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Isolation & Quarantine Protocol

Isolation Protocol

Members of the Wentworth community who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. According to the CDC, “isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus from people who are not infected.” People who are in isolation should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others.

Protocols for isolation are subject to change and will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),state, and local public health agencies. Current length of isolation can vary between as few as four days (for someone who is asymptomatic, fully vaccinated and has two subsequent negative tests 24-hours apart) up to ten days (for someone who is not vaccinated and is asymptomatic in the 24 hours before release from isolation). If someone remains symptomatic, isolation will continue until most symptoms have cleared for a 24-hour period.

Residential Student Isolation Protocol

Residential students who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) and live within 200 miles of campus, will be required to isolate at home. Students who test positive and who are unable to go home will be provided an isolation space on campus. Wentworth will support students in on-campus isolation space, including meal delivery.

Off-Campus/Commuter Student Isolation Protocol

Students living in off-campus apartments/houses who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate. Students are encouraged to isolate in a location where they can separate fully from others -- ideally using their own separate bedroom and bathroom. Students are encouraged not to travel or return home to their permanent address unless they can do so safely and without putting others at risk in the process.

Commuter students living at home who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate at home.

Faculty, Staff, and Contractor/Vendor Isolation Protocol

Faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors who test positive for COVID-19 (but do not need to be admitted to the hospital for treatment) will be required to isolate at home and contact their primary health care provider.

Quarantine Protocol

Residential Students

Wentworth students living in campus residence halls, who live within 200 miles of campus will be required to go home to quarantine. Those unable to go home to quarantine will be provided a quarantine space on campus and will be supported by Wentworth while in quarantine, including meal delivery. Quarantine protocols are informed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance. Quarantined students may be released from quarantine on day 8 if they have not had any symptoms and they receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered on or after day 5 of the quarantine period.

Students who have been vaccinated will not be required to quarantine, but they will be asked to have a COVID-19 test on day three, four, or five after close contact.

Students who are identified as close contacts must continue to closely monitor themselves for symptoms for a ten-day period after exposure. If an individual has experienced ANY symptoms during the quarantine period, even if they have had a negative COVID-19 test, or if the individual indicates they are unwilling or unable to conduct active monitoring of symptoms, then they will remain in quarantine for a ten-day period. Students in the quarantine protocol may only leave quarantine when cleared by Wentworth’s COVID-19 Team.

Off-Campus / Commuter Student

Wentworth students living off campus may not come to campus and must immediately quarantine in their home, off-campus apartment, or another appropriate location. Students should remain in place until completing ten days of quarantine, as prescribed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance. Quarantined students may leave quarantine on day 8 if they have not had any symptoms and they receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered on or after day 5 of the quarantine period.

Students who have been vaccinated will not be required to quarantine but will be asked to have a COVID-19 test on day three, four, or five after close contact. Students who are released from quarantine prior to completing the full ten days must continue to monitor themselves for symptoms for the remainder of the ten-day period.

Students in the quarantine protocol may only leave quarantine when cleared by Wentworth’s COVID-19 Team. Students should continue to engage in daily symptom monitoring through the CoVerified app while in quarantine. Protocols for quarantine are subject to change and will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health agencies.

Faculty, Staff, Contractors, and Vendors

Wentworth faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors who have come into close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 must quarantine for ten days, as prescribed by Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidance. Quarantined faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors may leave quarantine on day 8 if they have not had any symptoms and they receive a negative result from a COVID-19 test administered on or after day 5 of the quarantine period.

Wentworth faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors who are released from quarantine prior to completing the full ten days must continue to monitor themselves for symptoms for the remainder of the ten-dayperiod. If an individual has experienced ANY symptoms during the quarantine period, even if they have had a negative COVID-19 test, or if the individual indicates they are unwilling or unable to conduct active monitoring of symptoms, they must remain in quarantine through the entire ten-day period.

Wentworth faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors who have been vaccinated will not be required to quarantine, but they will be asked to produce a copy of their vaccination record and to have a COVID-19 test on day three, four, or five after close contact. Wentworth faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors must stay at home and off campus if they have been identified as having been in close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Wentworth’s quarantine protocols follow the relevant public health guidance listed above and issued by the CDC, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and the Boston Public Health Commission. Faculty, staff, contractors, and vendors should continue to engage in daily symptom monitoring through the CoVerified app while in quarantine. Protocols for quarantine are subject to change and will follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and local public health agencies.