Health & Safety
Quarantine and Isolation Measures
Marist College is requiring students to follow the New York State guidelines for isolation and quarantine after COVID-19 infection or exposure. Marist is no longer directly overseeing individual students’ isolation and quaratine; rather, per CDC and New York State guidelines, the College expects students to manage their own isolation and quarantine period, using New York State guidance. We are here to support students 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 email@example.com. 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 the 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 NY state 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 (Close Contacts)
Determine if you need to quarantine:
Per New York State guidelines, students who come into close contact with someone who tests positive for COVID-19 should quarantine if they are in one of the following groups:
Unvaccinated individuals or those who have not completed a primary vaccine series
- Individuals who completed the primary series of recommended vaccine, but have not received a recommended booster shot when eligible.
- Individuals who received the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine (completing the primary series) over 2 months ago and have not received a recommended booster shot.
Develop a quarantine plan:
- See section on “isolation plan” above. The same parameters should be applied to those who need to quarantine.
For all close contacts (regardless of quarantine status):
- Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.
- Get tested at least 5 days after the last close contact to someone with COVID-19. If an individual tests positive or develops COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow recommendations in the Isolation section below.
- If you develop symptoms, arrange to get tested for COVID-19. Students can contact the 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.
Academics and Absences due to COVID-19 Isolation or Quarantine
Students who must isolate or quarantine 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.