Students and employees are strongly encouraged to receive up-to-date COVID-19 vaccinations. The vaccine is still one of the most effective ways of protecting oneself and others.
Students and employees are encouraged to review the vaccine recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While not required except under the circumstances described in the COVID management section below, anyone who wishes to wear a mask will be supported in doing so.
Anyone experiencing COVID or cold symptoms, even after a negative COVID test, should remember that many respiratory viruses circulate within our community. Please be considerate and wear a mask if you have any cold-like symptoms.
Remember that high-quality masks – N95s, KN95s, or KF94s – are most effective in preventing transmission. Where masks are still required, such as returning to work or classes after isolation for COVID infection (see below), we ask community members to wear one of these high-quality masks, as this is a period when a person could still be contagious.
COVID Infection Management
We will continue to follow CDC guidance for COVID infection.
- Employees who test positive will be required to remain away from campus for at least 5 days (i.e., until fever is resolved for 24 hours without medication, and other symptoms are improving) before returning to work on campus.
- Students who test positive will be required to isolate in place for at least 5 days (i.e., until fever is resolved for 24 hours without medication, and other symptoms are improving) before returning to classes or communal activities. Students are permitted to retrieve grab-and-go meals from the dining halls during this period but are required to wear a high-quality mask (N95, KN95, or KF94) during these outings.
- For employees and students, if you still have a fever on day 5, or symptoms are not resolving, continue to isolate until you are fever-free and symptoms are resolving.
- For employees and students, on returning to work, class, or communal activities (after day 5 or later), you must wear a high-quality mask for an additional 5 days (N95, KN95, or KF94), as this is a period when a person could still be contagious.
If you test positive, please be courteous by informing your close contacts. Denison is not contact-tracing employees or students. We ask community members to be considerate and alert close contacts, who are not required to quarantine but should follow CDC guidelines by wearing a high-quality mask for 10 days, self-monitoring for symptoms, and getting tested on day 5.
Campus visitors with COVID-19 questions may contact COVID19@denison.edu.