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COVID-19 Center

Current Status

last updated: 04/19/22

The university is strongly encouraging students, faculty and staff to get their COVID-19 booster shot as soon as they're elligible following the final dose of their initial COVID-19 vaccine series. Any unvaccinated member of the JWU community will be required to continue participation in sentinel testing. Along with hand washing, physical distancing, the daily screening questionnaire, and face masks, this is a key way to keep our campus community healthy & safe. If you do become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in sentinel testing. On November 26, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified a new Variant of Concern, Omicron. While the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continue to study the spread and severity of Omicron, it is advised that vaccines remain the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging.

Guidance for Mask Wearing: As of March 18, 2022, mask-wearing, regardless of vaccination status, is optional and no longer required inside or outside buildings on campus. However, anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask (KN95 recommended) is fully supported in doing so. Masks are still required in Health Services offices. Students, faculty and staff should still carry a mask on them at all times. You can find more on which masks work best and what is recommended here (updated by CDC January 2022).

REMINDER: Each day, all faculty, staff and students reporting to campus are encouraged to screen their current health conditions by answering the daily COVID-19 Screening Questionnaire, which can be accessed in the JWU Mobile app, jwuLink, or HRpulse. If you receive a green check mark, you will be cleared to be on campus. If a faculty or staff member receives a red check mark, they will need to consult their health care provider and notify their supervisor. Students who receive a red check mark are asked to reach out Health Services to determine their next steps.

CDC COVID Data Tracker

CDC COVID Data Tracker

This site provides an integrated, county view of key data for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

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JWU Fall 2021 COVID-19 Policy

Click here to read the full policy.

Health & Safety

Johnson & Wales University remains committed to mitigating the risks of COVID-19 and maintaining a positive campus community and online environment for living, learning and working. 

Learn More About Health & Safety

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Support The Overall Well-being of JWU Campuses

All JWU community members must follow these guidelines each and every day.

Read the COVID-19 Conduct Protocol

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“We have found many creative and fun ways to stay connected and engaged ... Let’s do our part to keep our campuses open and keep each other safe.”

- Chancellor Mim L. Runey, LP.D.

Read the Chancellor’s Message

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Universitywide FAQs

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What is the guidance for wearing a mask while on campus?

As of Friday, March 18, mask-wearing, regardless of an individual’s vaccination status, is optional on our campus and no longer required inside or outside buildings. Please be advised that anyone who feels more comfortable wearing a mask (a KN95 mask is recommended) on campus is supported in doing so. We also encourage all students, faculty and staff to continue carrying masks on them. Please note: the university still requires masks on Wildcat Wheels transportation and in Health Services offices.

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Will sentinel testing be done on campus this spring?

Students, faculty, and staff who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 must continue to participate in mandatory surveillance testing on assigned testing days. Along with hand washing, physical distancing, the daily screening questionnaire, and face masks, this is a key way to keep our campus community healthy & safe. If you do become fully vaccinated, you will no longer be required to participate in sentinel testing.

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Can I do an at-home test?

You can.

Once you've taken an at-home test, here's what you should do:

  • Take a picture of the test strip.
    • If there is room on your test strip, write your name and the date you took the test on it.
    • If there isn’t room on the test strip, write just the date you took the test on the test strip. Then write your name on a piece of paper and take a picture of both the test strip and the paper with your information on it in one photo.
  • Submit your photo to Health Services via the Medicat Portal

If you are a student on the Providence Campus and your result is positive, call Health Services at 401-598-1104 or 401-598-1151. Health Services will instruct you on quarantine/isolation guidelines and assist you with any questions you may have. Positive or negative, you should also submit your result to the Rhode Island Department of Health by going to https://portal.ri.gov/gettested/s/selftest?language=en_US and filling out the required fields.

If you are a student on the Charlotte Campus and your result is positive, email Health Services (hcs.clt@jwu.edu) with your best contact information and any information about symptoms, course of illness, and contacts. Health Services will contact you by phone to provide instructions on quarantine/isolation guidelines and assist you with any questions you may have.

*This does not apply to JWU employees (faculty and staff) who are unvaccinated. They must continue to be tested on-campus or in another monitored testing situation.

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How can I upload off-site test results to share with the university?

Once you have your test results from either a medical provider or testing site (or an at-home test), you should:

  • Submit a photo of those results to Health Services via the Medicat Portal

 

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What is the university's requirement on COVID-19 booster shots?

At this time, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) maintains that vaccines are still the best public health measure to protect people from COVID-19, slow transmission, and reduce the likelihood of new variants emerging. Right now, about 95 percent of our Providence campus population is fully vaccinated. Boosters are still an important part of this process and are strongly encouraged as you are eligible for them.

 

Students are required to upload their medical records of their COVID-19 vaccination into the Medicat Student Patient Portal. The university will not accept student vaccination records via email.

To upload medical records verifying COVID-19 vaccinations, visit jwu.medicatconnect.com and follow these steps:

  • Enter your JWU log in
  • Once the portal is open, click Upload
  • Select 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid 19), NAA (Third Party) from the drop down menu
  • To upload take a photo or screenshot of your vaccination card with your phone, email that to yourself, open your email up on your computer, then you can drag/drop or browse for the file that you would then upload to the portal.

Faculty and staff are required to provide Human Resources with a copy of their vaccination card.

Anyone who has been granted an exemption from this requirement for medical or religious reasons will continue to be required to go through sentinel testing.