COVID-19 Community Updates
At Elizabethtown College, the overall safety and wellbeing of our campus community is our priority. We are closely monitoring the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) updates regarding the Novel COVID-19 or coronavirus and have taken preventative measures both on and off our campus in a proactive effort to protect our community from the coronavirus. Any students or parents with questions can reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
COVID-19 Policy Updates - February 8, 2023
Updated Isolation Procedures
Students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to isolate for at least five days, starting from the day their symptoms began, or starting from the day they tested if the student is not having symptoms. Isolation can occur in the student’s family home, another off-campus location, or in the student’s room on campus if all roommates agree to this option.
On-Campus Isolation Procedures:
Students who choose to isolate on campus will do so in their rooms and follow these guidelines until they are cleared:
- The student who is isolating, and any roommates, will wear masks while awake and stay six feet apart as much as possible. No other guests should be in the room.
- The student who is isolating will wear a mask when going to the Marketplace or Jays Nest to pick up food and promptly take it back to their room to eat.
- The student who is isolating and their roommates will avoid eating at the same time so mask wearing can continue when they are together in the room.
- Be mindful of any shared spaces such as restrooms and kitchens and practice good sanitizing after each use.
- The student who is isolating will wear a mask when going down the hall to use the shared Residence Life bathroom.
- The student who is isolating will not attend class or campus activities in person.
- An individual is cleared to leave isolation:
- After five days since symptoms began.
- After five days since they tested positive and have had no symptoms.
Symptoms have significantly improved and have not had a fever for 24 hours.
Contact Tracing Procedures
Notifying Student Health
Students who test positive are expected to notify Student Health (717-588-1059 or 717-361-1405). Student Health is also available to help students with managing symptoms. If students have after-hours concerns, please call Campus Safety at (717) 361-1264.
Students who test positive are expected to contact their faculty members to discuss how to stay connected with their academic work and assignments while missing class due to isolation. Students are under no obligation, however, to tell faculty members they tested positive or disclose any medical information to them. In addition, students have the option to request through Student Health for a generally worded courtesy notification to be sent, informing their faculty members that the student will not be attending classes for the next few days.
Notifying Close Contacts
Students who test positive are responsible for notifying Etown students and employees who meet the definition of a Close Contact. As an alternative to the student communicating directly with their Close Contacts, the student can stay anonymous by asking Student Health staff to notify their Close Contacts. A Close Contact is someone who you have been within six feet of for a combined total of at least 15-minutes (cumulative, not consecutive) over a 24-hour period during the two-day period before you first had symptoms or, if you do not have symptoms, two days before you were tested for COVID-19, through to the time you started isolation. Sample notification messaging can be found on the College's COVID-19 webpage .
Employees who test positive should notify Human Resources and are responsible for notifying Etown community members who meet the definition of a Close Contact. As an alternative to the employee communicating directly with their Close Contacts, the employee can stay anonymous by asking Human Resources to notify their Close Contacts. A Close Contact is someone who you have been within six feet of for a combined total of at least 15-minutes (cumulative, not consecutive) over a 24-hour period during the two-day period before you first had symptoms or, if you do not have symptoms, two days before you were tested for COVID-19, through to the time you started isolation. Sample notification messaging can be found on the College's COVID-19 webpage .
COVID-19 Status Dashboard
The College's Status Dashboard which was implemented at the start of the pandemic will be discontinued. The College will continue to monitor and track cases of COVID-19 on campus.