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  • COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

    Testing of students, faculty, and staff at Worcester State University will provide a key insight into the health and wellness of the campus community as we progress through the Fall semester. This dashboard will be updated each Monday and Thursday evening with the latest information from our testing partners.

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  • FAQs

    Questions from February 26, 2021

    What is a shared space notification?

    A shared space notification is to make you aware that you were in a space with someone who has since tested positive. It is not the same as being identified as a close contact. You are not required to quarantine or submit to any other restrictions. You should stay in the weekly testing protocol as usual, but if you are concerned and want to get tested immediately, please make another testing appointment.

    How will the March 26 COVID-19 briefing be different from the usual briefing?

    This will be an extended Campus Conversation of 90 minutes that will focus on vaccine information for the campus community. There will be a panel of faculty experts, as well as outside medical personnel, discussing the safety and importance of vaccines. We will also report on a recent COVID-19 survey that was sent to campus.

    Will we be reevaluating the room caps on our larger spaces because of the governor’s recent loosening of restrictions?

    Yes, the expectation is that we will have more flexibility with spaces based on these new guidelines.

    Will this change currently scheduled modalities?

    Current modalities for the spring semester will not change. We continue to hope that in the fall we can open the campus with 50 to 75 percent in-person classes, but many factors outside of our control may influence this.

    If the Wellness Center clinic faced a vaccine shortage, how would people with appointments be notified?

    If there is a change to any scheduled appointment, St. Vincent’s will notify you directly.

    How are we changing safety protocols for the more contagious mutations that are popping up?

    As of now, infection disease experts are telling us that the new variants are more contagious, not more virulent. There haven’t been any additional recommendations about safety protocols, other than what we are currently using: contact tracing, hand washing, physical distancing, mask wearing, testing, and using the Co-Verified app. The Broad Institute is monitoring all tests for the presence of new variants.

    What’s parking like on campus these days?

    There’s plenty of parking, but please enter campus through the South Entrance (near the May Street Building) and do not park in the clinic staff/volunteer parking in front of the Administration Building. The North Entrance (just past the Ghosh Science and Technology Building, across from the Latino Education Institute) is for the vaccine clinic only. Do not park in the North Parking Lot (the one that borders the Rockwood baseball fields), as this is just for the vaccine clinic.

    Is the campus vaccine clinic still seeking volunteers?

    Information about volunteering can be found on our vaccine site information page.

    Questions From February 19, 2021

    We have some staff who only work on campus on Fridays, but the testing center is closed on Fridays. How can they get tested?

    Contact Paul Vernucci (pvernucci@worcester.edu) and he can discuss options.

    Will students and employees be required to be vaccinated at the start of the fall semester?

    As of now, Worcester State cannot require someone to be vaccinated. However, state guidelines may change as we get closer to the fall.

    If you are fully vaccinated, do you still need to be tested?

    If you are in the campus testing protocol system, you must still be tested even after you are fully vaccinated because you could be a carrier.

    With five staff positives in the past two weeks verses three in the previous four months, how is this a decrease in cases?

    The overall positives (students and employees) on campus have decreased.

    Could we have an update on cleaning protocol for work spaces? What if it's a public space, like the library?

    Once a determination is made that an exposure occurred in a classroom or public space, we take that space offline for 24 hours and then it is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by facilities. We work with the city’s Department of Public Health to determine which spaces are required to be cleaned based on exposure.

    Have vaccinations at Worcester State been cancelled for next week? The state website says 'No Clinic' for all dates after 2/20.

    Not as far as we know. But limited vaccine supply has caused St. Vincent Hospital to keep appointments to about 500 per day. Other appointments for next week will be released once they determine how many vaccines they can expect.

    When can staff/faculty/students who signed up to volunteer at the vaccine center expect to receive sign up days/times?

    If you signed up to volunteer (https://commed.umassmed.edu/vaccine-corps) you should be receiving an email with instructions shortly. All volunteers will need to have a CORI background check done by H.R., which could take a week or two due to the high volume.

