Guidelines for BSU Students and Employees Being Asked to Self-isolate
Bridgewater State University is requiring that all students and employees returning from a country designated by the CDC as Level 2 or 3 not return to any BSU campus for 14 days, even if the student or employee is symptom-free. It is also being requested that all such students self-isolate for the 14 days before returning to campus.
What does it mean to “self-isolate”?
If you are asked to self-isolate after returning from a country listed on the CDC’s COVID-19 travel advisories page (currently China, Iran, Japan, Korea, Italy), you should stay home — in your room, your apartment, or your house. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social gatherings until 14 days after the date of your departure from the country in question.
BSU Wellness Staff will be in frequent contact to provide support and guidance to students and employees who are asked to self-isolate. Follow these guidelines for self-isolation:
- Monitor your symptoms and report any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough or trouble breathing) immediately to BSU Health Services at 508-531-1252 or to your health care provider. Before seeking medical care, call your healthcare provider and tell them that you have or are being evaluated for COVID-19.
- Stay in your room or apartment. Do not go to work, classes, athletic events, or other social or religious gatherings until 14 days after your departure from the country in question.
- Limit contact as much as possible. This also means limiting contact with persons living in your residence and pets. Do not handle pets while sick.
- Cover coughs and sneezes with your upper sleeve or a tissue. Never cough in the direction of someone else.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use alcohol-based hand rubs after coughing or sneezing or throwing a used tissue in the garbage.
- Avoid sharing household items. Do not share drinking glasses, towels, eating utensils, bedding, or any other items until you are no longer asked to self-isolate.
- Keep your surroundings clean. High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, according to label instructions.
- Wear a face mask if you are around other people, or before you enter a health care provider’s office.