COVID-19 Exposure Protocols


Fall 2021 guidance for faculty, staff and students related to COVID-19 exposure, symptoms or diagnosis.

Last Update: 8/20/21, 9 a.m.
This information will be revised as needed and the updated version will be distributed.

If you have been exposed, are experiencing symptoms or have tested positive please review the information below carefully.

What is Exposure


You have been exposed (close contact) to someone who is suspected of having or has been diagnosed with COVID 19. Exposure is defined by being within six feet of someone for a cumulative period of 15 minutes or greater. Wearing a mask may not always prevent the potential for your exposure. You will need to follow the guidelines below. Failure to do so is subject to Lenoir-Rhyne Judicial or Human Resources intervention.

In compliance with Lenoir-Rhyne and CDC guidelines you will be required to:
 

  • For Fully Vaccinated Who Are Exposed
    1. Follow Lenoir-Rhyne protocols for reporting your potential exposure to katie.fisher@lr.edu (students), judy.lineberger@lr.edu (faculty) or angelene.fortune@lr.edu (staff).
    2. Wear a mask in all venues and self-monitor for 14 days (even after being tested and given clearance). No quarantine required unless you develop symptoms or test positive.
    3. If you develop any symptoms before Day 5, you will need to get tested. Please stay at home and take full quarantine precautions until you get your results. If negative, please continue to practice extreme caution. If positive, you will need to isolate yourself (see below).
    4. Schedule a telehealth visit on Day 5 (or earlier if symptomatic) for COVID testing. LR Cornerstone Health provider, Mary Fran Sears, PA-C will arrange for testing with COVID-19 test (rapid or PCR accepted). You can schedule by calling 828-328-7959. You may also use your personal healthcare provider if preferred.

      High School Scholars students will need to contact and arrange for testing and clearance with their personal care provider. Student test results if from an outside provider will need to be submitted to Dean Katie Fisher at katie.fisher@lr.edu  Faculty/Staff test results if from an outside provider will need to be submitted to Angelene Fortune at angelene.fortune@lr.edu

  • For Partially or Unvaccinated Who Are Exposed
    1. Follow Lenoir-Rhyne protocols for reporting your potential exposure to katie.fisher@lr.edu (students), judy.lineberger@lr.edu (faculty) or angelene.fortune@lr.edu (staff). You will be required to quarantine.
    2. Adhere to the 7-14 days quarantine period per CDC and as recommended by the University if contact traced for COVID exposure. This begins following the last day of exposure to a contact who is suspected of having or has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
    3. Self-quarantine requires that you remain in a specific room separate from other non-exposed people and pets in the home. Ideally, you will have access to a separate bathroom and food/beverages.
    4. You should wear a mask for full 14 days (even after being given clearance).
    5. You should not have visitors nor should you leave your residence except for medical care.
    6. You should monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. About 20% of exposed persons will not develop symptoms. Symptoms may be mild or progress quickly and become life threatening.
    7. You will need to schedule a telehealth visit for Day 10 with LR Cornerstone Health, Mary Fran Sears, PA-C for testing, evaluation and written medical clearance to return to campus. You can schedule by calling 828-328-7959. You may also use your personal healthcare provider if preferred.

      High School Scholars students will need to contact and arrange for clearance with their personal care provider. Documents will need to be submitted to Dean Katie Fisher at katie.fisher@lr.edu Faculty/Staff documents will need to be submitted to Angelene Fortune at angelene.fortune@lr.edu They, or their designee, will provide notice of clearance status once the submitted documents have been reviewed.

  • If You Are Diagnosed with COVID-19

    You have been diagnosed with COVID-19. Diagnosis is confirmed by one or more lab tests. In rare situations, people have been diagnosed based on symptoms. You will need to follow the guidelines below for isolation. Failure to do so is subject to Lenoir-Rhyne Judicial or Human Resources intervention. 

    Follow Lenoir-Rhyne protocols for reporting your COVID-19 positive diagnosis to katie.fisher@lr.edu (students), judy.lineberger@lr.edu (faculty) or angelene.fortune@lr.edu (staff).

    In compliance with Lenoir-Rhyne and CDC guidelines all persons who receive a positive COVID-19 test will be required to:

    1. Self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days following the day your symptoms began.
    2. If you are symptom free, you will self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days from the date of your first positive COVID-19 test.
    3. For most persons with COVID-19 illness, isolation and precautions can generally be discontinued 10 days after symptom onset and resolution of fever for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing medications, and with improvement of other symptoms. However, this is not guaranteed, and Lenoir-Rhyne requires medical clearance to return to campus.
    4. You will need to schedule a telehealth visit for day 10 or later with LR Cornerstone Health provider, Mary Fran Sears, PA-C for written medical clearance to return to campus. You can schedule by calling 828-328-7959. You may also use your personal healthcare provider if preferred.
      High School Scholars students will need to contact and arrange for clearance with their personal care provider. Documents will need to be submitted to Dean Katie Fisher at katie.fisher@lr.edu Faculty/Staff documents will need to be submitted to Angelene Fortune at angelene.fortune@lr.edu They, or their designee, will provide notice of clearance status once the submitted documents have been reviewed.
    5. Isolation requires that you remain in a specific room separate from other non-exposed people and pets in the home. Ideally, you will have access to a separate bathroom and food/beverages.
    6. You should wear a mask.
    7. You should not have visitors nor should you leave your residence except for medical care.
    8. You should monitor your symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms may be mild or progress quickly and become life-threatening. Eat healthy foods and drink plenty of fluids. Sodas, tea, coffee and alcohol are strongly discouraged.
    9. If you have a more severe COVID-19 illness, it may produce replication-competent virus. This may extend your isolation beyond 10 days and may warrant extending duration of isolation and precautions for up to 20 days after symptom onset.