COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – Asbury University
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Note: Updated FAQs coming soon.

Overall Guidance

  • Each Asbury University community member has an individual responsibility to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus. For fall 2021, Asbury recommends all vaccinated community members follow the CDC’s guidance for vaccinated people and unvaccinated community members follow the CDC’s guidance for unvaccinated people.
  • Students who are studying on campus are strongly encouraged to vaccinate against COVID-19 to protect themselves and all members of our residential learning community.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to upload a picture of their vaccination card. This will become part of their Health Services record and exempt them from quarantine if exposed to COVID-19. Students who do not upload their vaccination card will be considered non-vaccinated.
  • As of Monday, August 9, 2021, masks are required when you are inside a campus building and not actively eating or exercising. This includes all campus buildings, all of the time, except your residence hall room and the additional exception below.
  • Non-vaccinated students will be required to quarantine and get tested if exposed to COVID-19.
  • Vaccinated students are not required to quarantine if exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID. They will be expected to self-monitor for symptoms, wear a mask when outside of their residence hall room for 10 days and to get tested on Day 7 after exposure.
  • All students are required to follow Health Services procedures and direction regarding COVID-19 symptom reporting, testing, quarantine, and isolation.
  • Students are encouraged to quarantine or isolate at their permanent residence.
  • Students who are not able to quarantine or isolate at their permanent residence may be charged a fee to assist with additional student services (ex: housing, meal delivery, administrative work and student follow up). Quarantine fee will be $10 a day and isolation fee will be $25 a day.
  • Students who do not follow Health Services COVID-19 procedures and direction may be required to withdraw from the University without refund of tuition, room, or board.
  • The University reserves the right to modify or add to these protocols as deemed necessary or in case of change in COVID-19 cases in our community, state, or region.

General Questions

▾ Will I be required to show a vaccination card upon arrival or at any other time?

Students will not be required to present a vaccination card. However, students are strongly encouraged to upload a picture of their vaccination card at their earliest convenience to become part of their permanent Health Services record. Students who do not upload a vaccination card must quarantine in the case of a COVID-19 exposure.

▾ Where do I upload my vaccination card?

Please use this link to upload your vaccination card. Please upload a picture of the front and back of the card.

▾ Will I have to quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19?

Students who have not uploaded a vaccination card showing that they are fully vaccinated will be required to quarantine according to Health Services guidelines if they are exposed to COVID-19.

▾ Where will I quarantine if I am exposed to COVID-19?

Students are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence if they are exposed to COVID-19. Students who remain on campus will stay in their current campus housing. A fee up to $10 per day may be charged to assist with additional student services (ex: housing, meal delivery, administrative work and student follow up).

▾ Where will I isolate if I am COVID-19 positive?

Students are strongly encouraged to return to their permanent residence if they are positive for COVID-19. Students who remain in campus housing will be moved to isolation housing. A fee of $25/day will be charged to assist with housing, meal delivery, administrative work and student follow up.

▾ Can faculty/staff members ask students if they are vaccinated?

Health Services will manage student vaccination information, and employees who need to know for student support services regarding COVID-19 symptoms, quarantine or isolation will be notified. Access to student vaccination status will include only those who assist with the operations of healthcare services for isolation or quarantine (Resident Life staff and Athletic Trainers). Faculty will not ask students if they are vaccinated.

▾ What do I do if I have symptoms or have been exposed?

Students can email health.services@asbury.edu or call (859) 858-5277 for an appointment. No walk-ins are allowed. Every student will need to complete a COVID-19 screening prior to arrival. If after hours or on weekends, students should notify the RD on call.

FACTSSS Questions

▾ What are FACTSSS? What am I supposed to do with them?

FACTSSS are:
F – Fatigue
A – Aches
C – Cough or Congestion
T – Temperature
S – Sore Throat
S – Loss of Senses (Smell / Taste)
S – Stomach Ailments
S – Shortness of Breath

What you need to do:

  1. Take your temperature every day.
  2. Self-monitor every day by checking your FACTSSS

▾ What does “Failing My FACTSSS” mean?

You will need to take steps (outlined in the next answer below) if:

  • You have a fever of greater than 100.4°F, OR
  • You have at least two symptoms from the FACTSSS list that are NEW onset and not part of an underlying medical condition, OR
  • You personally (not your roommate or someone else) have been in CLOSE CONTACT with a person who is COVID-19 POSITIVE.
    • Close contact is defined as being with someone who has tested positive for greater than 15 minutes over a 24-hour period at less than six feet apart, regardless of wearing a mask or not.
    • If you are really, really close to someone with COVID-19 and it was 7 minutes or less minutes, it may still qualify as close contact.

