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Protocols for COVID-19 Scenarios 

The following information offers guidance for Cabrini community members,vaccinated and unvaccinated, who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19; who have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19; and who received a positive diagnosis themselves.

For Those Experiencing Symptoms

Symptoms for COVID-19 include:

  • 100.4 f temp or higher   
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  • Cough  
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing  
  • Fatigue  
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache  
  • New loss of taste or smell  
  • Sore throat  
  • Congestion or runny nose  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Diarrhea  

Please note, this list is not inclusive of all COVID-19 symptoms. For a full list of symptoms, visit the CDC’s COVID-19 symptoms page.

If your symptoms or temperature require immediate attention, call 911. 

Regardless of your vaccination status, remain home (off-campus home or residence hall room) and work with the appropriate people to identify your next steps.

Employees should notify Human Resources (humanresources@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8206). 

A representative from the Office of Human Resources will contact the employee to discuss symptoms and provide guidance on next steps, including contacting the employee’s primary care physician or other healthcare provider, and will ensure that the employee’s supervisor has been notified. Human Resources will stay in touch with the employee regarding quarantine, physician’s recommendations, and when it is safe for the employee to return to work on campus. 

Students: Resident students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111); all students should notify Health Services (healthservices@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8400) and alert your professors of your absence from class and arrange for alternate attendance and/or work completion. 

The Director of Health Services will call the student to discuss symptoms and provide guidance on next steps, including the student contacting their parents/guardian.  

Students should immediately initiate a telehealth appointment with Penn Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine (PAYAM) or with the physician of their choice

Based on the telehealth appointment, the student will either be required to get tested (this can be done by PAYAM or by student’s primary care physician) or will manage symptoms and stay home—both should be reported to healthservices@cabrini.edu.   

Cases will be reviewed every morning at 9am with the Director of Health Services, a Residence Life representative, and the Dean of Students.     

For Those Exposed to Someone Who Tests Positive for COVID-19 

Please note, exposure is qualified as being within six feet of a person for a period of time of 15 minutes or longer within a 24-hour time frame, with or without wearing a mask. Exposure requires immediate quarantine. 

As per CDC guidelines, vaccinated individuals DO NOT have to quarantine following exposure.

If you are not fully vaccinated and have had contact as previously defined with someone who tested postiive for COVID-19:

Employees should notify Human Resources (humanresources@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8206). 

A representative from the Office of Human Resources will reach out to the employee to determine the circumstances of the exposure, to advise about quarantine, the ability to work from home, and/or leave options during the quarantine period. Employees will be advised to contact their primary care physician or other healthcare provider and to keep us up to date on health status. The employee’s immediate supervisor will be kept up-to-date. 

Students: Resident students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111); all students should notify Health Services (healthservices@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8400).   

The Director of Health Services will call the student to discuss to determine the circumstances of the exposure and to advise on next steps. If required to quarantine, students typically will go to their permanent home (if they live within 2 hours) and quarantine for the appropriate amount of time. Students with symptoms should arrange to be tested.  

In the rare circumstance that a student cannot quarantine at their permanent home, the student will be moved to Casey House , where they will check-in two times daily by email/phone/virtual meeting. All campus supports are engaged, regardless of where the student is quarantining.      

Quarantine release timeline for individuals who are not fully vaccinated, according to the CDC: 

  • After day 10 without testing
  • After day 7 after receiving a negative test result (test must occur on day 5 or later)

Again, fully vaccinated individuals DO NOT need to quarantine following exposure, as per the CDC.

If you test positive, see below

See Cabrini's Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for more information.

For Those Who Test Positive for COVID-19

Regardless of your vaccination status, a positive COVID-19 diagnosis requires immediate isolation.  

Employees should notify Human Resources (humanresources@cabrini.edu or 610.902.8206). 

Employees will be advised to isolate at home for at least 10 days and until fever has been normal for at least 24 hours without the use of medication, and other symptoms have improved. Human Resources will ensure that the employee’s supervisor has been informed and that Public Safety has been notified. If others within the Cabrini community have been exposed to the employee, they will be informed of the exposure and will be advised accordingly.    

Students: Resident students should notify Public Safety (610.902.8111) and will be moved immediately to isolation; all students should notify Health Services (healthservices@cabrini.edu, 610.902.8400).  

Students will go to their permanent home within 24 hours.

In the rare circumstance that a student cannot go to their permanent home, the student will be moved to McManus House, where they will check-in two times daily by phone/virtual meeting. All campus supports are engaged, regardless of where the student is isolating.   

See Cabrini's Quarantine and Isolation Guidance for more information.

 

 

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