    Is the Moderna vaccine also going to be offered at Worcester State clinic?

    At this time, only the Pfizer vaccine is being offered.

    Questions From February 12, 2021

    Will the testing center be open this Monday?

    The testing center will be open on Sunday, February 14, but will be closed for President’s Day, Monday, February 15. Thereafter it will operate as usual for the rest of the week.

    How do we volunteer at the Wellness Center vaccination site, and what do volunteers do?

    For information on volunteering, please refer to our Vaccincation Center information page.

    Where do people sign up for the vaccine at the Wellness Center?

    For information on registering for a vaccination appointment, please refer to our Vaccincation Center information page.

    Can companions get vaccinated at the Wellness Center vaccine site?

    Currently, a companion under age 75 cannot be vaccinated at the Wellness Center. This may change and if it does, we will let you know.

    If there are leftover vaccines, will they be offered to staff/faculty or will they be destroyed?

    We don’t want any destroyed, but our clinical partner, St. Vincent Hospital, will need to stay in synch with state eligibility requirements. We may create a waiting list through H.R. in cases where vaccines must be used or be destroyed due to expiration issues.

    What are the plans to ensure a safe on-campus experience for Fall 2021?

    We are optimistic about, and planning for, a more normal fall semester with increased on-campus courses. This is predicated by vaccine availability by midsummer. Additionally, social distance parameters may be reduced by fall, although we expect everyone will still need to wear a mask. We are exploring what less stringent distance planning would look like.

    If employees feel sick after the vaccinations, how will we indicate that time off?

    If people need to take time off from work due to illness, they should notify their supervisor of their absence and use their accrued sick time.

    What plans does the university have to accommodate high risk individuals or immunocompromised individuals in this “more normal” fall semester?

    For faculty and staff, we will continue to work with physicians regarding individual medical needs through the reasonable accommodation process in H.R. Students will continue to be served by our Accessibility Services Office and we will follow applicable federal and state law about reasonable accommodations.

    When will remote working stop or decrease?

    We will probably transition to less remote working as we move into the fall semester. Exact timing will be based on vaccine rollout and the status of the virus in our communities, as well as CDC guidance and commonwealth regulations.

    Questions From February 5, 2021

    Where can I find information about a change in testing center hours?

    Check the CoVerfied App for any changes in hours of operation.

    Should people who have already tested positive for COVID-19 continue to get tested?

    No, if you have received a positive test result in the last 90 days. Please submit a copy of your results to Student Health Services via email at health_services@worcester.edu.

    Should people who have received the vaccine be tested?

    Yes, even if you have received the vaccine, you should be tested.

    How does the roll out of vaccines affect Fall 2021, specifically course scheduling, residence halls opening, and-on campus instruction?

    We are planning for a 'more normal' semester, with closer adherence to Fall of 2019 and campus instruction at 50 to 75 percent wholly in-person with the rest in blended and online formats. Department chairs are working through fall schedules right now.

    What should I do if I want to volunteer at the new mass vaccination site in the Competition Gym, opening Feb. 16.

    Volunteers should first register here: https://commed.umassmed.edu/vaccine-corps. Indicate that you are affiliated with Worcester State to be assigned here. Employees should then contact Sue Moore in H.R. to receive authorization. Students should reference an email sent by Deans Larrivee and Kazarian for more information. Volunteer hours can be considered community service hours.

    With the opening of the university as a vaccination center, does that mean that Worcester State students, faculty and staff will be vaccinated as part of this opening?

    Vaccination eligibility is determined by the rules of the Commonwealth. At this point, anyone 75+ can make an appointment to get a vaccine here: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-vaccination-locations. Volunteers at the site probably will receive vaccinations, but that eligibility will be determined by our clinical partner, Saint Vincent Hospital.

    Is the traffic getting to campus expected to increase much (Chandler Street) with the clinic?

    Yes, but the city will be handling any traffic flow issues.

    If the vaccine center will be open to the general public, how would this impact residents that still live on upper campus?

