Health & Safety
Exposure Precautions and Isolation Measures
Marist College is requiring students, faculty, and staff to follow the CDC guidelines for isolation, and for exposure precautions after COVID-19 infection or exposure. Marist is no longer directly overseeing individual isolation and exposure precautions for community members; rather, per the CDC, the College expects individuals to manage their own isolation period and exposure precautions, using this guidance. Health Services (students) and Human Resources (employees) are here to provide support, as needed.
Students who test positive for, or are otherwise diagnosed with COVID-19:
Determine an isolation plan:
- Marist College policy is that students complete their isolation at home. Students should coordinate with their families to isolate safely. If a student is unable to return home due to distance or vulnerability of family members, certain other options are possible.
- Students who have their own bedroom and bathroom can isolate in their room, as long as other residents of their unit are not at high risk for severe COVID-19 infection.
- Students who have their own bedroom, but share a bathroom with a small number of people (3-4) can generally isolate in their room, with measures in place to reduce potential exposure from the shared bath (wear a mask in the bathroom, disinfect surfaces after use, open a window if possible, separate bathroom usage by greater than one hour, etc).
- Students who need assistance with developing an isolation plan should contact Housing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Outside of traditional business hours, students who need assistance should call Marist Security at (845) 471-1822, and ask to speak with the Resident Director on duty. A limited number of rooms are available for students with unique circumstances.
Isolate for 5 full days:
- Start date (day zero) is the date of your positive test or the date your symptoms started (if you have symptoms), whichever is earlier.
- Students may release themselves from isolation on day 6 after your start date, as long as the student is fever free and all symptoms are resolved or improving.
- The healthcare provider of the student will advise if a longer isolation period is needed (i.e. for those who are immunocompromised or other certain conditions).
- Wear a mask for five (5) additional days after your isolation ends, both indoors and outdoors if around other people.
- Students should notify all close contacts they encountered while infected, including the 48-hour period before symptoms started, or before a positive test result, whichever was earlier.
- A close contact is someone who was within six (6) feet for a total of 15 minutes cumulatively over a 24-hour period while contagious, regardless of vaccination status or mask wearing.
- Your close contacts can reference the same guidelines from the CDC to determine what they should do. They can also be referred to the Marist COVID-19 webpage and FAQs.
Manage Your Symptoms (if symptomatic):
- Monitor symptoms closely, particularly breathing and temperature, and attend to hydration status.
- Use over-the-counter cough and cold remedies, and pain/fever-reducing medicines, that work best for you.
- Contact a healthcare provider or Marist Health Services if you are concerned about your symptoms. After hours contact Safety and Security at (845) 471-1822.
If You Have Been Exposed to COVID-19
NOTE: Per updated CDC guidelines from August 2022, quarantine is no longer required or recommended for persons exposed to COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status. All persons exposed to COVID-19 should follow the guidelines below.
Start Precautions Immediately after learning you were exposed:
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 full days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Do not go places where you are unable to wear a mask.
Monitor for Symptoms
- Monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 10 full days after you were exposed.
- If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and arrange to get tested for COVID-19. Students can contact Health Service for testing, or test themselves with an at-home rapid antigen testing kit. Testing is also available at local pharmacies and urgent care centers, such as CVS, Walgreens, Emergency One, PulseMD, and Caremount. If you test positive, follow the measures as detailed above.
- Get tested at least 5 days after the last close contact to someone with COVID-19.
- If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section above.
- If your test is negative, continue the precautions listed above for 10 full days after the date of your exposure.
Academics and Absences due to COVID-19 Isolation or Quarantine
Students who must isolate should contact their faculty to develop a plan to stay current on coursework. Faculty and the Center for Advising and Academic Services Office will assist, as needed. Per College policy, Marist Health Service does not provide “excuse notes” for short term absences.