To: Faculty, Staff and Students
From: Provost Matt Cecil
Subject: COVID-19 Campus Update: September 8, 2022
We are nearly three weeks into the fall 2022 semester, and it has been great to see the vibrancy return to NKU as students, faculty and staff are back in classrooms, in offices and around campus. While we can enjoy more of the university experience in person this year than during the past two years, it is important to stay vigilant as we fight the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We are continually monitoring case counts and adapting our campus mitigation efforts based on what we learn.
With that said, it is important to remind students and employees how crucial it is to continue to follow guidelines and report cases of COVID-19. We contact those who report positive tests individually and confidentially to ensure that they know what the latest protocols are and to assist with any needs. Below we have included answers to some frequently asked questions.
What should students, faculty, or staff do if they have tested positive?
Anyone affiliated with NKU should report the positive test on the COVID-19 website (even if you are not coming to campus) and then follow NKU’s guidance on isolation protocols. If you test positive, you should isolate for five days. Then, if fever free and with symptoms diminishing, you can end isolation, but you will still need to wear a mask for five more days. Importantly, no one needs a negative COVID test to end isolation.
Home tests are available at drug stores, and most health insurance plans will pay for up to eight home tests each month. In addition, rapid and PCR COVID testing are available in Health, Counseling & Student Wellness, Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are required and can be made by calling 859-572-5650.
What else does a student need to do?
Students who attend class in person (or who are too ill to complete any online courses) should notify their instructor to make alternate arrangements for meeting course requirements during isolation.
What does an employee who has tested positive for COVID-19 need to do before returning to work?
Employees should work with Human Resources on returning to work. A note from a healthcare provider that states clearance to return to work is required (email is fine). This normally can be requested via phone – an appointment is not needed. This note should not include any personal health information; it will only be used to confirm the employee is clear to return. Health, Counseling & Student Wellness will also be able to provide such clearances as well. Proof of a negative test is not required.
What if I have an in-person meeting scheduled?
All on-campus gatherings of NKU employees should continue to offer a virtual option for those who are unable to attend in person.
This university community has done an excellent job dealing with the ever-changing landscape of protocols and mitigations throughout the pandemic. Let us continue to do everything we can inside and outside of classrooms to help our community stay safe and healthy, and to reach our goals.
Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Northern Kentucky University