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A WPI Update; Returning from COVID Isolation, On-campus Dining, MLK Holiday Testing, Booster Reminder

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January 14, 2022

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WPI Campus Update

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Message Highlights:

  • Returning after isolation during COVID infection
  • On-campus dining returns on Sunday, January 16
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday testing schedule
  • Booster reminder: Deadline January 18
  • On-campus activities and event

 

Returning after Isolation during COVID infection

WPI is following the current CDC guidance regarding a full 5-day isolation period for all students and employees. Isolation usually lasts 5-10 days but might be longer depending on the specifics of your case. In general, you can clear isolation on day 6 following your positive test result if you meet the following criteria: 

  • You are asymptomatic or your symptoms are much improved; and 
  • You have been fever-free for 24 hours without any fever reducing medication; and 
  • If you choose to take an optional rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, the result is negative; and 
  • You complete a COVID-19 Isolation Clearance Form and it states that you have met the requirements to clear isolation

For those who exit isolation on day 6, we ask that you continue to follow CDC guidance for the continued safety of the community. Please continue to wear a well-fitting surgical or KN95 mask at all times when leaving your home or interacting with others. This means no dining with others and no other mask-free activities until 10 full days have passed since the date of your positive test. 

If your symptoms have not significantly improved after five days, do not exit isolation until you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your other symptoms have improved. 

Clearing isolation will depend on your symptom resolution as well as optionally testing negative with a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later if you choose to use one of WPI’s free, self-administered rapid tests. To obtain a rapid antigen test, you can make an appointment to pick one up at the rapid testing site located in the Hackfeld Parking lot.

  • If you tested positive with a rapid antigen test on day 6 or later, please continue to isolate for at least an additional 24 hours before taking a second test. 
  • If you test positive on a second rapid antigen test, please continue to isolate for the full 10 days; you can leave isolation on day 11 with no further testing as long as you are fever free, and your symptoms have improved. 

Individuals will need to fill out the Isolation Clearance Form as many times as necessary until it states that you have met the requirements to clear isolation.

 

On-Campus Dining Update

WPI will resume normal dining practices as of Sunday, January 16.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday COVID Testing  

  • Harrington Auditorium will be open Monday for routine COVID-19 testing; the schedule is here. Those wishing to reschedule a test may do so, or they may simply drop in for testing when convenient. 

The rapid testing trailer in the Hackfeld Lot will be open Monday; appointments can be made here.

 

Booster Requirement Reminder

WPI requires all students, faculty, and staff to receive a booster shot and upload their documentation by January 18, 2022, or within 30 days of becoming eligible.

Employees:

  • Employees must enter their vaccine information - and a copy of your vaccination card - into  Workday 

Unvaccinated employees with an approved medical or religious accommodation to the primary COVID-19 vaccination series do not need to apply for another accommodation.
 

Students:

  • All undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in on-campus classes and/or conducting research in on-campus labs must upload their vaccination information into Medicat using this link
    • If you are having any difficulty with Medicat, please look for instructions on the Health Services webpage about uploading information to the WPI Student Health Portal.

Unvaccinated students with an approved medical or religious exemption to the primary COVID-19 vaccination series do not need to apply for another accommodation.

 

On-campus activities and events  

Student clubs and organizations may host events as desired during this time, and students are encouraged to cheer on our teams at athletic events. Just bring your mask and eat before you go, as food will not be served. To learn what’s happening on campus, check out TechSync or the athletics schedule for the next must-see game.