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PLEASE NOTE: As of September 19, Norwich University reports zero active cases of COVID-19 in a total of 1665 students currently in residence on the Northfield campus. The cumulative total of positive cases is five to date. As a precautionary measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Norwich campus is closed to the public for the foreseeable future to include all buildings, fields and tracks. Thank you for your understanding.

Three different reasons for Quarantine

Quarantine (pending medical evaluation) or QPME

QPME is a temporary status where you are required to remain in your room, but you should be actively attempting to contact Norwich University Health Services (NUHS (802) 484-2552, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to have your symptoms evaluated by a medical professional. This most often happens when you fill out the daily symptom tracker and indicate that you have some possible COVID-19-related symptoms. The important thing to note on this type of quarantine is that the University likely does not know about your status and you must have a “buddy” get your meals from the dining facility for you until you are either cleared (and can go to the dining facility yourself) or put on Quarantine (Patient Under investigation) or QPUI status at which point your meals will be delivered to your room. Your “buddy” can use a buddy swipe to get your meal or they can obtain a pink QPME slip from inside the main entrance to your residence hall or barracks, or from the Sodexo office in the WCC. You can also forward your “NOT CLEARED FOR CAMPUS” email to your buddy/cadre to be shown to SODEXO staff at the food line. If you are unable to identify a buddy/cadre to assist, you will need to contact your company mentor (Rooks/cadets) or Residence Life (civilian) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. during business hours.

If you are proactive about getting in touch with NUHS, you should not remain on this status for more than 24 hours.

Quarantine (person under investigation) or QPUI

QPUI is an officially mandated quarantine directed by medical staff at NUHS and only the medical staff can release you from this status. You will receive an official quarantine slip from Student Affairs that you can share with professors to participate in remote learning instead of in-class learning. Your meals will be delivered to your room when you are in this status. Be sure to let staff know if you have any food allergies.

NUHS will determine when you can be released from this status and you may be required to take a COVID-19 test to be released. Please monitor your email so that student life staff can notify you of required testing locations and times.

Quarantine (contact or test pending) or QCTP

QCTP may be required for two reasons. The first reason would be that you were identified as a close contact to someone who has been confirmed positive. In this case, you will remain on this status until you are cleared by an appropriate quarantine period AND a negative test result. You will be invited to test again after at least 7 days in quarantine.

The second reason for being placed in this status is if you have receive an irregular result from a COVID-19 test. Occasionally, samples are unable to be processed (TNP-Test Not Processed) or the results are INVALID. While there is no particular reason to be overly concerned with either result, an abundance of caution requires us to quarantine the student until a negative result is obtained. You will receive an official quarantine slip from Student Affairs that you can share with professors to participate in remote learning instead of in-class learning. Your meals will be delivered to your room when you are in this status. Be sure to let staff know if you have any food allergies

Isolation

Isolation is a very specific term that is used solely for those who have tested positive or who are presumed positive. Students who are required to isolate will do so in a designated isolation space on campus and will be required to remain in that specific space for the duration of their isolation (at least 10 days plus the abatement of symptoms). All meals and services will be provided to the student.

Employees will be required to isolate at home if they should become COVID positive.

General Information:

How will I know when I can end quarantine?

If you are in a QPME or QPUI status, only NUHS (or your PCP if you are an employee) can clear you from quarantine.

For students in QCTP, Student life staff will notify you when you are released from quarantine based on your test results.

What should I do if I feel ill?

Students experiencing a medical emergency are advised to call Public Safety immediately at (802) 485-2525 or 911. Students must identify themselves as being quarantined prior to the arrival of personnel to ensure proper clothing and equipment for their protection. Faculty and staff should call 911.

Students who become symptomatic, or who are symptomatic and feel that their symptoms are worsening, should call Norwich University Health Services at (802) 485-2552. Faculty and staff should call their primary care provider in these circumstances.

What to do if I feel anxious or worried?

Students are encouraged to reach out to their supports such as their resident advisor, school advisor, and the NU Wellness Center for counseling support at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (802) 485-2134. Emergency services include the office of Public Safety (802) 485-2525, or 911.

Can I still participate in my classes?

Students in quarantine will not be able to attend classes that are held in person. Students have the responsibility of contacting their professors and or advisors so that remote/online learning options can be provided, and their learning maximized while in quarantine.

NU Health Services Information

Student Health Center
Monday – Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Phone: 1 (802) 485-2552
Fax: 1 (802) 485-4577
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
After hours, call: 1 (802) 485-4161 and follow the prompts to reach the on-call provider

Handout developed by: Sonya Fuller, Norwich University School of Nursing, ABSN ‘December 2020’

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