COVID-19 Resources

Testing, Precautions, & Isolation


TESTING

See the appropropriate section below if:

(Surveillance testing ended in May 2022.)

Testing

Self-test: Students, faculty, and staff who have mild COVID symptoms are advised to self-test at home. 

Get a test: The federal government provides free at-home rapid tests and low or no-cost testing at select pharmacies and health centers; see covid.gov/tests. (When requesting free tests by mail, provide a unique room/apartment number if you share an address.) Health insurance plans also must cover or reimburse up to eight rapid tests per month (actual cost, up to $12); they are sold at pharmacies and retail stores.

Limited testing is offered at Health and Counseling, by appointment, for students with more significant/worrisome symptoms, especially those with underlying medical conditions who warrant a medical visit. (Walk-in testing has ended.) 

IF YOU HAVE A COVID-19 EXPOSURE

If you were exposed to COVID-19 — defined as being in close contact with someone who's tested positive for COVID-19:

  • You no longer need to quarantine, regardless of your vaccination status.
  • Wear a mask when indoors for 10 days from the date of your last exposure.
  • Self-test on day 5. (However, if you develop symptoms at any point, see "If you have COVID-19 symptoms.")
  • You may remove your mask on day 10 as long as you have tested negative and remained symptom-free.

IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, whether you are fully vaccinated or not, get tested and evaluated (see below).

Students

  • If you have mild symptoms (runny nose, sore throat, or mild cough without the more concerning symptoms listed below):
    • Self-test at home. (See Testing info, above.)
    • If your test is negative, you may return to normal life — but you are encouraged to wear a mask as long as your symptoms persist. See Care for your Cold for more information.
    • You may also schedule a telehealth visit with a nurse for mild, brief symptoms. Visit the Student Health Portal to schedule a "New Upper Respiratory" visit. If your symptoms are prolonged or more worrisome, please schedule a visit with a medical provider (see below).
    • Contact your professors to keep them in the loop. 
  • Whether vaccinated or not, if you have more concerning symptoms (ie: headache, fever, cough, chest pain, difficulty breathing, vomiting, and/or persistent diarrhea), contact Health and Counseling at 585-389-2500 for an appointment for a medical evaluation, which will likely include COVID-19 testing as part of a diagnostic strategy. If after-hours, visit a local urgent care.
  • If you live off-campus, you could visit an off-campus Urgent Care/COVID-19 Testing site (or see the state’s find-a-test-site website) if that is more convenient. 
  • If it’s after hours and you are unsure what to do, contact Health and Counseling at 585-289-2500 and follow the prompts to speak with a triage nurse for guidance. Triage nurses are available 24/7, 365 days per week.
  • Support: You will be monitored and supported by Health and Counseling Services and (for on-campus residents) Residential Life as needed based on your condition. 
  • Academics: 
    • Contact your instructors to discuss strategies to support you in achieving course learning goals while in precautionary quarantine, quarantine, or isolation. If your ability to maintain progress changes at any point during the quarantine or isolation period, it is important that you reach out to your instructors right away to explore options.
    • If you are not well enough to participate in classes during this period, regardless of the course delivery format, or if you have any concerns regarding accommodation plans, contact Erika Hess, Director of Student Accessibility Services at ehess6@naz.edu. She will work with you and the instructors to determine appropriate accommodations that ensure there will be no academic penalty during this time.

Faculty/staff

Do not come to campus. Contact Human Resources, humanresources@naz.edu, to review your situation and discuss the next steps.


IF YOU TEST POSITIVE

Students

  • Complete the Nazareth COVID Positive Student Self-Report online — to have your faculty alerted and to be guided in care, housing, and more. Based on your submission, you may be contacted by Health and Counseling and/or Residential Life.
    • When you test positive for COVID-19, regardless of your vaccination status, plan to isolate for 5 days.
    • You may return to normal activity on day 6 if you have been fever-free for 24 hours (without medications like Tylenol or ibuprofen) and your symptoms are generally improving. Stay in isolation additional days until you reach that fever-free, improving symptoms status.
    • You no longer need to retest to determine your readiness to return.
    • You must wear a mask indoors until day 10. 
    • Please read Isolation Instructions for COVID Positive Students for details.
  • "Don't Panic" bags containing over-the-counter medications, disposable thermometers, and other items are available at the front desk in Health and Counseling or after-hours at Campus Safety (always open).
  • Also see "Details: What else to expect" below.
Details: What else to expect if you test positive

