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Patient Care Considerations for Students

Patient Care Considerations for StudentsStudent Isolation and Quarantine HousingCounseling and Psychological Services for Students 

Patient Care Considerations for Students

Students who develop COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or have been in close contact with another individual who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 must call the Student Health Center at 610-328-8058. If it is after hours, students should call 610-328-8548. The protocol below will be followed:

  • Students will be triaged and advised to schedule a tele-health or an in-person appointment with a Nurse Practitioner at the Student Health Center. Health Center staff will follow CDC protocol and wear full PPE for any sick office visit.
  • No walk in appointments will be accepted at the Student Health Center. Students must call and speak with a registered nurse to schedule an appointment prior to arrival to the Student Health Center. Until evaluated at the Health Center, students may be asked to self isolate.
  • Appointments will be staggered to ensure social distancing and the ability to utilize sick and well waiting room models as well as examination room delegation.
  • Students will have temperature checks upon entry to the Student Health Center.
  • Students will be assessed and provided with an individualized Health and Wellness Support Plan including COVID-19 testing if necessary, daily medical and psychological check ins, continuity of education planning, housing accommodations, dietary accommodations, self-monitoring of symptom expectations, illness education and referral to a higher level of care if needed.
  • For students who test positive, are a person under investigation, or are a close contact, the Student Health Center will notify the Department of Health.
  • Delegated housing has been reserved to house students who require quarantine or isolation housing and will follow CDC recommended cleaning guidelines.
  • For students who may need a higher level of care, initial referral will be made to the Crozer Keystone Health system, which has acute care hospitals within miles of our campus.

Additional health and safety protocols implemented at the Student Health Center include:

  • For students who need to pick up prescriptions delivered from Rite Aid, a window located at the Health Center patio will be delegated for this. Students will not need to enter the Student Health Center to pick up their medication.
  • Students will be required to wear a face mask/covering while at the Student Health Center.
  • The Student Health Center will implement a mobile/online check in service which will allow students to check in for appointments on their device rather than the computer in the waiting room.
  • The Student Health Center waiting room will be reconfigured to limit seating and touchable surfaces.
  • The Student Health Center will utilize tele-health visits as often as possible.
  • Enhanced, more frequent cleaning will take place at the Student Health Center.
  • Influenza vaccines will be available and are strongly recommended for all students to obtain prior to arrival on campus or on campus starting in September.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Housing 

Isolation housing is identified as temporary housing where a student will live if they receive a positive COVID-19 test or diagnosis.

Quarantine and interim housing is temporary housing for students who:

  • Have had close contact with someone who has received a positive COVID-19 test
  • Are awaiting test results for a likely positive case
  • Have COVID-like symptoms but have not tested positive for COVID-19
  • The College needs to move for other reasons related to COVID-19 protocols (e.g., a student may be moved to interim housing following a violation of the Garnet Pledge for Students).

The College’s quarantine and isolation housing plans were developed in collaboration with and vetted by public health and infectious diseases experts. Locations were chosen because they have specific attributes conducive to what it means to be in quarantine and isolation, particularly individual rooms with private bathrooms, and preparations have been made to ensure that the use of these locations do not in any way elevate the risk of exposure for others. 

When in quarantine or isolation, students receive meal delivery and are provided with disinfectants and anything else they may need to clean their private spaces so that no other community member needs to enter these spaces except in the case of a medical emergency. Worth Health Center and Dean’s Office staff also check with students in quarantine and isolation housing at least once a day to monitor any symptoms and ensure they are receiving support through what can be a challenging time. 

There are several campus spaces reserved for quarantine and isolation housing, including: Kyle House, Palmer Hall, Pittenger Hall, Roberts Hall, and Woolman House.  Mary Lyon Hall will be used for all isolation housing. 

The College has also reserved a floor of the Inn at Swarthmore for use as interim and quarantine housing. It's important to note that we've worked with the Inn to ensure that there is no additional risk to others using the Inn.  Some of the measures in place include:

  • Students in quarantine housing at the Inn will be isolated to a specific floor; no other guests will have access to that floor.
  • The College has worked with the Inn to designate a separate entrance for all students in quarantine and/or interim housing, as well as college staff assisting with the moving process. As a result, students staying at the Inn will access the floor through a different staircase than other guests of the Inn.
  • Every room at the Inn has an independent HVAC unit that handles airflow to individual rooms; air does not flow between individual rooms or floors. The Inn uses MERV 13 air filters throughout the building. 
  • Students remain in their rooms during the entire duration of their stay. (In all Q&I housing spaces we deliver meals and ensure students have other necessities so they are comfortable. Additionally, the health center and Dean’s Office will check with students in Q&I housing at least once a day to monitor any symptoms and ensure they are receiving support through what can be a challenging time.) 
  • The Inn’s staff does not have contact with any student unless it's an emergency situation.

Learn more about additional steps the Inn is taking to support the health and safety of its guests, employees, and the surrounding community.

Counseling and Psychological Services for Students 

Students will be contacted by the CAPS Consultation & Liaison team within 1 day of their arrival to temporary housing after referral from the Health and Wellness Staff. 

They will be offered an opportunity for scheduled, daily psychological support and will be informed of the procedure for unscheduled, as needed, psychological support.

Students may also elect to participate in the daily virtual drop-in support groups to be offered to those in temporary housing.

They will also be apprised of the Telehealth text, phone, and video support available through Talkspace/Swarthmore.

Telehealth consultation services are available for all enrolled students and can be scheduled beginning on August 31, 2020.

Additional information about CAPS.

If it is after hours, students should call 610-328-7768.