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Guidelines for positive cases

The test is positive...now what?

It's okay. There are plans in place to help support you. Linfield's COVID-19 Emergency Response Team developed and has updated these protocols since 2020. Linfield has a team of individuals to walk you through the next steps. But first, please let the right campus group know you have tested positive.

How to self-report

If you are being tested or if you tested positive for COVID-19, you must notify the university.

 

What to expect when a case is confirmed

Linfield will follow the guidance of Yamhill County Public Health, the Multnomah County Health Department and the CDC, which recommends sharing information about COVID-19 in ways that do not increase fear and/or stigma. Because of that, we plan to update the COVID-19 case count here twice weekly and provide updates in Linfield Ahead. The university will not make general announcements when a student or employee tests positive for COVID-19. 

Contact tracing

Because of the prevalence of new COVID-19 variants, Linfield University is no longer doing contact tracing of close contacts of COVID-19 positive cases. Students, faculty and staff can still help keep our community safe and healthy.

First, notify Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center (McMinnville campus) or Student Life (Portland campus). Employees notify the Office of Human Resources Then, begin calling, emailing or texting close contacts as soon as possible and let them know you are positive or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.  

A close contact is someone who was within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes during the period of transmissibility. This time does not have to be consecutive and is cumulative over a 24-hour period. The period of transmissibility is 48 hours before beginning to experience symptoms. Or, if there are no symptoms, it is 48 hours before the date of testing.

Any faculty, staff or student known to have been exposed to COVID-19 (e.g., by a household member, roommate) should follow instructions regarding quarantine, isolation and testing from the local public health authority. 

Notifications

Guidance from public health officials prevents Linfield University from announcing a positive COVID-19 case on campus unless it is confirmed by Yamhill County Public Health or the Multnomah County Health Department. Any release of information would be made in concert with public health authorities.

Linfield is committed to maintaining the privacy of any community members who test positive for COVID-19 in accordance with FERPA and HIPAA guidelines.

Quarantine

Fully-vaccinated people (with all primary doses of vaccine and booster)

When exposed to COVID-19, fully-vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine but are advised to closely monitor their health, get tested for COVID-19 no sooner than 5 days after exposure and wear a mask indoors around other people for the 10 days following exposure.

Unvaccinated people or those without a booster shot

When exposed to COVID-19, those not fully vaccinated should quarantine for five days after exposure followed by strict mask use for an additional five days. Individuals should get tested for COVID-19 no sooner than five days after exposure.

Isolation

For students

Following the recommendation of the CDC, Oregon Health Authority and the Yamhill County Health Department, Linfield University has implemented a modified isolation policy for COVID-19 positive students.

Isolation protocols

The first five (5) days are strict isolation (students in isolation spaces). This will be followed by a five-day modified isolation protocol. Isolation procedures are the same, regardless if the student is symptomatic or asymptomatic.

If a student lives in campus housing, they will either be moved into an on-campus, dedicated isolation room or they may choose to return to their off-campus home​ for the entirety of the isolation period. Students' isolation periods are set by SHWCC representatives, and students will receive a letter containing the dates of strict isolation and modified isolation. 

Students will remain in isolation for a period of five (5) days from either 1) the day their first symptoms developed, or 2) the day they were tested AND are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. Students must be medically cleared to be released from isolation housing.

Strict vs. modified isolation

Strict isolation occurs after a positive result from a COVID-19 test. Students in strict isolation may remain at their off-campus residence or moved to a designated room on campus for five days. Meals will be delivered to on-campus students until they qualify for modified isolation or leave isolation.

Modified isolation may occur after five days of strict isolation if: students are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medications and other symptoms are subsiding; and they agree to always wear a N95 or KN95 mask when outside their isolation room.

So long as they wear a N95 or KN95 mask, students in modified isolation may:

  • Leave their isolation room to attend class while wearing a mask in all outdoor and indoor spaces.
  • Leave isolation rooms to pick up meals from Dillin Hall or Starbucks.
  • Leave their room to exercise alone.

Students in modified isolation may not:

  • Socialize with other students.
  • Drink or consume food around other students.

Resuming activities on campus 

Academics

Students may return to classes during modified isolation. It is the student's responsibility to notify Learning Support Services to start the return-to-class process. Students may not attend class until LSS notifies faculty members about their approved return.

Athletics 

Student-athletes must be cleared by the head athletic trainer and/or the athletic director prior to resuming contact with their team. Instructions will vary depending on the sport but must be followed explicitly. 

For employees

Following the recommendation of the CDC, Oregon Health Authority and the Yamhill County Health Department, Linfield University has implemented a modified isolation policy for COVID-19 positive employees. The first five (5) days are strict isolation at home. This will be followed by a five-day modified isolation protocol. Isolation procedures are the same, regardless if the employee is symptomatic or asymptomatic.

Isolation protocols

If any employee tests positive for COVID-19, they should isolate for five days at their residence. Employees should remain in isolation for a period of five (5) days from either 1) the day their first symptoms developed, or 2) the day they were tested AND are free of fever without the use of fever-reducing medication for 24 hours. 

Strict vs. modified isolation

Strict isolation occurs after a positive result from a COVID-19 test. Employees in strict isolation should remain at their residence for five days. 

Modified isolation may occur after five days of strict isolation if: employees are fever-free for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medications and other symptoms are subsiding; and they agree to always wear a N95 or KN95 mask when on Linfield's campuses.

Employees in modified isolation should:

  • Avoid drinking or consuming food around other individuals.
  • Wear a N95 or KN95 mask when exercising on campus by themselves.

Student gets vaccinated by healthcare worker

Have questions?

Read the FAQs

You've read the requirements. Now read answers to the most common questions about quarantine and isolation on the Health and Wellness FAQ page.

Read the FAQs

QUESTIONS?

For questions about Linfield University and coronavirus, contact covid19ert@linfield.edu. Please direct any medical questions to the Student Health, Wellness and Counseling Center at SHLT@linfield.edu.