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Health, Wellness, and Preventions FAQs

What is Rollins doing to respond to COVID-19? 
The College’s main goal in planning and preparations is to protect the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Our planning is guided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the State of Florida Health Department and the Orange County Health Department. The College is taking a number of steps to prepare for and respond to the issues raised by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This includes, but is not limited to: 

  • Staying in regular communication with state and local health officials. Regular monitoring of national and state organizations, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, the State of Florida Health Department and the Orange County Health Department. 
  • Keeping our community informed by sharing best practices and expert guidance on public health infection control. 

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?  
The best way to prevent infection is to be vaccinated and avoid exposure 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 three feet apart.
  • Wear a mask when indoors or in large groups outdoors where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

How is "close contact" defined?
“Close contact” is defined by the CDC as someone an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period, starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. The CDC updated this definition October 21, 2020. 

What is in the 2021-22 Tars Promise?
We have revised our COVID-19 Policy and Tars Promise for the 2021-22 academic year. All students will be expected to adhere to the Tars Promise and will be held accountable to its terms. The Tars Promise pertains to all members of our community, whether you live on or off campus. We are confident that each person in the Rollins community continues to take this pandemic seriously. Our plans for opening and keeping the spread of COVID-19 low on our campus will only be successful if everyone follows all protocols at all times. View the COVID-19 Policy and Tars Promise here.

How are students be held accountable for complying with the Tars Promise?
The College reviews reports of Tars Promise violations and takes appropriate action if there is enough information to move forward. Students found responsible for the most egregious violations, which include hosting large gatherings or violating isolation or quarantine protocols, are issued the strongest sanctions. These sanctions could include residence hall dismissal, loss of campus access privileges, and suspension.

Is there anything I should keep in mind when considering getting a COVID vaccine/booster and a flu shot?
The flu shot is seasonal, and lasts for 9-11 months to help prevent influenza. The first priority during the current Omicron variant surge is to begin your COVID vaccination status as soon as possible. In general, we recommend not getting the COVID19 vaccine within 2 weeks of getting any other vaccine, so try to space the two vaccines (flu and COVID) out by two weeks.

­Is the flu shot available for students on campus?­
Students can receive the flu shot in the Wellness Center every weekday morning. Check your email address for more information.

What is the College’s current mask policy?

  • Masks are recommended indoors and in large gatherings where physical distancing is not possible.
  • Masks are required in the Wellness Center and at COVID testing sites.

Wearing face masks is one of the most important actions we can all take to eliminate the spread of the virus. Face masks are useful in both preventing illness in healthy individuals and in preventing asymptomatic transmission. Wearing a mask is not only about self-protection; it is also about protecting others from infection. When a community wears face masks consistently, the number of COVID-19 cases is reduced.

Why is there a seating chart?
Seating charts for each class have been designed to expedite contact tracing. Students and faculty should not adjust the classroom configuration, as each classroom has been set up specifically to meet physical distancing guidelines. In addition, students must stay in their assigned seats and should avoid getting up and moving around the room. Each of these measures was designed for the health and safety of students and instructors.

Where can I get medical-grade masks?
We have made medical-grade masks available to members of our campus community. You may obtain individual masks at Bush Science Center administrative offices, the Olin Library Circulation Desk, the Kathleen W. Rollins Hall Welcome Desk, and the Wellness Center. In addition, KN95 masks are available for purchase at the Rollins Bookstore for $1.50. Due to nationwide demand and cost, we are unable to provide large quantities to any individual.

What are the usage guidelines for medical-grade masks?
We recommend using medical-grade masks for 1-3 days, depending on the soil level of your mask.


What if members of the community are not abiding by COVID-19 mandates. What is the protocol?
To report violations of the Tars Promise, complete an incident report on the Community Standards & Responsibility website.

Are daily screenings required?
#CampusClear is required to report close contact exposures, symptoms, or if you test positive. However, if it is helpful for you to complete daily, you are free to do so.

What is #CampusClear?
#CampusClear is a daily self-screening app and campus “wellness pass” that we are encouraging all members of the on-campus community to use.

#CampusClear is a daily self-screening app and campus "wellness pass" that we are asking all members of the on-campus community to continue to use.

