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The Wellness Learning Center on campus of Husson University

Minimizing COVID Risk On Campus

COVID Surveillance Testing Schedule

When: Monday through Wednesday 7:30AM-5:40PM
Thursday 7:30AM-4:40PM

Where: Hall of Fame room, Newman Gymnasium

Husson has implemented numerous strategies and procedures to minimize the risk of COVID on campus. (Please see Return to Campus Plan for more details.) 

Wellness packs. To encourage compliance with new procedures and policies, the University has made wellness packs available for all students on campus. These packs include a cloth face mask, thermometer, hand sanitizer, and a symptom check card. Wellness packs are available at the Wellness Center, Student Life and Residence Directors’ offices in each residence hall.

Daily self-check. Students on campus will be required to monitor themselves for COVID symptoms by performing a daily self-check or self-assessment. For convenience, we have created a self-check tool on the Eagle SAFE app for daily self-monitoring of symptoms. Self-assessments from the app will be sent to the Wellness Center staff for a more in-depth review of symptoms. Staff will call all students flagged as being symptomatic, based upon the student’s self-assessment.

Periodic Surveillance Testing. Students will be tested periodically on campus to help identify any asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19. By identifying asymptomatic carriers via surveillance testing, the University will be able to monitor any infected individuals and ensure they receive the care needed. In addition, the individual can be isolated from the community, minimizing contact with others and thus the spread of the disease.

Surveillance Testing

Husson University has entered into a contact with the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard to manage surveillance testing for Husson students taking in-person courses on campus. 

Students will be divided into groups for the purposes of testing. They will be notified of their testing date(s) via email, through the Eagle SAFE app and on the Student Portal. Testing will be conducted at the Newman Gymnasium Complex from 7:30am - 5:40pm. Students can drop in at any time during those hours.

This is a minimally invasive method of testing using shallow nasal swabs, designed to help identify asymptomatic carriers of COVID-19 and to monitor the Husson community for the virus. Read for test directions.

Surveillance testing will be conducted at the Newman Gymnasium Complex in the Sports Hall of Fame room. Each student will be observed and guided by trained health personnel as they self-administer the test.  

No. Symptomatic testing is reserved for those who have symptoms and/or have been in direct contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. It must be conducted by a medical professional, and is more invasive.

The Broad Labs in Cambridge, Massachusetts, will analyze tests; results will be available within 48 to 72 hours of receipt at the labs.

Results of each individual’s test will be communicated to that individual student. All positive results will be reported to the State of Maine CDC and the Husson University Wellness Center.

Symptomatic Testing at the Wellness Center  

The Wellness Center asks that students who are COVID-19 symptomatic call 207.941.7625 to speak with our staff in advance of their arrival.

Depending on your COVID-19 symptoms and presentation, next steps may include:

  1. Scheduling an appointment for you to visit the Wellness Center to meet with one of our providers. They may recommend that you:
    1. Self-quarantine while continuing to monitor your symptoms.
    2. Drive up to our clinic and park in the assigned parking spot for curbside assessment with a provider.
    3. Go into the Wellness Center for a scheduled visit.
  2. Referral to a local walk-in clinic or emergency department. 

If the student is going into the Wellness Center for a more in-depth assessment of their symptoms the student should bring a Go Bag to the appointment in the event they are required to move to a different location, i.e.: need to go home or to an isolation location on campus. This Go Bag should include two changes of clothes, daily living needs such as medications and personal hygiene items.

  • Pending
    • While test results are pending the student is presumed positive and will be put into quarantine status.
      • The student is encouraged to relocate to their permanent address, if at all possible. Otherwise, if this is not possible the student will quarantine as described below in the Quarantine section
    • Contact tracing begins.
    • Roommate(s) begin quarantining together, pending test results.  Roommate(s) will not be tested at this time unless showing symptoms.
  • Negative
    • Return to daily activities, monitor symptoms and retest if necessary.
  • Positive
    • Test confirms diagnosis of COVID-19 and the student is placed in isolation status.   
      • The student is encouraged to relocate to their permanent address, if at all possible.  Otherwise, if this is not possible the student will isolate as described in the Isolation section below.   
      • All positive results will be reported to the State of Maine CDC. 
      • Contact tracing continues.
    • Roommates are called for symptom assessment at the time we contact trace.
      • We do not disclose who the individual is that was found to be COVID-19 positive.

Husson University’s Wellness Center (HUWC) is here to assist you through the process of COVID-19 diagnosis and care, whether diagnosed through our Surveillance Site, in the Community or at our Wellness Center.  If tested at one of our sites (Wellness Center or Surveillance Site) staff will reach out to you to notify you of the results. If you are tested elsewhere, your diagnosis notification will likely come from that facility, it is important you contact us as soon as you are notified.  You can reach us at 207.941.7625 or at Studenthealth@husson.edu.  We will have our COVID team get right back to you.

