General Guidelines & Strategies

This guidance document has been produced because the safety of students, faculty, and staff on UNA’s campus is paramount.

UNA remains in contact with the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Plans are in place to address the need for quarantine, isolation, food distribution, access to medical and mental health services, and other possible student needs.

Effective response to a communicable disease requires early reporting, rapid assessment, and implementation of quarantine measures as directed by qualified health officials. UNA has implemented a dedicated reporting and support system to facilitate this process utilizing an online reporting tool or by calling 256-765-4328.

A standardized reporting process assures that appropriate information is requested and gathered . All data gathered will be confidential and comply with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

UNA is engaged with the Alabama Department of Public Health and other health partners to facilitate contact tracing. All contacts received by the University that indicate a potential exposure to COVID-19 will be immediately referred to University Health Services for direction and case management. Immediate actions to isolate individuals will be implemented. The CDC provides the following definitions related to isolation and quarantine:

Quarantine

• is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others . Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms.

Isolation

• is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected . People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others . In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Student informs a UNA employee that the student has COVID-19

• Employee should tell student to contact Health Services at 256-765-4328.
• Employee should inform Health Services that the student shared the information by completing the online reporting form found on the Health Services webpage.

Positive COVID-19 case

• UNA follows the ADPH and CDC guidance in positive case response.
• Individuals who were in contact with a person who had a positive result for more than 15 minutes and at less than 6-feet distance would be at risk.
• If an employee or student were reported as having been in contact with a positive case, the employee or student would be notified and asked to isolate for 14 days from point of contact.
• If an employee or student tests positive for COVID-19, the individual will need to remain at home and contact Health Services at 256-765-4328 to report the result. The individual will need to contact Health Services for clearance before returning to campus.
• Individuals who are quarantined or isolated will be required to continue their UNA Healthcheck screenings to monitor symptoms. Should symptoms occur, University Health Services is available for phone calls or telehealth appointments during the quarantine or isolation period.
• Any individual that is placed in quarantine or isolation for COVID-19 must contact University Health Services to receive clearance before an individual returns to campus.