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Residence Life & Dining COVID-19 Information

We can all help slow the spread of COVID-19 by adjusting our habits and taking simple steps to protect ourselves and others. Here are things you can do today to make a difference.

 

Guide to Leaving Campus for Break | COVID-19 Surveillance Testing |

FAQ's | Stay in the Know with Additional Resources

 

Important

If you believe you have been exposed to COVID-19 in the past 14 days and feel ill, please call your health care provider to discuss further. Students can also call Student Health Service at (307) 766-2130.

 

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Wear a Face Covering

The virus can easily spread between people who are in close proximity to each other - speaking, coughing, or sneezing - even those people who are not showing symptoms. Face coverings are an effective way to slow the spread of COVID-19, and they are required on campus.

 
 


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Keep Your Distance

When people are close together, germs can spread more easily. So avoid close contact and say 6 feet away from others as much as possible. Physically distancing will help slow the spread of the virus in the community and is especially important for protecting people who are at higher risk of getting sick. 



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Know the Symptoms

Students, staff, and faculty should keep track of their own health and check themselves for COVID-19 symptoms daily before coming to campus. Make sure you are completing COVID Pass and receive a green pass every day!

 

 


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Disinfect Items and Surfaces You Use Daily

Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks. 

 

 


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Sneeze and Cough Into a Tissue or Your Elbow

Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. (If you don't have a tissue, cough or sneeze into the inside of your elbow.) Throw away your tissues in the trash. Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds.  

 

 

 


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Wash Your Hands Often

Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after you've been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. The CDC has great guidance on how and why, including the science behind hand washing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.

 


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Avoid Touching Your Face

Keep your hands away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. Touching the mucous membranes on your face with unwashed dirty hands allows germs to enter the body.

 

 


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Stay Home If You Are Sick

A sure way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to the virus — and to avoid exposing others. Learn the symptoms of COVID-19 and check yourself for them regularly (using COVID Pass). If you're sick, stay home from work or class and seek appropriate medical care. As an additional step, you can minimize the trips you take to public places, like the grocery store, and wear a mask when you go out to add another layer of protection.

 


 

Guide to Leaving Campus for Break

  • Don't Bring COVID-19 Home for the Holidays


    Remember, the coronavirus can take up to 14 days to start showing its symptoms once you’re infected. Now is the time to take steps to limit your possible exposure to COVID-19 — before you head home for break.

    • Avoid crowds and gatherings

    • Limit your social circle

    • Stay home when you can

    • Watch yourself for symptoms

    Remember, you must receive a negative COVID-19 test before leaving campus to return home. Taking a few precautions now will help protect your family, friends, and loved ones when you head home for the holiday season.


    While at home, remember to:

    • Wear a mask

    • Physically distance (at least 6 ft from others)

    • Wash your hands

    • Monitor yourself for symptoms

  • Traveling Safely


    With widespread community transmission of COVID-19 nationwide, the best advice is to avoid travel if you can. Staying in one place and limiting your contact with others is the best way to keep yourself safe and avoid spreading the virus.


    Know who’s vulnerable

    If you will be traveling to be with family or friends, discuss with them first if there are individuals who may be especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

    Vulnerable populations can include:

    • Older adults

    • Young infants

    • People whose immune systems are suppressed, such as those undergoing chemotherapy, people with infections, or people with immune disorders.People with diabetes or asthma

    If there are vulnerable people among the friends and family you intend to visit, strongly consider not visiting. If you must, plan to quarantine separately from those people for 14 days before you’re in contact with them.


    Consider your destination

    When deciding whether to attend a holiday celebration, consider the number of COVID-19 cases in the community you plan to visit and the infection rate. This information can found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

  • Tips for Leaving Campus


    We have a long winter break ahead of us. Here are a few things to remember on your way out of town:

    • Residents living in the halls, leave your heat turned on (3 on the dial). Make sure the windows are closed and locked, with curtains/blinds closed

    • Take plants and fish with you so they can be cared for during break.

    • Remove the following items from your room: Aerosol products, combustible/flammable items, items that can melt (cosmetics, chocolate, etc.), wooden and stringed instruments

    • Unplug all lights, electronics, and appliances. Remove batteries from alarm clocks

    • Unplug and defrost refrigerators (remove and dispose of all items, leave towel underneath, and leave the door open)

    • Take the trash out

    • Turn off all the room lights

    • Remember your personal items. Passports, wallets, IDs, medicines, laptops, chargers (… skis, snowboards)


    Students in quarantine or isolation housing are asked to stay on campus until their release dates. All meals and services will continue to be provided during that time.


 

COVID-19 Surveillance Testing Instructions

  • Schedule an Appointment


    You will be sent an email with a link to sign up for an appointment at one of two testing locations to provide a sample of your saliva as part of UW’s Surveillance Testing Program. You can select an appointment at either Crane/Hill Cafeteria or the Union Ballroom.

    Undergraduate students are expected to test twice a week. Schedule two appointments this week with at least 24 hours in between tests.

