COVID-19 Containment and Response Guidelines

The University of La Verne COVID-19 Containment and Response protocols describe the university’s approach to preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 on campus and in the university community.  These guidelines align with state and county public health requirements, and may change as state and county health guidelines are updated.

The latest Los Angeles County Department of Public Health COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines are available here.

For questions regarding the university’s containment and response guidelines please contact COVIDnotification@laverne.edu.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms

Individuals who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, but have not yet received a positive test result, should follow the steps below. Any combination of the following symptoms is consistent with COVID-19, including but not limited to: Congestion, runny nose, headache, sore throat, fever, cough, difficulty breathing, chills, muscle aches or body pain, fatigue, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, or new loss of taste or smell.

*Please Note: If you are COVID-19 positive and required to isolate, your isolation period will start on the day you report your positive test or provide a positive test from a testing site, unless you have recently reported symptoms and your symptoms have been documented. If symptoms are reported and a positive test is received while those symptoms are being experienced, the isolation period will start on the day of symptom onset. All individuals are encouraged to report the onset of their symptoms even if testing negative for COVID-19, as well as their positive test if applicable, to ensure a documented and accurate isolation period.

Employees:

  • Submit a COVID-19 Report Form, stay home, and follow guidance from your medical provider.
  • Inform your supervisor.
  • For questions about COVID sick pay, extended leave, or ADA accommodations, consult with Human Resources (Ana Duenas aduenas@laverne.edu).
  • Stay home until no longer symptomatic and consult with your supervisor.

Students:

  • Submit a COVID-19 Report Form. Individuals will be contacted by the contact tracing nurse after completing the report.
  • If you are a commuter student, stay home, do not come to campus for any reason and await guidance from the contact tracing nurse. They will contact you via email.
  • If you are an on-campus resident, quarantine rooms are available. Please contact the Student Health Center 909-448-4619 immediately to let us know that you are a resident and unable to quarantine off-campus.
  • Individuals are required to follow all quarantine guidance from the contact tracing nurse. University staff will provide a personalized notice with important dates to be followed.
  • Students will be provided clinical determination an individual basis. Please await further guidance from Student Health Center team on quarantine instructions.
  • Students may call the Student Health Center at 909-448-4619 to schedule an appointment with our physician.

**If you have worsening symptoms, contact your primary care physician.
**If you believe you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, go to the nearest emergency room.

If you’ve tested positive for COVID-19

Individuals who are COVID-19 positive must:

  • Complete a COVID-19 Report Form. COVID positive individuals will be contacted by the contact tracing nurse after completing the form.
  • Individuals must stay home or in their residence hall room, not come to campus for any reason, and await guidance from the contact tracing nurse. You will be contacted via email.
  • Individuals are required to follow all guidance from the contact tracing nurse. The nurse will provide a personalized isolation notice with important dates to be followed.
  • Individuals must isolate for 10 full days. Individuals may end isolation after day 5 ONLY if specific criteria is met as outlined by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and  as determined by the contact tracing nurse.
    • Only antigen tests will be accepted post day 5 for testing out of isolation. No at home tests will be accepted.
  • Individuals who test out of isolation must continue to wear a mask when indoors through the 10th day of their original isolation period.
  • Students may call the student health center at 909-448-4619 to schedule an appointment between the hours 8:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. for a test or may get tested at an outside testing site. Results must be emailed to COVIDnotification@laverne.edu
  • Employees must obtain their test from an outside testing site and send results to COVIDnotification@laverne.edu
  • Individuals who do not test negative must remain in isolation through the end of the 10th full day and exit on day 11. Anyone who completes 10 days of isolation DOES NOT need to have a negative test to exit isolation.
If you’ve been exposed to COVID-19

Exposures and Close Contact Definition: The current definition for exposure or close contact is the sharing of the same indoor airspace with someone with COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while they were infectious

Individuals do not need to report their exposures to the university unless they become symptomatic. All exposures will be identified through contact tracing protocols. Exposure guidelines are the same regardless of vaccination status.

