What if I'm sick or have been exposed to COVID-19?

All questions and concerns related to COVID-19 should be directed to the COVID-19 Coordinator, Susan Morris, by phone (937) 509-7828 or email covid19@sscc.edu.

Use the Process maps below to assist with determining the process to resolve transmission threats to our SSCC community:

Symptom Monitoring

It is imperative that employees or students presenting symptoms must not come to campus. If students or employees do report to campus they are to leave campus with the recommendation to seek medical advice.

  • Actively encourage sick employees and students to stay home until they have recovered. Current CDC guidelines report that people with COVID-19 have had a wide range of COVID-19 signs and symptoms - ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
Testing for COVID-19

Ultimate determinations for testing recommendations for the COVID-19 virus rests with the individual in consultation with their medical provider and with the college in consultation with the respective county health officials. Any COVID-19 testing should be conducted based on the availability, safety, prioritization, and effectiveness of each testing strategy. Generally, testing will be considered under the following circumstances:

Testing individuals with signs or symptoms consistent with COVID-19

Testing asymptomatic individuals with recent known or suspected exposure to a person with COVID-19

  • Testing is recommended for all close contacts of persons diagnosed with COVID-19 once they become symptomatic:
  • Students and employees who test positive for COVID-19 will contact he SSCC COVID-19 coordinator at (937) 509-7828) or by email covid19@sscc.edu who will report to the appropriate health district:
  • https://odh.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/odh/find-local-health-districts
  • Because of the potential for asymptomatic and/or pre-symptomatic transmission, it is important that contacts of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19 be quickly identified and tested. County health officials will assist the College by consulting on appropriate action (quarantining individuals, temporarily suspending face-to-face course offering, etc.)
  • Additionally, in accordance with state and local laws and regulations, SSCC will work with local health officials to inform those who have had close contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19 to wear cloth face coverings if they are able, quarantine in their living quarters or a designated housing location, and self-monitor for symptoms for 10 days.

In some settings, broader testing, beyond close contacts, is recommended as a part of a strategy to control transmission of SARS-CoV-2: Actions will be taken as advised by the Health Department.

  • Laboratory facilities, off-site clinical settings, and lecture rooms may be settings with the potential for rapid and pervasive spread of SARS-CoV-2.
  • Expanded testing might include testing of all unvaccinated who were in proximity of an individual confirmed to have COVID-19 if length of exposure is unknown. Testing in these situations can be helpful because in high density settings it can be particularly challenging to accurately identify everyone who had close contact with an individual confirmed to have COVID-19. For example, students who do not know each other could potentially be close contacts if they are both in a shared space.
  • Consideration is given that some people are at increased risk of severe illness from COVID-19. Everyone is at risk for getting COVID-19 if they are exposed to the virus, but some people are more likely than others to become severely ill, which means that they may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may even die.
  • Decisions about the level of risk and the scope of testing should be made in coordination with state, territorial, Tribal, and local health officials.
Guidelines for Confirmed or Suspected cases of COVID-19

First initiated July 17, 2020, the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for people with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 are as follows:

  • Employees/Students with symptoms who have not been tested (or are waiting for test results) should stay home until at least 24 hours has passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.)
    • In addition of the isolation of the symptomatic person awaiting testing results, other employees and students with close contact, of the symptomatic person, should be made aware to monitor for symptoms and then following quarantine guidelines if results are positive. If the other close contact employees become ill, they are to immediately isolate as well.
  • Employees/Students with symptoms who have a lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test should stay home for a 10-day isolation period as ordered by the local health department and until:
    • At least 24 hours has passed since there has been no fever without use of fever-reducing medications AND other symptoms have improved AND at least 10 days have passed since the onset of symptoms. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.) Note: for persons with symptoms, this symptom-based strategy is preferred.
  • Employees/Students without symptoms who have lab-confirmed positive COVID-19 test should stay home for a 10 day isolation period and until:
    • At least 10 days have passed since the date of their first positive test. (People who are severely immunocompromised should consult with a healthcare provider to determine if a longer timeframe may be recommended.). Note: for persons without symptoms, this time-based strategy is preferred. However, if they develop symptoms in that time period, they should revert to the criteria for employees with symptoms (above).
Guidelines for COVID-19 Exposure

Contact Tracing - If a positive case is identified, the COVID-19 Coordinator will work under the authority of SSCC administration with public health officials to identify close contacts inside and outside of the College.

According to the CDC, "for COVID-19, a close contact is anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for a total of 15 minutes or more in 24 hours. An infected person can spread COVID-19 starting 48 hours (or 2 days) before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19."

Contact tracing is a tool that Public Health officials use in the fight against infectious diseases. The SSCC COVID-19 Coordinator will assist Public health staff work with a patient who has tested positive to help them recall everyone with whom they have had close contact during the timeframe while they may have been infectious. All SSCC Staff and Students will participate in the process of reporting all SSCC contacts through a reporting questionnaire form. The results will be utilized for appropriate and required public health reporting and to make determination about campus health and safety issues.

Public health staff then warn these exposed individuals (contacts) of their potential exposure as rapidly and sensitively as possible. In the event that a SSCC student or employee has been exposed to someone with coronavirus the COVID-19 Coordinator will assist the authorities in the process of contact tracing. As it can be difficult to recall all interactions with individuals after the fact, tracking of any individuals that are encountered in the workplace through calendars and meeting schedules are helpful in assisting public health officials.

Guidance for Close Contacts

In the case of COVID-19 exposure, regardless of vaccination status, close contacts should follow the CDC recommendations. This includes taking precautions to eliminate transmission of illness by conducting a twice-daily assessment for symptoms including your temperature and seeking medical care for testing recommendations if you feel ill as you have been exposed to COVID-19.

  • With symptoms of COVID19, it is recommended to self-isolate and notify your healthcare provider for recommendations and testing options.
  • If you do not have a primary care physician, you can contact HDH Occupational Health at (937) 393-6398 and let them know you are a SSCC student or employee when scheduling an appointment for a rapid test.

Quarantine Guidance for Unvaccinated Individuals:

If a household member is positive and you are unvaccinated: your quarantine period starts over with each contact you have with that person. Additional info if you are a close contact due to a positive household member:

  • At this point, the local health departments strongly recommend that the symptomatic individual isolates from others and all members living in the household remain in quarantine until the test result is confirmed.
  • With a positive household member, you would be required by the health department to quarantine for 10 days (incubation period) since your last contact with your household member.
    • For example, if that is today... then quarantine ends in 10 days, if tomorrow... then quarantine starts at day one, extending through day 10. If you are a caregiver for a 10 day isolation period of a COVID-19 positive individual... then your quarantine would extend up to 20 days!

Quarantine Guidance for Fully Vaccinated Individuals:

  • Vaccinated people should continue to follow current guidance to protect themselves and others.
  • However, vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:
    • Are fully vaccinated
    • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure
  • People who do not meet the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19.
  • Fully vaccinated persons who do not quarantine should watch for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days following an exposure. It is recommended that those who experience symptoms should be clinically evaluated.

Quarantine Guidance for your household: if you have a household member who is a close contact of COVID-19:

For your household, the CDC also states, "if you have been around someone who was identified as a close contact to a person with COVID-19":

  • Closely monitor yourself for any symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Regardless of vaccination status, you do not need to self-quarantine unless you develop symptoms.
  • If the person identified as a close contact develops COVID-19:
    • follow the quarantine guidance based upon your vaccination status; and
    • It is strongly recommended for the positive individual to isolate from other household members if possible.

All members of the household should continue with preventative measures - symptom monitoring and hand-washing with masking and distancing based upon vaccination status.