▾ What happens if I fail my FACTSSS?

STAY IN YOUR ROOM OR STAY OFF-CAMPUS until you are cleared by Health Services. Of course, you may leave your room to use the restroom, but please be cautious, practice excellent hygiene, keep your distance and be in mask mode at all times outside of your room. The only exception to leaving your room is if you are leaving to go home or if you are seeking medical treatment.

NEXT:

  1. Email Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu and let them know how you failed your FACTSSS, or if you were in close contact with a COVID-19 positive person. Please be very detailed in your email.
  2. If during Monday-Friday between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., email your RD (residential students) or email Matt Penny (commuter students) at stephen.penny@asbury.edu. Your RD will help arrange your meal delivery.
  3. If after 5 p.m. or on the weekend, contact the Switchboard at (859) 858-3511 and ask for the RD on call.
  4. Email your faculty members to notify them that you will not be in class for at least the next 24 hours as you are awaiting further instructions. Faculty members have been working hard to prepare for this very different semester. Ensuring regular communication will allow them to not only be apprised of your situation, but to work with you on finding the best solution for you. If you must miss a class, in addition to notifying your faculty member, connect with classmates to receive any notes and updates that would be beneficial.
  5. Wait for further instructions by email from Health Services before leaving your room or coming on to campus. If you have symptoms on a weekend, you will need to call the AU Switchboard and ask to speak to the RD on call. However, if you are ill and need medical attention, please seek treatment at an Urgent Treatment or other primary care.

NOTE: Roommates, suitemates and apartment mates of individuals that are symptomatic should remain in their current housing situation, unless directed otherwise by Health Services or the RD. Do your best to limit contact with the sick person. Students who are positive for COVID-19 will be immediately relocated to isolation space.

Finally, Health Services will give you instructions regarding if you need to continue to quarantine or be tested and when to be tested. Do not leave your room or come on campus until you have released by Health Services to return to community life.

Feel free to reach out with questions to student.development@asbury.edu.

▾ Where can I get tested for COVID-19?

Bring Driver’s License or Picture ID & Insurance Card.

WILD HEALTH/UK

Address: 1505 College Way (Kroger Field Blue Lot)
Open: 7 days a week 8am – 6pm by appointment only
Website: https://wildhealthcovid19testing.as.me/schedule.php
Results within 24 hours
Testing only – no symptom evaluation
No cost

SOLARIS DIAGNOSTICS:

Address: 110 Dewey Dr. Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone: (844) 550-0308
Open: Mon-Sat 9am-3pm – Call for an appointment time
Testing only – no symptom evaluation

BAPTIST HEALTH URGENT CARE: (2 LOCATIONS)

Address: 610 Brannon Rd. Suite 100 Nicholasville, KY
Phone: (859) 260-5540 (in Brannon Crossing)
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Weekends 9am-5pm
Walk-In appointments available

Address: 2040 Harrodsburg Rd. #200 Lexington, KY
Phone: (859) 899-7993 (across from Chick-Fil-A)
Open: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Weekends 9am-5pm
Walk-in appointments available

CVS Pharmacy

Address: 2000 Harrodsburg Rd, Lexington, KY
Phone: (859) 276-5493
Open: 8am-10pm

Walgreens Pharmacy

Address: 901 N. Main Street, Nicholasville, KY
Phone: (800) 925-4733
Open: 9am-5pm

Health Services Questions

▾ How do I make an appointment with Health Services?

Students can email health.services@asbury.edu or call (859) 858-5277 for an appointment. No walk-ins are allowed. Every student will need to complete a COVID-19 screening prior to arrival.

▾ Will masks and thermometers be supplied by the university, or will they be the responsibility of the student?

Every student will be asked to bring their own masks and thermometers when they come to campus. Extras will be available as needed.

▾ What kind of mask should I wear?

An acceptable face covering must be made out of tightly woven fabric that is at least 2 layers. Please be extremely careful that your mask or gaiter meets this criteria. (Most gaiters do not.) The CDC has recently given the recommendation that masks with valves are not permitted, because they allow for a transfer of air. If you have questions about masks, Health Services approves masks in question. We recognize that all of us must adapt as the CDC updates its recommendations. Thank you for understanding that new information is continually forthcoming.