    The clinic will be isolated in the Competition Gym of the Wellness Center, with access from the North Parking Lot. Worcester State students and employees will still be able to use the rest of the building, including the recreation gym, training facilities, fitness center, and the Athletic Department offices. Traffic flow will be managed to reduce disruption to other parts of campus.

    Which vaccine will be being given at Worcester State?

    We will start with the Pfizer vaccine.

    Will information about possible side effects be distributed when people get the vaccine, like those you receive in the doctor’s office?

    Yes, when you get the vaccine, you also get a sheet of information about side effects.

    When will the Worcester State site be available for the 75+ population to sign up for an appointment time?

    We hope to be an option on the vaccination appointment site by today or Monday at the latest.

    Questions From January 29, 2021

    What is different in the testing protocols for the spring semester?

    • Any student—undergraduate, graduate, certificate program participant, commuter, resident—who comes to campus will be tested. This includes students who only come to campus for work or to participate in student clubs and activities.
    • Check points will be set up on campus for community members to show a green screen on the CoVerified app to show you are cleared to be on campus.
    • The testing center hours have expanded, and the center will be open Sunday through Thursday, rather than Monday through Friday. Detailed hours can be found in the "Testing and Contact Tracing" section of the Safe Return plan.

    What is new with the quarantine protocols for close contacts?

    Based on CDC and Massachusetts Department of Public Health guidelines, we have changed the quarantine parameters. Anyone who is designated as a close contact will be in quarantine for 10 days. On the eighth day after exposure, if the person tests negative and has no symptoms, that person will be released from quarantine after day 10.

    Will you need to get tested if you received a vaccine for COVID-19?

    Yes, anyone who has received the COVID-19 vaccine and is part of a required testing group should plan to test weekly until CDC and/or Massachusetts Department of Public Health issues new guidance.

    Is testing open to employees who are only on campus once in a while?

    Yes, anyone who comes onto campus will need to be tested.

    If a student is taking online classes only, but works on campus, should that student be tested?

    Yes, part time student employees are part of the required weekly testing group.

    What are the days and hours of the test center for spring semester?

    Testing hours of operation can be found in the "Testing and Contact Tracing" section of the Safe Return plan.

    If the campus closes due to snow and on-campus classes are canceled, would fully online classes or blended classes not meeting on campus that day be canceled as well?

    Yes, if Worcester State has a delayed opening or is closed for weather, online classes will also be delayed or cancelled.

    How do students sign up for Coverified?

    Download the CoVerified Campus App from the Apple store or the Google Play store, or access the web application at https://web.coverified.us/, and use your Worcester State credentials to sign in.

    Where is the testing center?

    First floor of Wasylean Hall.

    How often do students get tested

    Students who are part of the required testing groups are tested weekly.

    Are hybrid employees still being tested every two weeks?

    No, all hybrid employees are required to participate in the weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing program.

    Where are the study spaces on campus for the spring and what are their hours?

      Library: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

      Student Center: Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday/Sunday noon to 8 p.m.

      Wellness Center: the small study space in the Wellness Center will be accessible during regular Wellness Center hours.

    Questions From December 18, 2020

    Will there be a Covid-19 briefing next week?

    Today was the last Covid-19 briefing for the fall semester. We will resume our regular weekly briefings on Friday January 29, 2021.

    Will the Safe Return protocols for spring semester be similar to what was utilized during fall semester?

    The university will be re-examining all Safe Return planning and protocols over the break. If any students or faculty would like to serve on a committee, please reach out to Carl Herrin at cherrin@worcester.edu.

    Do we have any additional information about the state budget?

    State budget overrides are due end of this week. Hopefully, we will have a definitive answer next week. Next year’s fiscal draft budget is due by the third week in January, 2021.

    I heard Worcester State will be hosting food distribution for the community. Is this correct?

