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COVID Response Plan

Testing & Positive Cases

Testing

Testing on campus is handled by Novant, HPU’s official health care provider. If a physician determines a student should be tested for COVID-19, the student will be immediately isolated in a safe area. The university will arrange meal delivery for the student, provide appropriate health care and support, notify Campus Enhancement to dispatch cleaning in areas the student has been, notify academic services, submit a CARE-COVID-19 Incident Report, and conduct contact tracing efforts to inform others of potential exposure.


Contact Tracing

The senior staff of the Office of Student Life have received contact tracing training and have implemented processes for contact tracing protocols. If a student is tested for COVID-19, the university will work with them to immediately begin isolation and contact tracing steps. Individuals who were in close contact with a positive case of COVID-19 (defined as 24 hours prior to the onset of symptoms in which they were not social distancing for a cumulative period of 15 minutes) will be moved to a quarantine area to self-monitor for 14 days. Students will remain in quarantine the entire 14 days regardless if they receive a negative COVID-19 test during that time.


Quarantine Plans and Policies: As one of many measures High Point University has implemented to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, any individual tested for COVID-19 will be moved into an isolation room until the test results are confirmed.

If the test results are positive, the individual will be moved into a quarantine location and must remain there until both of the below qualifications have been met:

  • It has been at least 10 days from the time the symptoms first appeared
  • It has been 24 hours since fever has resolved and respiratory symptoms have improved.

The university will arrange meal delivery for the student, conduct contact tracing efforts to inform others of potential exposure, notify Campus Enhancement to dispatch cleaning in areas the student has been, notify academic services, and submit a CARE-COVID-19 Incident Report.

Individuals who were in close contact with a positive case (defined as 48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms in which they were not social distancing for more than 15 minutes) will be moved to the under investigation location and will need to self-monitor for 14 days, reporting to Student Health if symptoms develop.

Close contact is defined as having direct contact with or being within 6 feet for at least 15 minutes. Close contacts will only be notified if they had direct contact with the case-patient during the period of infectivity.


Please note the dashboard data now includes HPU students, faculty and staff.

HPU Pandemic Statistics

Active student cases: 23

Active faculty/staff cases: 5

Total active cases: 28

The active case count of 28 equates to 0.42% of the 6,603 population of HPU students, faculty and staff.

Suspect student cases: 4

A “suspect” case is defined as a student presenting signs and symptoms but does not yet have test results. HPU isolates suspect cases out of an abundance of caution while lab results are pending.

We value keeping you informed while balancing the privacy of HPU family members and adhering to guidelines outlined in the federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The university will update the above count daily on Monday through Friday. The case count includes active, positive results of students, faculty and staff reported reported to the university who were on campus during the infectious time period (48 hours prior to the onset of symptoms). The university will not publicly disclose the names of those who test positive or other information about positive cases. The Office of Student Life will work closely with each student who may test positive to begin HPU’s Contact Tracing Policy and Quarantine Plans and Policies, as outlined above. If anyone on campus is found to have come into close contact with a person who tests positive, they will be contacted directly by the Office of Student Life. The parents of students who come into close contact with a positive case will also be notified.


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