Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation
Bryant University has a team of Contact Tracers who support students through quarantine and isolation in accordance with public health guidelines. They will help you identify a safe plan for quarantine or isolation, answer all of your questions and stay in touch with you on a regular basis.
Quarantine and Isolation
Once a student is contacted by the Contact Tracing team, it is important to begin quarantine or isolation immediately to help keep you and the Bryant community safe and healthy.
To break chains of transmission, students who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts must enter isolation or quarantine away from others at Bryant. Students may choose to go home or stay in housing provided by Bryant for the duration of their isolation or quarantine. The department of Residential Life coordinates all isolation and quarantine housing assignments.
Cumberland Residence Hall or Local Hotel
Rooms in Cumberland House and at the hotel adjacent to Bryant are equipped with:
- Refrigeration and microwave
- Blankets, bedding and towels
- All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) delivered directly to assigned room/suite
- Cleaning supplies are available in the shared bathrooms
If all members of a townhouse or suite are close contacts and the student wishes to remain at Bryant for quarantine they will be required to remain in their townhouse or suite for quarantine.
Students who choose to go home for isolation or quarantine should consider the following:
- Permission: Students should seek parental/family permission prior to returning home for isolation or quarantine.
- Transportation: Students who can utilize private transportation and do not stop at any public areas such as rest stops may be permitted to return home to isolate/quarantine provided that a family member or guardian takes responsibility for their care. The student may drive themselves if they have access to a personal vehicle and they are well enough to do so. If a parent/guardian needs to pick up the student they are encouraged to bring TWO cars to Bryant, drive one home themselves and let the student drive the other one. Please note that it is strictly prohibited to utilize any form of public transportation (i.e., bus, train, airplane, etc.) during isolation and quarantine
- Home Environment: Please review the Isolation/Quarantine Guidelines listed below to ensure that a safe plan for isolation or quarantine at home can be achieved.
- Risk: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 and are returning home, those who are living in your isolation location will need to quarantine and could be at greater risk. If you are a close contact and you test positive during your quarantine, those who are living in your quarantine location will need to quarantine and could be at greater risk.
Packing for Quarantine
When going to Cumberland House or the hotel, students need to pack and take only what can be carried in one trip. Use this list as a checklist to help you pack quickly and efficiently.
- Toiletry Items: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, deodorant, contact lenses, contact solution, glasses, retainer, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, soap, hair ties, lotion, feminine products, hair brush and comb, etc.
- Clothing: pajamas, t-shirts, leggings, sweatpants, hoodies, underwear, socks, shoe
- Prescription medications, over the counter medications and vitamins
- Identification, wallet, medical card, credit card
- Phone with charging cord and plug
- Computer and charger, books and notebooks
- Power strip
- Face Masks
- Hand sanitizer
ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE GUIDELINES
Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines are essentially the same for cases and contacts and are provided here for general information for those who are off-campus. Additional information can be found at www.cdc.gov and www.ri.gov.
- The primary goal is to separate healthy individuals from the positive case or contact
- Use a separate bedroom if available
- Use a separate bathroom if available
- Meals should be prepared by a household member and left outside the room of the positive case/contact
- If it is necessary to use common space, such as a bathroom or kitchen, the area should be cleaned after each use, particularly counters, drawer and door handles, faucets, etc.
- If it is necessary to use common space, face masks should be worn
- The positive case or contact must not have contact with anyone outside the household, either by inviting family or friends into their home or going out of the house to visit them. It is permissible to leave the house to visit a doctor
- Consider grocery and pharmacy delivery services if no one is available to purchase food and medications
- Frequent hand-washing with soap for 20 seconds or using hand sanitizers is recommended
Students in isolation or quarantine will participate in Bryant’s virtual learning. Faculty will be notified and will not expect to see students for in-person classes. Students should reach out to their professors to inquire about the details of virtual attendance in each of their courses.
