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COVID-19 Response and Planning (Summer/Fall 2022)

From in-person classroom learning, to student activities and events, our spring semester is more like the campus experience we know and love at Keene State. The health and safety of our community continue to be top priorities. As always, Keene State closely follows the science around the pandemic. The college community will be notified via email and through an update to this webpage if restrictions are adjusted according to the college’s risk matrix. Keene State has a page dedicated to sharing test result data and criteria for operations. Visit this page for the latest information.

All information related to COVID-19 will be sent to the campus community from covidinfo@keene.edu. Any questions or concerns should be directed to covidinfo@keene.edu.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Operational Status

What is KSC’s operational status?

Please see the published risk matrix for current operational status: current risk matrix

Mask and Personal Protective Equipment

Do I need to wear a mask while on campus?

KSC moved to GREEN operations beginning June, 21 2002. Per the published risk matrix, this means masks are required in the following situations:

1. People who have tested out of quarantine or isolation must wear masks around all other people for a full 10 days, even if they have tested out on or after day 6.

2. People who are symptomatic must mask around others.

3. The Wellness Center during clinical operations.

In all other indoor settings, Keene State College recommends but does not require masks.

Where do I go to order masks?

Students and employees can order masks and other personal protective equipment through this request form (students & employees) http://kscehs.kscopen.org/

Surveillance and Symptomatic Testing

Am I required to test weekly?

Testing for Summer 2022 will be for those who are experiencing symptoms only. Employee and Student home kits are available by request, please email covidinfo@keene.edu to request a kit.

When is symptomatic testing open?

Symptomatic testing at 115 Winchester St. will reopen prior to the Fall 2022 semester. Kits will be available from 12pm-1pm in the Wellness Center lobby. Email covidinfo@keene.edu to request a test kit during the Summer. Any requests received after 1pm will be available the following day. These kits are intended for employees who fall ill during the day while on Campus and students still living on Campus. People who are experiencing symptoms should not come to Campus and get tested through a local health care facility or over-the-counter kits at a local pharmacy.

Symptoms could include congestion, runny nose, sore throat, headache, fever, cough, loss of taste and smell, body aches, fatigue, nausea/vomiting, and diarrhea. You may experience one, several or many of these symptoms. If you are a student and would like to talk with a health professional about your symptoms, contact the Wellness Center at 603-358-2200.

How can I get a test kit for symptomatic testing?

Email covidinfo@keene.edu to request a test kit during the Summer. Kits will be available from 12pm-1pm in the Wellness Center lobby. Any requests received after 1pm will be available the following day. These kits are intended for employees who fall ill during the day while on Campus and students still living on Campus. People who are experiencing symptoms should not come to Campus and get tested through a local health care facility or over-the-counter kits at a local pharmacy.

Positive Test Results and Rapid Response Team

I tested positive outside of KSC testing, what should I do?

With the increased availability of at-home tests, we will accept at-home positive tests and no longer require a PCR test to back up an at-home test. Instead, individuals should use our secure “at-home test result” online form and upload their results to our secure health portal, since this ensures timely processing of your results. Your form will be processed within 24 hours of submission. If you are submitting a positive test result, you should shelter in place until you hear from a member of our Rapid Response Team. Forms will not be accepted for proof of back-dating a testing exemption.

What happens after I test positive at KSC or submit a positive result?

Test results are received at various times throughout the day and our Rapid Response Team (RRT) handles cases between 8am and 8pm each day. A member of the RRT will reach out to individuals who test positive as soon as possible. You will be contacted directly; there is no need to reach out to Campus Safety.

Please immediately isolate if you do test positive while you await contact from the RRT. If possible, please immediately go home to isolate – you do not need to wait to leave; we will follow up when we call. If you are not able to go home, please shelter in place until we are able to reach out to you and discuss our on-campus quarantine and isolation facilities.

Am I required to upload a positive test result?

In order to be successful and keep our campus safe, KSC’S COVID-19 Testing Program calls for all members of the college community who are participating in on-campus activities to receive a covid-19 test (either PCR or antigen test) if experiencing symptoms of illness. COVID-19 is considered a reportable illness to state public health officials and as a result, KSC is required to report the number of positive cases to NH DHHS. Students, faculty and staff are required to upload any positive test results to KSC. Individuals should use our secure “at-home test result” online form. Personal, identifiable information related to test results will be maintained confidentially and used by public health authorities and KSC for the purpose of contact tracing and otherwise supporting the campus, state and national public health response. In addition, KSC is still required to submit new cases to the State Division of Public Health Services each week. No personal information is submitted, just the aggregate number of new cases for students and employees is required.

