UPDATE: SAFER Team notifications

Jan. 3, 2022

Following public health protocol for a surge, the SAFER Team will attempt to reach high-risk positive cases first according to CDC priority. If you have tested positive, please stay home and utilize these best practices. Watch for emails from COVID19@fsu.edu for important COVID-19 information that pertains to your university activities, since not everyone may be reached by phone. Close contacts will be notified by email as they are identified so that we can continue to identify contacts via positive cases.

Given the transmissibility and rapid spread of the Omicron variant, the virus can spread significantly before an individual knows they are positive, making contact tracing less effective. Masking (KN95 or N95), distancing when possible, and handwashing remain important methods to prevent infection.


Student Return Campus Guide

Confirmed Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Do not invite others into your room. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

  • Students living on campus who test positive will need to return home or find their own isolation space off campus.
  • Off-site housing – you may isolate in your own apartment or home.

Return to Campus

SAFER has partnered with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) to clear you from isolation according to the following criteria. SAFER is able to speak with you to evaluate your case in a contact tracing interview, you will receive an official FDOH clearance letter. If you do not participate in an official interview, you will not receive an official FDOH clearance letter and SAFER will utilize your test date to determine when you are clear to attend class and on-campus activities as a university determination. Please watch your email closely, as

  • Isolate away from others 5 days from positive test result. The date you took the test is day 0.
    • If no symptoms or symptoms resolving on day 5, return to activities WITH MASK on day 6 for additional 5 days. Note that you should be fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. The date symptoms begin is no longer used to determine your return.
    • If symptoms are not improving by day 5, continue to isolate until they are improving for a full 24 hr period, up to 10 days.
    • You should self-assess symptoms on day 5 and return accordingly.
    • If you feel uncomfortable returning before day 10, you may continue to stay home and should return day 11 after your positive test.
    • If you do not want to wear a mask on campus, please isolate at home and return on day 11.
    • If your symptoms are not improving beyond 10 days or your symptoms become severe, please reach out to University Health Services to schedule an appointment or see your personal physician.
    • SAFER will evaluate the details of your case and advise both return to community activities per Florida Department of Health (FDOH) guidelines and return to work according to FSU HR policy. No negative tests are required unless specifically requested by SAFER/FDOH.

Exception

In the rare cases when people become severely ill and require hospitalization or have immunosuppression, it may be necessary to isolate for 20 days or longer. These are to be decided with close consultation of your treating physician.


Presumptive Positive

Self-isolate immediately. Isolation means that whenever possible that you remain away from others in your home or residence hall. A separate sleeping arrangement and separate bathroom is preferred to reduce exposure to others. If a separate bathroom is not available, clean between each use. Do not leave under any circumstance except to seek medical care. Monitor symptoms. Telehealth visits at University Health Services are available at uhs.fsu.edu/telehealth or call 850-644-4567.

Presumptive positive results are complicated and each case is considered on the basis of many complex factors. You need to discuss your case with a designated FSU clinician to determine best options for your case.

Return to Campus

You will be notified by UHS when you are cleared to return to campus activities.


Close Contact

NOTE: Issues of isolation and quarantine are under the legislatively designated authority of the local public health department. Thus, in coordination with the FL Dept of Health and the Leon County Health Department, the FSU policies for quarantine after close contact with COVID-19 are as follows:

What counts as close contact?

The CDC focuses on the proximity (within 6 ft) and duration (greater than 15 cumulative minutes) to determine close contact. Information on the highly transmissible Omicron variant is still undergoing evaluation.

NO QUARANTINE if you are up to date on your vaccination.

  • Have been boosted
  • Completed the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine and are not yet eligible for a booster
  • Completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine within the last 2 months:
    • You do not need to quarantine
    • Wear a mask around others for 10 days
    • Test on Day 5 with a PCR or Rapid Antigen test
    • Monitor closely for symptoms.
    • If you develop symptoms, take a test and stay home.

QUARANTINE if you are not up to date on your vaccination:

  • Completed the primary series of Moderna or Pfizer vaccine (2 doses) and are eligible for a booster but have not yet been boosted
  • Completed the primary series of the J&J vaccine (1 dose) and eligible but not yet boosted
  • Unvaccinated:
    • Stay home for 5 days
    • After that continue to wear a mask around others for 5 additional days
    • Test on Day 5 with a PCR or Rapid Antigen test
    • Monitor closely for symptoms.
    • If you develop symptoms, take a test and stay home.

FSU students can utilize FSU testing options or external providers. If you need medical attention, please call University Health Services (UHS) to make an appointment at 850-644-4567.

If you test positive, you should notify SAFER as soon as possible via the Daily Wellness Check or covid19@fsu.edu. SAFER will contact you to discuss your return to campus date.

All persons, especially those who may have had close contact, should routinely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and quarantine immediately, and seek testing if the following symptoms occur:

  • Fever (100.40F or more) or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Exception

According to the CDC, if you have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days, quarantine is not required. A test is not recommended.

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