Duration of Quarantine
In order to be released from Bryant quarantine, close contacts must meet all of the following guidelines:
- The most recent date of exposure is considered day zero. Close contacts must remain in quarantine from days 1-7 after exposure. Receiving a negative test result during quarantine does not reduce the length of quarantine. A full 7-days is required.
- With a negative PCR test result on day seven the close contact may leave quarantine on the morning of the 8th day. The COVID test must be performed at Bryant or the student may obtain a PCR test off campus.
- Close contacts must be symptom-free at the time of release from quarantine.
- Close contacts must continue to self-monitor for symptoms for a full 14 days after exposure and are encouraged to avoid public spaces and gatherings during that time (library, in person dining, gym, practices/group meetings, etc.).
Duration of Isolation (for those who have tested positive for the COVID virus)
Release from isolation is based on meeting all the following criteria:
- Completing a minimum of 10 days of isolation since date of symptom onset, or in an asymptomatic case 10 days of isolation since the date of the positive test
- Being fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications
- Being symptom-free, or having a very significant decrease in symptoms
In certain situations, Bryant Health Services, Contact Tracing or the Department of Health may identify other criteria for an individual to be released from isolation.
COVID TESTING PROTOCOL
COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Positive Cases
- Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 will not be retested
- Positive cases will be exempt from the surveillance testing program until 90 days after their original test positive date and should NOT test through the Bryant surveillance testing program for this 90-day period
COVID-19 Testing Protocols for Close Contacts
- To be released from quarantine on the morning of the 8th day, close contacts must receive a negative result for a COVID-19 PCR test performed on day 7 of their quarantine.
- At least one additional test around the midpoint of the quarantine is also recommended.
- Close contacts may choose to test at Bryant or at an off-campus location.
- Close contacts will resume their regular surveillance test schedule when quarantine has ended.
Close contacts may NOT test in the MAC surveillance testing center. On Monday through Friday, quarantine testing will happen at the outdoor walk-up testing site behind the MAC. Hours of operation are from 9am-1pm, and 2pm-4pm. A limited number of testing appointments are available on Saturday mornings at the sick clinic only for individuals receiving their 7th day end of quarantine tests. All on-campus quarantine tests at Bryant will be scheduled by Contact Tracing.
Those who wish to test off-campus must obtain a PCR test (no exceptions) on the 7th day of their quarantine. Results must be sent to and reviewed by Contact Tracing prior to release from quarantine and return to campus. At least one additional test performed around the mid-point of the quarantine is also recommended.
Discharge from Quarantine
Individuals should email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a discharge from quarantine as soon as they receive a negative result for their 7th day quarantine test. This email box is monitored from 7 a.m. - 10 p.m. Requests for discharge that come in after 10 p.m. will be handled on the next day.
SUPPORT RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Residential Life needs
Students who are quarantining in Bryant-provided housing should use the following contacts to address their Residential Life needs:
- For non-urgent requests, please email email@example.com
- For immediate requests, please call the Community Director at 401-258-4247
Students interested in initiating counseling services can email Bryant Counseling Services at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up a first meeting with a counselor via phone or Zoom.
Contact Tracers will keep in touch with you regularly whether you are on- or off-campus. During routine monitoring calls the contact tracer will inquire about symptoms, discuss COVID testing as appropriate, and coordinate your return to campus at the end of isolation/quarantine.
Positive cases and contacts may also receive calls from the Department of Health (DOH). Please cooperate by answering all questions from the state.
If you have questions, you can speak with your contact tracer during monitoring calls or email email@example.com.
Contact Tracing Staff
Ann Marie Jones
Questions or Concerns
If you have additional questions about contact tracing please reach out to:
Jennifer Hurrell, PT, MS, DHSc
Contract Tracing Program Manager
Students with emergency situations should call one of the following:
- Bryant Department of Public Safety: 401-232-6001
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- National Crisis Text Line: Text HELLO to 741741
- Dial 911