May 08, 2022

Guidance for COVID-Related Support for Students, Summer 2022

Spring semester protocols for COVID have been changed. This guidance articulates for summer session students what to do if you have COVID symptoms, test positive for COVID, or are exposed to COVID.

Due to the low number of students living in residence during the summer, Lewis & Clark will not be offering on-campus medical services during the summer. The Health Service closed for the spring semester on Friday, May 6. It will re-open on August 29.

The following paragraphs focus on specific COVID-related expectations and supports for students living in residence this summer. Included in this information are helpful resources for students living off-campus.

Prepare

As meal delivery service is not available through the College for the summer months, all summer residents should keep the following items on hand, in case they need to unexpectedly self isolate:

  • Two days of food (or enough until you can reliably have groceries delivered)
  • Several rapid antigen tests
    • Every home in the U.S. is eligible to order two sets of four free at-⁠home tests. Order online at www.covidtests.gov If you encounter problems with your ordering, call 1-800-232-0233 to place your order.
  • Fever-reducing medication, such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen
  • 3-5 face coverings
  • Hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol
  • Reusable thermometer, with extra batteries (if applicable)
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Facial tissues
  • Copy of health insurance card
  • Prescription medications

COVID Self-monitoring

It is essential that all community members living on campus for the summer conduct a daily symptom check for COVID symptoms. It is common for people infected with COVID-19 to be asymptomatic or to have mild symptoms. If you have any COVID symptoms, you should consider yourself a positive case until proven otherwise.

COVID symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills (you should take your temperature every day)
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea or vomiting

If you have any COVID symptoms over the summer–even if you think it’s “just a cold,” you should:

  • Immediately self-isolate in your room (see below for directions about obtaining food).
  • Unlike the regular academic year, do NOT use the COVID Self-Check and Reporting Form (SCARF) to report your symptoms in the Health Information Portal. Those forms will NOT be monitored over the summer.
  • Seek medical consultation by either: 1) calling the free Nurse Consultation Service at 1-877-617-9531; 2) contacting DispatchHealth staff at 503-714-8987 for on-site medical assessment (fees apply); or 3) consulting with a medical provider of your choice off-campus. Follow recommendations from your provider related to testing (see below for more information about testing). For emergencies, contact Campus Safety at 503-768-7777, or call 911.
  • E-mail covid19info@lclark.edu to let us know that you have started self-isolating. Wellness staff will follow up with you during business hours on the next business day. If it’s after-hours or you have an urgent need, contact Campus Safety at 503-768-7777. If you have tested positive, Wellness Services or Campus Safety will initiate the delivery of an N-95 mask to your room, along with a key to the COVID bathroom in your building–you should not use the bathroom in your apartment suite.

How to self-isolate

  • Stay in your room. When you must leave your room (e.g., to use the restroom), wear a face covering. Wear a face covering whenever you are around other people, even your roommate. If you have a single room on campus, you do not need to wear a face mask when you are alone in your room. Remember that disposable masks are not meant for extended use. Dispose of them if they get dirty, too moist from breathing, and/or after more than 8 hours of continuous use. Do not reuse. Whenever you are not using your mask, cover your cough. If you are using a cloth mask, make sure you are washing it regularly. This can be done by hand, in a sink with hot water and soap, if you do not have access to a laundry room or services.
  • Avoid using shared bathroom facilities at the same time as other students.
  • Wipe down surfaces before and after use with disinfectant wipes or spray.
  • Perform hand hygiene frequently. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Use tissues when coughing and wash hands afterward.
  • For fever >100.4, you may use over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen(Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil,Motrin), naproxen (aleve) as directed on packages.
  • Make sure that spaces that you share with others in your residence have the best possible airflow (e.g, open windows, weather permitting).
  • You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, bedding, or other items. (Use disposable items and discard them appropriately).
  • Wash laundry thoroughly.
  • Whenever you have the resources to do so, clean all “high-touch” surfaces, such as counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables every day. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to the label instructions.
  • Place all used disposable gloves, face masks, and other contaminated items in a lined container before disposing of them with other household waste. Clean your hands (with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer) immediately after handling these items. Soap and water should be used preferentially if hands are visibly dirty.

What are the Food Options for Students Who Are Self-Isolating?

Meal delivery will not be available to students who are self-isolating from Saturday, May 7 through mid-August. Students who need to self-isolate during that period should utilize the grocery delivery options and processes described below.

Grocery Delivery:

  • Students ordering groceries or food delivery should do contactless delivery to an exterior location of the building they’re isolating in. Delivery drivers should notify students when they are arriving with groceries/food, so students can exit their isolation room to obtain their items and then head back immediately to their isolation room. All deliveries must be contactless.

