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WPI Health Services supports all our students, whether they live on or off campus, and will provide support for isolation and quarantining. Students who feel ill should call Health Services at 508-831-5520 or, in an emergency, 911 or WPI Police at 508-831-5555.     

Isolation and Quarantine

While often used interchangeably, the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” refer to two distinct processes that are used to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. 

Isolation separates students, faculty, and staff who either test positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing significant COVID-19 like symptoms from all others. WPI’s isolation protocol will be initiated whenever a student, faculty member, or staff member tests positive – due to symptomatic testing, ongoing routine testing, onboarding testing, or pre-arrival testing. 

Quarantine restricts the movement of students, faculty, and staff who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. WPI’s quarantine protocol will be initiated whenever a student, faculty member, or staff member is identified as a close contact by WPI or a local Board of Health.  If someone in quarantine develops COVID-19-like symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19, WPI will initiate its isolation protocols.

Travel quarantine restricts the movement of students, faculty, and staff who are complying with the Massachusetts Travel Order.

 

Information for Students

WPI Health Services supports all our students, whether they live on or off campus, and WPI’s Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will provide support for isolation and quarantining. Students who feel ill should call Health Services at 508-831-5520 or, in an emergency, 911 or WPI Police at 508-831-5555.    

Students in Isolation

Students who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be advised by the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator to isolate at home, at their off-campus residence, or at one of the isolation spaces on-campus. Students will remain in isolation until cleared by Health Services or local public health officials in accordance with current CDC guidelines on home isolation.

Isolation at Home – Students who test positive will be encouraged to isolate at home if they live within driving distance of campus and isolation at home is a possibility. Students isolating at home will be under the care of their personal physician and will have full remote access to their classes.

Isolation at Off-Campus Residence – Students living off-campus who test positive will isolate in their off-campus residence. Students who are asymptomatic will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students who are symptomatic will be under the care of Health Services, who will check in on students periodically.  Students will have full remote access to their classes.

Isolation in an Isolation Space on Campus – Students living in the residence halls or fraternity/sorority houses who test positive will isolate in one of the dedicated isolation spaces on campus. The isolation spaces have their own kitchen, bathroom, and in-unit laundry. The Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will provide isolated students with food delivered through Chartwells, medicine, and other necessary resources and support. Students who are asymptomatic will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students who are symptomatic will be under the care of Health Services, who will check in on students periodically.

 

Students in Quarantine

Students who are considered “close contacts” will be advised by the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator to quarantine at home, at their off-campus residence, or in their on-campus residence. Students will remain in quarantine until cleared by the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator or local public health officials in accordance with current CDC guidelines on home quarantine.

Quarantine at Home – Students will be encouraged to quarantine at home if they live within driving distance of campus and quarantining at home is a possibility. Students quarantining at home will be under the care of their personal physician and will have full remote access to their classes.

Quarantine at Off-Campus Residence – Students living off-campus will quarantine in their off-campus residence. Students who are quarantining will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students will have full remote access to their classes.

Quarantine in On-Campus Residence – Students living in the residence halls or fraternity/sorority houses will quarantine in their on-campus residence. If a student is quarantining in their on-campus residence, their roommates or suitemates will also be required to quarantine. The Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will ensure that students quarantining on campus have food, medicine, and other necessary resources and support. Students who are quarantining will have periodic phone checks with the Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator. Students will have full remote access to their classes.

 

Information for Employees

WPI’s Testing Coordinator and Isolation/Quarantine Coordinator will oversee the implementation of isolation and quarantine protocols for employees.  Employees who feel ill should call their healthcare provider or, in an emergency, 911 or WPI Police at 508-831-5555 (if on campus).

Employees in isolation or quarantine must remain at home and not return to campus until they have met WPI’s Return to Work Protocols (below) and the Testing Coordinator has cleared their return to work. WPI’s Return to Work Protocols are based on CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine.

Employees are advised to contact their healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services (for Tufts Health Plan members) upon receiving a positive COVID-19 test result or being informed that they are a close contact.

 

Return to Work Protocols for Employees in Isolation

Employees who are diagnosed with COVID-19 will be advised by WPI’s Testing Coordinator and Talent & Inclusion to isolate at home and not to return to campus until they have met WPI’s Return to Work Protocols (below) and the Testing Coordinator has cleared their return to work.

 

If you were experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms only, you will need both a negative COVID-19 PCR test and a note from a healthcare provider clearing you to return to work.

  • Call your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services (for Tufts Health plan members) to discuss your symptoms and COVID-19 testing.
  • Complete COVID-19 testing as ordered by your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services. 
    • If you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the instructions below under “If you tested positive for COVID-19 and you had COVID-19-like symptoms.”
  • Obtain a note from your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services clearing you to return to work.
  • Present this information to the Testing Coordinator for clearance to return to work.
  • If you are having difficulty obtaining a COVID-19 PCR test or a healthcare provider’s note clearing you to return to work, please contact Talent & Inclusion for assistance.

 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and you had COVID-19-like symptoms, you will need to complete the CDC’s isolation period (described below) and a note from a healthcare provider clearing you to return to work.

  • Call your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services (for Tufts Health plan members) to discuss your symptoms and COVID-19 testing.
  • Complete your isolation period.  In most cases,* you can be around others after:
    • 10 days have passed since your symptoms first appeared, and
    • 24 hours with no fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine), and
    • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.
    • * If you have severe COVID-19 or are immunocompromised, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.
  • Obtain a note from your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services clearing you to return to work. If you are having difficulty obtaining a healthcare provider’s note, please contact Talent & Inclusion for assistance.
  • Present this information to the Testing Coordinator for clearance to return to work.

 

If you tested positive for COVID-19 and you never had COVID-19-like symptoms, you will need to complete the CDC’s isolation period (described below) to return to work on campus.

  • Call your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services (for Tufts Health plan members) to discuss your symptoms and COVID-19 testing.
  • Complete your isolation period.  If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be around others after 10 days have passed since your positive COVID-19 test.
  • Present information to the Testing Coordinator that you have completed your isolation period with no symptoms arising for clearance to return to work.

 

Return to Work Protocols for Employees in Quarantine

Employees who are considered “close contacts” by WPI will be advised by WPI’s Testing Coordinator and Talent & Inclusion to quarantine at home and not to come to campus until the Testing Coordinator has cleared their return to work in accordance with WPI’s guidelines and current CDC guidelines.

 

If you have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19, you will need to complete the CDC’s quarantine period (described below) to return to work on campus.

  • Call your healthcare provider or Tufts Virtual Health Services (for Tufts Health plan members) to discuss your close contact status and COVID-19 testing.
  • Complete your quarantine period.  You can be around others 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.
  • Present information to the Testing Coordinator that you have completed your quarantine period with no symptoms arising for clearance to return to work.

Additional adjustments to our operations may be needed based on updated guidance and public health trends. We recommend you check back regularly for the latest updates.