Cabell-Huntington Health Department stay at Home Advisory – READ UPDATE

COVID-19 Return to Campus Plan & Timeline

The following plan/ timeline works under the assumption that all Executive Orders/ CDC Guidelines/ Health Department Regulations have been completely lifted or show significant de-escalation. All guidelines provided by Federal, State, and Local authorities will be followed. Furthermore, it represents a transitional timeline that is specific to our operations.

Mountwest Community & Technical College Fall 2022 Return to Campus Guide

Overview

The following is an updated framework with selected guidance that Mountwest will use to structure planning considerations as deliberate methods of continuing community mitigation for returning to campus in Fall 2022.

There are some guiding principles to consider:

1. Each campus is unique and strategies will be based on level of community transmission, the characteristics of the campus and our people, the vaccination status of the campus and surrounding community, and the local capacity to implement particular strategies.

2. Mitigation strategies may continue to need to be scaled up and down as the local situation on campus and in the community changes and as we know more about the impact of COVID-19 variants.

3. Strategies will be different for different groups of people and especially for fully vaccinated vs. unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated people.

4. All plans will continue to be developed, revised, implemented, and evaluated in partnership with local and state health officials.

Guiding Principles for Fully Vaccinated People

  • Indoor and outdoor activities pose minimal risk to fully vaccinated people.

  • Fully vaccinated people have a reduced risk of transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to unvaccinated people.

  • Fully vaccinated people should still get tested if experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Fully vaccinated people should not visit private or public settings if they have tested positive for COVID-19 in the prior 10 days or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

  • Fully vaccinated people should continue to follow any applicable federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations.

Recommendations for Indoor and Outdoor Settings

Risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection is minimal for fully vaccinated people. The risk of SARS-CoV-2 transmission from fully vaccinated people to unvaccinated people is also reduced. Therefore, fully vaccinated people can resume activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Fully vaccinated people should also continue to wear a well-fitted mask in correctional facilities and homeless shelters. Prevention measures are still recommended for unvaccinated people.

Updated Recommendations

Masks are recommended indoors on all campuses, except for courses where masks are still required.

Other recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include:

  • Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines
  • Vaccines remain the best defense against serious illness, hospitalization and death related to COVID-19
  • Get tested if you have symptoms
  • Additional precautions may be needed for people at high risk for severe illnes
 

If a student or employee comes in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 or otherwise believes they may have been exposed to the virus, they should immediately call their personal healthcare provider. The healthcare provider will decide if testing is necessary. Stay home if COVID-19 symptoms develop and go home immediately if symptoms occur during a face-to-face class or at work.

 

EMPLOYEES:

Managers and supervisors should recommend that employees who are sick seek medical assistance as appropriate and require they remain out of the workplace until symptoms resolve.

If you’re experiencing fever, new cough or new shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), call first before seeking medical care. Tell your health care professional about your symptoms and if you’ve recently been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.

West Virginia residents and health care providers can contact the WV DHHR hotline 24/7, toll-free at 1-800-887-4304.

The Cabell-Huntington Health Department call center is available 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 304-526-3383.

You can also contact your primary care provider. Your provider will offer specific instructions and work with the state’s public health department and CDC to determine if you need to be tested for COVID-19.

Employees diagnosed with COVID-19 must remain at home and should immediately inform their supervisor. Employees will not be permitted to return to work on site without medical documentation. Personal information will be kept confidential.

STUDENTS:

Students who are sick should seek medical assistance as appropriate and remain at home until symptoms resolve.

If you’re experiencing fever, new cough or new shortness of breath (difficulty breathing), call first before seeking medical care. Tell your health care professional about your symptoms and if you’ve recently been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or if you live in or have recently traveled to an area with ongoing spread.

Students who have recently traveled internationally, or had exposure to a known or suspected case of COVID-19, and are experiencing symptoms should contact their primary faculty member or department chair.

 

People with COVID-19 and close contacts should follow the quarantine and isolation recommendations here:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/quarantine-isolation.html

 

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