Safeway: go to: https://www.safeway.com/,and sign up for an account. Shop online, and schedule a delivery. NOTE: there is a delivery charge of $9.95 or if ordering for the first time enter the code FREE at checkout for free delivery. There is a minimum order of $30 or service fees may apply.

Fred Meyer: go to https://www.fredmeyer.com/, and sign up for an account. Shop online, choose “Delivery” for “within hours” for $9.95 or “Ship” for 1-3 days for free with a minimum purchase of $35.00.

Instacart: go to https://www.instacart.com/, and sign up for an account. Choose the store you would like to order from, shop online, and schedule a date/time for delivery. NOTE: fees start at $3.99 for same-day orders over $35. Fees vary for one-hour deliveries, club store deliveries, and deliveries under $35.

GoPuff- Delivery service

Pick up: Both the Safeway and Fred Meyers on Barbur Blvd have pick up options. If you have a friend that is willing to go pick up your groceries, this option may be faster and you could save on the delivery fee. NOTE: If you are in isolation or quarantine, you should NOT be picking up your orders. Stay in your room as much as possible.

Deliveries from restaurants

For students self-isolating, but who have not been diagnosed with COVID:

If choosing to order prepared food from the delivery options below, you should NOT be in contact with the delivery driver. So, find out before you place an order if the restaurant/delivery service has a “no touch” or “no contact” option for delivery (and order from only those that do). If you have a friend who is willing to meet the driver, that’s okay, as long as you also don’t have direct contact with your friend. For example, have your friend leave the food outside the main door or your room door, then call/text you that it’s there.

Grubhub: https://www.grubhub.com/. Sign up for an account and type in the zip code (for LC it’s 97219). You can see restaurants that are open and delivered through Grubhub.

Postmates: https://postmates.com/. Similar to above. Sign up for an account and search for restaurants that deliver in the 97219 zip code.

Pizza Delivery:

Dominos: https://www.dominos.com/en/

Bellagios: https://bellagiospizza.com/

Papa Johns: https://www.papajohns.com/

Accessing Healthcare

If you ever experience any of the following symptoms, seek emergency medical help:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone

Contact Campus Safety 24/7 at 503-768-7777, and share that you need emergency medical help. Be sure to disclose that you have been self-isolating. They will call 911.

If you need a medical assessment over the break, resources include DispatchHealth (503-714-8987), a mobile urgent care program where health care providers will come to you (fees apply, many insurance programs accepted), as well as other Portland health care providers. DispatchHealth is an in-network provider for the student health insurance plan. See also our testing and medical resources webpage for medical assessment options off-campus.

What if I Want to Test Myself?

If you have any COVID symptoms, it is best if you consult with a healthcare provider, who can guide you about which test to take, and when to take it. See the paragraph above for healthcare provider referral information. Many off-campus healthcare providers offer PCR or other rapid molecular testing, which is more accurate than at-home antigen testing. Rapid molecular tests will provide you with test results very quickly.

If you choose to self-test with an antigen test, know that there are right and wrong ways to use those tests. Here is the right way:

After the onset of symptoms, self-isolate for 24 hours. Take your first antigen test. If it is positive, you have COVID. Do not take another test. Positive antigen tests are almost never wrong. You must enter isolation, regardless of the results of any subsequent test.

If your first test is negative, continue isolating, wait 36 hours, and take a second antigen test. If the second test is positive, you have COVID. If your second test is negative…and you have no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication…and your symptoms are improving…you can begin circulating again. Never rely on a single negative antigen test to rule out COVID. The false negative rate of antigen tests is too high, in the presence of COVID symptoms.

 If you live on campus and need antigen tests, the College can supply those.

  • During daytime working hours, e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu.
  • After-hours, contact Campus Safety at 503-768-7777.

What do I do if I’m living on campus during the summer, and I receive a positive COVID test?

If you receive a positive COVID test during your summer studies, it is important that you immediately enter isolation in your residence. Follow the directions in the paragraph above for accessing healthcare. Follow the directions below for food delivery. Eat only in your room or outdoors, far away from others. Unlike the regular academic year, do NOT use the COVID Self-Check and Reporting Form (SCARF) to report your symptoms in the Health Information Portal. Those forms will NOT be monitored over the summer.