    The Worcester Red Sox and Ocean State Job Lot will hold distributing food to the community from Worcester State. This will take place from 8:30-10:30am every Thursday morning in January. They are working with our Urban Studies department and the Binienda Center for Civic Engagement. Anyone coming to campus on these days should use the South entrance to campus; food distribution will take place at the North entrance.

    What hours will the testing center be open the week of Dec. 28, 2020?

    The testing center will be open Tuesday December 29 from 6:30-11:30am  and 1:30-3:30pm, and Wednesday December 30 from 6:30-11:30am.

     

     

    Should employees working on campus between the end of fall semester and the start of spring semester inform University Police when they are on campus?

    Yes, employees should inform University Police when they will be on campus and working in their office.

    Should we continue to submit our symptoms daily on CoVerified if we are designated as remote for the break?

    Employees who have been designated as remote for the break can select the "go remote" option in the upper right-hand corner of the CoVerified app. You will not be required to submit your daily symptoms.

    Questions From December 11, 2020

    Will the new rollback in the Governor’s phased reopening plan impact Worcester State?

    No. The new order by Gov. Charlie Baker to rollback to Step I in Phase 3 of the Reopening Massachusetts does not impact Worcester State or the city of Worcester. However, it will have impact on groups that we serve.

    Will the new vaccines benefit Worcester State?

    The news of the rollout of vaccines in the state is very encouraging. President Maloney and Chief of Staff Carl Herrin have been working with city officials to become a state site for when the vaccine rollout begins. If selected as an approved site, this will help us get access to the vaccine for our campus community.

    What is the status of the state budget?

    We anticipate the budget will be signed by Gov. Charlie Baker as early as today. The budget that emerged from budget conference was good news for higher education. Once signed, we plan to hold a Campus Conversation on our budget. This is slated for Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. We intend to have two sessions available that day to catch all segments of the campus community.

    It was mentioned before that our cap for positive case rate is 2% before the University will take action. Will the data from the fall roll over into the spring or will our numbers be reset?

    The University will provide weekly and cumulative data on the COVID-19 dashboard in the spring semester. It will be current data for the spring (not fall roll over) and will reflect seven day totals.

    When a resident student tests positive, do they have the option to stay on campus in isolation or are they sent home?

    The University encourages students to stay on campus where we have isolation and quarantine spaces available, but it is the student's choice to remain or depart. If a student chooses to leave, we continue to monitor them and provide support to help them transition back to school. The University works with local Departments of Public Health as well.

    Will the new spring semester start date impact practicum assignments originally due to start in January?

    Practicum, internship, fieldwork, etc. assignments can begin before the semester start date, so long as students are registered in the appropriate course. Institutional liability insurance will protect students who are registered and begin a practicum, etc. assignment prior to February 1. Students should stay in contact with their academic department and we will inform all partners in the community of the new start date. We will continue to monitor the impact of the virus in the state and any impacts within higher education.

    At this point, have we decided whether or not the spring semester will start remotely? If not, how and when will that decision be made?

    We have not made this decision, but we will monitor the situation closely. We know the infection rate is driving the Governor’s decision to act upon various aspects of his Reopening Massachusetts plan. If necessary, we will pull together a meeting over the break, should we need to make a decision about our campus status.

    Is it required for students to have the flu shot? COVID-19 vaccine? Are there accommodations made for students who do not want to take the flu shot due to religious reasons?

    The flu shot is required for any student under 30 years old. The deadline is Dec. 31, 2020. We will work with students to update their records knowing that the spread of the coronavirus in the community has prohibited the ability to obtain the flu shot in a timely manner. Students can apply for religious exemption to the flu vaccine requirement. 

    COVID-19 vaccine guidance will be forthcoming.

    Will students who are registered for the spring semester be dropped from their classes if they have not submitted proof of flu vaccine?

    We do not intend to bump students out of housing, classes, etc. on Jan. 1, 2021. However, there will be an immunization hold placed on their account. The push back of the spring semester will afford us some time to work with students. The Dean of Students and Health Services will assist in this process.

    Students can always submit their proof of immunization to Health Services at health_services@worcester.edu or drop it into the small mailbox located outside of the door. 

