Treatment (Including Isolation & Quarantine)
Students receiving COVID-19 tests at the Student Health Services (located at the HUB) will complete a Student Contact Tracing Report Form, which will assist the University in contact tracing efforts should the student test positive for COVID-19.
Students who receive a COVID-19 test at Student Health Services will be provided resource information which will include:
- End of Visit Summary and Instructions from the TriHealth Medical Provider
- Resource lists for on-campus residents and off-campus non-resident students
- Assigned temporary housing information, and keys to quarantine/isolation space if applicable
- Meal instruction/campus support resource information
- TriHealth medical staff will provide a letter to the student that can be shared with faculty and/or employers.
- Both on and off campus residents will be advised to return to their permanent residence if they can do so safely.
The University is currently using two small residential facilities to serve as safe and accessible isolation space for on-campus residents who test positive for COVID-19. These campus spaces are larger than typical residence hall rooms. These spaces include two beds, desks, a kitchenette complete with oven, microwave, and refrigerator, and a full bathroom. Our COVID Support Services Team is coordinating daily outreach and support to students in isolation. Meals and mail are delivered directly to these locations and our Student Health Services staff are conducting regular health assessments with isolating students.
In an effort to maximize our space, students entering isolation in Xavier’s on-campus housing should expect to be placed with another COVID-19 positive student. Sharing isolation space presents no additional health risks to already COVID-19 positive individuals. This approach been approved by TriHealth infectious disease experts and our medical director and will promote our ability to effectively manage COVID cases in our community.
Students will leave the Student Health Center to begin quarantine or isolation in a designated on- or near-campus quarantine/isolation space or their current on-campus residence hall assignment. On-campus residents who are assigned a designated on- or near-campus quarantine/isolation space will be provided with PPE to return to their assigned residential space to collect their belongings to take with them to the designated quarantine living space.
- Students will be advised that the transition from their housing assignment to the quarantine space should take place as quickly as possible, generally not to exceed 30 minutes.
- Those living off-campus will be asked to return to their off-campus housing and begin self-quarantine immediately.
- Symptomatic students (both on and off-campus) who are awaiting test results will receive daily check-ins from the TriHealth Medical Team for symptom management.
- Students who test positive will receive information from Student Health Services regarding isolation protocols and guidance regarding the earliest possible date of release from isolation.
- Per CDC guidelines, the close contacts of students who receive a positive test result will be released from self-quarantine after 10 days have passed since the start of their quarantine period. This will be the case even if the close contact receives a negative COVID test.
- Close contacts who become symptomatic should contact Health Services for direction in care/symptom management and possible scheduling of an appointment with Student Health Services.
Release from Quarantine/Isolation
- Students engaging in quarantine or isolation will be released from quarantine/self-quarantine restrictions under the direction of the TriHealth medical provider in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- Letters of release will be provided to these students by TriHealth and Xavier, respectively.
- Students who transitioned to isolation, who meet the criteria for release from isolation as identified by CDC will be released at the appropriate time indicated by TriHealth medical staff and will receive documentation affirming their clearance and release.
Vaccination and Quarantine
Based on new guidance from the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, Xavier community members who have received a complete COVID-19 vaccine will not be required to quarantine if they are a close contact of a positive individual. Vaccinated individuals must meet all of the following criteria and provide proof of vaccination in order to be excluded from quarantine requirements:
- Must be fully vaccinated which is defined as receiving the second dose of 2-dose series or 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine
- Must be two weeks past full vaccination
- Must be within 3 months of receiving full vaccination
- Must have remained asymptomatic since current COVID-19 exposure
Students may submit proof of COVID-19 immunization through the MedProctor system which Xavier uses to manage all immunization records and compliance. For more information on submitting immunization records through MedProctor, please see the Student Health Services website.
Vaccinated individuals are advised to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days after exposure to a positive individual. Should symptoms develop, Xavier community members are advised to seek medical attention. Vaccinated individuals should also continue to engage in risk reducing behaviors such mask-wearing, maintaining social distance and frequent hand-washing.