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: Do you have your own car on campus? Will you need a ride home? If you need a ride home, Bryant recommends that two people drive two separate cars to campus. You then drive yourself home in one car and the two other people drive the second car back together.
- 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
Release from Bryant quarantine is based on meeting all the following criteria:
- Completing 10 full days of quarantine since the last exposure. Please note that receiving a negative test result during quarantine does not reduce the length of quarantine. A full 10-days is required
- Remaining symptom-free
- Receiving a negative result for a COVID test performed on day 10 of quarantine (must be performed at Bryant or be a PCR test obtained off campus)
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 end quarantine, individuals must receive a negative result for a COVID-19 test performed on day 10 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 drive-up quarantine testing site behind the MAC. A limited number of testing appointments are available on Saturday mornings at the sick clinic only for individuals receiving their 10th 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 10th 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 email@example.com to request a discharge from quarantine as soon as they receive a negative result for their 10th 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
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.
Quarantine Connect (via Zoom)
Whether you are isolating or quarantining on campus or at home, please join this interactive Bryant University Community Meeting. Connecting with people is one of the best ways to reduce worry, loneliness, and boredom during quarantine. “Zoom in” for one meeting or all!
For inquiries, please email Rob Richards, Office of Counseling Services: email@example.com.
Students who are quarantining in Bryant-provided housing should use the following contact information to address their residential life needs:
- For non-urgent requests, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For immediate requests, please call the Community Director at 401-258-4247
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