Faculty/staff

  • The testing and isolation protocols are the same as for students (above) in terms of symptoms and exposure. But contact your own health care provider for testing and care, test at home, or see the find-a-test-site website.
  • If you must isolate, notify your manager or department chair that you are unable to come to campus.
  • Contact Human Resources to review your situation and discuss the next steps.
  • If you are able to work remotely, you will be asked to continue to do so during your period of isolation.
  • Employees follow the same isolation timeline as students (above); arrange your own testing; see Monroe County, N.Y. testing or use a home test. Email your test results to Human Resources, humanresources@naz.edu. At-home tests should have your name, date of birth, and test date written on the test.

If you are unable to work due to symptoms, you may have leave time options available to you (employee sick time/short term disability or family sick/paid family leave). In addition, New York state has passed legislation providing paid COVID sick leave for employees who are to isolate or quarantine due to an order of quarantine issued by the state or local health department. If you have been quarantined by a medical professional, you can request an order of quarantine from the state. 


FAQs

What is the definition of “close contact”?

In Monroe County, where Nazareth is located, close contact is defined as someone who meets all of these criteria:

  • Exposure occurred within 6 feet of a person with COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes 
  • Exposure occurred within 48 hours of symptom onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, within 48 hours of their positive COVID test collection), until the patient was isolated
  • Exposure occurred while either one or both people were not wearing a mask

See next two answers.


Vaccinated person: What happens if a fully vaccinated person is a “close contact” of someone who has tested positive for COVID?

Vaccinated close contacts do not need to quarantine, but should:

  • Wear a mask indoors for 10 days.
  • Self-test on day 5 and again on day 10 if day 5 is negative.
  • You may remove your mask on day 10 as long as you have tested negative and are symptom-free
  • If that test is positive, you need to isolate for at least 5 days, possibly up to 10 days depending on your symptoms. (See “If you test positive” on this page.)

Unvaccinated person: What happens if an unvaccinated person is a close contact of someone who has tested positive for COVID?

Unvaccinated close contacts no longer need to quarantine, but should:

  • Wear a mask when indoors for 10 days.
  • Self-test on day 5 and again on day 10 if day 5 is negative.
  • You may remove your mask on day 10 as long as you have tested negative and are symptom-free.
  • If that test is positive, you need to isolate for at least 5 days, possibly up to 10 days depending on your symptoms. (See “If you test positive” on this page.)

What happens on the campus if someone who has been on campus has a positive COVID-19 test?

In addition to the isolation, steps taken on campus include:

  • Health and Counseling and/or Residential Life will respond to a student's online submission. 
  • The Student Success office will be notified so that instructors will be notified of the student's need for remote instruction during their isolation. If the student is too sick to participate in remote instruction, the student should notify Erika Hess, Director of Student Accessibilities, in order to request medical accommodations due to COVID.

What type of testing is available in the Rochester area?

  • The federal government provides free at-home rapid tests and low or no-cost testing at select pharmacies and health centers; see covid.gov/tests. Health insurance plans also must cover or reimburse up to eight rapid tests per month (actual cost, up to $12); they are sold (check if in stock) at CVS, Walgreens, and Rite-Aid.
  • The Naz student bookstore has rapid COVID tests available.
  • For students with significant/worrisome symptoms and warrant a medical visit by appointment, Health and Counseling has access to both molecular tests (collected in-house and sent out to a lab) and rapid antigen (in-house) COVID-19 tests.
  • Testing is also available at all local urgent care centers.

Do I have to pay for a COVID-19 test?

  • If you are very sick and tested via rapid antigen testing during a medical visit at Health and Counseling, you will not be charged for a test. If you are tested using a molecular PCR test, the lab will bill your health insurance company.
  • If you seek testing at urgent care centers, hospitals, pharmacies, and medical practices, ask the testing site and your insurer in advance of being tested whether you will be responsible for any fees.
  • If you have symptoms and/or were exposed to COVID-19, tests are covered by most health insurers. If you are unsure of coverage, please contact your health insurer directly to see if testing is covered.
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