Vaccines With the expiration on May 11, 2023 of the federal COVID-19 public health emergency declared under section 319 of the Public Health Service Act, William Paterson University will no longer require vaccines for students. Masks The University is a mask-friendly campus. Those who are at risk for complications related to COVID-19, or have a household member who is at risk, should feel comfortable wearing a mask around others. Masks are still required of everyone in the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center. Individuals who are exposed to COVID-19, whether vaccinated or not, should take precautions for 10 days and are required to wear a mask around others for 10 days following exposure. The University continues to monitor COVID-19 transmission rates in the community and may change the masking policy if conditions warrant. One of the best measures proven to work against current COVID variants is wearing a good-fitting mask. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is now recommending that you wear an N95 or KN95 mask, or at least a 3-ply disposable surgical mask (CDC Mask Guidance). If you don’t have access to these masks, you can also wear two masks (disposable mask underneath and a cloth mask on top), especially in well-populated spaces. COVID-19 Diagnosis Reporting All students are required to report any diagnosis of COVID-19. We ask that our community members be responsible and stay home if they are sick or if they think they have COVID-19. It is true, especially with the Omicron variant, that symptoms can also mirror a cold, allergies, flu, and other illnesses. For Summer 2023 and Fall 2023, if you have symptoms or have been exposed, we ask that you test for COVID-19 and do not return to campus until you have obtained the results of your test. If you receive a positive result, you must submit results on the WP COVID Testing Portal to ensure proper tracking and follow up. NOTE: Individuals who have been in close contact with an individual that tested positive can return to work or school but you must remain masked in public indoor spaces for 10 days post-exposure. It is recommended but not required that you be tested 5 days from your last exposure. If you develop symptoms during this time, you should stay home and take a COVID-19 test. It is imperative that you continue to cooperate with COVID-19 protocols. We will be contacting individuals through their WP email account, which you must check daily. If you test positive for COVID-19, the Counseling, Health and Wellness Center will provide you with an excuse note for in-person classes. It is your responsibility to provide the note to your professors and to work with them directly to make up any missed classwork. It is also important that you continue to monitor yourself and your symptoms. Also, if your symptoms worsen, please reach out to your medical provider or go to your local urgent care center. For more information about COVID-19 symptoms, visit CDC Covid-19 Symptoms. Testing of Students WP requires all students to notify Counseling, Health and Wellness if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and to be tested for COVID-19. Exposures: If you are exposed to COVD-19, you should get tested 5 days after exposure and must wear a mask in public indoor settings for 10 days. If symptoms develop during this time, you must notify the University. Symptoms: If you are exhibiting symptoms, you should be tested for COVID-19. We accept at-home rapid tests, health care provider rapid (antigen) tests, or PCR tests for symptomatic individuals. Students can be tested at a local healthcare provider or can get tested at the Counseling, Health, and Wellness Center. Employees with symptoms should get tested through their medical provider, pharmacy, or local urgent care. Positive results must be shared with CHWC (students) or Human Resources (employees). Results: Negative Viral Test (PCR or Antigen): If you test negative for the virus that causes COVID-19, the virus was not detected. If you have symptoms of COVID-19: You may have received a false negative test result and still might have COVID-19. You should isolate away from others, and contact your healthcare provider about your symptoms, especially if they worsen, about follow-up testing, and how long to isolate. Do not return to school if you are ill. If you do not have symptoms of COVID-19, and you were exposed to a person with COVID-19: You must wear a mask, social distance, and monitor for symptoms for 10 days post-exposure. Positive Viral Test (PCR or Antigen): If you test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, take the following steps to protect others regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status: Isolate at home and isolate away from others for at least 5 days from when symptoms began or if no symptoms from date of test. If you do not have any symptoms, you should still isolate at home for at least 5 days. If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate for at least 5 days after symptoms began as long as symptoms have improved, and no fever is present for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications. Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you are more likely to get very sick (if you are an older adult or have underlying medical conditions) or if your symptoms get worse. You are not permitted to return to campus if you have prolonged symptoms beyond the 5 days unless cleared by CHWC (students) or Human Resources (employees). Contact Tracing William Paterson will continue to partner with public health officials to identify COVID-19 outbreaks and cases. The University has established relationships with local health departments and will coordinate with local officials to effectuate prompt and accurate contact tracing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. The University may rely on individuals to notify all their close contacts. More information will be provided to individuals once they upload a positive test in the WP COVID Testing Portal. All community members who test positive for COVID-19 must cooperate with contact tracing efforts. QUARANTINE AND ISOLATION GUIDELINES William Paterson University continues to work closely with our local, county, and state Departments of Health regarding isolation and quarantine guidelines for our campus. We have been instructed by the Passaic County epidemiologist that we are required to follow the guidance below. If the guidance subsequently changes, the community will be notified. Isolation Students who test positive (vaccinated or unvaccinated) will still be required to isolate for 5 days from the day they test positive (if no symptoms) or from when symptoms began. You cannot test out of this requirement nor is it required to provide a negative test to return. Also, in order to return to in-person classes or activities, you must isolate for 5 days and be symptom-free for at least 24 hours. Residential Student Guidance Isolation Guidelines for Residential Students Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, any residential student (unvaccinated or vaccinated) who is diagnosed with COVID-19, will need to isolate in a designated space provided by Residence Life, if available. Isolated students will need to have access to supplies such as thermometer, masks, tissues, soap, hand sanitizer, and toiletries. During isolation, students must remain in their designated rooms. They are not permitted to go to class, walk around campus, or engage in any extracurricular or social activity. Students in isolation are permitted to pick up food and go to the pharmacy only if necessary. During these times, they must wear a mask and social distance at all times. No visitors will be permitted. Verbal and written discharge instructions will be given to the student. A thermometer will be given to the student if they do not have one for continual monitoring of their temperature. The student must complete the WP Symptom and Exposure Reporting Form daily, which will be reviewed by CHWC. The student will be required to wear a University-designated mask and will be sent to their room to pack supplies for relocation to a room designated for isolation. Medication and other supplies will be offered to the student while remaining on campus. If necessary, CHWC will arrange delivery of medication from a local pharmacy. During isolation, students MUST continue to monitor their symptoms and report any increase in severity or urgent issues. Students will be provided information on what symptoms are considered emergent and how to seek emergency care. The student will be asked to continue to monitor their temperature with a thermometer that is provided. The Residence Life staff will be notified that they have a student placed in isolation due to illness. For residential students isolating on campus, you will use the online order form link provided to order food. Students will be permitted to pick up their "to-go" food from the dining hall. Students are required to wear the KN95 mask provided by the University when going to pick up their food. Affected students will be instructed to communicate with their professors that they will not be able to attend class in person. The student will be provided with an excuse note to forward to their professors for missing classes. If the student needs an extended absence or has academic requirements that can’t be met, CHWC will partner with the Dean of Students, who will work with the student’s advisor to assist with necessary arrangements. It is the student’s responsibility to identify a plan with their professor to make up any missed work Commuter Student Guidance Isolation Guidelines for Commuter Students Commuter students who are in isolation due to having symptoms of COVID-19 or have been diagnosed with COVID-19 should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). This is the guidance that will be provided to individuals that have been diagnosed with COVID-19: Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately. Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible. Use a separate bathroom, if possible. Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets. Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils. Wear a mask when around other people if able. Commuter students will be sent an excuse/clearance note to forward to their professors/athletic coaches as needed. As long as they have completed their 5-day isolation and are symptom-free (no fever for 24 hours), they can return to campus. However, they need to remain masked for another 5 days. In order for any commuter student to return to their regular campus activities, classes, or work, they must not be contagious. To return, the individual must meet the following criteria: It has been 5 days since symptoms first appeared, and It has been 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications, and Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Failure to comply with guidelines: In the event that a WP community member refuses to remain in isolation or quarantine, and/or is a health risk to themselves, their roommates, or member(s) of the community, appropriate interventions will be used, consistent with University policy and applicable law.