How do I download the #CampusClear app?
This app should be downloaded from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, for free, prior to arrival on campus. For those that do not have a smartphone, you can complete the screening tool using a web browser. More information is forthcoming.

I’m concerned about using #CampusClear. How will it protect medical privacy?
The #CampusClear app uses industry-standard security practices to protect your data. Access to this information will be restricted to Health administrators tasked with mitigating COVID-19 on our campus.

Why do I need to do this?
#CampusClear is part of our comprehensive strategy for controlling the spread of COVID-19 on campus, and your participation helps to keep our campus safe for everyone. Please be sure to self-screen daily, even if you have no symptoms. If you develop symptoms after having completed the daily screening, we ask that you alert the Wellness Center.

Besides self-screening, what other types of screening will be used to keep the campus community safe?
In partnership with a bio-tech company, we are studying testing wastewater effluent from residence halls on a weekly basis using polymerase chain reaction (PCR) analysis with CDC novel coronavirus primers. This would provide up to seven days’ advance notice of an increase in infection in a residence hall. Identifying residence halls with a significant peak in COVID-19 levels in the effluent will signal us to test everyone in the residence hall and respond accordingly.

What should I do if I am exposed to someone with COVID-19?
Exposure means you were within three feet of someone for 15 minutes or longer who has tested positive for COVID-19.

If you're fully vaccinated, meaning you've received your booster shot, had your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines within the last six months, or received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in the last two months:

  • You no longer need to quarantine. Instead, wear a mask around others for 10 days.
  • Get a test five days after exposure.
  • If you develop symptoms, get a test right away and stay home.

If you're due for your booster shot and haven't received it yet or are unvaccinated:

  • Stay home and quarantine for five days and continue to wear a mask when around others for another five days after exposure.
  • Get a test five days after exposure.

COVID-19 Testing

How often can students get tested?
Orange County Epidemiology does not recommend regular testing schedules. Testing should be used for a close contact exposure, and if an individual is symptomatic with COVID-19 symptoms. If a student has specific concerns, they can contact the Wellness Center. If there is a rise in effluent testing then surveillance testing of that residential space will be completed.

Where is COVID-19 testing available on campus?
If a student, faculty, or staff member has no symptoms, they can visit the Campus Safety building for walk-in, asymptomatic testing. Students that have symptoms can call the Wellness Center to schedule an appointment for testing. Faculty and Staff can visit the Campus Safety building for walk-in testing, or visit their nearby testing location.

Beginning March 28, the COVID testing location will move from the Campus Safety building to 220 W. Fairbanks Avenue (intersection of New York Ave. and Fairbanks Ave.).

Do at-home COVID-19 test kits count as a COVID-19 test?
Yes, specifically if you had a close contact/exposure, and test positive, it is indeed a positive test. Testing multiple times if you receive a positive test is unnecessary. We might change this advice when community positivity decreases. If you test negative, have symptoms, we do encourage re-testing.

Is there a cost associated with a COVID-19 test at Rollins?
For travel PCR testing: $75 (charged to R-Card) and rapid antigen testing: $25 (charged to R-Card). Asymptomatic testing is available free of charge in the Campus Safety building when school is in session. COVID-19 symptomatic testing is available (free of charge) in the Wellness Center during operational hours.

Will unvaccinated residential students continue to be tested this semester?
Yes, we will continue to regularly test residential students and all athletes (per NCAA rules) who are not vaccinated.

Will we still offer asymptomatic testing for vaccinated faculty and staff? If so, should we think about getting tested?
COVID-19 testing for asymptomatic individuals can be done at the Campus Safety building M-F 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. If you are vaccinated, it is recommended you get tested if you develop COVID-19 symptoms or have a known close contact exposure (testing 5 days after exposure or sooner if symptoms develop).

Beginning March 28, testing will move from Campus Safety to 220 W. Fairbanks Ave. (intersection of New York Ave. and Fairbanks Ave.).

Will there be regular testing for unvaccinated faculty and staff?
There is no requirement for regular testing for unvaccinated faculty and staff.

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.

