COVID-19 Resources

Traveling Home

These tips are endorsed by the American College Health Association.

To reduce health risks for you and your family members:

At least 2 weeks before heading home

  • Get a flu vaccination (you and your family members). Nazareth's five on-campus flu clinic dates have past, but pharmacies near Nazareth provide flu shots; some are listed on Nazareth Health Services.
  • Minimize your risk of exposure and infection during the weeks leading to departure from campus, since any exposures could delay plans to go home. If you become infected or if you are exposed to a person who is confirmed to be infected, public health guidelines require you to isolate or quarantine before traveling. Also, any travelers who are ill, are infected, or have recently been exposed to the virus will not be allowed to board airplanes and trains.
  • Reduce the number of people with whom you have close contact before traveling. Any close interaction with people beyond the people you live with will present an opportunity for infection.
  • Likewise, encourage your family members to wear a mask, socially distance, wash hands frequently, avoid large gatherings, and stay away from others who are sick.
  • If you’re not feeling well, schedule an appointment at Health and Counseling Services; call 585-389-2500. The office provides COVID-19 testing for symptomatic and exposed students. Nazareth also lists reputable nearby urgent care centers.
  • If you or a family member has a chronic underlying condition that places either of you at risk, it's wise to get tested. Remember that a test only provides information for the point at which you were tested, there can be false negative results, and, in some cases, the virus may be contracted during travel. A negative test is not a license to end other preventative measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing. Students also should consider getting tested following the completion of travel.
    • Nazareth is offering testing on campus during specified walk-in times. See Voluntary Pre-Departure Testing.
    • Also, New York state provides free testing for asymptomatic students in Parking Lot G at Monroe Community College, by appointment: NYS Screening and/or call 888-364-3065 several days in advance, to allow time to get scheduled and get results. Remember that a test only provides information for the point at which you were tested, there can be false negative results, and, in some cases, the virus may be contracted during travel. A negative test is not a license to end other preventative measures such as mask wearing and physical distancing. Students also should consider getting tested following the completion of travel.

While traveling

  • Reduce the number of stops on the trip. If going by car, pack food/snacks for the car trip home. If flying, take a direct flight if possible. 
  • Delay travel if sick or exposed. Anyone feeling ill, recently diagnosed with COVID-19 (within 10 days), or exposed to someone with COVID-19 (within 14 days) should self-isolate and delay travel.
  • Follow guidance from your health care provider regarding when recommended isolation/quarantine periods are complete and travel can be resumed.
  • Take safety precautions during travel, especially if using public transportation. Wear a face covering at all times and consider also wearing a face shield. Stay at least 6 feet away from other people; if not possible on public transportation, sit as far away from other passengers as possible. Carry and use hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol) frequently.
  • Use a disinfecting/sanitizing wipe to clean any touchable surfaces in the vehicle in which you are traveling. This includes planes, trains, and other forms of transportation.
  • Re-check for any requirements or restrictions at your travel destination.
  • The least risky option is private transportation by yourself or your family members. If in a car with others outside the household, wear a mask and sit in the back seat if someone else is driving. If weather conditions permit, open the windows.

When you get home

  • The most cautious approach upon arrival home is to quarantine for the first 14 days after arrival. This is especially important if there are vulnerable, higher risk individuals living in the home and/or there is high prevalence on the campus or in the local community surrounding the campus prior to leaving for home.
    • Quarantining at home includes eating meals in a private space or outdoors with family at least 6 ft apart.
    • Use separate serving ware, utensils, glasses, and plates.
    • Use a separate bathroom from other family members. If not possible, disinfect the bathroom after each use.
    • Avoid physical contact including hugging, kissing, and shaking hands.
    • Wear a mask and maintain a distance of at least 6 feet when in the presence of others.
    • Restrict movement within and outside the home.
  • If quarantine is not possible, stay physically distant from family household members, wear a face covering, and avoid close contact, including hugging and shaking hands, for the first 14 days home.
  • Consider placing HEPA filter units in the home and opening windows to increase air circulation.

Well-Being at Home

  • Reach out for help or guidance from your primary care provider, psychologist/mental health clinician, or college health or counseling center if you are feeling sad, anxious, or hopeless, or if you feel emotional distress of any kind.
  • Consult your primary care provider at home if you have any preexisting conditions or develop any possible symptoms of COVID-19.

Returning to College

  • The College will share more information closer to the spring semester. Classes begin January 18, 2021.

Mail & packages

  • Pick up all of your mail/packages before you leave campus! Everyone must use the assigned time periods for pickup by last name, naz.edu/mymail
  • Once the semester ends, first-class mail will be forwarded to your address on file, and standard mail (i.e. coupons, junk mail, etc) will be discarded.
  • Remember when doing any online shopping to change your address so items don't go to campus. Most items (i.e. Amazon, FedEx, UPS) can not be forwarded. A USPS prepaid label will be required to have any packages shipped home.