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Health, Wellness, and Preventions FAQs

Where is the best place to find information about orders for Orange County? 
Orange County government is providing regular updates for its residents. Information including the state-wide stay-at-home order, testing, COVID-19 heat maps, as well as information from local partners, can be found at the County’s website

What is Rollins doing to respond to COVID-19? 
The College’s main goal in planning and preparations is to protect the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Our planning is guided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the State of Florida Health Department and the Orange County Health Department. The College is taking a number of steps to prepare for and respond to the issues raised by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Staying in regular communication with state and local health officials. Regular monitoring of national and state organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the State of Florida Health Department and the Orange County Health Department. 
  • Keeping our community informed by sharing best practices and expert guidance on public health infection control. 

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus?  
Symptoms can include a fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and/or new loss of taste or smell – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 2-14 days.  

How can I prevent infection with COVID-19?  
The best way to prevent infection is to be vaccinated and avoid exposure to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:  

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.  
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.  
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.  
  • Stay home when you are sick.  
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.  
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.  
  • Physical distancing, remaining six feet apart.
  • Wear a mask when indoors or in large groups outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

How is "close contact" defined?
“Close contact” is defined by the CDC as someone an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The CDC updated this definition October 21, 2020. 

What is in the 2021-22 Tars Promise?
We have revised our COVID-19 Policy and Tars Promise for the 2021-22 academic year. All students will be expected to adhere to the Tars Promise and will be held accountable to its terms. The Tars Promise pertains to all members of our community, whether you live on or off campus. We are confident that each person in the Rollins community continues to take this pandemic seriously. Our plans for opening and keeping the spread of COVID-19 low on our campus will only be successful if everyone follows all protocols at all times. View the COVID-19 Policy and Tars Promise here.

How will students be held accountable for complying with the Tars Promise?
The College reviews reports of Tars Promise violations and takes appropriate action if there is enough information to move forward. Students found responsible for the most egregious violations, which include hosting large gatherings or violating isolation or quarantine protocols, are issued the strongest sanctions. These sanctions could include residence hall dismissal, loss of campus access privileges, and suspension.

Will I need to get a COVID-19 test when I arrive to campus?
For students who have not voluntarily uploaded their COVID vaccination cards, we will Rapid COVID test after arrival to campus and at intervals throughout the semester.

Is there anything I should keep in mind when considering getting a COVID vaccine/booster and a flu shot?
The flu shot is seasonal, and lasts for 9-11 months to help prevent influenza. The first priority during the current Delta variant surge is to begin your COVID vaccination status as soon as possible. In general, we recommend not getting the COVID19 vaccine within 2 weeks of getting any other vaccine, so try to space the two vaccines (flu and COVID) out by two weeks.

What is the College’s current mask policy?
Per CDC guidance, Rollins will continue to have a mandatory mask requirement indoors, including in our classrooms and other meeting spaces, for all students, staff, faculty and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Wearing face masks is one of the most important actions we can all take to eliminate the spread of the virus. Face masks are useful in both preventing illness in healthy individuals and in preventing asymptomatic transmission. Wearing a mask is not only about self-protection; it is also about protecting others from infection. When a community wears face masks consistently, the number of COVID-19 cases is reduced.

Can I opt out of the mask policy or get a doctor’s note to opt out?
Requests for accommodation can be made by contacting care@rollins.edu (for students) or HR@rollins.edu (for employees).

Do I need to wear a mask outdoors?
Current data suggest the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in outdoor settings is minimal. In general, fully vaccinated people do not need to wear a mask outdoors. Fully vaccinated people might choose to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings if they or someone in their household is immunocompromised.

What are the expectations for masking in community bathrooms?
Masks are to be worn in community bathrooms (except brushing teeth, showering, etc.).

Are masks required in the dining halls?
Masks are required unless you are seated and eating. As much as possible, please dine outdoors.

Can I drink beverages without a mask?
Beverages may be consumed from a covered cup or bottle under your mask anywhere on campus.

Are daily screenings required?
Yes, daily health screenings through #CampusClear will be required until further notice.

What is #CampusClear?
#CampusClear is a daily self-screening app and campus “wellness pass” that we are asking all members of the on-campus community to begin using on September 1, 2020.

CampusClear is a daily self-screening app and campus "wellness pass" that we are asking all members of the on-campus community to continue to use.

How do I download the #CampusClear app?
This app should be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, for free, prior to arrival on campus. For those that do not have a smartphone, you can complete the screening tool using a web browser. More information is forthcoming.

I’m concerned about using #CampusClear. How will it protect medical privacy?
The #CampusClear app uses industry-standard security practices to protect your data. Access to this information will be restricted to Health administrators tasked with mitigating COVID-19 on our campus.

Why do I need to do this?
#CampusClear is part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms. If you develop symptoms after having completed the daily screening, we ask that you alert the Wellness Center.

What does “wellness pass” mean?
Once you have completed your daily screening, the result on your screen serves as a “wellness pass” that you may be asked to show when accessing certain buildings and spaces on campus.

