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 Protocol Updates For Fall 2022
As our Elizabethtown College community continues to return to campus, it is important to be mindful of the current health crises facing our country and the world. The College continues to monitor the COVID-19 trends in both our region and beyond with cases remaining steady in Pennsylvania since the semester ended in May. The
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced updated guidelines on August 11
which has changed the College's policies for quarantining. See updated guidance below.
Monkeypox is also an emerging virus that is becoming more prevalent in our country with recently reported outbreaks in New York. Recently, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. You can find more information about this new crisis below.
Updates for Fall 2022
- Submit your most up-to-date Vaccine & Booster Verification Status to include vaccine and booster updates as soon as possible.
- COVID-19 isolation will need to take place at home or in an off-campus location. As a precaution, students should consult with their families and support networks prior to returning to campus to establish a plan for isolation.
- NEW: COVID-19 Quarantine procedures are now updated to follow new CDC guidance released on August 11 . Individuals should only quarantine if they show symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals who are identified as contacts, regardless of vaccination status, are not required to quarantine but are required to wear a mask when indoors for 10 days following the most recent contact, and test on day 5 after the most recent contact if not having symptoms.
- Masking is optional unless you have been exposed to COVID-19 and are in quarantine or isolation. The College fully supports anyone who chooses to wear a mask at any time and expects all members of the campus community to be respectful of this choice.
Monkeypox symptoms include a pimple or blister-like rash as well as fever, fatigue, and swollen lymph nodes. Once a rash is present, the virus becomes contagious. The illness can spread through several pathways, including intimate contact (kissing, cuddling, and sex); direct contact with infectious rashes, scabs, or body fluids; and touching items (linens and clothing) previously touched by an infectious rash or body fluids. More on the illness can be found on the
CDC’s monkeypox webpage
. You can take steps to prevent the spread of monkeypox, such as avoiding close contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox or close contact with objects and materials that a person with monkeypox has used. Also, wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based sanitizer.
Vaccination is recommended for those who have been exposed to monkeypox, including those in healthcare environments or more likely to get monkeypox as described by the CDC. As a student, if you show symptoms of monkeypox, please contact Student Health Nurse Kati Frey (717-588-1059) or Associate Dean of Students for Student Counseling and Health Needs Bruce Lynch (717-361-1405) immediately. Employees should contact their healthcare provider and report any sick leave needs to their supervisor and Human Resources.
Thank you for your due diligence and support in maintaining a safe and healthy Elizabethtown College