If positive for COVID-19 you will be offered one of the following:

  • The opportunity to go home. 
    • If this is an option, you will work with our staff to determine if you will remain in your room in quarantine or move to an isolation room pending your ride picking you up.
  • The opportunity to go to an isolation room on campus.
    • If this is the option you chose you will be asked to do the following:
      •  Sign a release of information allowing HUWC to set up key ancillary services to aid you while in isolation. Those services include, but are not limited to, dining delivery, contact tracing, notification of the Center for Student Success so as to maintain academic success, boredom buster activities, telehealth services and etc.It is important to know that without signing a release of information allowing these services to be put into place Husson University does not feel that they can safely maintain you on campus and will need to ask you to immediately leave campus.

Isolation

  • We have set aside spaces across campus designed specifically for isolation. These spaces allow for individual rooms with shared bathrooms. You may have another positive student with you. The CDC has assured us that this is allowed and does not pose further risk to either diagnosed positive individual. Your RD will take your room key and assign you a new key to the isolation room. 
  • We ask that you remain in the isolation location and do not come out for any reason. 
  • Your meals will be delivered to you. 
  • We have set up a medication delivery as well, should medications be needed.
  • All medical and mental health appointments will be done via telehealth
  • In the event your symptoms require an in person appointment you will be allowed to attend that appointment with the expectation you immediately return to your isolation room without further stops on campus or in the community. You will wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times while out at medical appointments.

What do you need to do?

  • Rest and take care of your health.
  • Keep your isolation space as neat and clean as possible.
  • Call the HUWC twice a day at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at 207.941.7664 (you may leave a voicemail) or email Surveillancetesting@husson.edu to review your symptoms “Hi, my name is______ I am feeling____, my temperature is_______.”
    • When you make this call or email please also note any additional medical or mental health need you have i.e. more vitamins, Gatorade, soup, analgesics, ice packs, telehealth appointment requests, etc.
  • During your time in isolation, you do not need to do the Eagle Safe App.
  • Call Dining Services daily to request your meal delivery;
    • Weekdays and Business Hours: (207) 941-7076
    • Weekends: (207) 941-7859 
  • Call your RD with any needs that are related to:
    • More supplies needed
      • Boredom busters
      • Toilet paper
      • BeddingCleaning supplies
      • Other Assistance
  • Call your academic advisor regarding how to maintain your academic success the Center 
  • for Student Success  may also be of assistance.
  • Work with the HUWC Contact Tracer to identify all direct contacts (those under 6 feet in distance and over 15 minutes).
  • The Maine CDC will take over contact tracing within about 2-3 days, maybe sooner.  HUWC will turn all contact tracing over to them, however, will remain involved in your life to support you through the remainder of your time in isolation.  While we have listed out several points of contact for you in this we understand that there may be wrinkles in processes, call or email your Contact Tracer so they can assist you in ironing out those wrinkles. 
  • If your symptoms worsen, such as being short of breath, dizziness, chest pain, excessive vomiting or diarrhea, you are to call 911 or 7911 for immediate assistance.  



WOW, I have been symptom free for 10 days now what?

  • Once cleared by the CDC and HUWC team the Residence Life staff will work with you to return back to your regular room assignment.
    • They will take the isolation key and return your regular room key
  • Communicate clearly with your professors about the details of your academic situation.  Your Academic Advisor can assist if you need help developing a plan to stay on track and/or get back on track.
    • Are you behind on any assignments?  If so provide your professors with a clear sense of where you stand and request any extensions that you may need.
    • Develop clear, short-term goals to help you stay focused on your studies and to keep your motivation up!
    • If you need academic support or if you are having trouble connecting with your advisor, contact the Center for Student Success (studentsuccess@husson.edu).  We provide:
      • Tutoring in many academic areas
      • Academic coaching 
      • Peer-to-Peer academic support
      • … and quite a lot more!




Husson University’s Wellness Center (HUWC) is here to assist you through the process
of being identified as a direct contact of someone diagnosed with COVID-19, COVID-19 diagnosis and care.  

If you are a residential student you will quarantine in place, right in your room.  If you have
a roommate your roommate will be quarantining with you.  If you are a commuter you will quarantine at your own home/apartment and those living with you will also need to quarantine. 

Why am I needing to quarantine? 

  • You reached out to us to say you were exposed to someone who is positive for COVID-19 or 
  • We reached out to you to notify you that you were listed as a direct contact of
    someone diagnosed with COVID-19 or
  • You are living with someone who was diagnosed positive with COVID-19 or 
  • You are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 and pending test results

What is next?

  • Those living in the Resident Halls, with a signed release of information Husson University will be able to allow you to quarantine in your room here on campus.  
    • You will go directly to your room and remain there for the duration of your quarantine which will be determined by the Maine CDC guidelines. 
    • If you have a roommate they will quarantine with you with the same expectations.
    • Meals through Dickman Dining Center will be delivered to you daily. Please call to schedule deliveries:
      • Weekdays and Business Hours: (207) 941-7076
      • Weekends: (207) 941-7859 
    • You will only be allowed to leave your room to do the following, and, while doing the following you will adhere to the requirements of wearing a mask and physical distaning. Additionally, you will use hand sanitizer before touching all hard surfaces such as door knobs and railings.  
      • Go to the assigned quarantine restroom on  your floor to attend to your personal hygiene needs.
      • Go to community medical appointments, the pharmacy etc. 
  • The opportunity to go home. 
    • If this is an option, you will work with your RA and RD to identify next steps i.e. turning your keys in so that you room and stuff remain untouched. 
    • You should take all items you will need to maintain your academics  while you are home.