  • Individuals do not need to quarantine as long as they do not have any symptoms.
  • Individuals must closely monitor symptoms and wear a mask when indoors for 10 days post exposure.
  • Individuals who have tested positive in the last 90 days do not need to test, but must monitor for symptoms.
  • Individuals are advised to test 3 to 5 days following the date of last exposure. The test can be PCR, antigen, or home test. Self-testing is acceptable. Negative tests do not need to be reported.
  • Individuals may come to campus before testing, provided they do not develop any symptoms.
  • If an individual develops symptoms (i.e. headache, sore throat, congestion, cough, fatigue, shortness of breath, muscle or body aches, fever, chills, loss of taste or smell, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea), individual must:
    • Begin to quarantine (i.e. stay at home and don’t come to campus)
    • Complete a COVID-19 Report Form
    • Employees are to consult with a medical provider and get tested for COVID-19 if appropriate
    • Students are to contact the students health center at 909-448-4619 for a telehealth appointment and possibly get a COVID-19 if appropriate as determined by the doctor.
Additional information

Employees (faculty, staff, and student employees)

Please contact Ana Duenas at aduenas@laverne.edu at Human Resources for additional information for benefits such as sick leave, paid or unpaid time off, or workers’ compensation benefits.

Faculty Guidance on Managing exposures and Positive Cases in the classroom

If through our contact tracing protocols, it has been determined that classrooms or specified individuals come in contact with an individual that is positive for COVID-19, the contact tracing nurse will provide Course Exposure Notices.

Course Exposure Notices are sent to the faculty assigned to the course and all students on the roster for the course. The dean of the college in which the course is held in is also informed of the exposure. 

 An isolation notice will be issued to the positive individual. The positive student will be placed in isolation, and cannot come to campus for any reason until the isolation period is over. The student will be permitted to return to campus on the 11th full day after their positive test – they DO NOT need take another test to return to campus.

Alternatively, a student may return to campus after their 5th full day of isolation if a) the student receives a negative antigen test on or after their 5th full day of isolation, b) have improved symptoms, and c) are fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications. Students wishing to do this, need to submit their negative antigen test report via the Coronavirus Report and to seek an updated Return to Campus clearance note from the Student Health Center.   Upon review and verification, the student will be provided with a letter from the Student Health Center signed by Student Health Director, Jamie Solis, with their Return to Campus date. Faculty may request to view that letter from students returning from Isolation before the 11th full day.

Contact tracing, notifications, and follow-up

 Once a positive test is received, the individual MUST isolate and cannot come to campus for any reason. Positive cases will be contacted directly by the someone from the COVID-19 response team depending on their identified classifications.

For all students, athletes, student workers, and/or employees, the contact tracing nurse will call or email each positive individual regarding isolation requirements.

  • On-campus residents will need to stay in their residence hall room until contacted by a housing staff member. Residents will have the option to go home to isolate or be moved to an isolation room on campus, if they cannot go home. The contact tracing nurse will call or email each positive individual regarding isolation requirements.

Anyone contacted by the contact tracing nurse needs to respond in a timely manner as the university must report to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health within 24 hours and protocols must be followed.

All Isolation Notices for positive cases will be provided by the contact tracing nurse. As soon as an individual receives notice of their positive test, they should begin recalling and identifying all people, places, and events they attended during the two days prior to receiving their positive results. (Ex: If a student tests positive on Wednesday, they should be prepared to identify all courses, events attended, and all persons interacted with on the immediately preceding Monday and Tuesday.) This information MUST be returned to the contact tracing nurse as soon as possible to identify exposures.

Exposure Notification

Once a positive individual identifies their likely exposures through the contact tracing process, “Exposure Notices” for close contacts, classes, groups, or activities will be provided by the contact trace nurse. All communication to the likely exposed individuals will occur via email. Instructions and details regarding quarantine, testing, and isolation are provided in the exposure notices.

All individuals are asked to NOT engage in their own contact tracing as it is critical we follow university contact tracing protocols and adhere to Los Angeles County Department of Public Health guidance in identifying and notifying exposures.

In the event that a positive case is unable to identify any exposures individually, such as  visiting a large space open to all students and/or employees, a campus email will be sent advising anyone in that space of their potential exposure. In the event that the university learns of a circumstance in which a large number of people had a high risk of exposure to a positive case, a timely warning may be issued.

Cleaning and Disinfection of Exposed Areas

The COVID-19 Response Team notifies Custodial Services of physical area/areas in need of cleaning and disinfection. Upon notification, custodial team members are dispatched and engaged to thoroughly clean and disinfect identified areas. Cleaning and disinfection strategies are in alignment with standards set by the CDC and EPA. They include targeted disinfecting of high-touch areas and use of electrostatic spray machines. To the extent possible, custodial staff will open windows to have the room air out and maximize airflow circulation. Areas require a 20-30 minute wait period before being available for re-entering or use.