  • Report to Your Testing Location


    When you signed up for an appointment you selected a location to test (either Crane/Hill Cafeteria or the Union Ballroom). Please show up at that location during your scheduled time.

    Important Notice

    Before reporting to your testing location, you must meet the testing eligibility criteria:

    • You received an email inviting you to schedule an appointment

    • You are NOT presently experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19

    • You have NOT had anything to eat, drink, chew or smoke 30 minutes before the test

  • Check-In with a Staff Member


    You will be required to check-in with staff to verify your eligibility to test.

    • If you are taking a Vault test, log-in or create an account using the QR code or Vault URL provided.

    • If you are taking a UW lab test, swipe your WYO card, and follow the signage to the testing area.

  • Complete Your Test


    A staff member will provide instructions for completing your test.

  • Drop Off Your Test


    Seal your saliva sample and drop off your test near the exit.

  • Schedule Your Next Appointment


    Undergraduate students are expected to test twice a week. Make sure to schedule and complete two tests at least 24 hours apart. 


Residence Life & Dining Services During COVID-19 FAQ's

 

  • Wear a face-covering: Everyone – students, faculty, staff, and visitors – must wear face coverings over their mouths and noses while on campus. 

  • Practice good health and wellness habits: Small acts of prevention can reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19. In addition to wearing face coverings, build healthful habits like hand-washing and physical distancing. 

  • Complete COVID Pass: You are expected to conduct a daily wellness check through COVID Pass. UW students, faculty, and staff who will remain off-campus due to remote work and learning are recommended to complete and submit the health screen daily.

  • Follow the exposure protocol: Stay aware of how you're feeling and track any symptoms. If you become suspicious of or aware of the exposure, make sure to follow protocol. 

    Students who have recently had close contact with a person with COVID-19 symptoms should report to the COVID-19 Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

    When an individual tests positive for COVID-19, they will be contacted by UW and the Wyoming Department of Health. UW will conduct initial contact tracing to identify probable close contacts, which will then be verified by the Wyoming Department of Health. The Wyoming Department of Health will issue official quarantine or isolation order for those who are confirmed close contacts and will communicate the requirements for quarantine to those individuals.

  • Physical distancing: We're rearranging gathering spaces, adding directional signage inside buildings, occupancy signs, and creating space to accommodate the 6-foot physical distancing guidelines.

  • Cleaning and disinfecting: We're taking cleaning and disinfecting common spaces to the next level in accordance with CDC guidelines.

UW has identified select campus apartments, the Honors House, and suites throughout our residential communities for quarantine and isolation housing.

If a student tests positive, then they will be contacted directly by a team member from the COVID Hub who will guide the student through the next steps. Students will be directly supported each step of the process by a dedicated and qualified team who are carefully trained and equipped with the knowledge and resources necessary to meet the needs of UW students and their families during this time.

Please see additional quarantine/isolation FAQs for further information. If you have specific questions, then you can always reach out to the COVID Hotline by emailing COVID19@uwyo.edu or calling 307-766-2683.

After testing positive for COVID-19, you will be contacted by UW and the Wyoming Department of Health. The Wyoming Department of Health will issue official quarantine or isolation orders. During this communication, an individual can make a request to quarantine at home. This is considered on a case-by-case basis and is approved at the discretion of the Wyoming Department of Health.

Students living in the residence halls or Fraternity and Sorority Life housing are encouraged to have a “COVID-19 bag” prepared if they need to be moved to isolation or quarantine housing. The bag should contain items such as:

• Extra cell phone charger

• 2 or more complete changes in comfy clothes: sweats, PJ’s, underwear, socks, tees, etc.

• Fleece throw or blanket

• Thermometer

• Body lotion

• Feminine Hygiene / Special Hygiene stuff

• Toothbrush & toothpaste

• Shampoo & conditioner

• Hair comb/brush & hair ties

• Cough drops

• Prescription medications (optional Mucinex DM or Robitussin Cough & Chest Congestion)

• Tissues

• Non-perishable snacks

• Masks

• Personal first aid kit

• Some sort of distraction-even a coloring book and crayons or a deck of cards,

• Powdered electrolyte drink mix

For those on-campus students who test positive and are required to isolate, UW will:

  • Provide meals and other necessities for daily living.

  • Ensure the student’s support person checks in on them daily.

  • Access to medical care through Student Health Service or community providers.

Each student in quarantine and isolation housing will have a dedicated support person who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

When a student is required to stay in quarantine and isolation housing, UW Residence Life will help them get prepared to do so. Upon arrival, students will be provided with a snack bag from Washakie Dining Center and a bag filled with necessities such as toiletries and activities such as coloring books, crafts, and puzzles.

Each student will also have a dedicated support person who can help students take advantage of the resources available to them and assist with any questions 24/7.

To prioritize the mental health of students in quarantine and isolation housing, each student will be checked on daily by a staff member (7 days a week). Check-ins will take place via a phone call or Zoom call. Students will also be informed of various well-being resources available to them throughout their time in quarantine and isolation housing.