How long should I stay home if I’m not feeling well?

Employees and students who are not feeling well should stay at home until they have no fever and/or other symptoms for 24 hours. Anyone with a negative COVID test who has even mild symptoms such as a runny nose, is required to wear a mask in public spaces until all symptoms resolve.

Quarantine and Isolation

How long do I need to be in quarantine and isolation?

KSC has adopted the CDC and State of NH DHHS recommendation that individuals can test out of isolation/quarantine after 5 full days. To calculate your 5-day isolation/quarantine period, Day 0 is the day of your positive test result and Day 1 is the first full day after the positive test result. You can attempt to test out after 5 full days.

What are the steps to testing out of quarantine or isolation?

If you are symptom-free on Day 6 or after of your quarantine or isolation (your original test day is considered day 0), you may now choose to test out through an antigen (rapid) test. You can test out at any point after day 6 (limited to one attempt per day). If the test is negative, you may leave quarantine or isolation, but should continue to mask around others until Day 10. If the antigen test is positive, you will remain in quarantine or isolation until Day 10.

You must be completely symptom free and you will be screened for any lingering or new symptoms.

If you are in quarantine or isolation on campus or within 30 miles of KSC:

  • Use our secure “at-home test result” online form and upload your results
  • Your online form must be fully complete
  • If your results are negative, your card will be turned back on and you will be free to return to normal activities as long as you wear a mask at all times. You are to wait until you receive your isolation release notification.
  • If your results are positive, you must remain in isolation for the full 10 days.

If you are in quarantine or isolation at home (beyond 30 miles from KSC):

  • You should arrange your own at home test
  • Use our secure “at-home test result” online form and upload your results
  • Your online form must be fully complete
  • You are to not return to KSC until you receive your isolation release notification
  • If your results are positive, you must remain in isolation for the full 10 days (if you are quarantine and become positive you will need to isolate for 10 days)

Will I have to quarantine if I am exposed to someone who has COVID-19?

People who are fully vaccinated no longer need to quarantine if they are exposed to someone who is ill. They will instead monitor for symptoms, wear a mask, and then participate in surveillance testing after exposure.

Individuals who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations will be contacted by a member of the Rapid Response Team to coordinate quarantine.

Vaccinations

What does it mean to be up-to-date on my vaccination?

We have aligned our definition of up-to-date on vaccines to the CDC and NH DHHS definitions. If you are not up to date on vaccination or if you have not uploaded your vaccine record to your secure health portal, you will have to quarantine if you are a close contact.

  • If you are 5 months beyond your second Moderna or Pfizer dose or 2 months beyond your last dose of Johnson and Johnson, you will need a booster dose to be considered up to date
  • If you are not eligible for a booster yet but have completed your applicable doses, you will still be considered up to date

If you have not uploaded this information to our secure health portal, the steps to uploading your information are below.

How do I upload my vaccination information to my secure health portal?

If you already uploaded your initial series, don’t forget to do it again for your booster dose!

Step 1: Take a photo of your vaccination card (ensure your photo has both doses, if applicable) and save it on your computer/device

  • Ensure your photo clearly has your name, date of birth, and all dose information

Step 2: Using your KSC NetID and password, login to online health portal

Step 3: Click “upload” on the toolbar

Step 4: Select “COVID 19 Vaccine Records” from the dropdown and attach your file

Once you have successfully uploaded your file, it will say “Covid 19 Vaccine Records received on (date).” Please be assured that your private medical information will be kept confidential.

Adherence to Protocols

What happens if a student doesn’t follow the protocols?

Keene State College recognizes that we are all in this together to stop the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and the greater Keene Community. As such, students will be expected to follow all the safety measures explained on this page. Violations of these safety protocols will be adjudicated as violations of the College’s Directives on Public Health Policy.

Where can I report someone not following COVID protocols?

The Silent Witness form has been used since Fall 2020 to report any potential COVID policy violations: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?KeeneStateCollege&layout_id=8

Academics

What safety protocols will be in place in classrooms?

Keene State will provide 3-feet spacing in classrooms where possible. In addition, enhanced ventilation, mask use, and vaccinated populations provide added layers of protection.

Can students attend class virtually if they are not feeling well?

Yes, students should talk with their professors to make temporary arrangements when they are not feeling well, or if they need to isolate or quarantine due to COVID.