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Positive for COVID-19 and have Symptoms1

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.

Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571945. This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available. You can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You’ve been symptom- and fever-free for at least 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
  2. At least 10 days have gone by since your Symptoms first appeared AND
  3. You have tested negative for COVID-19


Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If your family member/housemate has tested positive, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if Symptoms develop

 If you are able to end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact2

If you cannot end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days after the person in your home has tested negative or been medically cleared in another way

Positive for COVID-19 but don't have Symptoms1

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.

Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571945. This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If you test positive for COVID-19, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if symptoms develop

You can stop your home isolation when:

  1.  At least 10 days have gone by since the date of your first positive COVID-19 test, AND
  2. You continue to not show symptoms in that time AND
  3. You have tested negative for COVID-19

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.

Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If your family member/housemate has tested positive, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if symptoms develop

If you are able to end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact2

If you cannot end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days after the person in your home has tested negative or been medically cleared in another way

Close Contact and have Symptoms1 of COVID-19

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If you have had Close Contact2 with an individual who has tested positive and you have Symptoms, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available. You can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the first Close Contact AND
  2. You’ve been symptom- and fever-free for at least 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
  3. At least 10 days have gone by since your symptoms first appeared AND
  4. You have tested negative for COVID-19


Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If your family member/housemate had a Close Contact2 with an individual who has tested positive, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if Symptoms develop

 If you are able to end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact

If you cannot end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days after your family member/housemate has tested negative or been medically cleared in another way

Close Contact but don't have Symptoms1 of COVID-19

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If you have had Close Contact2 with an individual who has tested positive but you don't have Symptoms, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if Symptoms develop

 You can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact


Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If your family member/housemate had a Close Contact2 with an individual who has tested positive, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if Symptoms develop

If you are able to end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact

If you cannot end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days after your family member/housemate has tested negative or been medically cleared in another way

Have Symptoms1 of COVID-19 but have not been tested

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If you have not been tested for COVID-19, but are experiencing Symptoms, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available. You can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You’ve been symptom- and fever-free for at least 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
  2. At least 10 days have gone by since your Symptoms first appeared AND
  3. You have tested negative for COVID-19

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If your family member/housemate has Symptoms but has not been tested, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if Symptoms develop

If you are able to end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact

If you cannot end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days after your family member/housemate has tested negative or been medically cleared in another way

Tested Negative for COVID-19 and have Symptoms1

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If you have tested negative for COVID-19 while experiencing Symptoms, you should stay home, except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available. You can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You’ve been symptom- and fever-free for at least 48 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication AND
  2. At least 10 days have gone by since your Symptoms first appeared

Contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible.
Employees: Notify Human Resources (HR) as soon as possible by completing the information in this form: https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463.  This information and timely notification allows them to respond appropriately and swiftly. 

If your family member/housemate has tested negative but has Symptoms, you should stay home except to get medical care. Do not go to work, school, or public areas. Isolate yourself from people in your home. As much as possible, stay in a specific room away from other people and use a separate bathroom if available.

  1. Self-monitor for Symptoms
  2. Check your temperature twice a day
  3. Watch for fever3, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19
  4. Avoid contact with people at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19
  5. Follow guidance noted in this chart if Symptoms develop

If you are able to end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days since the last Close Contact

If you cannot end contact with your family member/housemate, you can stop your home isolation when:

  1. You have stayed symptom-free AND
  2. You have self-quarantined for 14 days after your family member/housemate has been medically cleared

Feeling sick but not with COVID-19 symptoms

If you are feeling sick, but not with COVID-19 Symptoms, you should not come to campus until you receive medical clearance from a healthcare provider.

Keep in mind:

  1. COVID-19 symptoms vary significantly and not all symptoms may be known
  2. Staying home even if sick with something other than COVID-19 is important. We should try to reduce the spread of all disease on campus and our community.

If your family member/housemate are feeling sick, but not with COVID-19 symptoms, you should not come to campus until your family member/housemate has received medical clearance from a healthcare provider.

Keep in mind:

  1. COVID-19 symptoms vary significantly and not all symptoms may be known.
  2. Being cautious around those who are sick with something other than COVID-19 is important. We should try to reduce the spread of all disease on campus and our community.


Please note: This information is subject to change as guidance from local and federal institutions make updates. DigiPen currently requires testing for COVID-19 in various situations. We will enforce quarantine and testing as recommended by the CDC, WA Department of Health, and King County Public Health and reserve the right to exercise more caution than is required. We may change our testing requirements if health authorities instruct accordingly in order to reduce the burden on healthcare facilities. 
1) Symptoms: 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, and diarrhea. Visit the CDC's website to read more about symptoms.
2) Close Contact: The following qualifies as Close Contact: You were within less than six feet of distance for 15+ minutes within a 24-hour period with someone who has COVID-19. You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19. You had direct physical contact with the person (touched, hugged, or kissed them). You shared eating or drinking utensils. They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.
3) Fever: For the purposes of this guidance, fever is defined as subjective fever (feeling feverish) or a measured temperature of 100.4°F (38°C) or higher. 

