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Campus cases illustrate importance of following quarantine guidelines

Campus leaders and health experts continue to stress the importance of individuals following the recommended 14-day quarantine period if they have been exposed to the COVID-19 virus. A pair of recent cases at SVSU illustrate the reason why that two-week period is critical.

For residential students at SVSU, roommates who share a residential unit with a student who tests positive for COVID-19 are required to quarantine for 14 days even if they initially test negative and show no symptoms of COVID-19. Contact tracers and SVSU staff maintain communication to monitor the student’s health and ensure they do not show signs of the virus over the two-week period. Last week, in separate cases in two different apartment units, two quarantined students who initially tested negative later developed symptoms and tested positive … on the 10th and 11th day of their quarantine period, respectfully.

Development of symptoms that long after exposure to a person who tested positive may seem unlikely, but there is enough evidence to demonstrate the importance of the CDC-recommended 14-day quarantine period.

“Most often, when you are exposed to a person who tests positive, you are more likely to experience symptoms in the first three to four days, but that is not always the case,” said Judy Ruland, SVSU’s dean of College of Health & Human Services and a member of SVSU’s COVID-19 Action Team.

“In some cases, people can develop symptoms as late as the 14th day after exposure to a person with the virus. This is the reason why it is so important to be faithful to the 14-day quarantine period.”

Ruland said, fortunately, the two SVSU students who recently developed symptoms late in their quarantine period were faithful to the quarantine recommendations, preventing the potential further spread of the virus.

For individuals who test positive near the end of the quarantine period, a new 10-day quarantine period is required, she said.

Ruland said residential students who develop COVID-19 symptoms – whether those students are quarantined because of a known exposure or are unaware of their potential exposure – should immediately complete the CampusClear app form and then contact the Covenant Healthcare hotline, Residential Life, as well as

Voluntary testing planned next week

Photo: Deborah Huntley, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, was among more than 100 campus community members who participated in this week's voluntary testing session.

This week, we enjoyed a large turnout of campus community members – nearly 100 – who participated in the first open testing program session in the Fieldhouse. We will be hosting voluntary testing again next week. Participants will receive a $5 Starbucks gift card.

Please check your email for further details, including how to RSVP for the session.

Battle of the Valley

It's Battle of the Valley time again; one of SVSU's time-honored traditions. Because of health guidelines, this year's fundraising effort from Oct. 18-24 will feature many virtual elements. However, some in-person events are scheduled as well. To view details about those events or discover ways to contribute to the fundraising – which will benefit Bay Area Women's Center this year –please visit Student Association's Facebook page.

Random testing: the process

As we continue random testing on campus, participants might wish to know how their results will be communicated.

Michigan Health Labs will call you to communicate your test results. Participants should watch for this phone call 24 to 72 hours after their test was completed. If you do not hear from Michigan Health Lab by day four, contact Michigan Health Lab will also communicate your test results to the health department that corresponds to your permanent address and SVSU contact tracers. SVSU Athletics will be notified with student athletes' results only.

You can view a visual representation of this process in the flowchart graphic and other helpful guides.


Complete the CampusClear survey daily, no matter where you are

While completing the CampusClear health screening survey is required to enter campus, medical experts are encouraging the campus community to fill out the survey daily, even when you will not be visiting campus.

The consistent usage will allow SVSU to monitor the health and wellness of students, staff and faculty regardless of whether or not they spend considerable time on campus.


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