Can anyone ask me to show that my daily wellness screening was completed?
Yes. We ask that you be prepared to display your screening results at any time. In addition, you may ask any member of the campus community to share their results as well. If you are meeting with students or other Rollins community members, before meeting in person with an individual or group it’s appropriate to ask if they have completed the screening.

Besides self-screening, what other types of screening will be used to keep the campus community safe?
In partnership with a bio-tech company, we are studying testing wastewater effluent from residence halls on a weekly basis using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis with CDC novel coronavirus primers. This would provide up to seven days’ advance notice of an increase in infection in a residence hall. Identifying residence halls with a significant peak in COVID-19 levels in the effluent will signal us to test everyone in the residence hall and respond accordingly.

Is the #CampusClear app for everyone, or is it only for the unvaccinated?
The #CampusClear app is designed for all faculty, staff, and students and to screen for COVID symptoms.

How often can students get tested?
Orange County Epidemiology does not recommend regular testing schedules. Testing should be used for a close contact exposure, and if an individual is symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms. If a student has specific concerns, they can contact the Wellness Center. If there is a rise in effluent testing then surveillance testing of that residential space will be completed.

Where is COVID-19 testing available on campus?
If a student, faculty, or staff member has no symptoms, they can visit the Campus Safety building for walk-in, asymptomatic testing. For those in the Rollins community that have symptoms can call the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment for testing.

Is there a cost associated with a COVID-19 test at Rollins?
There is no charge for a COVID-19 test.

What protocols are in place for students living off-campus who test positive and need medical care?
The Wellness Center is available to complete telehealth appointments for students living off-campus.

Will students who test positive for COVID-19 be isolated?
Yes, we have developed plans to dedicate space for quarantine of exposed, asymptomatic residential students and isolation and care of our residential students who become ill and test positive for COVID-19. Several campus locations have been reserved for this purpose. We will make every effort to provide necessary care, including meal delivery, wellness monitoring. Please know in advance that we will not be able to accommodate rebates for room and board for those who must quarantine or be isolated and elect to return home for the period.

What is the isolation and quarantine protocol for our students?
Students will resume full occupancy of their residential rooms this fall. Students who did not upload their COVID-19 vaccine card, that test positive, will quarantine/isolate in their assigned room. When feasible, students will be able to return home to quarantine/isolate if clinically appropriate. Students who test positive at the Wellness Center will be moved to an isolation space. Vaccine data will be reviewed by Wellness staff and students will be isolated or quarantined if needed. Rapid Trace (contact tracing) will be notified to begin contact tracing of close contacts in our campus community and identify individuals that need to quarantine due to close contact exposure.

What are the specific parameters of quarantine?
Quarantine is defined as staying home for 10 days since the day of exposure to a positive COVID individual and monitor for symptoms of COVID. Stay away from others, and wear your mask at all times when accessing the bathroom or laundry room. Do not hang out in group spaces by yourself or with others. Students are allowed to go outside two times per day, alone, for 15 minutes to get fresh air away from others.

Will Rollins be conducting contact tracing?
Thorough contact tracing is vital in containing the spread of the virus across campus. Rollins has contracted with Rapid-Trace to expand our capacity for contact tracing. This partnership will allow us to provide additional medical expertise and support to manage the pandemic. Rapid-Trace will send emails, texts, and phone calls.

What if I am tested and diagnosed with COVID-19 at an off-campus medical facility?
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing other than the Wellness Center, we ask that you update your daily screening tool with your positive results. Reporting positive cases through the screening application will allow contact tracing to begin promptly and will help keep our community safe. If a student tests positive at any time, rapid or PCR, they will be isolated and contact tracing will begin.

Is on-site rapid testing available to faculty and staff?
Yes. Contact the Wellness Center to make an appointment.

What is the accuracy of the rapid testing?
The rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are 96.7% percent positive agreement (PPA) and have a 100% negative percent agreement (NPA) in conjunction with medical evaluation. Students that test negative and are symptomatic will be re-tested. Learn more about rapid tests on the Quidel website.

If while I'm isolating for a positive COVID-19 test, I then get a negative COVID-19 test, can I stop isolating?
No. A negative test means you are negative that day, but you can develop symptoms post-exposure up to 14 days later. Per CDC guidance, isolation stands for that duration of time. How will the Rollins community be informed of COVID-19 cases? We have developed a dashboard that will be posted on our COVID-19 website.

Will we still offer asymptomatic testing for vaccinated faculty and staff? If so, should we think about getting tested?
COVID testing for asymptomatic individuals can be done at the Campus Safety building M-F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you are vaccinated, it is recommended you get tested if you develop COVID symptoms or have a known close contact exposure (testing 5 days after exposure or sooner if symptoms develop).

Will there be regular testing for unvaccinated faculty and staff?
There is no requirement for regular testing for unvaccinated faculty and staff.

Am I required to wear a mask in my office?
Mask wearing is required at all times for all indoor spaces, including classrooms unless you are working alone in a private office or lab in which case you do not need to wear your mask.