Is on-site rapid testing available to faculty and staff?
Yes. Contact the Wellness Center to make an appointment. Walk-in COVID-19 testing is available Monday-Friday in the Campus Safety building. Rapid antigen testing for travel is $25 (charged to R-Card).

Beginning March 28, testing will move from Campus Safety to 220 W. Fairbanks Ave. (intersection of New York Ave. and Fairbanks Ave.).

What is the accuracy of the rapid testing?
The rapid antigen COVID-19 tests are 96.7% percent positive agreement (PPA) and have a 100% negative percent agreement (NPA) in conjunction with medical evaluation. Students that test negative and are symptomatic will be re-tested. Learn more about rapid tests on the Quidel website.


What protocols are in place for students living off-campus who test positive and need medical care?
The Wellness Center is available to complete telehealth appointments for students living off-campus.

Will students who test positive for COVID-19 be isolated?
Yes, we have developed plans to dedicate space for quarantine of exposed, asymptomatic residential students and isolation and care of our residential students who become ill and test positive for COVID-19. Several campus locations have been reserved for this purpose. We will make every effort to provide necessary care, including meal delivery, wellness monitoring. Please know in advance that we will not be able to accommodate rebates for room and board for those who must quarantine or be isolated and elect to return home for the period.

If a roommate tests positive for COVID-19 and must isolate in place, what should you do in your shared room?
A person is contagious 48 hours before symptoms, so the roommate has likely already been exposed. Mask wearing can help. In apartments with 2 bathrooms for 4, one can be used only by the ill student. Students who live in halls with community bathrooms will be moved to an isolation room. Should we exceed capacity for our isolation rooms, all students will isolate in place if they are not able to go home for isolation.

What are the current CDC guidelines regarding isolation, and does this apply at Rollins?
In late December, the CDC shortened its recommended time for isolation; people with COVID-19 should isolate for five days and if they are asymptomatic or their symptoms are resolving (without fever for 24 hours), follow that by 5 days of wearing a mask when around others to minimize the risk of infecting people they encounter. We follow these guidelines. Read more about the latest guidelines on the CDC website.

Will Rollins be conducting contact tracing?
Thorough contact tracing is vital in containing the spread of the virus across campus. Rollins has contracted with Rapid-Trace to expand our capacity for contact tracing. This partnership will allow us to provide additional medical expertise and support to manage the pandemic. Rapid-Trace will send emails, texts, and phone calls.

If while I'm isolating for a positive COVID-19 test, I then get a negative COVID-19 test, can I stop isolating?
No. A negative test means you are negative that day, but you can develop symptoms post-exposure up to 14 days later. Per CDC guidance, isolation stands for that duration of time. How will the Rollins community be informed of COVID-19 cases? We have developed a dashboard that will be posted on our COVID-19 website.

Will there be a test after the 7-day isolation, or will we be released if asymptomatic?
We will not be testing after isolation. If you are experiencing symptoms, we will extend the isolation period accordingly. If you are a faculty or staff member you will be cleared to return to campus by Rapid-Trace. Students will be cleared to return to campus by the COVID-19 Response team.

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19?
Regardless of vaccination status, individuals should:

  • Stay home and isolate for seven days.
  • If you continue to have a fever, stay home until your fever is gone
  • Continue to wear a mask for five days after leaving isolation.
  • Students in isolation (on or off campus) will be cleared by Wellness Center prior to ending isolation and returning to classes

Contact Tracing: Rapid-Trace

Do I need to participate in contact tracing if I test positive for COVID-19?
Yes. If you test positive at the Wellness Center, or offsite, complete #CampusClear and contact the Wellness Center. To help limit the spread of COVID-19 on our campus, Rollins partners with Rapid-Trace, a local firm aiding business and institutions with contact-tracing services. With Rapid-Trace, we will be able to identify and inform people who have been in contact with confirmed cases so they can take the necessary steps to prevent further spread of this disease.


What are the specific parameters of quarantine?
Quarantine is defined as staying home for 10 days since the day of exposure to a positive COVID individual and monitor for symptoms of COVID. Stay away from others, and wear your mask at all times when accessing the bathroom or laundry room. Do not hang out in group spaces by yourself or with others. Students are allowed to go outside two times per day, alone, for 15 minutes to get fresh air away from others.

