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Campus Health and Safety Protocols

What are the primary symptoms of COVID-19, according to the CDC?
  • Temperature over 100.4 degrees F
  • Unexplained cough/difficulty breathing
  • Unexplained fatigue
  • Body aches and/or headaches
  • Loss of smell/taste
  • Sore throat
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Congestion and runny nose
What are CDC-approved health protocols?
  • Regularly screen your own health for COVID-19 symptoms
  • If you exhibit symptoms consult your physician (employees) or Student Health Services (students)
  • Avoid people who are sick, crowded places and close contact with other people
  • Self-quarantine if you know you have been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Maintain social distancing of at least six feet whenever possible
  • Wear a mask in public, and especially if you cannot maintain six feet of social distancing
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for a minimum of 30 seconds
  • Use hand sanitizer (70%+ alcohol) if you cannot wash your hands
  • Avoid touching your face
  • When coughing or sneezing, cover your nose and mouth using the bend of your elbow and NOT your hands
What are the University’s plans for testing students in the fall?
What are the University’s plans for testing employees?
  • Any faculty or staff members who experience COVID-19 symptoms should consult with their medical provider for testing; those with positive tests must notify their supervisor and quarantine until their medical provider releases them to return to work
  • See Testing Sites link for testing locations in Willimantic and elsewhere in Connecticut
How will Eastern conduct contact tracing? Who will staff that function?

Eastern is working with the North Central District of the Connecticut Department of Public Health to coordinate contact tracing using trained on-campus volunteer tracers

How will Eastern isolate residential students who test positive or have been exposed?
  • Students who test positive for COVID will be offered the option of returning home. They must be cleared by Student Health Services to return to campus and will require a negative COVID test result
  • Arrangements have been made to isolate or quarantine students who cannot return home at on- and off-campus locations
  • An isolation room has also been established in Student Health Services to evaluate high-risk patients
What other safety precautions are in place to ensure campus safety?
  • CDC social distancing (at least six feet of separation) must be followed
  • The university has significantly increased its inventory of hand sanitizer stations, which will be available at all building entrances, classroom entrances, food service areas, and in other high traffic areas in buildings
  • More than 6,000 signs are being posted throughout the campus on (1) COVID-19 symptoms, (2) health/safety protocols, (3) room capacity limits, (4) traffic flow requirements, and (5) other guidelines.
  • All students, faculty, and staff must wear masks in public spaces or in work areas where six feet of separation cannot be maintained. That means open offices, hallways, lounges, common rooms, and other open spaces
  • The University will provide each student, faculty, and staff member with one washable, cloth mask on request
  • Podium screens are being installed in each classroom
  • Face shields will be available for faculty on request, which must be worn with face masks to ensure effective protection
  • Plexiglas partitions will be in place in high traffic areas with face-to-face interaction
  • Disinfectant wipes and/or disinfectant and paper towels will be available to frequently disinfect high contact and frequently used surfaces such as podiums, desks, counters)
  • Employees are encouraged to conduct one-on-one meetings over the telephone
  • Meetings of three or more people must be conducted via Web-Ex or Teams
What will be the cleaning protocol on campus?
  • Deep cleaning is taking place during the summer months
  • Daily cleaning this fall semester will include the use of CDC-approved disinfectants and cleaning agents, as well as disinfectant sprayers, foggers, and other cleaning materials
  • Disinfectant wipes and/or disinfectant and paper towels will be available to frequently disinfect common surfaces (podiums, desks, counters, bathroom sinks, etc.)
  • Faculty and students will be able to use these disinfecting products to clean classroom facilities prior to the start of each class
  • The replacement of HVAC microbial filters will be accelerated to a quarterly schedule
  • Building ventilation is being increased to increase air exchange each hour. Nightly purges of the building will also be programmed into our HVAC controls 
  • The University has significantly increased the number of hand sanitizer stations throughout the campus. These will be placed outside all building entrances, classrooms, elevators, and in high traffic areas of buildings.
  • Maintenance and housekeeping staff will use protective equipment to ensure their safety and that of the campus community
What will be the protocol for using bathrooms? Cleaning them?
  • Social distancing, masks, washing hands, and other health guidelines should be followed
  • We have been directed to remove air dryers in bathrooms; paper towels must be used
  • Custodians use established cleaning protocols and CDC-certified cleaning materials
  • Public bathrooms will be cleaned and disinfected twice daily
  • Communal bathrooms in the residence halls will be cleaned twice daily by custodial staff
  • Bathrooms in residential suites will be cleaned by the residents, who will be trained to use Eastern-supplied cleaning agents
What will be the protocol for using elevators? Cleaning them?
  • The occupancy limits of all elevators will be posted in each elevator
  • Smaller elevators will allow for only single occupancy
  • Larger elevators allow for two people at a time
  • Occupancy maximums will be posted on elevators
  • Students, faculty and staff are expected to follow those occupancy limits
  • Elevators will be part of the daily cleaning schedule
  • Wearing of masks and social distancing must be followed in elevators
How will we manage social distancing in administrative offices?
  • Office staffing will be limited to 50 percent of capacity and staff will rotate from on-campus workdays to telecommuting to reduce the density and frequency of social contact
  • CDC social distancing (at least six feet of separation) must be followed
  • All employees must wear face coverings in public spaces or in work areas where six feet of separation cannot be maintained
  • Offices will create rotating shifts of employees to limit density and frequency of contact
  • Meetings of more than three people must be conducted via Web-Ex or Teams