Health and Wellness

Health and Wellness

Updated Aug. 24, 2021: Regardless of vaccination status individuals must test when identified as a close contact of a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

UNCSA continues to plan for a more typical academic year in 2021-22 as we monitor the evolving COVID-19 situation, as well as stay closely attuned to vaccination rates on campus and in our community.

UNCSA follows the Center for Disease Control (CDC), state guidelines, and UNC System guidance in developing our health and safety protocols for the campus. We are constantly monitoring guidance from these as well as local health officials and will adjust health and safety protocols as needed.

In addition to our Community Health Standards, UNCSA has enacted the following protocols to keep members of our campus community safe:

Testing and tracing

UNCSA is testing symptomatic students for COVID-19 on campus. Faculty and staff should contact their medical provider for testing or use another local testing site such as CVS, Novant GoHealth, or StarMed.

UNCSA is conducting surveillance testing for students, faculty and staff without proof of vaccination, to help identify areas where COVID-19 is present, and therefore, whether further testing is needed. UNCSA will have surveillance testing every three weeks beginning Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2021, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Eisenberg Social Hall.

Contact tracing is conducted by UNCSA and the Forsyth County Health Department.

Quarantine and isolation

  • Students who test positive for COVID-19 are immediately isolated.
  • Isolation can be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. For asymptomatic students who test positive for COVID, isolation can be discontinued 10 days after the day the positive test result sample was collected.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, any one who had close contact with a positive individual identified by contact tracing will be required to be tested 3-5 days following the date of their exposure:
    • Without proof of vaccination, individuals are required to quarantine for  14 days.
    • With proof of vaccination, individuals should also diminish contact with other people as much as possible, continue to mask in indoor settings, and distance where appropriate until negative test results are returned.
  • If known exposures test positive, individuals are isolated and follow the timeline above.
  • Residential students will quarantine or isolate on campus. Single rooms with bathrooms in residence halls have been reserved for quarantine or isolation. Parents are encouraged and permitted to take their students home during the quarantine and/or isolation period. Arts and academic departments will work with students on their absence due to illness. Non-residential students will quarantine or isolate at their residence.
  • Faculty or staff must quarantine or isolate in their home and notify their supervisor.

Positive Case Protocol 

  • Positive results are reported to UNCSA and the Forsyth County Department of Public Health. Contact tracing is initiated for close contacts and known exposures. As determined by county health officials, students, staff and faculty who have come in close contact with someone who has tested positive, are quarantined base on proof of vaccination status
  • Students who test positive are immediately isolated for 10 days. Students are released from isolation at the end of the 10 day period if the student’s symptoms have improved, and student has been fever free without fever reducing medication for at least 24 hours.
  • A case manager contacts residential students placed in isolation or quarantine with the location and access information for their isolation/quarantine space. While remaining masked, they are permitted to gather their belongings to take to their new space. Isolation/quarantine spaces are equipped with a refrigerator and microwave, access to a private bathroom, bedding and towels, and trash pickup. Student Affairs delivers meals from the Dining Hall and check-in daily. Students may continue classes online if they are able. Counseling services are available for all students, including those in quarantine.
  • Student Affairs contacts non-residential/commuter students for daily check-ins and to assist with needs that might arise.
  • Faculty or staff who test positive for COVID-19 must isolate at home and notify their supervisor. They will not be allowed to return to campus until they have verification from a medical provider that they have recovered. Managers and employees will follow the COVID-19 Response Plan for Employees.

Wellness

The mental health and well-being of our students is a top priority. We continue to support students with counseling, mindfulness sessions, physical exercise, yoga and other activities designed to promote overall wellness, while reinforcing our campus community academically, artistically and emotionally.

Faculty and staff who need assistance with mental or emotional health issues may use the UNCSA Employee Assistance Program (EAP). The EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit program that offers support and resources to address personal or work-related challenges and concerns. It is free for employees and members of your household and is completely confidential.