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What to Do If: Your Roommate Tests Positive

OVERVIEW

You will first be notified by a telephone call or student notification email, which will be sent to your MIX email.

Please note: If you receive a notification that you need to quarantine prior to being notified by a student notification email, you are required to let the College know at PSC-Cares@mail.wvu.edu. 

During this time, we ask that you stay calm and use the following guidance. As a member of the community, it is critical that you take these necessary measures to keep everyone safe. You are expected to follow all College rules and policies.

As someone who lives with a COVID-19 positive person within the residence hall, you are automatically considered a “close contact.”

You should immediately return to your residence hall room and avoid contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. This is called quarantine. You should not go to class or be on campus unnecessarily during this time.

You must limit your exposure to others and remain in your room as much as possible. If you leave your residence, you must wear a mask/face covering, follow physical distance guidelines and avoid large groups of people.

If you fail to comply with this isolation requirement, you will be subject to disciplinary action through the Office of Student Conduct, which may include interim suspension, educational requirements, removal from courses, a campus ban in designated areas, removal from residence halls, College probation, deferred suspension, suspension or expulsion.

What’s the difference between isolation and quarantine?

The College uses the terms “isolation” and “quarantine” for those who have COVID-19 related matters.

Isolation is avoiding contact with others for at least 10 days after your testing date, as directed by the local health department. If you live in a residence hall, you will move to Arnold Apartments. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period, and you must remain in isolation until you are medically cleared. You are likely in isolation due to a positive COVID-19 test result.

Quarantine is avoiding contact with others to the furthest extent possible for the next 14 days, as directed by the local health department. You should not be on campus for class or work at any point during this period. You are likely in quarantine because you’ve been considered a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19.

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BEFORE QUARANTINE

  • If you receive notification overnight that you need to quarantine, you may be asked to sleep in an overnight room in your residence hall until your roommate is able to move to Davis Hall.
  • You will be contacted by the Mineral County Health Department and Student Health and provided quarantine guidelines and medical guidance. Student Health is working with the Mineral County Health Department to support contact tracing and with Residence Life and the Maintenance Departments to coordinate closure and cleaning of any affected areas.
  • Within the next five days, you will be asked to take a COVID-19 test. Even if your result comes back negative, you will have to complete the 14-day quarantine period.
  • A representative from the Housing and Residence Life will contact you to provide resources for your personal and care needs. This team will work to alert the Academic Affairs Office of your situation and your instructors will receive notice that you will not be able to attend in-person classes due to a COVID-19 related matter.
  • Your Residence Hall Coordinator will be notified that you have a COVID-19 related situation that requires you to quarantine, and they will be provided with information that can be helpful to you and your peers around you.
  • You will receive a phone call from a Housing and Residence Life representative to identify any special needs or accommodations, including dietary restrictions, you may need during your quarantine period.
  • If you decide to leave campus for your quarantine period, you must notify the Housing and Residence Life representative. You will be provided additional guidance for this situation.
  • You will be given cleaning products to disinfect your residence hall room; this will make sure to slow the chances of COVID-19 spreading within the room and residence hall. We ask that you conduct this disinfecting process in an effort to not unnecessarily expose residence hall and/or facilities staff.

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DURING QUARANTINE

  • You will be provided with daily meal options, provided by Dining Services. You will select your meals prior to each day. You will pick your meals up in a designated location for your residence hall.
  • If you live in a residence hall with community restrooms, you are still able to use these facilities. However, we ask that you use caution and limit the amount of time you are outside your room.
  • While you are in quarantine, you can reach out to the CARE Team and/or Housing and Residence Life staff for any needs — from academic to mental health and any other considerations.
  • Instructors should work with you to make arrangements so you can keep up with your classwork. If you need assistance in reaching instructors or completing classwork, contact PSC-Cares@mail.wvu.edu 
  • If, at any point, your COVID-19 test results come back as positive, you will be asked to move from quarantine to isolation in Davis Hall.
  • If you develop symptoms of COVID-19: Contact Student Health at 304-788-6913 or email Diana Niland at diana.niland@mail.wvu.edu.
  • There is a chance that your roommate may return from their isolation period prior to the completion of your quarantine. In this scenario, it’s important to note that your roommate has been cleared by medical officials; neither you nor your roommate would pose a great risk of infection to one another.

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AFTER QUARANTINE

  • The Mineral County Health Department and College will work together to make sure you meet CDC criteria before releasing you from quarantine. You must meet the criteria of 14 days — plus have no symptoms and no fever for at least 24 hours. Student Health and/or the Mineral County Health Department will notify you that you have met the criteria to return to your assigned residence hall and class.
  • In addition, the CARE Team will notify the Academic Affairs Office, Housing and Residence Life and other necessary units that you are capable of returning to campus and in-person classes.

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KEY CONTACTS

  • Housing and Residence Life: 304-788-7407 or pschousing@mail.wvu.edu
  • CARE Team: PSC-Cares@mail.wvu.edu
  • Counseling Services: 304-788-6976 or kristin.morton@mail.wvu.edu 

*If you need to speak to someone immediately, you can do so by calling 304-788-6977. A trained counselor will take your call. *If you prefer to speak to someone via text, just text WVU to 741741 and a trained counselor will respond as quickly as possible.

  • Academic Affairs: 304-788-6863 or 304-788-6861
  • Student Health Center: 304-788-6913 or email Diana Niland, diana.niland@hsc.wvu.edu
  • Mineral County Health Department: 304-788-1321
  • Potomac Valley Hospital Emergency Department: 304-597-3580
  • Health Matters Urgent Care: 301-722-3278 

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