In contact with someone with COVID?
Policy for those who have had close contact with a person who is testing for Covid-19 or has tested positive
In order to ensure the safety and good health of all students, faculty, and staff during the time of the pandemic, Bluffton University is implementing a procedure to guide those who may have had contact with any person who has undergone testing for COVID-19 or who has tested positive for the virus.
- Stay in your room – do not attend class
- Notify Student Life as soon as possible for directions
Commuter students and faculty/staff:
- Do not come to campus. Students please notify Student Life as soon as possible for additional guidance. Faculty and staff please notify your respective Vice President.
- Follow self-quarantine and self-monitoring procedures as outlined by the Allen County Department of Health and the CDC:
Stay home: Stay home except to get medical care. Please call medical care facility before going.
Separate yourself: Try to stay at least 6 feet away from other household members and animals.
Visitors: Limit visitors to those who have an essential need to be in your home.
Temperature and symptom monitoring: Self-monitor for fever and symptoms such as a cough or difficulty breathing, for 14 days following your last day of potential exposure. Take your temperature with a thermometer two times a day, in the morning and evening. Students will continue to enter temperatures and symptoms daily using the Symptom Reporting form in their MyBluffton account.
Warning Symptoms: If you develop new symptoms, immediately contact your health care provider. (Campus student residents should notify Student Life immediately. On weekends students should notify their RA). Symptoms include but are not limited to: high fever, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, pain or tightness of chest or blueish lips or face.
Notification of Medical Personnel: If it is necessary for you to contact police, fire or emergency medical services, notify the dispatcher and any first responder that you are under COVID-19 self-quarantine.
Discontinuing Self-Quarantine: You can discontinue self-quarantine if no symptoms develop within fourteen (14) days since last point of contact with a confirmed or probable positive COVID-19 case or return from a state or area that has been identified as having widespread, sustained (on-going) spread of COVID-19.
If you have any questions regarding these instructions, contact your health care provider or Allen County Public Health at 419-228-4457.
Source: Allen County Public Health, July 29, 2020