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Purdue Fraternity, Sorority and Cooperative Life is committed to the health, safety and welfare of every member of the Purdue community. We are working hard to offer the safest experience we can. Below are some FAQs. Please continue to monitor this page as well as the Protect Purdue website for the most current information.

For additional information, review PPHC's COVID Positive Response for Congregate Living flowchart.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

My Organization was just informed that we have a member with a positive case of COVID-19. What happens next?

Where should COVID-19 related symptoms be reported?

Report any COVID-19 related symptoms by calling the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) at 765-496-4636 or 833-571-1043. Please see the CDC website for more information on symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html 

What is PPHC?

  • The Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) provides support to students, faculty and staff who test positive or have been exposed and therefore need to quarantine through a dedicated medical staff led by Dr. Esteban Ramirez. This team includes case managers and contact tracers who are here to assist. This team has developed protocols based on CDC and Indiana State Department of Health guidelines The PPHC will assign a case manager to the congregate living unit designated point of contact and that person will be the central communication resource between the organization and PPHC.

What is a PPHC Case Manager?

  • Any Congregate Living Unit that is asked to isolate and/or quarantine will be assigned a case manager from PPHC. This medical professional will be able to provide guidance and direction on all steps of the quarantine/isolation process.

Who makes the decision that a congregate living unit must isolate and/or quarantine?

  • Both the Protect Purdue Health Center and the Tippecanoe County Health Department (TCHD) make the decision regarding isolation and quarantine.
  • It is important to remember that as a private residence with communal living, the Tippecanoe County Health Department has overall jurisdiction. Dr. Ramirez from the PPHC has been coordinating and communicating with TCHD.

Why is the decision made to quarantine an entire congregate living unit?

  • Per CDC guidelines, any individual who was within 6 feet of the individual for more than 15 minutes without a mask should self-quarantine for 14 days from the day of exposure.
  • High-risk activities during a pandemic include using the same bathroom facilities and eating a meal together.

Are the congregate living units guidelines the same as for residence halls?

Are all requirements the same for all units being asked to quarantine?

  • No. Quarantine will look different based on the floor plan and procedures (e.g. dining, shared bathrooms, laundry) of a building/unit. So, quarantine will not look identical in all situations; each situation is considered under the proposed CDC guidelines, latest research and health department advice.

Is there funding available to help with these unplanned expenses associated with isolation and/or quarantine?

  • Yes! Students may submit a form to receive CARES Act Funds.
  • Go to: purdue.edu/dfa, click on ScholarshipUniverse, login with Purdue credentials and search for CARES Act Emergency Funding.

I was selected for the random surveillance testing and I am currently in quarantine/isolation. Should I go?

  • No! If you have been directed to be in isolation or quarantine you should stay in your space and email randomtesting@purdue.edu of your current status and inability to participate.

ISOLATION QUESTIONS

What if someone is sick and thinks or knows they have COVID-19?

  • The person will need to isolate. According to the Centers for Disease Control, isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected.

What does Isolation mean?

How long is the isolation period?

  • When someone tests positive for COVID-19 they need to relocate to a separate housing area or return home and isolate for at least 10 days after the positive test result is obtained. The PPHC case manager will help determine the length of isolation based on when the test resulted and if the person is currently experiencing symptoms.

What’s the average time in isolation?

  • The average time in isolation will be 10-14 days:
    • At least 10 days since the symptoms first appeared and
    • At least 24 hours with no fever (without fever-reducing medication) and
    • Symptoms have improved

When is the isolation period completed?

  • When someone is in isolation, they should remind in their home or other location until the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) notifies them that they have completed their isolation. Students cannot return to on-campus in-person activities at Purdue University until they complete the isolation period and receive a letter from PPHC authorizing return in-person campus activities.

Where should someone isolate?

  • Students should isolate in their home or other location until the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) notifies them that they have completed their isolation. To safely isolate, the location must have access to food and a bathroom (if possible, a sole use bathroom is best).

If someone wants to return home to isolate, can they take public transportation to return home?