    Questions From December 4, 2020

    My daughter needs to come to campus for 30 minutes to get textbooks and some clothes next week. Will that be an issue?

    This will not be a problem at all. We are in blended modality and open. Please have your daughter contact Residence Life at 508-929-8074 or by email: reslife@worcester.edu or deades@worcester.edu to discuss getting her belongings. We are happy to work with students who need to come back.

    Are there are restrictions to meeting with students following resumption of classes?

    As a reminder to all faculty and students, one-on-one meetings should be held in larger, socially distanced spaces (not individual offices) for the time left in the semester. Conference rooms and classrooms are appropriate for one-on-one or small group meetings related to final projects and assignments.

    Will testing continue in the spring semester?

    The additional testing we’ve added to our protocol will be in effect for the remainder of semester. We have contracted with the Broad Institute and will expand testing through the spring. This will increase our weekly testing from 1,500 to 2,000 tests per week.

    Can you give us a brief overview of what the spring semester will look like re: standard operating procedures, university opening, student move in, and course modalities?

    There is a proposal in front of governance to modify the spring semester from a start date of Jan. 19, 2021, to Feb. 1, 2021. The Academic Policy Committee met Thursday and approved the proposal. The All University Committee is meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 8. More information will be shared with the campus community following the AUC meeting next week.

    We expect to have blended, fully online, and synchronous and asynchronous classes during the spring semester. Faculty will be asked to front load potential remote elements of the classes. We hope that the feedback from the students’ academic survey will be helpful as faculty are beginning to put together spring courses. Course modalities have already decided by faculty and populated in WebAdvisor; these are subject to change due to need for remote instruction.

    How do the new travel restrictions impact those who live out of state?

    Travel to other states from Massachusetts is restricted.

    As per the MA COVID-19 Travel Order, travel into the state for work is considered essential and not prohibited.

    Questions From November 20, 2020

    Is the proposal for the spring semester to delay until the start of February? Can we start the spring online, the last two weeks of January, THEN come to campus in February?

    Yes, the proposal would be to modify the start date. All scenarios are open for discussion, but the actual date is to be determined.

    In the President's letter to the campus, there is criteria for testing for resident students, commuter students, and faculty. However, there is no testing instruction for staff who are required to return on November 30.

    Staff testing procedures were included in a recent Human Resources memo to employees.

    Will in person classes remain remote until the semester is over?

    Right now, that is not our plan. This pivot to remote learning includes the first few days before Thanksgiving and the few days after. If all goes well, we will resume in person on Dec. 2. We are continually monitoring the health and safety of the campus and the city, and will keep everyone apprised should we need to deviate from our current plans as stated in President Maloney’s Nov. 18 message to campus.

    Why is that we had a drastic increase of cases after Halloween and the long weekend but we want to continue to keep the residence halls open after Thanksgiving, knowing well that people will be visiting families?

    We are keeping residence halls open due to feedback from students. We have given students the option to finish up on campus by allowing them to return. We expect all students who go home will follow the CDC guidelines for health and safety over the break.

    What is the rationale for the "partial pivot" after Thanksgiving?

    Faculty in several areas have classes, labs, and final examinations for which face to face is preferred. Some final projects require students to have access to facilities and equipment to complete in a timely manner. We will continue to monitor the situation following Thanksgiving and resume face to face only if it is safe to do so.

    Are appointments required for tests on the Sunday after Thanksgiving? Should we book it through the app as we would normally do? I don’t see available times for Nov. 29.

    Yes, that is preferred and we will adjust the scheduling in the app to allow for appointments. However, if you don’t have an appointment, we will do our best to fit anyone into the testing schedule.

    Could you please clarify the policy on an employee leaving the state?

    If employees are traveling out of state, upon return they must follow the quarantine protocol specified for the state they visited. They must test prior to their return to Massachusetts and provide proof of a negative PCR COVID test. 

    Employees leaving the state will need to notify Director of Human Resources Sue Moore of their travel.

