Q&A for Exposure, Quarantine, and Illness

Q&A for Exposure, Quarantine, and Illness

Remember: Do NOT report to your clinical site or to any on campus activities if you feel ill: fever, chills, shortness of breath, cough, sore throat, nausea/diarrhea, loss of taste or smell, or body aches. If in doubt, contact your supervisor or program director and stay home.

General guidance for students with COVID related questions/symptoms/exposures

Campus Location

Questions/Concerns M-F, 7:30am – 4:00pm

Questions/Concerns

After hours and weekends

Center City Programs

JOHN

(215) 955-6835

JeffConnect with follow up next business day with JOHN

(215) 955-6835

East Falls Programs: undergraduate and graduate

Student Health Services COVID line

(215) 951-0168

Non urgent questions and concerns can be left on the COVID line. Students will be contacted the same or next day. Student Health Services COVID line

(215) 951-0168

Any student with severe symptoms, i.e. shortness of breath, protracted vomiting or diarrhea requiring urgent evaluation

JeffConnect

OR

Closest emergency department (telephone the location prior to arrival)

 

JeffConnect

OR

Closest emergency department (telephone the location prior to arrival)

  • If you are feeling symptoms of cough, nasal congestion, nausea and vomiting, loss of taste and smell, the most important first step is to isolate yourself away from your roommates and/or significant others in your home.  Do not report to class or any clinical experience.
  • Jefferson Health's  Virtual Assistant can screen for COVID-19 and assist in requesting appointments. 
  • Follow the above grid to contact the appropriate provider, JOHN or Student Health Services (SHS), to discuss if COVID-19 testing is indicated and what further steps to take. 
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms of COVID-19 (i.e. significant shortness of breath, protracted vomiting, severe headaches), and need medical treatment, contact JeffConnect or telephone the closest emergency department to discuss further evaluation. 
  • JOHN and SHS will notify the appropriate people that you will be absent from class/clinical (preceptor/site contact, program clinical coordinator, course faculty member).
  • If testing is indicated, JOHN and SHS will notify you of the results.  Clearance to return to the classroom or clinical setting will be provided by JOHN and SHS.  JeffConnect does not clear students to return to class or clinical settings.

  • This depends on the type of exposure you had. As long as you wore the recommended PPE during the encounter (surgical mask/N95 and face shield), no precautions other than monitoring yourself for symptoms are needed. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html
  • If you would like to be assessed, please refer to the grid to determine which office to contact.  If you contact JeffConnect, your exposure will be assessed, but you must contact either JOHN or SHS as per the grid on the next business day.
  • Please be sure to follow the guidance given regarding isolation and self care. 

  • Per CDC, the data for what is considered prolonged contact is insufficient. They recommend treating any contact 15 minutes or longer with a confirmed COVID-19 positive individual while not wearing a face mask (or eye protection if that individual was not wearing a face mask) as prolonged. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/hcp/guidance-risk-assesment-hcp.html
  • Please refer to the grid to contact the appropriate office. If you contact JeffConnect, you must contact either JOHN or SHS on the next business day.
  • Please be sure to follow the guidance given regarding isolation and self-care. 

  • It is vital that you follow the isolation guidance provided to you by JOHN/SHS/JeffConnect. 
  • Notify the appropriate people that you will be absent from class/clinical (preceptor/site contact, program clinical coordinator, course faculty member).
  • The Program will work with you to work out an individual plan regarding return to clinical rotations and/or on campus activities, if any work needs to be made up, or other options for virtual learning.
  • Clearance if provided by JOHN and SHS.

  • If your test was ordered by JOHN/SHS, you will have been given specific directions for quarantine following the current Jefferson guidelines.  Some affiliates may have different requirements and JOHN/SHS will help determine if there is a difference.  Whatever guidance you have been given regarding quarantine, please follow it.
  • If your test was performed outside of JOHN/SHS, please contact the appropriate office as per the grid to discuss the test result.  You will be instructed on the appropriate quarantine following the current Jefferson guidelines.  Please follow them.
  • If you are able, return to your regular housing. If you are too sick to do so, please contact the program for ideas in assisting your return to your regular housing.
  • Notify the appropriate people (preceptor/site contact, program clinical coordinator, course faculty member) that you tested positive.  Due to public health reporting requirements, JOHN/SHS will notify your program to assess for exposures to others within your class/clinical setting.
  • The program will work with you to work out an individual plan regarding return to clinical rotations and/or on campus activities, if any work needs to be made up, or other options for virtual learning as you recover.
  • You must receive clearance in JOHN/SHS prior to a return to class/clinical settings.  JeffConnect does not provide clearances.

  • If you have personal questions about your risk and risk reduction, please review the grid and contact the appropriate office.

  • Occupational health and safety concerns both at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and its academic affiliates are treated very seriously. Please report these concerns by emailing as follows:

A clinician will respond to your concerns as quickly as possible

Center City students should call 1-855-GO2-JEFF to schedule a test. East Falls students should call 215-951-0168 to schedule a test.

Please be mindful that JOHN/Student Health Services (SHS) are responsible for the entire Jefferson Community.  Please be patient with wait times.  JOHN/SHS will call you back if you leave a message.

Remember, to minimize risk of exposure to COVID, it is crucial that all students wear the proper PPE in all patient encounters.  Students are also reminded about general safety responsibilities including wearing face masks, observing social distancing, washing hands frequently, covering your nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing, avoiding touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and avoiding large gatherings.