  • No. Do not use public transportation to avoid spreading the infection.

Is there campus housing available for a student who needs to isolate?

  • Purdue University has set aside a separate housing area to isolate students. Students who test positive for COVID-19 may either isolate in Purdue University housing (charges apply), return home to isolation, or identify another location where they can safely isolate, the location must have access to food and a bathroom (if possible, a sole use bathroom is best).

What if symptoms get worse while in isolation?

  • Immediately seek medical help by calling 911 if you experience any of these signs or symptoms: shortness of breath, confusion, chest pain, excessive sleepiness or blue discoloration of your lips.

Where can more be learned about isolation?

CONTACT TRACING

What is a contact tracer?

  • Contact tracers from PPHC work quickly to identify any other individuals who need further evaluation. In a living situation like a fraternity, sorority or cooperative house when several cases are present, the entire living unit will be evaluated and everyone in the living unit should self-quarantine until further direction from PPHC is received.

How is the contact tracer process initiated?

  • The contact tracing process is initiated by the PPHC and conducted in conjunction with the local health department and follows all CDC guidelines.

What will the contact tracer need?

  • The contact tracer will ask the person who has tested positive for COVID-19 to offer a list of the people with whom they have had “high-risk close contact” with in the last 14 days to determine if those people need to be tested, as well. The identity of the person who tested positive for COVID-19 is never revealed to anyone.

What is a high-risk close contact?

  • High-risk contacts are people with whom the person who tested positive for COVID-19 interacted with in situations where they were less than 6 feet apart, without use of masks, and for more than 15 minutes. If the contact is deemed to be at risk of spreading the virus, then the individual will need to self-quarantine either in the housing unit or at home. In addition, in a shared living situation, sharing bathrooms, laundry and kitchen is considered higher risk after a positive individual has used these spaces.

QUARANTINE QUESTIONS

What does Quarantine mean?

  • Quarantine keeps someone who was in close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 away from others. https://protect.purdue.edu/app/uploads/2020/08/Quarantine-vs.-Isolation-print4.pdf
  • You should have no close contact with any other person without a mask. This means wearing a mask anytime you are outside of the room in which you sleep. Wearing a mask in ALL shared spaces within the congregate living facility is critical.
  • You should maintain your distance (6 feet) from others to the greatest extent possible.

Why would someone be told they need to quarantine?

  • According to the CDC, quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without experiencing symptoms.

How long is the quarantine period?

  • The time associated with self-quarantine is 14 days from last exposure

Why is the time to quarantine so long?

  • The CDC guidelines for quarantine require 14 days as it may take up from 2 to 14 days to develop symptoms and to turn a positive test.

During quarantine, what symptoms should I monitor?

  • Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. Watch for fever (>100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19.

Can I hang out with my friends during quarantine?

  • No. Stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.

Can I attend class in person while I am in quarantine?

  • No. You cannot attend classes in person, but you may attend online courses.

If someone wants to return home to quarantine can they take public transportation to return home?

  • No. Do not use public transportation to avoid possible spreading the infection.

Can I leave my place of quarantine?

  • Limit leaving your residence. Only leave to pick up food that you will eat at home or, for emergencies

Do those in quarantine get tested for COVID-19?

  • Quarantine protocol will typically have someone who is deemed a high-risk contact test on days 2-4 from last exposure and then again around days 10-12 of the quarantine period.

When is the quarantine period complete?

  • Quarantine in your home or other location until the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) notifies you that you have completed your quarantine. Students cannot return to on-campus in-person activities at Purdue University until they complete the quarantine period.

Will my congregate living unit complete quarantine at the same time.

  • It will depend on where each person quarantined and if they were exposed to any other high-risk individuals. PPHC will determine when each individual has met the criteria to be released from quarantine.

Where should someone quarantine?

  • Quarantine in your home or other location until the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) notifies you that you have completed your quarantine. It is recommended that you return home to quarantine alone or around the fewest amount of people possible.

Can I quarantine in the congregate living unit?