▾ Will Health Services be able to test me for COVID-19 or the flu?

Health Services will be screening and triaging students who have symptoms of COVID-19 and influenza. Testing on campus will not be available, but we will refer you to testing sites in the area.

▾ What kind of COVID-19 test does Asbury University recommend?

Asbury recommends the PCR diagnostic test to confirm a positive or negative COVID-19 result. Rapid Antigen Testing is not as reliable. If you are symptomatic, use a rapid test and get a negative result, you will be asked to retest using a PCR diagnostic test to confirm. To locate a diagnostic testing site, work with Student Health Services and consult the list under the following question.

▾ Who do I report a positive COVID-19 test to?

If you have any symptoms or a positive test for COVID-19, please notify Health Services (Health.Services@asbury.edu or (859) 257-5277) for further instructions, treatment options and assistance. If after hours or on a weekend, please notify the RD on call.

▾ How often should I monitor myself for fever or other symptoms of COVID-19?

All students are asked to self-monitor for symptoms and take their temperature daily. Residential students must immediately report temperatures ≥100.4° F or COVID-19 symptoms to Health Services.

▾ What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Fever ≥100.4° F
  • New or worsening cough*
  • Nasal congestion
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty breathing*
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • GI symptoms (nausea, vomiting or diarrhea)

*Excluding due to a known medical reason other than COVID-19

▾ What is contact tracing, and how will it be handled?

The CDC defines contact tracing as “part of the process of supporting patients and warning contacts of exposure in order to stop chains of transmission.” Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be contacted by the Jessamine County Health Department for contact tracing from the date of onset of symptoms.

Academic Questions

▾ Will seating be at a physical distance in the classroom?

Seating is returned to normal. However, the University may require distance at any point throughout the semester if community transmission rises.

▾ What if I desire to sit at a physical distance of 6 feet apart due to a medical condition?

Students with a documented medical condition that requires them to physically distance from other students may request accommodations through Academic Accessibility Resources (AAR). Address your request to Dr. Victoria Slocum at victoria.slocum@asbury.edu. The application for AAR can be found at https://start.asbury.edu/register/AAR_Intake.

▾ If I am quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms or isolated due to COVID-19, what should I do about my coursework?

Students who are required by Health Services to quarantine or isolate should contact their professors to determine how to move forward. Health Services will also notify the Registrar’s Office, who will notify the student’s faculty members. Depending upon the nature of the class and the timing in the course curriculum during the term, a faculty member might utilize Zoom or recorded class sessions, might issue alternative assignments, or might offer another option for students to keep up with class sessions.

Chapel Questions

▾ Will chapel seating be "regular" or at a distance?

Chapel services will be held at full capacity (without physical distancing) on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 10 a.m.

▾ What if I desire to sit at a physical distance of 6 feet apart due to a medical condition?

Students with a documented medical condition that requires them to physically distance from other students may request accommodations through Academic Accessibility Resources (AAR). Address your request to Dr. Victoria Slocum at victoria.slocum@asbury.edu. The application for AAR can be found at https://start.asbury.edu/register/AAR_Intake.

▾ If I am quarantined due to COVID-19 exposure or symptoms or isolated due to COVID-19, what should I do about my chapel attendance requirements?

Students who are required by Health Services to quarantine or isolate should contact the Chapel Office at chapelattendance@asbury.edu for further instructions.

Move-In & Residence Hall Questions

▾ What should I do if I want to have a roommate who is vaccinated?

While the University will not gather vaccination information as a requirement for attendance or housing, students are welcome to discuss their vaccination status with their roommate. Students who would prefer to have a vaccinated roommate and determine that their roommate has not been vaccinated may request a room change. The University will do everything possible to accommodate that housing change request but does not guarantee that the student will be rehoused. However, almost always we can accommodate roommate change requests in time.

▾ Will move-in be staggered?

Move-in will not be staggered. Students and guests with COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus. If a student is not able to move in on his or her move-in day due to symptoms, the student should contact Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu immediately.

▾ What if I have COVID-19 symptoms on move-in day?

Students and guests with COVID-19 symptoms should not come to campus. If a student is not able to move in on his or her move-in day due to symptoms, the student should contact Health Services at health.services@asbury.edu immediately.