What if I’m exposed to COVID-19 and need to quarantine?
Students who have not uploaded their COVID-19 card in FoxLink and are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine in their assigned housing space, if students are unable to quarantine off campus or return home. Due to limited space, isolation and quarantine may have to occur off campus at the students’ expense.

When can I receive the vaccine?
Effective April 2021, anyone age 18 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine on campus. Anyone 5 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 in Florida.

Will I get a vaccination card?

What do I do after I get my first shot?
After receiving your first dose, you will receive a CDC vaccination card. It is essential to keep this card for future verification of receiving the vaccine. We strongly recommend that you take a photo of this card and store it securely, or send a photo to a parent or caregiver for them to store, as well.

Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?
No. None of the authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines currently in development in the United States contain the live virus that causes COVID-19. This means that a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

After getting a COVID-19 vaccine, will I test positive for COVID-19 on a viral test?
No. Neither the recently authorized and recommended vaccines nor the other COVID-19 vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United States can cause you to test positive on viral tests, which are used to see if you have a current infection.

If I have already had COVID-19 and recovered, do I still need to get vaccinated with a COVID-19 vaccine?
Yes. Due to the severe health risks associated with COVID-19 and the fact that re-infection with COVID-19 is possible, a vaccine should be offered to you regardless of whether you already had a COVID-19 infection.

Will a COVID-19 vaccine alter my DNA?
No. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines do not change or interact with your DNA in any way.

What happens if a student has an adverse reaction to a vaccine?
We keep all students for 15 minutes after they are vaccinated to ensure there is no unanticipated response. We are prepared to rapidly handle any allergic reaction, however, they are extremely rare.

Why is it important to upload my COVID-19 vaccination card in FoxLink?
Providing documentation of vaccination carries the following benefits:

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will NOT be required to quarantine for 10 days if they are directly exposed.
  • Exempt from regular COVID-19 testing.

How do I update my vaccination status to include my booster shot?
In FoxLink, you will find a space to provide information on your booster. You can upload your card under the “submit card image” button. Please note that if you received your booster at Rollins that information was recorded automatically.

If I am a faculty or staff member, do I need to upload my COVID-19 vaccine card to prove I’m vaccinated?
We ask that all faculty, staff and students upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards so that we have reliable data on our community status. Our campus and event protocols will be tuned to the percent of our community vaccinated. The more we know, the better we can plan, and the more we can do. Those that received the COVID-19 vaccine in our Rollins Vaccine Clinic do not need to upload documentation. In addition, the CDC cards will enable us to exempt you from having to quarantine if you have an exposure and are asymptomatic.

If our COVID-19 vaccination card was uploaded in the 2020-21 academic year, do we need to upload it again?
In the 2020-21 academic year we relied on self-reporting and employees did not upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards. We ask that they do so now. Also, if they were vaccinated at Rollins, no action is needed.

What if I lost my vaccine card?
If you have lost your CDC card, please contact the Department of Health in the state in which you were vaccinated (for Florida, by phone at 850-245-4444 or Many states allow you electronic access to your vaccine record. You may be able to capture a screenshot of your vaccine status from the Department of Health site, and you may upload that via FoxLink. If you need further assistance, you may reach out to for further guidance.

What is the timeline of receiving a booster shot, specifically if they’ve recently had COVID-19. When should they get a booster shot after they’ve had COVID-19?
We recommend that you obtain your booster as soon as possible, after infection, as long as your symptoms have fully recovered.

Where can I find the current positivity rate? 
The College’s positivity rate can be found updated daily by 9:30 a.m. on the dashboard (found here). Weekend rates are calculated every Monday.

Is there any evidence of transmission in the classroom? 
No. We consistently monitor the data from Rapid-Trace contact tracing, and we continue to have no evidence of any transmission of COVID-19 in the classroom, or at any campus-sponsored and monitored events or activities. 

On the COVID-19 dashboard indicators tab, what does the department status section mean?
These areas are key staff that support students’ safety, wellness, etc. If these teams become short staffed, we need to find solutions to keep the College running smoothly, and to continue to support our students.