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Isolation notification for students living off-campus

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Dear mountain friend,

West Virginia University is committed to the health and safety of our campus community. And as part of our COVID-19 response plan, the University has recently been advised that you must self-isolate due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

We know this is tough news. However, rest assured that the WVU family is here to support you during this time. We ask that you remain calm and use the following tips. As a member of the community, it is essential that you take these necessary steps to keep everyone safe.

The information in the letter below should answer your questions about your isolation.

It is your responsibility to inform your close contacts that they have been exposed to COVID-19. For more information on identifying close contacts, please see the definition of exposure on the CDC website. You can also contact the WVU Care Services team at [email protected] with any additional questions.

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, regardless of their vaccination status, must self-isolate for at least five days. This includes any positive PCR test or positive rapid antigen test.

You must remain isolated until all of the following criteria are met:

  • You are at least five full days away from your test date.
  • If you had symptoms, those symptoms have improved significantly AND you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without using fever medication.
  • If you continue to have a fever and/or symptoms that do not improve within five days, you should remain in self-isolation until you meet the criteria above or until 14 days have passed. elapsed since the onset of your symptoms.
  • If you do not develop symptoms, you can discontinue self-isolation six days after the date of your first positive test.
  • You should wear a properly fitted face mask for an additional five days after the end of your self-isolation period when around other people, practice physical distancing when possible, and avoid large social gatherings.

After testing positive, you must immediately return to your residence to begin your isolation period. You must not leave your residence under any circumstances. This includes going to classes in person or being on campus. You must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared.

Student-athletes and those connected to WVU Athletics will be contacted by the Athletics Health Team and may have different protocols required by the Big 12 Conference. Anyone reporting to athletics should follow the guidelines of isolation from the Big 12 Conference.

You are not allowed to leave isolation to retest for COVID-19. You must remain in isolation until released by the University. Please note that violation of isolation protocols for any reason may result in conduct charges and/or student sanctions.

If you fail to meet the isolation requirements, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include temporary suspension, educational requirements, withdrawal from classes , a ban from campus in designated areas, removal from residence halls, academic probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion. Visit the Return to Campus website for more information and to review the COVID-19 Isolation Policy.

Please keep in mind that you cannot attend any WVU athletics events during your self-isolation period.

CARE AND SUPPORT

  • If your symptoms worsen, you should contact Student Health at 304-285-7200. You can also contact student health at 304-285-7200.
  • If you are having breathing problems, extremely high body temperature, or other acute symptoms, you should call 911. Let them know you are isolated for COVID-19 and be sure to wear a mask/face covering if emergency medical services assist you in any way.

CLASSWORK

  • It is your responsibility to inform your instructors that you will not be attending classes.
  • If you need help reaching the instructors, please contact the department chair and then the college or school dean.
  • For academic questions and concerns, please contact [email protected]

GETTING OUT OF ISOLATION

  • We will set your contingent release date six days after your test date. We will send you a letter with further instructions the day before your contingent release. We understand that you will eventually be released from solitary confinement on [DATE].
  • You can be released on day six, five full days after your test date if:
    • You are asymptomatic OR you are at least five full days away from the onset of symptoms and these symptoms have significantly improved, AND you have not had a fever for at least 24 hours without using fever medication , you can resume your daily activities .
  • You must agree to wear a properly fitted mask for an additional five days after your release.
  • The Monongalia County Health Department and WVU will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from isolation.
  • If you were asymptomatic and develop symptoms within 10 days of testing, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day symptoms first appeared.

RESOURCES

Health Resources

Home delivery of groceries and products

  • Instacart – Offers delivery service from CVS Pharmacy, Kroger, Aldi, Target, Sam’s Club and Petco.
  • Walmart – Provides delivery service for groceries and household essentials.

Grocery pick-up

food delivery

  • DoorDash
  • hub grub
  • Dub V Eatz

Thank you for doing your part to promote a safe and healthy campus community by following WVU’s COVID-19 isolation protocols. We are here to support you throughout this process.

Contact your residence hall staff or [email protected] if you have questions or need guidance during isolation. You can also contact [email protected]