Vaccination Update

Due to City of Philadelphia mandates, all students, faculty and staff must be fully vaccinated. To register for in-person or hybrid classes, students need to be fully vaccinated or have an approved exemption. Students who are not vaccinated or do not have an approved exemption are able to register for fully online courses. Please see our College COVID-19 Updates for more information and visit our Virtual Student Resource Center for support.

Protocol for Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 On Campus

COVID-19 Isolation, Quarantine and Testing Protocols

Revised May 16, 2022

Members of the College community who have a positive COVID-19 test or COVID-19 symptoms should report that information to the College’s COVID Response Team at the COVID hotline at 215 751-8035 (Press “Option 1” for COVID inquiries, then press “Option 1” if you are an employee, or “Option 2” if you are a student) or via email COVIDresponse@ccp.edu. Contractors or visitors who have recently visited the College may also report COVID-19 symptoms or exposure to the COVID hotline or COVIDresponse@ccp.edu. Individuals should also report if they have been directed by a medical professional or a public health department to quarantine because they have come into close contact with someone who has COVID-19. Any individuals that fall into any of these categories should be directed to seek medical advice and follow the return to campus protocols as set forth below.

Quarantine Protocols After Exposure to COVID-19

The College community should follow the below protocols after coming in close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Who does not need to quarantine after being exposed?

If you had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and you are in one of the following groups, you do not need to quarantine if:

  • You are up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines. “Up to date” means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. Although you do not need to quarantine, you still must:
    • Wear a mask. You must wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19. (Note: if you cannot separate from the person with COVID-19 (e.g., spouse, child, intimate partner), you must continue to wear a mask for an additional 10 days after that person ends their isolation).
    • Get tested and watch for symptoms. Get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. If you test positive or develop COVID-19 symptoms, isolate from other people and follow the recommendations below for positive individuals. (Note: if you cannot separate from the person with COVID-19 (e.g., spouse, child, intimate partner), you need to test twice – three days after the person with COVID-19 tested positive or developed symptoms, and again five days after the person with COVID-19’s isolation ends).
  • You had confirmed COVID-19 within the last 90 days (meaning you tested positive using a viral test). If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the previous 90 days and subsequently recovered and remain without COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to quarantine or get tested after close contact. Although you do not need to quarantine, you still must:
    • Wear a mask. Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19.

Who must quarantine after being exposed?

If you come into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you must quarantine if you are not up to date on COVID-19 vaccines. “Up to date” means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible. You are not “up to date” if you are unvaccinated or if you have not received a booster dose for which you are eligible. 

If you are not up to date with your COVID-19 vaccines, you must follow the below quarantine instructions.

  • Quarantine for at least 5 days
    • Stay home
      Stay home and quarantine for at least 5 full days. (Note: if you cannot separate from the person with COVID-19 (e.g., spouse, child, intimate partner), quarantine while the person with COVID-19 is isolating and for an additional five full days after the person with COVID-19 ends isolation)
    • [Note: those employees who are able to work remotely should continue to do so during the quarantine period.] 
    • Get tested
      Even if you do not develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19. 
      • You may return to campus on Day 6 if you test negative on Day 5 after exposure.
      • [Note: if you cannot separate from the person with COVID-19 (e.g., spouse, child, intimate partner), test 5 days after their isolation ends, and you can return to campus the next day if you test negative]
  • After Quarantine
      • Wear a mask. Even after you leave quarantine, you must wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days from the date of your last close contact with someone with COVID-19. (Note: if you cannot separate from the person with COVID-19, you should wear a mask around others for five days after your quarantine ends.)
      • Watch for symptoms
        Watch for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
        • If you develop symptoms
          Isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results. If you test positive, follow the instructions below for individuals that test positive.

What do I do if I tested positive for COVID-19 or have COVID-19 symptoms?

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, stay home and get tested as soon as possible. Remain home until your test results come back.

If you tested positive for COVID-19, please follow the isolation protocols below:

  • Stay home for at least 5 days, and then test on Day 5
  • Ending isolation if you had symptoms
    End isolation after 5 full days if you are fever-free for 24 hours (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving, and you test negative on Day 5.
  • Ending isolation if you did NOT have symptoms
    End isolation after at least 5 full days if you test negative on Day 5.
  • Even if you end isolation after testing negative, you must continue to mask around others for 10 full days after you tested positive or developed symptoms
    • Anyone leaving isolation after five days must continue to wear a mask at all times when around others and must eat in a space separate from others.
    • If you test positive on Day 5
      Remain at home and continue to isolate for 5 more days and until you are fever-free for 24 hours  (without the use of fever-reducing medication) and your symptoms are improving.  As long as you are fever free and your symptoms are improving, you do not need to retest.
Calculating Isolation

Day 0 is your first day of symptoms or a positive test result. Day 1 is the first full day after your symptoms developed or your test specimen was collected.

COVID-19 TESTING

Testing programs play an important role in reducing the risk of COVID-19. The College has established testing strategies, informed by current public health guidelines and the experience of local higher education institutions. The testing site at Main Campus will remain open through June 30. The College’s testing site hours are available at this link.

Employees and Students

Employees and students approved for a vaccination exemption will be required to continue regular COVID testing in accordance with the College’s Mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Policy available here. Employees and students with exemptions coming to Main Campus may test at the testing site during its operating hours. Employees and students with exemptions coming to the Regional Centers will receive instructions regarding how to access test kits from the College.

Employees and students may also get tested at the College’s testing site on Main Campus if they have COVID-19 symptoms or have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. After hours, employees and students who think they have been exposed or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can schedule a rapid test from a vybe urgent care location nearest to the Main Campus or each Regional Center.

Visitors

Visitors to the College will continue to be required to provide proof that they have completed a primary vaccination series or a negative COVID test which is no more than 3 days old in order to access campus. Visitors may also be tested at the College’s testing site on Main Campus during its operating hours. At the Regional Centers, visitors may ask for a test kit at the Public Safety desk where they will be directed to self-administer the test in a designated private space.

Please note that individuals who have tested positive within the last 90 days should not be tested, provided they can provide proof of the previous positive test to the COVID Response Team.

Privacy

The College will ensure that all communications and records related to contact tracing or testing are considered private and only shared with persons who have a need to know such information. All records should be stored in a private location and, if related to an employee, may not be stored in their personnel file.