E-mail covid19info@lclark.edu to inform us of your situation. Note that this e-mail account is not monitored during evenings, weekends or holidays. Staff will reach out to you on the next business day with guidance. If your positive test occurs after-hours, on weekends, or on a holiday, please ALSO call Campus Safety at 503-768-7777. For students in residence, they will arrange for you to receive an N-95 mask and a key to a special COVID bathroom in your hall. COVID bathrooms for this summer are located in:

  • West 205 (has shower, key required)
  • West 207 - ½ Bath (no shower; no key required)
  • Roberts 209 - ½ Bath (no shower, no key required)
  • Roberts 305 (has shower, key required)

If you test positive, stay in your individual room. Do not use the common area of  your apartment. Use only COVID-signed bathrooms, and not the bathroom in your suite. Keep your N-95 mask on whenever you must leave your room. You are allowed to leave your room only to pick up contactless food delivery, use a COVID bathroom, take out the trash, receive healthcare or respond to a fire alarm or similar building emergency. Students leaving isolation early or failing to follow isolation directions will be subject to disciplinary action.

You must stay in isolation for five full days after your onset of symptoms or positive test, whichever came first. You will need to be cleared to leave isolation by Health Promotion staff.

How to Enact Isolation

(See above for information about food delivery and healthcare.)

Duration of Isolation

Isolation is for community members who have tested positive.

The timeline looks like this:

  • Day 0: Day of positive test or onset of symptoms
  • Days 1–5: Isolation
  • Day 6: Health review by Health Promotion staff to determine if you meet criteria for discharge.*

*Out of an abundance of caution, Health Promotion staff may require a negative antigen test after five full days in isolation or quarantine for residential students to end isolation or quarantine. The test is administered to ensure the person leaving is not infectious when they leave isolation. At-home antigen tests will be made available for this purpose to students isolating on-campus. If this test comes back positive, you will need to remain in isolation for an additional period, until cleared by Wellness staff.

Duration of Quarantine

Quarantine is for community members who are not up-to-date on their vaccination, and who have been exposed as a close contact. These individuals have not tested positive.

See this CDC webpage for the latest on calculating the duration of quarantine.

Trash

Please take out your trash when you pick up your meals. Keep your N-95 mask on while you are engaging in these tasks. Use the trash receptacle closest to your room. Maintain social distance of six feet from all other community members.

Mail Delivery

Please do not visit the Mailroom while you are in isolation. You can, however, designate a friend or neighbor pickup your mail or packages on your behalf.

When you are notified that mail or packages are waiting for you, email mailsrv@lclark.edu with the name of the person picking up the mail or package for you. Practice good social distancing and minimize direct contact with your friend or neighbor when they deliver your mail and packages.

Keeping Up With Classes During Isolation

For any student entering isolation, it’s generally a good idea to inform your faculty as soon as possible that you will need to miss some class meetings. You are not under any obligation to inform faculty of your specific diagnosis. You may find it helpful to share with them that you need to miss class for medical reasons. Work with your faculty directly so you understand the best ways to keep up with course content while you are out of class. You may want to reach out to a classmate about having them send you electronic copies of class notes. If, at any point, you expect to miss more than three consecutive class periods in a given class, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility at access@lclark.edu.

Expectations for Behavior

Students must receive clearance from a Lewis & Clark Wellness staff member before leaving isolation and resuming normal activities.

Isolation is a critical component of keeping our community as healthy and safe as possible. As such, while you are isolating:

  • Do not leave your room unless you
    • are seeking medical care at the Health Service
    • need emergency medical care
    • are picking up meals or taking out your trash
    • are responding to a building emergency, such as a fire alarm.

You may not be around other people until your isolation period is completed.

Students who violate these isolation expectations endanger the health of their peers as well as faculty and staff, some of whom are immunocompromised or at risk of severe disease. For that reason, students who violate COVID isolation procedures will be subject to disciplinary action.

Checking out of Isolation

Once Health Promotion staff have cleared you to leave isolation, please take the following steps:

  1. Email covid19info@lclark.edu to alert them of your readiness to leave isolation.
  2. If you are a residential student who has been issued a bathroom key to support your isolation, please return that to the key drop located in the Holmes Lobby, outside of the Area Director Office.

What do I do if I’m exposed as a “close contact” of someone with COVID during the summer? (a close contact is someone who has been within six feet of an infected person for 15 minutes or more within a 24-hour period)

If you are up-to-date on your vaccination (including your booster), you do not need to quarantine. You should self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days; get tested at least 5 days after your exposure; and wear a mask in indoor public spaces for 10 days. If you do not have symptoms, and you need an at-home test, e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu and we can get you a test on the next business day.

If you are not up-to-date on your vaccination, self-isolate and e-mail covid19info@lclark.edu. (Note that this e-mail account is not monitored on evenings, weekends, or holidays.) Staff will reach out to you on the next business day to review the initiation of a quarantine period.

Whom do I contact if I have questions?

Contact us at covid19info@lclark.edu (monitored during business hours, Monday through Friday, holidays excluded)