Overview

Current Risk Level

Current risk level

Alert Level Green: Low risk
Normal Campus Status
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Cumulative On-Campus Testing Data

Cumulative on-campus testing data

Last updated: September 18, 2020

This does not include the required pre-arrival testing all students are completing before returning to Quinnipiac. Any student testing positive in this pre-arrival testing must remain home until cleared to return.

9,968


Number of Tests Performed and Results Available (since August 5, 2020)

0.01%


Positive Test Rate

1


Total Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Weekly Test Results

Test results from September 9 – 16

2,278


Number of Tests Performed and Results Available

0.04%


Positive Test Rate

1


Total Number of Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

Connecticut COVID-19 Reporting

Risk Level Detailed Information

COVID-19: Quinnipiac University Mitigation and Response Levels

An outline of the various categories of response levels to possible COVID-19 cases in our campus community appears below. There are four alert levels and corresponding mitigation efforts. Below are the guiding principles and data sources that will help us determine the alert level for the university. There is no single data point or “trigger” to move from one level to another. Rather, a composite of the following criteria will be used to determine the appropriate alert level and when to transition between levels, given the multifactored decision-making processes needed to make a proper assessment. 

Criteria and data sources we will use to determine alert levels:

  1. Number of positive COVID-19 cases among undergraduate and graduate students (residential and non-residential)
  2. Available capacity of the university’s designated isolation and quarantine housing (maximum capacity is approximately 200 beds)
  3. Number of contacts identified through contact tracing that require use of the university’s quarantine housing
  4. Trends in Quinnipiac case incidence and change from 7-day average
  5. Trends in symptoms monitored through the QU Symptom Checker app
  6. Student adherence to symptom checking and participation in weekly targeted asymptomatic COVID-19 testing
  7. Capacity of Student Health Services and university staff to provide observation and care for students in isolation and quarantine
  8. Connecticut and New Haven County case numbers, positive test rate, and intake capacity of local hospitals
  9. Ongoing guidance from the state of Connecticut and the Office of Higher Education

Alert Level Green

Alert Level: Green

Yellow

Normal campus status
Low risk: few positive cases and transmission is controlled through isolation and quarantine

  • Campus is open, engaging in the Q-Flex hybrid model of instruction, with both in-person and remote learning.
  • Faculty will deliver the curriculum following the Q-Flex hybrid model, providing in-person instruction and remote learning as regularly scheduled.
  • Staff can work on campus with an overall daily workplace density of 50%.
  • COVID-19 mitigation strategies continuing: physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, daily symptom checking that reports COVID-19 symptoms, de-densification of teaching, dining and recreational spaces.
  • Targeted, weekly asymptomatic testing of on-campus and off-campus student population continues at 15%–25% of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Informal student gatherings, both on and off campus, are limited to no more than 10 people indoors and 16 people outdoors.
  • Quinnipiac-organized activities follow state guidelines for number of persons; informal student gatherings are described in the previous bullet.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus; dormitories restricted to student residents only.
  • University-sponsored travel is prohibited. Personal travel needs to adhere to state of Connecticut guidelines and not put either the traveler or the campus at risk of COVID. Anyone traveling to hot spot states must quarantine for 14-days prior to return to campus.

Alert Level Yellow

Alert Level: Yellow

Yellow

Normal campus status but additional containment measures in place
Low to moderate risk: few positive cases, but trends indicate the possibility of increasing transmission and cases

  • Campus is open, engaging in the Q-Flex hybrid model of instruction, with both in-person and remote learning.
  • Faculty will deliver the curriculum following the Q-Flex hybrid model, providing in-person instruction and remote learning as regularly scheduled.
  • Staff can work on campus with an overall daily workplace density of 50%.
  • Increased messaging to students, staff and faculty about COVID-19 mitigation strategies: physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, daily symptom checking with reporting of COVID symptoms, de-densification of teaching, dining and recreational spaces.
  • Targeted, weekly, asymptomatic testing of on-campus and off-campus student population continues at 15%–25% of undergraduate and graduate students, with focus on particular groups based on trends in symptoms and case positivity.
  • Some student-organized and Quinnipiac-organized gatherings may shift to virtual formats until the trend of cases declines.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus; dormitories restricted to student residents only.
  • University-sponsored travel is prohibited. Personal travel needs to adhere to state of Connecticut guidelines and not put either the traveler or the campus at risk of COVID. Anyone traveling to hot spot states must quarantine for 14-days prior to return to campus.

Alert Level Orange

Alert Level: Orange

Orange

Heightened campus alert status
Moderate risk: case incidence increased above baseline, increased number of persons reporting symptoms

  • Campus remains open but with increased restrictions.
  • Faculty engaging in the Q-Flex hybrid model of instruction, with both in-person and remote learning, but consideration given to moving more classes to fully remote learning to further reduce in-class occupancy.
  • Staff and faculty who can fulfill their responsibilities without coming to campus should work from home.
  • Increased messaging to students, staff and faculty about COVID-19 mitigation strategies, noting heightened risk of a pivot to fully remote learning or campus closure if trend is not reversed: physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, daily symptom checking with reporting of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Dining shifted to takeout only, recreational spaces closed until the trend of cases declines.
  • Increased cleaning if cases are linked to specific campus areas.
  • Targeted, weekly asymptomatic testing of on-campus and off-campus student population continues at 15%–25% of undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Increased testing of some populations may be carried out, based on trends in symptoms and case positivity.
  • Targeted quarantining of specific campus residence halls with clusters of infection may be necessary.
  • Student-organized and Quinnipiac-organized in-person gatherings paused until the trend of cases declines.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus; dormitories restricted to student residents only.
  • University-sponsored travel is prohibited. Personal travel needs to adhere to state of Connecticut guidelines and not put either the traveler or the campus at risk of COVID. Anyone traveling to hot spot states must quarantine for 14-days prior to return to campus.

Alert Level Red

Alert Level: Red

Red

Campus activities restricted and possibility of closing the campus imminent
High risk: significant increase in cases, and the ability to safely isolate and quarantine cases and contacts on campus is strained

  • Campus operations are significantly restricted, and campus is closed to non-university personnel other than those performing essential services.
  • Residential students are not allowed to leave campus.
  • All teaching moves to remote learning.
  • All but essential staff employees work from home.
  • Increased messaging to students, staff and faculty about COVID-19 mitigation strategies and need to limit movements around campus to minimize transmission and spread: physical distancing, wearing of face coverings, personal hygiene, daily symptom checking with reporting of COVID symptoms.
  • Dining shifted to takeout only, recreational spaces closed.
  • Increased testing carried out to address ‘hot spots’ with higher prevalence of cases.
  • Student-organized and Quinnipiac-organized gatherings are not permitted.
  • Visitors are not allowed on campus; dormitories restricted to student residents only.
  • University-sponsored travel is prohibited. Personal travel should be paused; if an individual does travel, they need to adhere to state of Connecticut guidelines and not put either the traveler or the campus at risk of COVID. Anyone traveling to hot spot states must quarantine for 14-days prior to return to campus.
  • Monitor local and state health directives if there is a correlated outbreak in the community. 
  • In the event QU reaches an alert level of Red (or if directed by local or state officials), and efforts to contain the increased cases are not effective after 14 days, the university will implement measures to close campus, send students home to their permanent place of residence, and complete the semester with fully remote learning.