Monitoring and Testing

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Monitoring and Testing

Monitoring and Testing: Keeping Rowan Healthy and Safe

Everyday life on Rowan University’s campuses is dynamic, interactive, collaborative and social. While this culture makes possible the transformative experience that is integral to our community, the health and safety of our Rowan community is our top priority. To reduce the risk of COVID-19 threats within and around Rowan, we must continue to follow safety protocols for the foreseeable future.

Central to the policies for keeping Rowan healthy and safe is our commitment to protect the most vulnerable among us, including individuals over the age of 60 and anyone with chronic medical conditions including heart or lung disease, diabetes, compromised immunity, severe obesity, chronic kidney or liver disease. Because COVID-19 threatens all in our community to some degree, everyone benefits as we help ensure that the most vulnerable may work and learn by reducing their exposure risk.

Monitoring

Daily Screening
Regardless of whether they are on campus or working remotely, students and employees are required to complete a Daily Screening application before they can access the Rowan network. The Daily Screening application arrives each day via email. 

Attendance
Individuals responsible for groups of employees or students at events, like classroom lectures, meetings and other gatherings must document attendance. This can be done through digital tracking in ProfLink, Banner or by spreadsheet to allow contact tracing, if needed.

Sick Notification
Employees must notify Human Resources of illness or suspected COVID-19 infection and report symptoms through the Self-Reported Symptom Assessment described above or another method to be determined. Fever is the most common symptom of COVID-19, but it could also indicate another illness, especially as seasonal diseases like the flu emerge. It is critical for symptomatic individuals to avoid all face-to-face interactions and public gatherings regardless of social distancing practices.

Return to Work Following Illness

  • Employees who are clinically diagnosed with COVID-19 or receive a positive test result for it must remain isolated based on the recommendations from their health care provider, public health official or until three full symptom-free days have passed, whichever is longer.

  • Employees who report symptoms without a known exposure to COVID-19 must be 24 hours symptom-free before returning to work.

  • All employees must communicate their cleared status to Human Resources and receive guidance prior to returning.

Testing, Investigation and Isolation

Testing
Because universal, frequent testing for all is not practical, not based in science and not feasible in terms of available resources, Rowan uses different testing strategies.

  • For Spring 2021: Any Rowan student who will be on campus in any capacity—whether as a residential student, as a student in an in-person class, lab or studio setting, as an athlete, or as a participant in on-campus activities—is required to provide a negative COVID-19 test result within 10 days before their first day on campus. Free at-home test kits are available to students.
  • Symptomatic testing: Testing for symptomatic students is available from the Wellness Center on the Glassboro campus. Employees with COVID-19 symptoms will be recommended for testing through either the individual’s health care provider or RowanMedicine. In partnership with Rowan Medicine, employees can also be screened via telehealth visit and be prescribed for testing which can be scheduled for collection by the Wellness Center in Glassboro.
  • Asymptomatic sentinel testing: This free saliva testing is available for asymptomatic non-residential students and Rowan employees every Tuesday and Thursday at the Rec Center in Glassboro. Students and employees can sign up via Eventbrite.
  • Antibody testing: This assessment is not recommended as a strategy to guide return to work/school decisions, however, we will continue to review emerging guidance. If recommendations change, we will bring antibody collection resources to campus to support testing students and staff.
  • Wastewater testing in residential facilities begins in Spring 2021. Wastewater testing is not individualized, but will help determine if viral load is detected in a target population.

Contact Investigation

  • Through a collaboration with the Gloucester County Health Department, the Wellness Center trained contact tracers to conduct assessments throughout our campuses to help Wellness Center health care professionals make public health recommendations for students and employees.

  • It is critical that students and employees participate in any investigation so we can rapidly isolate ill individuals and quarantine close contacts.

  • To report a positive COVID-19 case, call the Wellness Center at 856-256-4333.

Isolation for Employees and Students

  • On campus, Triad Hall, which has 218 beds, serves as isolation housing for symptomatic students who are not able to return home. The coordination of isolation is initiated by the contact investigation and is be supported by Residential Learning and Housing, the Dean of Students Office, the Wellness Center and Gourmet Dining.

  • Employees will be required to isolate in their homes and follow return to work protocols.

As we anticipate welcoming the Rowan community back to our campuses and resuming activity, we will continue to provide information to provide guidance and update everyone throughout what may be a months-long process. We appreciate everyone’s continued flexibility and support. We expect that the fall semester will bring normalcy back to our campus community.

Transporting Sick Students to Essential Appointments
Following standard student wellness policies, Rowan will continue to provide transportation services for residential students to essential appointments via University EMS and Public Safety.