Living and Learning during COVID-19

The health and welfare of Northwestern State University faculty, staff, students,
campus partners and visitors remain our highest priority.

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Health and Safety

Health Services is open from 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7:30-noon Friday.  If you are a student and test positive please email Demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.  If you are a Faculty or Staff member please report positive cases to covid19hr@nsula.edu.  We ask that you include an email address and phone number where you can be contacted.

The student should make an appointment with Health Services using the Booking appointment program.

Everyone entering Health Services is required to wear a face covering.

Upon arriving to Health Services, students can check in for the appointment via Medicat check in.  Temperature and vital signs will be taken by nurse or student worker.

The student will be directed immediately to an exam room to be seen by the nurse. The nurse will wear appropriate PPE.

If the student has respiratory symptoms such as cough, shortness of breath, headache, sore throat, loss of taste or smell, nausea/vomiting/diarrhea, and fever 100.4 or greater.

  • A nasal swab for COVID – 19 will be performed (rapid or send off test collected depending on availability and nurse discretion).
  • A rapid FLU swab may be collected to rule out Influenza.
Spring 2021
COVID Quarantine Guidelines

Positive COVID 19 result received WITH symptoms of illness:
The student will isolate for 10 days from first day of symptoms and may return to campus/class on the 11th day if symptoms of illness have resolved and student remains free of fever for 24 hours before return. Please report positive result to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.
 
Positive COVID 19 result received with NO symptoms of illness:
The student will isolate for 10 days from date of positive test result and may return to campus/class on the 11th day if student remains free of symptoms of illness.  Please report positive result to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.
 
Direct contact with someone testing positive for COVID 19:
Guidelines without testing:
The student may be released from quarantine after 10 days without receiving a COVID test if the student remains free of symptoms of illness throughout the 10-day period.  Continue to monitor for symptoms of illness through day 14 and report any changes to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.

Guidelines with testing:
The student may be released from quarantine after day 7 of direct contact if a Negative COVID test is received.  The test must be performed on or after the 5th day of direct contact and copy of result must be provided to Health Services. The student must remain free of symptoms of illness throughout the 7-day period.  Continue to monitor for symptoms of illness through day 14 and report any changes to demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.

All students will be advised to isolate/quarantine off campus.  Please see campus housing protocols / guidelines.

NSU will adhere to CDC guidelines for confirmed or suspected cases/contacts.

Red River Sanitors has increased cleaning frequency in restrooms, on doorknobs and in high traffic areas.

All units should be prepared to adjust, including returning to a remote work environment, if the situation changes.

Employees must maintain physical distancing and proper hygiene:

Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
Use hand sanitizer, at least 60% alcohol, if soap and water are unavailable.
Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Wear face coverings when the job or circumstances put you within 6 feet of others.
If you are sick, stay home.

If you have been exposed to COVID-19, stay home and notify your supervisor.

NSU will initiate additional phases when stay-at-home orders are lifted or modified and an NSU presidential directive is given.

Plexiglass has been installed in most offices and facilities where face-to-face interaction is required.

Please observe signage and other directives when being seated classrooms and auditoriums, waiting in lines and moving through campus buildings. Many buildings have designated in and out doors.

Elevators are limited to two occupants. Please practice social distancing while waiting for and inside the elevator.

A mask (preferably cloth), scarf, bandana or other such facial covering should be worn upon entering and leaving buildings, in halls, walkways, stairwells, elevators, kitchens, break rooms, meeting rooms and restrooms. The facial covering should fully cover the mouth/nose area and may not contain images or text that are inappropriate or may be offensive to others.

Please cough or sneeze into a tissue or your elbow.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with someone who tests positive?

If you are a student and test positive please email Demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu.  If you are a Faculty or Staff member please report positive cases to covid19hr@nsula.edu.  We ask that you include an email address and phone number where you can be contacted.

Do I have to wear a face mask on campus?