What do you need to do?

  • Rest and take care of your health.
  • Keep your room as neat and clean as possible.
  • Call the HUWC twice a day at 10:00 AM and 3:00 PM at 207.941.7664 (you may leave a voicemail) or email Surveillancetesting@husson.edu to review your symptoms “Hi, my name is______ I am feeling____, my temperature is_______.”
    • When you make this call or email please also note any additional medical or mental health needs you have i.e. more vitamins, Gatorade, soup, analgesics, ice packs, telehealth appointment requests, etc.
  • During your time in quarantine, you do not need to do the Eagle Safe App.
  • Call dining daily to request your meal delivery
  • Call your RD with any needs that are related to:
    • More supplies needed
      • Boredom busters
      • Toilet paper
      • BeddingCleaning supplies
      • Other Assistance
  • Call your academic advisor regarding how to maintain your academic success,  the Center for Student Success  may also be of assistance.
  • Communicate clearly with your professors about the details of your academic situation.  
  • Your Academic Advisor can assist if you need help developing a plan to stay on track and/or get back on track.
    • Are you behind on any assignments? 
      • If so provide your professors with a clear sense of where you stand and request any extensions that you may need.
    • Develop clear, short-term goals to help you stay focused on your studies and to keep your motivation up!
  • If you need academic support or if you are having trouble connecting with your advisor, contact the Center for Student Success (studentsuccess@husson.edu).  We provide:
    • Tutoring in many academic areas
    • Academic coaching 
    • Peer-to-Peer academic support
    • … and quite a lot more!
  • Work with the HUWC Contact Tracer to identify all direct contacts (those under 6 feet in distance and over 15 minutes).
  • If you begin to experience symptoms call the HUWC to discuss your symptoms with medical staff.  
  • If symptoms such as being short of breath, dizziness, chest pain, excessive vomiting or diarrhea begin you are to call 911 or 7911 for immediate assistance.  

WOW, I have been symptom free for 14 days now what?


  • Once you have been symptom free for 14 days, the HUWC team and the Residence Life staff will work with you to return back to your regular daily activities within the Husson University Community and Academics.

Contact Tracing

  • Contact tracing, conducted by Husson University in coordination with Maine CDC, will begin at the point where the student is tested and presumed positive.
    • With the student’s release approval, HU Wellness Center tracers will offer referrals to the Dean of Student Success to aid in managing any possible time away from academics, how to communicate to professors/clinical sites/etc. 
  • Contact tracers will work with the individual to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious.  
    • Contacts will be provided with education, information, and support to understand their risk. 
    • To protect patient privacy, contacts are not told the identity of the person who may have exposed them.  

Quarantine vs. Isolation

  • Quarantine
    • If students are waiting for test results, they are assumed positive and are to self-quarantine in their local residence for 14 days.
      • They may only leave their space to utilize the restroom for personal care attending, to attend medical appointments, and to relocate to their permanent residence.
    • Roommates will be considered a direct exposure and will also be flagged as “in Quarantine” and follow the same expectations. 
      • Meals will be delivered to on campus students while in quarantine.
      • If no symptoms develop during 14 days, the student will be released from quarantine after assessment by nursing staff from the Wellness Center.
  • Isolation
    • Students who are confirmed positive via symptom testing will be required to enter isolation.
    • Isolation prohibits the student from leaving the dwelling for any reason other than to receive medical care. 
    • Isolation rooms will be available for on campus, residential students. 
      • On campus students who intend to return to their permanent address can utilize an isolation space to wait for transportation, if needed.
      • Students diagnosed with COVID-19 may be in isolation together.
      • Meals will be delivered to on campus students while in isolation.
      • While in isolation, students will:
        • Call the Wellness Center twice daily, at 10am and 3pm to report to their current symptoms and fever status.  
      • Students will be released from isolation according to CDC guidelines.

Exceptions all listed above

  • If there is no nursing staff on site or students are not able to be seen at the Wellness Center, students are encouraged to go to the walk-in clinic at NL EMMC, PCHC, Convenient MD, an area testing facility designated by the public health division in Bangor or the CDC, or to the the local emergency rooms at NL EMMC or St. Josephs
    • The Wellness Center is closed on evenings and weekends, as well as holidays and during school closures.
    • Any other times deemed medically necessary by the Wellness Director.
  • If the nurse, after assessment determines the students’ presentation exceeds the scope of our abilities in the Wellness Center, the student will be encourage to go to a walk-in clinic at NL EMMC, PCHC, Convenient MD, an area testing facility designated by the public health division in Bangor or the CDC, or to the the local emergency rooms at NL EMMC or St. Josephs.