What if I’m exposed to COVID-19 and need to quarantine?
Students who have not uploaded their COVID-19 card in FoxLink and are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine in their assigned housing space, if students are unable to quarantine off campus or return home. Due to limited space, isolation and quarantine may have to occur off campus at the students’ expense.

If a student is vaccinated and tests positive but is asymptomatic, does that student have to quarantine?
Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 whether vaccinated or not will be required to isolate at home or in our isolation space.

How long does isolation and/or quarantine last?
Isolation is 10 days since onset of symptoms or testing. Quarantine (exposed) is 10 days from last contact. Tested on days 5-7 or sooner if symptoms arise.

Do I need participate in contact tracing if I test positive for COVID-19?
Yes. If you test positive at the Wellness Center, or offsite, complete #CampusClear and contact the Wellness Center. To help limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, Rollins partners with Rapid-Trace, a local firm aiding business and institutions with contact-tracing services. With Rapid-Trace, we will be able to identify and inform people who have been in contact with confirmed cases so they can take the necessary steps to prevent further spread of this disease.

When can I receive the vaccine?
Effective April 2021, anyone age 18 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on campus. Anyone 12 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 in Florida.

Will I get a vaccination card?
Yes.

What do I do after I get my first shot?
After receiving your first dose, you will receive a CDC vaccination card. It is essential to keep this card for future verification of receiving the vaccine. We strongly recommend that you take a photo of this card and store it securely, or send a photo to a parent or caregiver for them to store, as well.

Will Rollins require the vaccine for students this fall?
We strongly encourage all new and returning students to arrive on campus fully vaccinated with an FDA-or WHO-approved vaccine.

Rollins will continue to offer vaccinations to students, faculty and staff. Currently, we are able to offer the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Our vaccine clinic will be available for students seeking a COVID vaccine upon their arrival on campus. We will also offer the flu vaccine.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, a vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection.

Will a COVID-19 vaccination protect me from getting sick with COVID-19?
Yes. COVID-19 vaccination works by teaching your immune system how to recognize and fight the virus that causes COVID-19, and this protects you from getting sick with COVID-19.

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

What happens if a student has an adverse reaction to a vaccine?
We keep all students for 15 minutes after they are vaccinated to ensure there is no unanticipated response. We are prepared to rapidly handle any allergic reaction, however, they are extremely rare.

Will the Wellness Center also offer the booster vaccine when it’s made available?
Assuming we have access to the vaccine, we will offer booster vaccines. Currently only those with severe immunosuppression (e.g., organ transplant recipients) have been approved by the FDA for a third vaccine. We will follow the FDA recommendations.

What percentage of our campus community is vaccinated?
At this time, we have information on faculty, staff and students who have been vaccinated through our on-campus clinics. To help us monitor the public health risk for our campus community, students vaccinated off-site are encouraged to voluntarily upload their COVID-19 vaccination card via FoxLink. Vaccination status of the campus community can be found on the COVID-19 Dashboard which is updated daily by 9:30 a.m.

Why is it important to upload my COVID-19 vaccination card in FoxLink?
Providing documentation of vaccination carries the following benefits:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will NOT be required to quarantine for 10 days if they are directly exposed.
  • Exempt from regular COVID-19 testing.

I’m a staff member, do I need to upload my COVID-19 vaccine card to prove I’m vaccinated?
We ask that all faculty, staff and students upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards so that we have reliable data on our community status. Our campus and event protocols will be tuned to percent of our community vaccinated. The more we know, the better we can plan, and the more we can do. Those that received the COVID-19 vaccine in our Rollins Vaccine Clinic do not need to upload documentation. In addition, the CDC cards will enable us to exempt you from having to quarantine if you have an exposure and are asymptomatic.

If our COVID-19 vaccination card was uploaded last year, do we need to upload it again?
Last year we relied on self-reporting and employees did not upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards. We ask that they do so now. Also, if they were vaccinated at Rollins, no action is needed.

If I’m a staff member and a student enrolled in classes, am I included in both counts for percentage of vaccinated data?
If a staff or faculty member is registered in a class, they are included in the student count as well as in the staff count. However, the overall percentage will count them only once.

What if I lost my vaccine card?
If you have lost your CDC card, please contact the Department of Health in the state in which you were vaccinated (for Florida, by phone at 850-245-4444 or health@flhealth.gov). Many states allow you electronic access to your vaccine record. You may be able to capture a screenshot of your vaccine status from the Department of Health site, and you may upload that via FoxLink. If you need further assistance, you may reach out to wellness@rollins.edu for further guidance.

Where can I find the current positivity rate? 
The College’s positivity rate can be found updated daily by 9:30 a.m. on the dashboard (found here). Weekend rates are calculated every Monday.

Is there any evidence of transmission in the classroom? 
No. We consistently monitor the data from Rapid-Trace contact tracing, and we continue to have no evidence of any transmission of COVID-19 in the classroom, or at any campus-sponsored and monitored events or activities.