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COVID-19 Resources

Stay Healthy

Your health and safety are our top priority. Here, you will find information and resources to help keep you healthy, as well as provide guidance for what to do if you begin to feel sick.

If you’re experiencing severe difficulty breathing, confusion or constant chest pain, call 911. It is important not to delay care if you are in a life-threatening situation.

Feeling Sick? What to Do Next.

The following guidelines apply to all students, faculty and staff:

  • Check daily for symptoms related to COVID-19
    • Log your symptoms daily in the QU Symptom Checker app
  • Take your temperature at home daily
    • This includes taking your temperature each morning before going to work or class. If your temperature is 100.4℉ or higher, stay home and/or isolate, then:
      • Students — Call Student Health Services at 203-582-8742 (walk-ins are not accepted to reduce risk of transmission).
      • Faculty and staff — Contact your physician, and notify your supervisor and HR. Learn more
More Resources

Read the CDC guide on what to do if you are sick

Key Personal Health Guidelines

It is critical that we all practice the following safety measures — even if you are feeling well — as many individuals who have COVID-19 can remain asymptomatic. In following these measures, you are helping to protect yourself, your family, your neighbors, your colleagues, our students and the entire Bobcat community.

Monitor Your Health and Use the App Daily

All of us need to monitor our health daily, remain home if we are not feeling well, and report symptoms to our health care providers. If you test positive for COVID-19, students should contact Student Health Services at 203-582-8742, and employees should notify their supervisor and HR.

COVID-19 symptoms currently include one or more of the following:

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  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of smell
  • Red/watery eyes
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Severe fatigue
  • Vomiting/diarrhea
  • Chills

Read the CDC guide on coronavirus symptoms

 

QU Symptom Checker App

The app has been updated so that after signing in the first time, you’re in for the rest of the semester. Use the app daily to log your health status, note any COVID-related symptoms and “check in” to note whether or not you’re on campus. Using the app daily is one of the best preventive measures we have to detect the presence of COVID early. Developed in partnership with MyOwnMed, the QU Symptom Checker app delivers three key benefits to help students, faculty and staff prevent the spread of COVID-19:

  1. The app is a useful tool that makes it easy for the community to monitor their own health based on a daily logging of potential symptoms that are commonly associated with the virus.
  2. The app will help users make informed decisions for what to do if they’re experiencing symptoms. For example, if one has the chills or loss of taste, should they still go to campus or class?
  3. Contact information, key resources and the latest QU updates on COVID-19 are also conveniently available at users’ fingertips.

Students, as well as faculty and staff who are coming to campus, will be required to perform daily symptom checks to help keep our community safe. In addition, students are asked to bring a thermometer to school this spring and to monitor for fever daily as part of the symptom check. A temperature of 100.4℉ or higher is considered a fever. Individuals should update their symptoms if they change during the day and everyone is also asked to monitor for fever daily.

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Download for Android

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Download for Apple

About the App:
  • Users’ personal information is not shared and only representatives of Student Health Services and Quinnipiac Human Resources will monitor the symptom tracking dashboard and will direct ill students, faculty and staff on immediate next steps to take.
  • The app only monitors self-reported symptoms; it does not capture any other information from users.
  • The symptom checker app evaluates the responses based on CDC and medical guidelines and provides an immediate confirmation on whether the individual is cleared to attend in-person campus activities or if they need to take further actions to evaluate their health.
  • Reporting one or more symptoms does not necessarily mean an individual needs to be tested or has COVID-19. If possible symptoms are reported, specific instructions and next steps will be provided through the app. The information from the app will help the health center identify trends and potential outbreaks before they happen.
Monitor your health app

Monitor Your Health

Participate in Pre-Arrival and Ongoing Testing

All students — undergraduate and graduate — are required to be tested for COVID-19 before returning for the spring semester, with a few exceptions.

