In the event that a residential student will contract or be exposed to COVID-19 and require isolation or quarantine, alternative living arrangements will be provided at Martha Street Apartments, an on-campus residential facility. The apartments, with 28 private rooms and bathrooms, and individual units have been reserved in the event of the need for isolation or quarantine of any student. The number of rooms may vary, according to the need.
Non-residential students will be sent to quarantine and isolate in their own homes. Residential students will be encouraged to return home for their quarantine and isolation period, if possible. Isolation and quarantine protocols for residential students are detailed in the NCCU Pandemic and Communicable Disease Emergency Response Plan. Sections of this plan call for the following:
- All students who exhibit signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are to be immediately isolated. That student will only be allowed to return to campus, including their regular residence hall, under the following condition: they meet CDC criteria for a recovered person following a positive test result.
- Students who are identified as being in close contact with a person known or suspected of testing positive for COVID-19 will be quarantined for 14 days or until the person with whom they had contact tests negative for COVID-19
- Rooms will be stocked with thermometers, sanitizing wipes, tissues, soap, hand sanitizer and toiletries.
- Students are responsible for basic housekeeping while in quarantine and isolation. Trash set outside of the residential room will be picked up by housekeeping staff. Disinfection of rooms following a quarantine and isolation period will be coordinated by housekeeping staff with an outside vendor.
- Students in isolation and quarantine on campus are to receive meals delivered on a set schedule from Dining Services. All meals are delivered using disposable, single-use materials.
- Rooms for quarantine will be labeled as “Authorized Personnel Only” but will not state the reason for the restricted access due to concerns about the potential for stigma and potential FERPA/ HIPAA violations. The signs will be pre-approved by University General Counsel and known only to a minimal group of individuals on a “need to know” basis.
- Student counseling services and the Office for Spiritual and Religious Life will have counselors available remotely for students in isolation or quarantine, as needed.
- To the degree possible, students will continue academic activities remotely.
- Transportation will be made available to and from the care location if medical care is needed.
- Student Health and Residential Life representatives will make daily checks on ill students via telephone calls.
- Any staff member who needs to enter the isolation and quarantine spaces will be provided with and required to wear appropriate PPE, as per CDC guidelines.