COVID Update Fall 2022
COVID Update Fall 2022August, 16, 2022 Quarantine (from exposure): Belmont Abbey College follows the newly released guidelines from the CDC that suggest no quarantine after exposure to a known positive. Students who have been exposed to a known positive should continue normal campus functions while masking for 10 days post-exposure. If you develop symptoms, please contact the Wellness Center and email email@example.com. Masks: Masks remain optional in all areas of campus. The only populations that should mask are those who have been exposed (see above) or are returning to normal campus functions following an isolation period in accord with CDC recommendations. Occupancy: There are currently no occupancy restrictions in campus buildings or events. Testing: As has been the case for some time, we have testing capabilities in our Wellness Center for symptomatic students. We will not be testing asymptomatic students for purposes of athletic participation and competition. Isolation (5-day duration with a COVID positive test result): Students that test positive will need to isolate off campus either at home, in a hotel, or other accommodations for five (5) days at their own expense and will be responsible for other factors during the isolation period (dining, transportation, communicating with professors, etc.). After the isolation period - if you are fever-free for at least 24 hours, and your symptoms have cleared or significantly reduced, you may return to normal campus activities. However, you must wear a medical mask when you are with other students, staff, or faculty, for an additional five (5) days. We strongly encourage students to come to campus with a plan on how they will isolate off campus, should the need arise.
If you have been diagnosed with the coronavirus, have been notified you were exposed to coronavirus, or if you are experiencing any symptoms of the coronavirus, including a fever, cough or shortness of breath, you should follow the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for self-monitoring and seeking medical care. You should remain off-campus until cleared by a medical professional.
At the onset of any symptoms or to notify the college of a positive test please email Belmont Abbey College at BACCOVID19@bac.edu. Please include the date of the onset of symptoms and, if applicable, the test date.
Avoid close contact.
-Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too.
Stay in when you are sick.
-If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. This will help prevent spreading your illness to others.
Cover your mouth and nose.
-Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick. Serious respiratory illnesses are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
Clean your hands.
-Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
-Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
Practice other good health habits.
-Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.