2022 Fall Semester COVID-19 Update


On August 11, 2022, the CDC streamlined COVID-19 Guidance to help the public better protect themselves and understand their risk. COVID-19 continues to circulate globally, however, with so many tools available to us for reducing COVID-19 severity, there is significantly less risk of severe illness, hospitalization and death compared to earlier in the pandemic. This guidance acknowledges that the pandemic is not over, but also helps us move to a point where COVID-19 no longer severely disrupts our daily lives.

The CDC is updating its guidance with the following:

Exposure to COVID-19

Recommending that instead of quarantining if you were exposed to COVID-19, you wear a high-quality mask for 10 days and get tested on day 5. If your position allows you to work remotely, please contact your Supervisor to review your available options. The COVID-19 Notification/Reporting Form: COVID-19 Case Notification Form

Vaccination

Continuing to promote the importance of being up to date with vaccination to protect people against serious illness, hospitalization and death. Protection provided by the current vaccine against symptomatic infection and transmission is less than that against severe disease and diminishes over time, especially against the currently circulating variants. For this reason, it is important to stay up to date, especially as new vaccines become available.

To learn more about local vaccine clinics, please visit your local health department’s website.

Vaccine information can also be found at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/covid-19-vaccination-program/welcome.

Testing Positive for COVID-19

Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate from others when you have COVID-19.

  • You should also isolate if you are sick and suspect that you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.
    • If your results are positive, follow CDC’s full isolation recommendations.
    • If your results are negative, you can end your isolation.
    • If your position allows you to work remotely, please contact your Supervisor to review your available options.
    • The COVID-19 Notification/Reporting Form: COVID-19 Case Notification Form

Ending Isolation: Recommending that if you test positive for COVID-19, you stay home for at least 5 days and isolate from others in your home.  You are likely most infectious during these first 5 days. Wear a high-quality mask when you must be around others at home and in public.

  • If after 5 days you are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication, and your symptoms are improving, or you never had symptoms, you may end isolation after day 5.
  • Regardless of when you end isolation, avoid being around people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 until at least day 11.
  • You should wear a high-quality mask through day 10.
  • If your position allows you to work remotely, please contact your Supervisor to review your available options.

For information about what to do if you think you are sick or to protect yourself, visit www.cdc.gov/coronavirus. Please reach out to the COVID-19 Response Team at covid19@owens.edu with any questions regarding activities, events and/or meetings.

Source: CDC