Updated: July 13, 2020 at 7:02AM
Treatment & Prevention
In Phase 3 of the University’s reopening plan, faculty and staff can, as always, contact their personal health provider or the on-campus Wellness Center with any health concern. To contact the Wellness Center, including scheduling a Telehealth service for medical issues or mental health concerns, call 574-634-WELL (9355). Students can contact University Health Services, St. Liam Hall, 574-631-7497.
Quarantining and Isolation
The University, in close partnership with local and state health officials, is developing robust protocols around testing, contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation. To ensure the health and well-being of the Notre Dame community, faculty, students and staff will be expected to comply with these protocols.
The CDC provides the following information about quarantining, isolation, and contact tracing:
Quarantining is designed to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.
Isolation is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation need to remain isolated until it’s safe for them to be around others.
Student Quarantine and Isolation
All isolated or quarantined students will be referred to Sara Bea Accessibility Services for accommodations and classroom support, including monitoring of exams. UHS providers will follow up with students regularly and advise when they are able to return to the classroom.
While off-campus students will likely complete any necessary isolation or quarantine time in their homes, University staff will check in with these patients daily, provide monitoring supplies, and ensure the students have access to a delivery service for groceries, food, and supplies.
The University has contracted with three off-campus partners for quarantine or isolation space for on-campus students and has additional apartments reserved for this purpose in a separate building of Fischer Graduate Residences. These students will also be checked on daily, provided with monitoring supplies, and delivered two daily meals prepared by Campus Dining.
Contact tracing allows for the identification and monitoring of contacts of infected people so that they can be notified of the contact and to support the safe, sustainable, and effective quarantine of close contacts to prevent additional transmission. The COVID-19 Response Team (CRU) will oversee the University's contact tracing for any member of the Notre Dame community who tests positive for COVID-19. This means that the CRU will methodically identify those on campus who have been in close contact with someone who tests positive for the virus and refer those people for testing.
Contact tracers will respect and adhere to best practices for patient confidentiality. The CRU, per public health practice, will coordinate with the county health department, but will not draw on resources from the health department.
The University has already signed a contract for the support software we will be using. The University will not be using any Bluetooth-enabled electronic notification systems as part of our contact tracing efforts. The contact tracking software will connect directly with the daily health check system and the testing center, allowing for seamless follow up on those exhibiting symptoms and testing positive for COVID-19.
Seasonal Flu Vaccine
Based on the strong recommendations of infectious disease experts at the Cleveland Clinic and local health officials, the University is requiring all students, absent a medical exception, to receive the seasonal flu vaccine in fall 2020. Similarly, the University is urging all faculty and staff to also receive the flu vaccine.
The University has ordered sufficient supply of the flu vaccine to provide free vaccinations to all members of the University community and will launch a campus-wide vaccination campaign.
As we know, the seasonal flu vaccine is designed to prevent infections with influenza viruses, which are very different from coronaviruses. The flu vaccine will not prevent infection with COVID-19, but it can help our Notre Dame community better respond to the outbreak of COVID-19, by preventing seasonal flu and thereby not diverting resources needed to address COVID-19 in this time of the global pandemic.