COVID-19 Testing Resources

General King County Testing Information:

https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/care/testing.aspx

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or had close contact with someone who has COVID-19, do not just go directly to a testing center. Call and/or use the screening tools listed below first. (Note this is only for people in King County.)

If you have a local healthcare provider:

Call your healthcare provider. Even if your healthcare provider is not doing testing, they can discuss your symptoms with you and help you find testing and care.

If you DO NOT have a local healthcare provider, you have several options:

  1. You can call Evergreen Health’s 24-hour Nurse Navigator - Healthline to speak with a registered nurse at (425) 899-3555 who can help you determine the best course of action. Evergreen has locations in Redmond, Kirkland, and nearby areas.
  2. You can visit one of Evergreen Health’s five urgent care locations in Redmond, Woodinville, Kenmore, Sammamish, or Mill Creek. Wait times for urgent care can be found here: https://www.evergreenhealth.com/urgent-care. This page also lists the phone numbers to call for each urgent care facility.
  3. You can use the Coronavirus Assessment Tool from Overlake Hospital at: https://www.overlakehospital.org/safe-in-our-care. If you have symptoms, then this message pops up at the end of screening: "Call 425-635-6600 to schedule a virtual care or in-person appointment." Overlake has multiple locations in Redmond and nearby areas.
  4. You can arrange a drive-up COVID-19 test through UW Medicine by using the virtual assistant here:https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus/testing. After a short screening, this message pops up: "Please call 206.520.8771 to schedule a COVID-19 test through UW Medicine." Note that the locations available for this option will not be in Redmond or nearby areas.
  5. You can call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at 206.477.3977 for assistance. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If you DO NOT have health insurance, your options are:

  1. You can get free or low-costing testing by calling on of the following King County locations regardless of immigration status: https://www.kingcounty.gov/depts/health/covid-19/testing.aspx. Bellevue is the closest location to DigiPen as of September 1, 2020.
  2. You can call the King County COVID-19 Call Center at (206) 477-3977 for assistance. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  3. You can use one of the options listed in the previous section, but there will likely be a cost to you of between $150 to $250 for the tests and lab results.

Case Protocol and Contact Tracing

Case Protocol

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact (i.e., within six feet for over 15 minutes) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine, contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible, seek medical advice, and seek COVID-19 testing. Employees should contact hr.us@digipen.edu. Individuals with either suspected or confirmed cases will need to follow a medical clearance protocol before returning to campus.

Contact Tracing

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact (i.e., within six feet for over 15 minutes) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19 should notify Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible. Faculty and staff in the same situation should notify Human Resources (HR) by completing the appropriate form:

Faculty/Staff Positive COVID Test Result:  https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571945

Faculty/Staff COVID Exposure:  https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463 

Trained staff will perform contact tracing following CDC and local health department guidelines to mitigate exposure in our community. In addition, King County Public Health may also perform contact tracing of COVID-19 cases.

Basic Prevention Methods

  1. Wear a mask or face covering while around other people, in public, and indoors. Encourage those around you to wear them too.
  2. Clean your hands often. Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Do not touch your face with unwashed hands. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Throw used tissues away and wash your hands.
  3. Clean “high-touch” surfaces — like counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables — every day. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe, and follow the directions on the label.
  4. Don’t share personal items — including dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels, or bedding — with anyone (both people and pets) in your home.

Vaccinations

COVID-19 vaccine has been authorized for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help the public from getting sick or seriously ill with COVID-19. Public Health – Seattle & King County is working with the Washington State Department of Health on vaccine distribution.  Visit these links for your respective County for details about the distribution of the vaccine and your eligibility for vaccination phases:

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Phase Finder tool from state Department of Health

Designed to help Washingtonians find out if they are eligible for a COVID vaccine now or if not, sign up to be notified when they become eligible. Currently available in English and Spanish, expanding soon to more languages. You can access it at: http://findyourphasewa.org/

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Case Protocol and Contact Tracing

Case Protocol

Students who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or have had close contact (i.e., within six feet for over 15 minutes) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19 should immediately self-quarantine, contact Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible, seek medical advice, and seek COVID-19 testing. Employees should contact hr.us@digipen.edu. Individuals with either suspected or confirmed cases will need to follow a medical clearance protocol before returning to campus.

Contact Tracing

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have had close contact (i.e., within six feet for over 15 minutes) with a person with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19 should notify Student Affairs at 425-895-4411 as soon as possible. Faculty and staff in the same situation should notify Human Resources (HR) by completing the appropriate form:

Faculty/Staff Positive COVID Test Result:  https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571945

Faculty/Staff COVID Exposure:  https://forms.digipen.edu/view.php?id=571463 

Trained staff will perform contact tracing following CDC and local health department guidelines to mitigate exposure in our community. In addition, King County Public Health may also perform contact tracing of COVID-19 cases.