    Will employees be reimbursed for testing?

    For employees that test off campus/in the community, there is a chance a cost will be incurred and that will not be reimbursed by the University. Employees are also encouraged to take advantage of free testing in and around the city of Worcester

    What is the new change in the quarantine time frame?

    Massachusetts Department of Public Health states that a close contact without symptoms who continues to test and is negative may end quarantine on Day 10. If the close contact is symptomatic, they must test and stay in quarantine for 14 days, regardless of test result.

    What about students attending night, noncredit classes? Are they allowed to test on campus? Previously, they have not been allowed due to limited number of tests.

    If fully remote and not currently part of the testing protocol, the answer is no. After Thanksgiving, all night, noncredit students who are taking classes in person will be able to test through the end of semester. This includes IELI students.

    Is the testing center open next week for employees and students?

    If you need to test before you leave for break, the testing facility is open Monday, Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Tuesday, Nov 24, from 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

    Will there be testing in the latter part of December, from Dec. 18 through 31?

    Right now, our plan is to test through Dec. 20, after which there will only be testing for those essential employees that remain on campus until the start of the spring semester.

    Is the campus considering vaccine distribution for staff, faculty, and students?

    We are open and willing to be a vaccine distribution point for the Commonwealth. We have made this known through our local and state colleagues. We know that first responders, health professionals, and those at higher health risks will be the first to receive the vaccine. We also know there is a benefit to having such a distribution location on our campus and we are poised for such an opportunity.

    Is there a way faculty can be informed when a student who had tested positive is now cleared to return to the classroom?

    Health Services will determine how this might be provided for the instructor as requested.

    Questions From November 13, 2020

    Does the positivity rate on the dashboard reflect the weekly rate or the rate from the start of testing?

    The dashboard provides both the positivity rate overall (currently 0.2%) and rate for the most recent seven days (also currently 0.2%).

    Will COVID testing still occur on campus between December 9 and January 21?

    Employees and students on campus will continue to be tested during Wintersession. Beginning December 18, the Testing Center will be open on Mondays, from 8am-6pm and Tuesday through Friday from 6:30-11:30am. These hours are subject to change and testing will once again increase following Wintersession. upon return. Details for employees will be sent out after the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Can the positivity rate reflect the number of people tested, in addition to the total number of tests?

    Yes, this will be reported at the next briefing.

    Why isn’t the University considering going fully remote after Thanksgiving?

    As of now, we will resume classes after Thanksgiving. However, the option to go fully remote is still in play and any decision will be reflective of the positivity rate on campus and in our community, among other factors. Faculty and staff have been asked to have a remote working/teaching plan in place if this happens. Please be patient and flexible as we respond to quickly changing circumstances.

    Is contact tracing continuing or is it reaching saturation level?

    Health Services continues to contact trace in conjunction with the Worcester DPH.

    Would you suggest keeping a contact tracing diary as a daily reminder of where you’ve been?

    Yes, this would be helpful, since if you test positive or are considered a close contact to someone who has tested positive, you will be asked about your past activities.

    Will there be any more on-campus flu clinics?

    No, but you can find a flu clinic here: https://vaccinefinder.org/find-vaccine

    Has any decision been made about a pass/fail option for students this semester?

    Yes, students will have until December 31 to exercise the pass/fail option for Fall 2020 undergraduate courses. However, departments may continue to enforce prerequisite required grades and limitations on courses in some majors/minors.

    Due to the testing and quarantine protocols required for resident students returning from Thanksgiving will there be clear and consistent messaging and/or recommendations for those who instruct classes and how to instruct on Monday 11/30?

    Students will receive a detailed email about how to return to campus following Thanksgiving. Employees have received an email from Human Resources with full details.

    If we are expecting the spring semester to be similar to the fall, are there any plans to modify the deadlines indicated in the academic calendar for spring semester?

    At this time we are only considering the fall semester.

    Should the Friday after Thanksgiving be considered an all remote day for employees?

