 days post exposure or if symptoms develop
      • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate Doane and return to your residence hall
      • Self-monitor daily for symptoms through Day 10. Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others through Day 10.

      *A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.

      Vaccination Category: Unvaccinated

        Positive COVID-19 Test Results;
        No Symptoms
        • Report test result to the Health Center
        • Isolate for at least 5 full days after the first positive test
        • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate the Gatehouse and return to your residence hall
        • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days.
        Positive COVID-19 Test Results;
        With Symptoms
        • Report test result to the Health Center
        • Isolate for at least 5 full days after symptom onset and until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing aids.
        • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate the Gatehouse and return to your residence hall
        • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others for an additional 5 days.
        Exposure to a Close Contact* with a Positive COVID-19 Test
        • Report exposure to the Health Center
        • Quarantine for at least 5 full days from last potential exposure
        • Get tested 5 days post exposure or if symptoms develop
        • With clearance from the Health Center return to campus or vacate Doane and return to your residence hall
        • Self-monitor daily for symptoms through Day 10.
        • Wear a well-fitting mask at all times around others through Day 10.

        *A close contact is someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinical diagnosis) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. For example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes. People who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 after they completed at least 5 days of isolation are not considered close contacts.

        Move-in Policy for New and Transfer Students

        • Helpers
          • When moving you are allowed to have one helper who is not a residential student assist you in moving your belongings into the building.  If you utilize a helper who is not a residential student, they must check in at the Service Stop in the ELC lobby before entering the residence hall. 
          • Your helper is required to wear a mask the entire time they are in the residence hall, including in your room.  After you have finished moving in, this helper is no longer allowed in the building. 
          • If you have a question about this process, please reach out to housing @eastern.edu or your Resident Director before you begin moving.
        • Process for late arrivals
          • Contact the Health Center and follow the appropriate process to be cleared provided to you
          • Receive written confirmation from the Health Center that you are cleared to return to campus
          • Contact your RD to setup an appointment to get your key and move in