The details of your quarantine or isolation orders will help individuals decipher what they can and cannot do based on their specific case. In general, those individuals who are placed in on-campus quarantine or isolation housing can go outside, so long as they can properly social distance, wear a mask and avoid close contact with others at all times. Individuals should defer to their quarantine or isolation orders from the Wyoming Department of Health for specific guidance pertaining to their case.

To order your meal, follow the below steps:

  1. Download the Transact Mobile Ordering from the App Store or Google Play

  2. Launch the app and select "UWyo Eats" from the menu

  3. Place your order

    • Select "Hospitality" under Pandemic

    • At the top, select the date and time you would like your meal delivered 

      • We encourage diners to place their orders the day before

    • Select your food and beverage preference 

      • No more than 3 entrees and/or beverages will be delivered at one meal

    • Checkout

      • Make sure to choose your delivery location and enter your name, building, and room number in the notes section.

  1. Meals will be delivered according to the following schedule: 

    • Monday - Friday

      • Breakfast (7:00 am - 9:30 am)

      • Lunch (11:00 am - 2:00 pm)

      • Dinner (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

    • Saturday & Sunday

      • Brunch(10:00 am - 12:30 pm)

      • Dinner (5:00 pm - 7:00 pm)

  2. Orders will need to be placed by 7:00 am for breakfast, 10:00 am for brunch, 11:00 am for lunch, and 4:00 pm for dinner. 

  3. Beverage orders are limited to 3 items per meal period. 

  4. Only one meal will be delivered to each room. 

  5. Doors must be closed during meal delivery. 

  6. Diners ordering more than one meal per period will only receive one meal.

  7. In the case that an entreé is not available another item will be substituted. 

  8. Diners with allergies or preferences can type these in with their room number. 

  9. Diners may email rldswm@uwyo.edu if they do not receive a meal or have issues placing an order.

Definitions

  • Quarantine: a procedure used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms (CDC, 2020).

  • Isolation: a procedure used to separate people infected with COVID-19 and those who are symptomatic from others who are not infected. Anyone sick or infected should separate themselves from others by staying in a specific isolation space and using a separate bathroom, if available (CDC, 2020).

 

Quarantine Procedure

  • If students think they have been exposed to COVID-19, or are notified they have been exposed, they will be required to quarantine following University guidelines.

    • Efforts will be made by staff to decrease the need for students to leave their rooms during this time – i.e. delivering meals, offering support resources, etc.

    • If symptoms develop during quarantine, students should call Student Health, their doctor, or other local healthcare facilities (Urgent Care, Stitches, Ivinson Hospital, etc.) for further guidance.

    • Procedures for how long to quarantine, when to test, and when to end quarantine will follow university guidelines.

    • If students test positive for COVID-19, they will be moved into alternative housing for quarantine.

    • Apartments residents will quarantine in their own units, when able to do so.

 

Isolation Procedure

  • Students that test positive for COVID-19 or are showing symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc., will be required to move into alternative housing to isolate.

    • Meals and other support will be provided to students while in isolation.

    • Procedures for how long to isolate, when to re-test, and when to end isolation will follow university guidelines and CDC recommendations.

    • Students will be checked on daily by their support person.

  • Once students test negative and/or are deemed to no longer pose an infection risk to others, they will be allowed to move back into the residence halls/houses per university guidelines and CDC recommendations.

  • Apartments residents will move to alternative housing to isolate if they reside in a space with a shared bathroom.

Resident Safety Protocols

  • All students and hall staff are required to wear face coverings in common spaces (i.e., all spaces outside their room, restroom, or office).

  • The physical distancing of six feet or more between people in groups is required.

  • Only four people are allowed in the elevator at a time.

  • Residents are encouraged to regularly clean their own spaces, sanitize surfaces, wash face coverings, regularly wash their hands, and maintain social distancing at all times.

  • Residents will be asked to limit travel and should quarantine for three days if they travel outside of Laramie overnight, per CDC guidelines.

  • Residents are allowed no more than three people in their room at one time, with appropriate social distancing and masks in use.

 

Staff Responsibilities

  • All professional and student staff are expected to follow all guidelines and procedures outlined in this document, including safety protocols, guest policy, etc.

  • Role modeling proper safety behavior is expected – masks, social distancing, hand washing, sanitizing surfaces, etc.

  • Staff may be asked to occasionally perform additional sanitization duties to aid the custodial team.

 

Guest Policies

  • In addition to our standard guest policy outlined in the RLDS Policies & Procedures, residents are allowed to have guests that also reside in the same community.

    • Residents are not allowed to visit other hall or house communities.

  • Off-campus students, family members, or other friends are not allowed to visit residence hall or house communities, including overnight (this excludes opening and move-in).

    • If an off-campus guest arrives at the Residence Halls they may wait in the lobby until the resident meets them.

    • For in-hall/house guests, the overnight guest policy is to be followed (no more than three nights in a 14-day period).


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