Quarantine & Isolation Plan

Occidental College is working diligently to ensure all community members remain as safe as possible throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you have tested positive for Covid-19, please contact Emmons Wellness Center ASAP to notify us so that appropriate cleaning in the areas where you last were can take place, contact tracing and quarantining can be conducted, and community notices can be made (if warranted). Please note that your personal information and diagnoses will remain confidential.

Updated 1/20/22

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Based on the latest guidance from local, state and federal public health officials, these are the protocols Oxy will follow in the event that an exposure or infection of COVID-19 takes place on campus.

Occidental has a limited number of isolation units on campus and in adjacent residential properties owned by the College. Should the number of isolation cases exceed that capacity, we have made arrangements for students to isolate in hotel rooms nearby. Given the nature of Omicron and evolving knowledge and guidance, the College may utilize other isolation spaces and protocols during the Spring 2022 semester, while remaining consistent with L.A. County guidance.

Quarantine and Isolation Definitions

Self-Quarantine: vaccinated or unvaccinated individuals should remain in their home or residence with limited public contact if they are experiencing symptoms of infectious disease (cold or flu-like symptoms). Travel is highly discouraged. COVID-19 testing is recommended. Individuals should remain in self-quarantine until symptoms have abated for at least 24 hours.

Modified Quarantine: vaccinated individuals exposed to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 must remain in their home residence with limited public contact due to confirmed exposure to COVID-19. Students in modified quarantine may leave their room to go to class and pick up Tiger Takeout (weekdays) or Marketplace to-go meals once a day. They must remain masked in public spaces, indoors and outdoors, at all times. They may not participate in any clubs, athletics or activities until completion of modified quarantine. Testing is required 3-5 days after exposure. Quarantine ends at 7 days post exposure assuming a negative test. Travel is not allowed.

Mandated Quarantine: unvaccinated individuals exposed to a confirmed positive case of COVID-19 must remain in their home residence with limited public contact due to confirmed exposure to COVID-19. Students in mandated quarantine may leave their bedroom to pick up Tiger Takeout (weekdays) or Marketplace to-go meals once a day and use a shared restroom, but must be masked with an N95 or KN95 mask at all times, even when only outdoors. Negative COVID-19 test required at 7 days post exposure to end quarantine. Quarantine must last 10 days without testing. Travel is not allowed.

Mandated Isolation involves remaining in your home or residence with zero public contact due to a positive COVID-19 test, with or without active symptoms. Students in mandated isolation will be placed in a room with a private restroom. Isolation rooms may house up to three individuals. Meals will be delivered to the isolation room. Travel is not allowed.

Scenario Self-Quarantine Modified Quarantine Mandated Quarantine Mandated Isolation
Vaccinated, symptomatic, negative test, no known exposure X      
Unvaccinated, symptomatic, negative test, no known exposure X      
Vaccinated, exposure to confirmed positive   X    
Unvaccinated, exposure to confirmed positive     X  
Vaccinated, confirmed positive COVID-19 test       X
Unvaccinated confirmed positive COVID-19 test       X

Quarantine and Isolation Process

  • Students requiring isolation or quarantine space will require authorization from Emmons Wellness Center. Once an individual is instructed to move to an isolation space due to a positive COVID test, Emmons will work with college staff to identify the room assignment and Dining Services to arrange meal delivery. Occidental has a limited number of isolation units on campus and in adjacent residential properties owned by the College. Should the number of isolation cases exceed that capacity, we have made arrangements for students to isolate in hotel rooms nearby. Given the nature of Omicron and evolving knowledge and guidance, the College may utilize other isolation spaces and protocols during the Spring 2022 semester, while remaining consistent with L.A. County guidance.
  • The Dean of Students Office will work with students to request academic flexibility for missed classes (without identifying the nature of the issue, given privacy concerns). As has always been the case when a student must miss class due to illness or other extenuating circumstances, they can work with the Dean of Students Office and their professors for flexibility and accommodations. Faculty have been advised to plan their courses with contingencies in place (e.g., a remote participation option or alternative assignments) for students who have to miss class due to COVID-related issues.
  • Employees who are unwell and unable to come to work or engage in their work from home should notify their supervisor of their absence.

Daily Care

  • Students will receive specific instructions from College staff once they test positive and are required to isolate. Students isolating on campus will be able to utilize their meal plan to order meals from the Campus Dining delivered to their door. Prior to entering isolation, individuals will have sufficient opportunity to retrieve clothes and personal belongings from their room, in coordination with roommates and while masked at all times. All isolation rooms are thoroughly sanitized before students move in.
  • Students isolating off campus will be provided transportation if necessary. Specific instructions for meal delivery will be provided to the student at the time they enter isolation.
  • All students entering isolation will be provided a resource guide with contacts for additional support.

Daily Health Monitoring and Symptomatic Testing

All individuals living, studying and working on campus are expected to monitor their health daily and to remain home or in their residence hall room when experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, colds and flus.

Students

  • Students who are experiencing symptoms should call Emmons Wellness Center, their primary care provider, their insurance-based nurse helpline, or the Oxy 24/7 helpline (323-341-4141) for a telemedical assessment and treatment options.
  • Students instructed to get a COVID-19 test may do so during regular testing hours at Emmons. Outside of those hours, students are encouraged to go to a city or pharmacy testing site.
  • Positive COVID-19 tests will initiate a move to isolation housing. Negative tests will be referred to Emmons or the student’s local primary care provider for assessment, care and treatment.

Staff

  • Staff who are experiencing symptoms should call their primary care provider or their insurance-based nurse helpline for a telemedical assessment and treatment options.
  • Staff instructed to get a COVID-19 test should utilize their primary care provider or go to a city or pharmacy testing site.
  • Positive COVID-19 tests should be reported to Emmons Wellness Center and the individual is expected to isolate for 10 days at home. Individuals who receive negative tests but continue to have symptoms should check in with their primary care provider for assessment, care and treatment.