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Health, Wellness, and Preventions FAQs

What are the symptoms of the coronavirus? 
Symptoms can include a fever/chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, body aches, headache, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, and/or new loss of taste or smell – similar to what you may feel with influenza or a bad cold. The incubation period (how soon the symptoms appear from the time of first exposure) for these types of viruses is typically 2-14 days. 

How can I prevent infection with COVID-19? 
There is currently no vaccine to prevent COVID-19 infection. The best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. However, as a reminder, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including: 

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick. 
  • Stay home when you are sick. 
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. 
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces. 
  • Physical distancing, remaining six feet apart. 

Will Rollins provide hand sanitizer? 
Students will be given a hand sanitizer dispenser and can utilize refill stations available throughout campus. Faculty and staff will have access to hand sanitizer for their work areas. 

Is Rollins installing plexiglass and, if so, where can I expect to see it? 
Plexiglass shields and barriers are intended for, and will only be installed in, high-traffic areas and public spaces where mask-wearing and physical distancing are not possible. Transactional areas such as Campus Safety, the circulation desk at Olin Library, point of sales in our Dining facilities, Wellness Center and other key areas across campus that fit within this traffic pattern are priorities for plexiglass installation. We do not plan to provide or install barriers and shields in individual offices. It is recommended that a mask be worn if interacting with a student or other faculty / staff members, while maintaining a safe physical distance. If an individual has an underlying medical condition and has concerns, then it is advised that the individual speak with their dean or department head to come up with a solution. 

Is the rapid COVID-19 test administered by the Rollins Wellness Center accurate? 
The Wellness Center will be able to test symptomatic and asymptomatic students with symptoms. Some individuals will need additional testing based on a medical assessment. Using findings from self-reported health data, we’ll be able to test possible hot spots on campus. COVID-19 testing at the Rollins Wellness Center follows guidance from the Center for Disease Control and the State of Florida Health Department. 

What if I am tested and diagnosed with COVID-19 at an off-campus medical facility?
If you are diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing other than the Wellness Center, we ask that you update your daily screening tool with your positive results. Reporting positive cases through the screening application will allow contact tracing to begin promptly and will help keep our community safe. If a student tests positive at any time, rapid or PCR, they will be isolated and contact tracing will begin. 

Will Rollins have flu shots available for the student community? 
Yes. Flu shots will be available and free to students. We are encouraging the Rollins community to get this vaccine. 

Masks, Face Coverings and Face Shields

Will Rollins require me to wear a mask or face covering when I return to campus? 
Yes. Starting June 1, all members of the Rollins community – faculty, staff, students, and visitors – are required to wear masks on campus in public settings. Mask wearing is one of the most important actions we can all take to eliminate the spread of the virus, as masks are useful in both preventing illness in healthy individuals and in preventing asymptomatic transmission. When a community wears facial coverings consistently, there has been a reduction in COVID-19 cases. Learn more about how masks curtail community transmission here. 

Will Rollins be providing masks? 
Yes. All students will receive a Wellness Kit that includes two masks, hand sanitizer, and a reusable thermometer, plus information on preventing the spread of disease and how to report illness. We ask that you self-monitor on a daily basis for temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 throughout the fall semester and report any symptoms to the Wellness Center. Faculty and staff will be receiving face masks (2) and will have access to hand sanitizer. 

When, specifically, do I need to wear a mask? 
It is our expectation that you come to Rollins with your mask, and you wear a mask when interacting with others. Mask wearing is required on campus with exception to your private office when working alone or when in your residential room. 

Why are a face shield and mask important? 
Face masks protect each other better than a face shield alone. When it is not possible to maintain a 6-foot physical distance, such as in a laboratory setting or Hume House or office hours (in a smaller office), a face mask plus a face shield offers more protection. 

Under special circumstances, a face shield may be used instead of a face mask. For example, someone with an accommodation for breathing issues or language learning situations (especially for young children) or when an individual in the group is hearing impaired and needs to read lips (we are investigating the pros and cons of clear masks vs face masks in this case). 

Each faculty member may request a face shield through their department chair. Accommodation forms should be completed through HR if there is a need for an accommodation (breathing, hearing impairment, etc.). 

Should I purchase a medical-grade N95 mask or a mask with a face shield? 
We do not recommend the use of medical-grade N95 masks. Masks with relief valves may not be worn on campus as they do not protect others. (Exceptions that are aligned with job duties may be made.) 

Face shields may also be requested by those unable to wear a mask for documented health reasons. To request a mask accommodation, contact Requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. 

In laboratory environments such as the Bush Science Center and the Hume House Child Development & Student Research Center, and other places where it may not always be possible to maintain six feet of physical distancing, face shields will be worn over masks. 

If a student shows up to class without a mask, they will be told to attend class virtually from their room or residence hall. Students who do not undergo a health screening (or show up without a mask/face covering) will not be able to attend class in-person. 

Will face shields be an acceptable alternative to a mask? 
Masks are needed to minimize spread of aerosolized droplets from a person’s mouth. Face shields are a secondary barrier and should be used only with a mask underneath. 

What is the enforcement policy for mask wearing on campus? How will this be accomplished?
It is our shared commitment to each other that we hold our students, faculty, staff and campus visitors accountable for keeping Tars safe. It is appropriate for our faculty and staff to tell students that they must wear masks. We will be sharing more soon on best practices for approaching our community members. 

For our students, we are updating the Student Code of Conduct for compliance with mask wearing and other social responsibilities. We are working on a “Tars Promise” with SGA for adherence to these practices, with guidance from the CDC and our campus experts. We will follow up with students not in compliance. We believe in our students and the desire to be on campus and are optimistic that we all will do the right thing to keep our Tars safe. 

All individuals on Rollins campus are required to wear masks. Signs at all entrances to campus will signal to visitors that this is our policy on campus. 

Testing and Contact Tracing (for Faculty/Staff)

Will on-site rapid testing be available to faculty and staff? 
Our first priority is providing testing for our students. Based on tests and appointment availability, we hope to later provide rapid testing for faculty and staff as well. 

What is the accuracy of the rapid testing? 
The rapid tests are 85% accurate, if you test positive. If a student is symptomatic but tests negative, the Wellness Center will re-test. 

How will the Rollins community be informed of COVID-19 cases? 
We are developing a dashboard that will be posted on our COVID-19 website.