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COVID-19

Guidelines for Responding to Symptomatic Individuals

Confirmed Positive Cases

Prevention and Well-Being

Campus Cases

Guidance for Supervisors of Symptomatic or Positive Employees

Safe Travel and Requirements

Guidelines for Responding to Symptomatic Individuals

The following is a general response to individuals anywhere on the Pitt-Bradford campus who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19.
When the symptomatic person is a:

Faculty or staff member anywhere on campus:

  1. The symptomatic individual must go home immediately. If the symptomatic individual does not have immediate access to transportation, have them avoid contact with others by waiting alone in a room with the door closed until transportation arrives.
  2. The symptomatic individual should promptly call their supervisor, health care provider and Health Services at 814-362-5272 upon arriving home.
    • The health care provider and Health Services will provide guidance on managing symptoms, accessing testing and other care needs.
    • If the individual tests positive, Health Services should be notified. Health Services will then provide updates to the necessary areas and monitor the individual’s progress and recovery.
    • Symptomatic individuals or those who test positive must quarantine or isolate away from campus until medical clearance is obtained from their health care provider and Health Services.
  3. The individual’s supervisor should contact the Office of Facilities Management at 814-362-7670 so the room(s) can be temporarily closed and then cleaned by designated personnel. 
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, Facilities Management will notify custodial staff to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. If the closure for 24 hours is not possible, the room will be promptly cleaned by designated personnel. 

Student in a residence hall room:

  1. The symptomatic student must stay in their room and avoid contact with others.
  2. The symptomatic student should promptly call Health Services at 814-362-5272.
    • Health Services will provide guidance on managing symptoms, accessing testing and other care needs.
    • If the individual requests to return to their permanent residence, Health Services will advise if they are able to wait in their room until they can arrange for a guardian or other individual to pick them up.
  3. Health Services will notify Panther Central and Facilities Management, will coordinate closure and cleaning of any affected areas.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, Facilities Management will notify custodial staff to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. If the closure for 24 hours is not possible, the room will be promptly cleaned by designated personnel. 

Student anywhere on campus other than a residence hall room:

  1. The symptomatic student should immediately return to their residence, avoid contact with others and call Health Services at 814-362-5272.
    • If the student resides in a residence hall, follow the steps above.
    • If the student resides off campus, Health Services will advise on next steps.
  2. The faculty or staff member who was with the student at the time symptoms developed should report the building and room number of the encounter to Facilities Management at 814-362-7670 so the room can be cleaned by designated personnel. If a staff or faculty member was not with the student at the time of symptoms developing, Health Services will work with the student to obtain this information and notify Facilities Management.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, Facilities Management will notify custodial personnel to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. When the closure period is not possible, prompt cleaning and disinfection by designated personnel will occur. 

Authorized Visitor in a Pitt-Bradford building (vendor, contractor, service provider):

  1. The symptomatic individual must go home immediately.
  2. The host department or unit must promptly call Facilities Management at 814-362-7670 so the room can be cleaned by designated personnel.
    • Any room where the person spent more than 15 minutes on the day symptoms appeared or in the 48 hours prior will be closed for 24 hours, if possible.
    • After the closure period, Facilities Management will notify custodial personnel to have the rooms cleaned and disinfected. When the closure period is not possible, prompt cleaning and disinfection by designated personnel will occur. 

An individual calls to report symptoms but has not been on campus within the last 14 days.

  1. Ask the individual to remain off campus and contact Health Services to determine any steps that need to be taken and to ensure we are able to monitor their progress and recovery.
  2. You do not need to take any additional action at this time.

Confirmed Positive Cases

If a Pitt-Bradford community member calls to report a positive test for COVID-19 and has been on campus within the last 14 days:

  1. Ask the individual to contact Health Services. Additionally, the individual needs to contact  the Office of the President.
  2. Facilities Management will manage any cleaning and disinfection of areas where the person spent considerable time in the 48 hours prior to experiencing symptoms.

If a Pitt-Bradford community member calls to report a positive test for COVID-19 and has not been on campus within the last 14 days:

  1. Ask the individual to remain off campus and contact Health Services at 814-362-5272 to determine any steps that need to be taken and to ensure we are able to monitor their progress and recovery.
  2. You do not need to take any additional action at this time. 

While most COVID-19 cases do not require response by emergency medical services, in the case of a life-threatening or severe medical emergency, please call 911 or Campus Police at 814-368-3211. Please let EMS/campus police know about your COVID-19 symptoms so they can wear appropriate PPE.

As always, we must ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and prioritize patient privacy. Additional guidance for supervisors is available Office of Human Resources.

Prevention and Well-Being

Symptoms

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that patients with confirmed COVID-19 infection have reported mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms including:

  • fever or chills
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • fatigue
  • muscle or body aches
  • headache
  • new loss of taste or smell
  • sore throat
  • congestion or runny nose
  • nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea

Anyone who is experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 or who thinks they have been exposed to the virus via travel or contact with others should call their health care provider to talk with a medical professional as soon as possible.  

Students should call Health Services at 814-362-5272.
Faculty and staff should call their supervisor, health care provider and Health Services at 814-362-5272.

Prevention

The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to the virus that causes COVID-19. Everyday preventive actions help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Whether indoors or outdoors, practice physical distancing by keeping at least six feet of distance between yourself and others whenever possible.
  • Wear your face covering.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and often.
  • If you need to cough or sneeze, do so in a disposable tissue or your bended elbow. 
  • If soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer that’s at least 70% alcohol. 
  • Frequently clean high-touch surfaces within your area, like your desk and office doorknob using the supplied materials. 
  • Try to use your elbow on high-touch public surfaces, like elevator buttons or push-open doors. 
  • Limit the time you spend with others in small spaces like bathrooms and elevators.

People Who Are at Increased Risk

The CDC identifies older adults and people with underlying medical conditions as being at higher risk for becoming severely ill if they contract COVID-19. Some of these underlying medical conditions include:

  • Blood disorders (e.g., sickle cell disease or on blood thinners)
  • Chronic kidney disease as defined by your doctor. Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of kidney disease or is under treatment for kidney disease, including receiving dialysis
  • Chronic liver disease as defined by your doctor (e.g., cirrhosis, chronic hepatitis) Patient has been told to avoid or reduce the dose of medications because of liver disease or is under treatment for liver disease.
  • Compromised immune system (immunosuppression) (e.g., seeing a doctor for cancer and treatment such as chemotherapy or radiation, received an organ or bone marrow transplant, taking high doses of corticosteroids or other immunosuppressant medications, HIV or AIDS)
  • Current or recent pregnancy in the last two weeks
  • Endocrine disorders (e.g., diabetes mellitus)
  • Metabolic disorders (such as inherited metabolic disorders and mitochondrial disorders)
  • Heart disease (such as congenital heart disease, congestive heart failure and coronary artery disease)
  • Lung disease including asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema) or other chronic conditions associated with impaired lung function or that require home oxygen
  • Neurological and neurologic and neurodevelopment conditions [including disorders of the brain, spinal cord, peripheral nerve, and muscle such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy (seizure disorders), stroke, intellectual disability, moderate to severe developmental delay, muscular dystrophy or spinal cord injury].

The CDC maintains a complete, up-to-date list and guidance for these individuals.

Guidance for Supervisors of Symptomatic or Positive Employees

As a reminder any symptomatic individual on campus should notify Health Service 814-362-5272.

The Office of Human Resources will continue to provide training and support for supervisors to ensure they are educating their team on COVID-19 mitigation measures, prevention steps and proper procedures.