Pre-Semester Mandated Quarantine
Per an executive order issued by Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a travel advisory is in place for travelers from outside the United States and states with significant rates of coronavirus transmission (positive test rates over 5 percent). Anyone coming to Rhode Island from one of the restricted locations is required to observe a 14-day quarantine upon arrival. The Rhode Island Department of Health has indicated that a negative coronavirus test is not a substitute for quarantine for students attending institutions of higher education.
The list of impacted states is updated frequently. Salve Regina will make every effort to update students as states move on or off the list; however, it would be wise for students and families to review the list regularly as well.
Salve Regina's quarantine plan allows impacted students to complete their quarantine in time to participate in their first scheduled campus activity in person (international student Orientation, Week of Welcome or first day of classes).
Quarantine cannot be conducted in students' home states and a negative test prior to arrival or during the quarantine period will not exempt students from the quarantine requirement. Students are exempt from the on-campus quarantine requirement only if they have not been residing at their permanent address and have resided in a non-restricted state for 14 consecutive days since their last time in the restricted state or country.
Salve Regina is asking all undergraduate students who do not need to participate in the mandatory quarantine on campus to self-quarantine for 14 days prior to returning to campus for move-in this September. The University understands that this is a difficult ask. What Salve Regina has learned from other openings across the country is that if returning students do not do their best to self-quarantine prior to arrival, the likelihood of detecting positive cases of coronavirus during the move-in process will be significantly higher.
Students who are unable to self-quarantine due to summer employment issues or other circumstances, are asked to diligently restrict their activities prior to travel to campus by not attending any social events, wearing a mask and properly distancing themselves from others.
The majority of new cases of coronavirus affecting college-aged individuals stem from social or even family gatherings of more than 15 people without masks or distancing practices being adhered to. While it is tempting to participate in "summer send-offs," students are asked to keep the consequences of such participation in mind.
Close Contact and Symptomatic Quarantine
All students or employees in close contact with a confirmed positive case (as defined by the Centers for Disease Control) will be required to quarantine for 14 days. Some students may be able to quarantine in their assigned room or off-campus apartment, while others may be required to relocate to specified quarantine housing or return home to their permanent residences. Isolation housing may also be provided for symptomatic students who are awaiting test results.
Health Services has eliminated walk-in appointments and will rely on telehealth for initial screenings of all needs. If a screening indicates the need for testing, students will be directed to the on-campus respiratory clinic. Resident students may be instructed to bring their “go-bag” of clothing, toiletries and learning materials in case they need to be relocated to quarantine housing. After testing, students will receive directions from Health Services regarding where they should quarantine and what actions they should take until test results are available, they are released to the care of their parents or guardians, or their illness is resolved according to CDC guidelines.
While in quarantine housing, students will be able to access their courses in real time or on demand. They will have food delivered on a regular basis and will be provided with basic supportive medicines. Students will have their health monitored via telemedicine each day. If their condition worsens, they may be transported to Newport Hospital.
Isolation of Confirmed Positive Cases
Students who are confirmed positive will be strongly urged to return to their permanent residence for isolation and recuperation. However, Salve Regina will provide isolation housing for students who cannot return to their permanent residence or who wish to remain on campus.
While in isolation housing, students will be able to access their courses in real time or on demand. They will have food delivered on a regular basis and will be provided with basic supportive medicines. Students will have their health monitored via telemedicine each day. If their condition worsens, they may be transported to Newport Hospital.