Read the full testing policy and guidelines

Wear a Face Covering in Public Spaces

Everyone must wear a face covering in public spaces where they interact with others. QU provided a limited number of cloth face masks to every student and employee.

Appropriate use of face coverings is critical in minimizing risks to others near you. Keep in mind a face mask is not a substitute for social distancing. Each Quinnipiac student and employee received a washable face mask(s).

  • Quinnipiac is requiring all students, faculty and staff to wear face coverings when in public. This means anytime you are outside your suite, living quarters, or personal office or workspace, you must wear a face covering.
  • Ensure the face covering fits properly over your nose and under your chin.
  • Store face coverings in a paper bag when not in use.
  • Wash cloth face coverings with regular laundry detergent before the first use and after each use, and do not use for more than one day at a time.
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g., ripped, punctured) or visibly contaminated.
  • Do not use disposable face coverings for more than one day, and place them in the trash after use, or if they become soiled or damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material) or visibly contaminated.

Masks and face coverings reduce community transmission of the virus by providing a physical barrier that can help to contain the spread of respiratory droplets when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks. Recent research shows that the risk of acquiring COVID-19 is substantially reduced to less than 5% when everyone in the room is wearing a face covering.

If a student arrives to class without a face covering on or is not practicing appropriate physical distancing, the faculty member will ask the student to put on a face covering and/or create additional physical distance. If a student receives a second warning, or if the student is behaving in an inconsiderate manner regarding these face covering and physical distancing rules, faculty and staff have been instructed to report offenders, who will be subject to a conduct review. Possible repercussions may include disciplinary probation up to suspension.

Purchase an additional face mask from the Quinnipiac Bookstore

Wear a face covering

Face Coverings Required

Practice Social Distancing in Public Spaces

Everyone must maintain at least a 6-foot distance when around others.

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) recommends that people remain a minimum of six feet apart. Here are some other steps you can take:

  • Limit non-essential interaction across campuses, buildings and work sites.
  • Increase physical space between your co-workers, students, visitors and vendors.
  • Limit gatherings in your workplace (e.g., no face-to-face meetings, one person at a time in kitchen areas, etc.).
  • Use Zoom or alternative meeting tools for person-to-person meetings.
  • Avoid physical contact, such as handshakes or fist bumps.
  • Signage is present throughout our campuses with reminders about social distancing, especially in public spaces. Please respect these guidelines.
  • Elevators and stairways - The number of individuals allowed in elevators will be dictated by the social distancing rule. If six feet apart is not practical, then one person should ride at a time. Please do not touch elevator buttons directly. Please use an object (pen) or piece of clothing to press the buttons. When using stairwells, please maintain proper distancing. Where possible, Facilities may dedicate separate stairwells as “up” and “down” stairs.
Navigating Quinnipiac

Navigating Quinnipiac

Practice Good Personal Hygiene, Hand Washing and Follow Cleanliness Protocols

Refrain from touching your face and wash your hands frequently, especially after coming in contact with any public areas, such as restrooms. You should wash your hands for a full 20 seconds to kill germs.

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Facilities will strive to ensure hand washing and/or hand sanitizer supplies are stocked and readily available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Stay home if you feel sick. That includes staying home from work, school, errands and travel.
  • If not wearing a face covering, cover a cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • If not wearing a face covering and you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Use touchless foot pedals and water fountains where available.
What you need to know about handwashing

CDC Hand Washing Guidelines

Cleaning and Disinfection

Our Facilities team will be engaging in more frequent and robust cleaning protocols. In addition, we ask you to augment those efforts by routinely cleaning and disinfecting your personal and work spaces, and wiping keyboards, phones and doorknobs, if applicable, at least once a day. We also have processes in place to perform enhanced, deep cleanings when necessary.

All managers in our Facilities Department completed rigorous training and received certification from the Global Biorisk Advisory Council, the nation’s leading trade association specializing in cleaning, disinfection and restoration of facilities.

Cleaning and disinfection

Keeping Quinnipiac Clean

Questions and More Information