Student Health Services

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Getting a COVID-19 vaccine today is the best way to help us all return to normal.

Operational Plan for the Spring 2022 Semester

COVID-19 Isolation and Self-Monitoring Protocol for Spring 2022 Semester

Upcoming Vaccination Clinics in Montevallo

Tuesday, Jan. 25 from 3 to 6 p.m. at Parnell Library, community walk up vaccine clinic

Wednesday, Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 3 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at UM Health Services, campus only (employees and students) walk in vaccine clinic

According to data reported by UAB Hospital, vaccinated individuals remain largely protected from COVID-19 infection — especially serious complications — compared to those who are unvaccinated. An increasing number of unvaccinated individuals are being hospitalized and losing their lives due to COVID-19.


COVID-19 Isolation and Self-Monitoring Protocol for Spring 2022 Semester

Students who are isolated due to testing positive for COVID-19 should work with their faculty to discuss missed class work.

Symptomatic Confirmed Case

5-day isolation from onset of symptoms or positive test date, unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. You can return to campus after 5 full days if you are 24 hours fever free without the use of fever-reducing medication AND symptoms improved. Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be assisted with campus accommodations.

After your isolation period, you should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public through day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Regularly clean hands and high-touch surface areas.

Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Compliance with local and public health isolation orders. Active monitoring, campus contact tracing and medical provider/employee attestation to return to campus.

Symptomatic Awaiting Test/Confirmed Negative

Immediate isolation while awaiting test results. Students are encouraged to isolate at home. Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. If sick and confirmed negative, 24 hours fever free and symptoms improving before return to campus. Compliance with local and public health isolation orders. Active monitoring and medical provider/employee attestation to return to campus.

Asymptomatic Confirmed Positive

5-day isolation from positive test date unless otherwise indicated by a medical professional. You can return to campus after 5 full days if you remain without symptoms. If symptoms develop after testing positive, your 5-day isolation period starts over. Only students who are unable to isolate at home will be assisted with campus accommodations.

After your isolation period, you should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public through day 10. If you are unable to wear a mask when around others, you should continue to isolate for a full 10 days. Regularly clean hands and high-touch surface areas.

Self-monitoring required and additional testing may be necessary. Compliance with local and public health isolation orders. Active monitoring, campus contact tracing and medical provider/employee attestation to return to campus.

COVID-19 Close Contact*

In accordance with state law, individuals in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 are no longer required to quarantine (in their room or at home) regardless of vaccination status. However, self-monitoring protocols exist for both students and employees.

Students

Students determined by UM personnel to be a close contact will be asked to self-monitor for 10 days.

Employees

Employees determined by UM personnel to be a close contact will be asked to work with their supervisor and UM Personnel to determine the appropriate protocol for self-monitoring depending on the employee’s individual work situation and COVID-19 exposure.

  1. Employees whose position allows them to work on campus while self-monitoring would self-monitor for 10 days while working on campus.
  2. Employees whose position does not allow for them to work on campus while self-monitoring would self-monitor for 5 days at home and, unless they develop symptoms, return to work on campus on day 6 to self-monitor for five more days while working on campus.
  3. In either of these scenarios, if the employee develops symptoms or tests positive, they would then follow isolation guidelines.

Regardless of self-monitoring location (home or on-campus), all students and employees who are determined to be a close contact will be asked to:

  1. Get a COVID-19 PCR test in 3 to 5 days after last exposure.
  2. Wear a mask and maintain physical distance of at least 3 feet.
  3. Get tested for COVID-19 if symptoms develop.
  4. Regularly clean hands and high-touch surface areas.

*within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period starting from 2 days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, 2 days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Exception: the close contact definition excludes individuals who were within 3 to 6 feet of an infected individual indoors if both the infected and the exposed individuals wore well-fitting masks the entire time.

NOTE: All above information is intended for guidance purposes only. Appropriate protocols for isolation and quarantine will ultimately be determined by UM personnel for each individual. Individuals involved in NCAA Athletics may be subject to additional procedures and protocols.

Updated January 7, 2022