  • Yes, you can quarantine in the congregate living unit, but where/when possible, return home. Students who can return home and quarantine should. This approach ensures that those who cannot return home and must stay in the facility have space to successfully distance and avoid contact with one another. De-densifying the facility can be an important step to prevent the spread of the infection. Furthermore, any new positive COVID-19 cases within the same quarantine quarters will reset the clock for those required to quarantine for 14 days.

What happens if someone I quarantine with tests positive?

  • If an individual tests positive during the self-quarantine period, then this individual will move into isolation
  • Those who may have been in the same quarantine space with the individual who tested positive will need to re-start the clock on their own quarantine time and quarantine for 14 days

Is there campus housing available for a student who needs to quarantine?

  • No. On campus housing is not available for quarantine purposes.

What if I develop symptoms while in quarantine?

  • Report any COVID-19 related symptoms by calling the Protect Purdue Health Center (PPHC) at 765-496-4636 or 833-571-1043.
  • Immediately seek medical help by calling 911 if you experience any of these signs or symptoms: shortness of breath, confusion, chest pain, excessive sleepiness, or blue discoloration of your lips.

A member of our organization has completed their required isolation and/or quarantine. Can they return to the living unit?

  • Assuming the congregate living unit still has students in quarantine, they may not return.
  • No one should enter the congregate living unit if it is still under quarantine

Are there temporary housing options for students seeking residence after isolation/quarantine and before returning to the congregate living unit?

  • Yes. Union Club Hotel has student rates at $59 per night
  • University Residences has a limited number of spaces available in First Street Towers = $42.75 per night plus $21.42 per day for a meal plan.

Where can I learn more about quarantine?

ACADEMIC QUESTIONS

What assistance is there to help students stay engaged in coursework during isolation or quarantine?

  • As the Dean of Students is notified of individual housing units needing to quarantine, they will automatically send out an absence notification to inform your faculty members as well as your academic advisor of your current situation. They will also inform the Teaching and Learning area of the Office of the Provost who will also share academic resources.
  • The Office of the Dean of Students (ODOS) also provides student support and well-being resources and will help students get connected with an Academic Case Manager (upon request) who will assist them while they are not able to attend class in person. If you would like to be assigned an academic case manager, please e-mail acmq@purdue.edu.

Will my faculty member excuse my absence from class?

  • ODOS will send absence notifications to each of your professors. Faculty have been asked to ensure that students who cannot attend in person still have the ability to participate remotely while in isolation or quarantine.

What is an Academic Case Manager (ACM)?

  • An ACM is a Purdue staff member who will help students plan for how to get off to a good start to the semester while learning remotely.
  • What can an ACM help with?
    • Review your syllabi and course calendars with you to develop a plan for when you’ll be out of class.
    • Connect you with available academic and wellness resources.
    • Provide suggestions for communicating with faculty and peers as needed.

What is required for a student to be released to return to in person class?

  • Students in isolation or quarantine must be medically cleared to return to campus and this will be obtained through your PPHC case manager.
  • Upon being cleared, students will receive an electronic “Safe to Return” letter. It will be important to share this letter with your faculty before returning to in-person class sessions.

FACILITIES/OPERATIONS QUESTIONS

What about non-Purdue staff and employees who live and work in the facilities? Who manages this process?

  • It is important to remember that as a private residence with communal living, the Tippecanoe County Health Department has overall jurisdiction. Dr. Ramirez from the PPHC has been coordinating and communicating with TCHD.

Do these non-Purdue staff and employees need to quarantine too?

  • If they share the facilities (common bathrooms) then yes, they will need to quarantine. If they do not share the restroom and have worn a mask at all times while working then, no .

Will their case be managed by the county or Purdue?

  • Non-Purdue staff and employees will have their case managed by the Tippecanoe Health Department.

Do they need to test?

  • Yes. Staff and employees of a congregate living unit that has been quarantined should be tested.

Does the county pay for this or does the organizations housing corporation need to pay for tests?

  • Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) testing is free.

Do they work through Purdue or somewhere else to be tested?

  • Non-Purdue employees should test with ISDH or other private company like CVS, Walgreens, etc.

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