    A memo has been sent to all campus following the meeting which outlines campus operations following the Thanksgiving holiday.

    Questions from November 6, 2020

    With respect to Spring semester - when we will know definitely if class will be all online? Is there a possibility that labs would be cancelled next semester?

    Spring semester is planned and the course offerings are available for students to meet with their advisor and select courses and modalities that suit their needs. Modality information is explicit in WebAdvisor and represents faculty plans and expectations for the course sequence.

    How are tests performed off campus for symptomatic students reported? Are they included in our dashboard numbers?

    Off campus students self-disclose off campus testing to Student Health services. These numbers aren’t reflected in the weekly dashboard, but are announced on Fridays during the weekly briefing.

    Given the rise in COVID cases, why are classes not being switched to online only?

    Positive results on campus remain at relatively low rates and are tracked continually. Any change in modality for a part of the fall semester will be communicated campus wide.

    Why aren't students allowed to take more than one COVID test per week?

    At this time, our on campus testing efforts support once per week testing for students. This decision was made based on several factors including but not limited to: the number of students on campus in face-to-face classes, the total campus population at any specific time, and the cost of testing.

    Will COVID testing still be provided at no cost next semester?

    Yes.

    Why are students coming back after Thanksgiving when after Halloween week-end we saw a rise in cases?

    Following the Thanksgiving break, residential students will be required to take a COVID test and quarantine in the residence hall until their test has been returned negative. Commuter students who are part of the on-campus testing program are also encouraged to be tested. The Testing Center will be open on Sunday November 29 from noon to 6 p.m.

    Why are community members able to walk around campus without adhering to mask guidelines?

    As a public university, our grounds are accessible to the local community. The Governor's mask mandate applies to all spaces in the Commonwealth for all individuals over the age of five. Reminders regarding this requirement are prominently displayed on campus signage and reminders have been included in communications with our local community.  University staff area also diligent in asking those they see to comply with the mask requirement.

    With the rise in cases related to students who have been to campus, are professors still able to require students to come to campus for in person classes? Are virtual options going to be made  available to students who are no longer comfortable coming to campus?

    Students should discuss any changes to their individual circumstances regarding attendance at in person classes with their professors.

    What should I do if I have missed lab classes due to staying home to monitoring possible COVID symptoms?

    Your class instructor will be able to answer your question. Plans are specific to each class.

    Will there be virtual options available during the Spring semester for students who are not comfortable coming to campus?

    The spring schedule will list a variety of classes offered in a fully online format. You should work with your advisor to construct a schedule that works for you.

    The results of the campus COVID survey have been released - has there been any discussion of utilizing these results to refine our strategies moving forward?

    There will be a Campus Conversation relating to the survey on November 19 at 1pm and an invitation to attend has been sent to the campus community. In addition, multiple campus committees will be discussing the survey results in relation to safe operation planning.

    Does everyone have access to the CoVerified app?

    Yes, CoVerified is available in the iOS and Android app stores as a free download and is also available to use on a computer.

    Questions from October 2, 2020

    Are there plans to report the results for community members who were tested elsewhere? It seems those positive results are of interest to the WSU community as well.

    This information will not be part of the bi-weekly dashboard update. We will provide the number of reported cases at the weekly briefing. Once we are notified of these types of cases, we will follow the same protocols for contact tracing and notification.

    I understand why people who test positive outside of our testing facility wouldn’t be included in the current numbers, but it would be helpful to know the numbers of commuter students who come to campus for classes and faculty/staff who come to campus who test positive.

    When a faculty/staff member is informed by a student that they have tested positive, the faculty/staff member should refer the student to Student Health Services (SHS). SHS will follow up to determine the nature of the information and commence health and safety protocols, if necessary.

    Do all commuter students get tested each week?

    No. Frequency of testing for commuter students is based on the number of in-person classes. Currently, students with four or more credits are included in the on-campus testing program. Commuter students who have questions about the weekly testing process should call Paul Vernucci at 508-929-8908 or email pvernucci@worcester.edu.