Throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, Salve Regina has used the latest science and data to determine the best course of action for our campus community. Our plans for campus operations will continue to follow current guidance from the CDC and other agencies, along with patterns among our population and the severity of new variants. As always, we seek to ensure the health and safety of our community while also preserving the quality of our on-campus experience.
COVID-19 Community Levels
The CDC's COVID-19 community levels help institutions of higher education make decisions based on their local context and unique needs. Community levels are classified as low, medium or high, and are determined by COVID-19 hospital admissions per 100,000 population in the past seven days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients and new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days.
In Newport County, the current COVID-19 community level is low.
At this level, the following prevention behaviors are recommended:
- Stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.
- Maintain improved ventilation throughout indoor spaces when possible.
- Follow CDC recommendations for isolation and quarantine, including getting tested if you are exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms of COVID-19.
Vaccines and Boosters
All students and employees are required to remain up to date on their COVID-19 vaccines or seek an exemption on health or religious grounds. Graduate and RN-BSN students who are fully online and have no need to access campus resources do not need to follow this requirement. You are considered up to date when you have received all doses in the primary series and all boosters recommended for you, when eligible. For additional guidance, visit the CDC website.
- Students should submit their vaccine and booster records through the student health portal. Exemption forms are available on the Health Services website.
- Employees should submit their vaccine and booster records via the employee submission form. Exemption forms are available in the Campus portal.
All undergraduate students are required to have a negative antigen (rapid) test prior to their arrival on campus or to their off-campus housing, regardless of their vaccination status. You must be tested within the 24 hours prior to your arrival. If you test positive, email a photo that includes your positive result, full name and test date to Health Services at firstname.lastname@example.org and remain away from campus for your isolation period. Health Services will contact you to discuss the specifics of your case. You are not required to report a negative result.
If community transmission rates reach the yellow/medium or red/highest level, students and employees who are not up to date on their vaccines or who have an exemption on file will be required to self-test regularly. Free antigen (rapid) tests are available at several locations around campus, including the Dean of Students Office in Miley Hall.
Undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 should contact Health Services for rapid PCR testing. Graduate students and employees who are symptomatic should seek care and testing from their health care provider and report any positive cases to the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (graduate students) or the Office of Human Resources (employees).
Salve Regina operates on a three-tiered mask-advisory system linked to community transmission rates. At the green/lowest level, there is no mask guidance. At the yellow/medium level, masks are recommended. At the red/highest level, masks are required. These levels are tied to the CDC's assessment of community transmission but may be elevated if warranted by campus conditions.
Faculty may continue to require masks in their classrooms.
Quarantine and Isolation
Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 will isolate for five days (or longer if their symptoms have not resolved). After leaving isolation, individuals must wear a mask for an additional five days. If you are symptomatic and a close contact, quarantine for five days or until your symptoms resolve, even if you test negative. If you test positive while in quarantine, the above guidance for isolation will apply. Undergraduate students who need quarantine housing should contact the Office of Residence Life for assistance.
Students and employees who test positive must notify their close contacts on their own. Students who test positive are asked to provide basic information about their extracurricular activities, where they live and whether they are part of any large groups. We no longer require assigned seating in classrooms.
A close contact is someone who was less than six feet away from an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Students and employees who are identified as close contacts should take an antigen (rapid) test immediately and again on day 4 or 5, regardless of their vaccination status. If they test negative and remain symptom-free, individuals may attend class and/or come to work. Close contacts should wear a mask for 10 days when indoors and around others. If symptoms develop at any time, you should quarantine as noted above.
Staff and Contact
Miley Hall, Room 012