Campus Health & Safety Guidelines

 

Campus Health & Safety Guidelines

Last updated: August 13, 2020 

Drew’s commitment to de-densify and operate a safe and healthy campus is evidenced in our instructional, residential, employment, and facilities plans and policies in accordance with requirements from the state and recommendations from the CDC.

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Drew Community Pledge · Face Coverings & Social Distancing · Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection · Behavioral Signage · Screening · Testing · Contact Tracing ·  Isolation & Quarantine

Drew Community Pledge

The Drew Community Pledge, a social contract for all members of the University community, recognizes that “As one Drew University community, we commit together to uphold the health and safety of our community, take personal and collective responsibility, and to take all necessary steps to stay well and protect each other by stopping the spread of COVID-19 and other infections” and describes ways in which members will protect themselves and others. This pledge will be shared with members of the community in the coming weeks.

Face Coverings & Physical Distancing

We all must contribute to a healthy and safe environment on campus. As such, and as mandated by the New Jersey Governor’s Executive Order No. 155, Drew will require everyone to wear a face covering when indoors and when outdoors, if unable to maintain required minimum physical distance. Large gatherings will need to be avoided, and we must maintain six feet of separation when feasible, while continuing to practice good personal hygiene.

Enhanced Cleaning & Disinfection

Drew has developed protocols for enhanced cleaning and disinfection protocols for facilities throughout campus. This is to ensure both the health and well-being of our community and the compliance with all aspects of the state mandate. These protocols apply to high-touch areas, shared spaces, and high traffic areas such as classrooms, common spaces, public restrooms, and shared work spaces.

Cleaning kits and sanitization products will also be available in high-traffic and designated public and multi-use areas.

Behavioral Signage

New signs and informational posters are being placed strategically across campus as friendly reminders that we must each do our part for the health and safety of all. Please follow directions given on these signs—they are specifically intended to promote safety and physical distancing.

Want to download your own? Use our toolkit.

Screening, Testing & Contact Tracing

Screening

All students and employees will be required to conduct daily self-screenings to monitor for symptoms of COVID-19, as required by the NJ higher education guidance and in accord with the Madison Health Department. Recently released CDC guidance affirms that self-monitoring is of critical importance.

Drew will institute required self-screening for faculty, staff, students, and visitors using a mobile app, LiveSafe. The self-screening app will enable individuals to consult a symptoms checklist each day that they plan to be on campus, prior to leaving their residence and engaging with others. Self-screening will help students, faculty, staff, and visitors monitor their own symptoms and protect the safety of others.

The University will direct students who develop symptoms while on campus to Health Services; staff, faculty, and visitors who develop symptoms while on campus will be required to leave campus and will be encouraged to see their personal primary care providers.

Testing

Testing for COVID-19 is an important means of identifying and treating people who have been infected, while at the same time minimizing the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Testing should be focused on symptomatic individuals or on those who may have been exposed. The CDC does not recommend entry testing for returning students, faculty, and staff. As such, the university will provide testing for symptomatic students in collaboration with our university physicians through the Atlantic Health System, and we expect to be capable of providing testing on-site in our Health Center, pending the availability of testing supplies.

Contact Tracing

Health Services staff will contact the Madison Health Department when a residential Drew student is infected or is named as a close contact of another person who is infected, in order for the local health department to conduct contact tracing.

This protocol includes steps in which the contact tracers will interview the infected persons to determine with whom they have had close contact during the time frame since their exposure and infection. The contact tracers will then inform the potentially exposed individuals (contacts) about their possible exposure and assist those individuals with arrangements for quarantine, medical care, or social work services. The University and Health Services staff will abide by all state and federal health privacy regulations throughout this process, including maintaining the confidentiality of students who test positive for COVID-19 while conducting contact tracing protocols.

Isolation & Quarantine

Under current public health guidelines, anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 must isolate until cleared by medical personnel. The first option is to isolate at home. If a residential student is unable to return home, isolation spaces will be provided for students on campus. Food, health monitoring, and other support will be provided, and students should be able to continue studies remotely.

When a positive diagnosis occurs, contact tracing will be conducted in collaboration with the Madison Department of Health. Close contacts of anyone who tests positive must quarantine for 14 days. The first option is to quarantine at home. If a residential student is unable to return home, Drew will provide quarantine housing on campus. Food service, academic support, health monitoring, and other essential services will be provided, and students should be able to continue their studies remotely. 

How to Take Care of Yourself

There is no vaccine to prevent COVID-19, and there are no medications approved to treat it. That means the best strategies to prevent the spread of the disease are exercising common-sense precautions and practicing physical distancing. Physical distancing is a public health practice designed to limit the spread of infection by ensuring there is significant distance between individuals.

• When possible, keep six feet between yourself and another person in all public places.
• Avoid close contact with others including shaking hands, high-fives or hugging.
• Maintain a clean environment. The CDC recommends cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets and sinks.
• Open windows for some fresh air, especially with the current nice weather.
• Avoid touching your face, especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
• Don’t share personal items with others.
• Cover your coughs. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue or crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze (not your hands). Toss the tissue in the trash, and wash your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after.
• Wash your hands often. The CDC recommends washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing should be done regularly, including after you’ve been in public, after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing, using the restroom and before you eat any food.