The decision to live on campus amid the pandemic presents a challenge for many incoming and returning students. BGSU’s Chief Health Officer Ben Batey recommends that all on-campus students familiarize themselves with the quarantine and isolation process before returning to campus.
As part of the community commitment, all students are expected to perform a self-administered wellness check everyday before coming to campus or leaving their residence halls. Anyone with a temperature exceeding 100.4 degrees or exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19 should not come to campus.
The CDC, Google and Apple have self-checkers for COVID-19 that will ask questions about individuals’ daily personal health. These self-checkers are available to anyone with access to the internet, but those without it should ask themselves similar questions that are on the self-checkers during a self-administered wellness check.
If anyone has correlative symptoms to COVID-19, but are unsure if they have it, they can take a self-test kit that detects COVID-19. The Food and Drug Administration approved an at-home COVID-19 kit released by the Laboratory Corporation of America. LabCorp sends a nasal swab and individuals send their sample back to the lab. The lab gives results within two to three days, according to their website.
As self-administered wellness checks and self-test kits have limitations, always consult a medical professional about any concerns.
Testing positive for COVID-19
If an individual tests positive for COVID-19 in a residence hall, they will be required to isolate immediately and report it to the Falcon Health Center or their medical provider.
The university has reserved 94 isolation spaces at Falcon Landing with an additional 26 spaces at a separate location. Students also have the option to return home. However, the cost of room and board will remain the same if they choose to isolate at the apartment complex.
BGSU Dining will also deliver meals to students during their recovery period.
“The general isolation period for the majority of people is 10 days from when their symptoms have begun. They have to be fever-free for 24 hours and symptoms would have to be resolved,” Batey said.
Those who extend past the average time will be encouraged to work with their medical provider to determine further steps to recovery.
Exposure to COVID-19
If a student is exposed to their positively-tested roommate, then they will be expected to quarantine in their dorm room or permanent residence for two weeks.
According to Batey, individuals should quarantine even when they are not symptomatic and have not tested positive.
During quarantine, students will screen for symptoms to determine if they need to contact their medical provider or move into isolation.