Q. Does everyone in the building with or who may have seen the COVID-19 positive student need to self-quarantine?
A. No. If you had close contact with someone who tests positive, you will be notified and instructed on your next steps. Close Contact is defined as: a) being within 6 feet of a person with confirmed COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes where at least one of the parties is not wearing a mask or b) having unprotected direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions of the person with confirmed COVID-19 where at least one of the parties is not wearing a mask.
Q. Will EVMS notify the entire campus that a student has symptoms or thinks they have been exposed?
A. No. EVMS as an institution has to balance the requirements of the privacy of personal health information with the need to notify students of potential risk. In general, EVMS will not be sending out campus-wide communications about individual incidents that are determined to be low risk and limited to a particular lab or set of offices. EVMS will work with exposed or infected students and the Virginia Department of Health to identify other students who will need to self-isolate and self-monitor.
Q. What if a student fails to follow the protocol or to return the required Close Contact Report?
A. Unless there are extenuating circumstances, students are required to follow the protocols outlined and could be subject to disciplinary action for not following EVMS directives.
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