The use of face coverings is required on campus in public spaces, especially when it is not possible to maintain appropriate physical distancing of at least 6 feet, such as entering and exiting campus buildings, moving through hallways, using common rooms, in classrooms, and frequenting other shared spaces. For students who are unable to wear a mask they may visit Health Services to pick up a face shield. If a student is unable to wear a mask, shield, or any type of facial covering it is recommended the student enroll in online courses and not face to face courses to prevent contact and the spread of COVID-19.

Is Health Services open on campus?

We are providing in-office services. We are open Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-noon. Face coverings will be required for all visits.

Will I need to make an appointment to be seen at Health Services?

Yes. We recommend that students make an appointment with Health Services in effort to avoid increased number of students in waiting area. This effort is to help stop the spread of COVID-19. We ask that you come alone for your appointment. No friends will be allowed to wait in the waiting area. Please schedule your appointment at bookings.nsula.edu/healthservices

Who is considered high risk for COVID 19?

People with pre-existing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease, chronic kidney disease, immunocompromised state, obesity and sickle cell disease appear to be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill with the virus. Follow the link for more risk factors: https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2020/p0625-update-expands-covid-19.html

Will Health Services offer COVID-19 testing?

Health Services will offer rapid (antigen) and send off (PCR) COVID testing at the discretion of the nurse.

When will my COVID test results be available?

The rapid (antigen) results are available within 15 minutes.

The send off (PCR) results are available within 48-72 hours.

What should I do if I am not feeling well and think I have COVID 19?

If you are not feeling well and think you may have COVID 19, isolate at home and contact Health Services at 318-357-5351 for guidance. Follow CDC website for COVID 19 symptoms:  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html

What should I do if I have been in direct contact with someone that tested positive for COVID 19?

If you have been within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer of a COVID positive person you need to immediately quarantine and report to Health Services at demonsreportcovid@nsula.edu or call 318-357-5351 for guidance.

Can I still receive STI testing at Health Services?

STI testing will be provided at Health Services on Tuesday and Wednesday during operating hours. A face covering is required for all visits.

Are counseling and career services offices going to be open for face to face appointments?

Yes, students visiting the office of Counseling and Career Services (both sides) are required to wear  masks and social distance while receiving services. Hand sanitizer will be available in the waiting areas and individual offices.

Will 24-hour crisis call services be provided? 

Yes, crisis intervention services will be provided 24 hours a day. During regular working hours counselors can be reached in the office of Counseling and Career Services at (318) 357-5621. After 5 p.m. and on weekends the counselor on call can be contacted by calling (318) 357-5431 . To prevent the spread of Covid-19 and depending on the nature of the crisis, contact with the student may be made via FaceTime, WebEx or Zoom. Counselors coming to campus during a crisis will be expected to wear masks and social distance.  The national suicide hotline is 988.

What precautions are being taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the office of Counseling and Career Services?

  • Students can receive any service via WebEx, Zoom or FaceTime.
  • Staff members are required to wear masks in their individual offices when providing services to students.
  • Offices are to be wiped down with disinfectant wipes after each visit from students.
  • Interns will be required to wipe down counseling rooms after each client.
  • The number of student workers, interns and Graduate Assistants that will be allowed in the counseling and career offices at one time will be limited to 2 to allow for social distancing. They will be required to wear masks and social distance. They must wipe down the desk, keyboard and phone when they leave the office.
  • Chairs in the waiting area cannot be moved due to social distance. Additional seating is provided in a waiting area outside of the counseling and career offices. There will only be 2 students allowed in the Counseling waiting area and 1 student on the career side. There is room in the hallway for 4 students to sit and social distance. Additional seating may be provided down the hall.
  • The Xerox copier will be required to wiped down after by any staff member using it.

Will there be job and career fairs this semester?

We are hosting our Spring Career Fair virtually from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 9 via Handshake. The Teacher Job Fair will also be held virtually on Tuesday, March 23 via Handshake

Will staff be providing outreach services to classes, residence halls, fraternities and sororities?

Workshops/presentations held face to face will be capped at 25 participants in rooms that accommodate social distancing. Participants will be required to wear face masks and social distance. Hand sanitizer will be provided at the door for students to use prior to entry to the room and upon exiting the room. Presentations will also be recorded and delivered virtually.