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Students & Coronavirus

Last Updated: Jan. 19, 2021

Our ability to slow the spread of COVID-19 on campus this fall and continue to offer in-person classes and the experiences you expect and deserve is up to you. It is up to each you to take personal responsibility and place the health and safety of everyone above your own preference or comfort.

If students have individual concerns, contact askjoe@uidaho.edu.

Spring Startup

Spring semester classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 13. Spring Break will be March 15-19. Exams are May 10-14 with Commencement on May 15.

Yes. All students participating in in-person classes will be tested upon return to the Moscow campus. You will receive an email from covid19questions@uidaho.edu with instructions for scheduling a time.

All classes will be delivered in the method indicated in the course catalog. Instructors are encouraged to follow this method and are not required to provide non-ADA accommodations.

Testing logistics post-Spring Break are not yet decided. We will continue to monitor the spread of the virus as well as the implementation of vaccines to inform our decisions about post-Spring Break requirements.

What Do I Do?

  • Don’t panic.
  • Their diagnosis is protected information. You cannot share this information. This includes supervisors sharing with staff and instructors sharing with a class and students sharing with each other.
  • You will be contacted by Public Health or university representative if you are considered a close contact. Public Health identifies a close contact as being within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes without a mask.
  • If you are not contacted by Public Health or a university representative, you should continue your regular routine and follow the Healthy Vandal Pledge.

COVID-19 is not immediately detectable. The incubation period is a minimum of five days. Testing prior to five days after potential exposure may not provide accurate results. After potential exposure, you should limit your regular activities and, when you need to go out, use proper safety precautions, including a face covering, social distancing and proper hand washing.

You should quarantine as much as possible while waiting for results. If you must go out, wear a face covering, social distance and wash your hands regularly.

Learn more about who should quarantine.

You can share your own diagnosis, if you choose. You should not share the medical status or diagnosis of another person.

This depends on your situation.

  • If you are symptomatic, please call your healthcare provider or the Vandal Health Clinic at 208-885-6693 to schedule an appointment at the drive-thru site at Gritman Medical Center.
  • All students participating in in-person classes will be tested upon return to the Moscow campus in January. You will receive an email from covid19questions@uidaho.edu with instructions for scheduling a time.
  • If you are in Moscow and would like a test prior to Jan. 6, email covid19questions@uidaho.edu to schedule a time.
  • During the spring semester, surveillance testing will again be used. If you receive an email invitation, please participate.
  • If you are in other places in the state, follow your local protocol.

Safety

If you are not feeling well, you should stay home. Contact a medical professional if necessary or file a VandalCARE Report for additional assistance.

All Moscow-based students are required to be tested for COVID-19 and have a negative test or be cleared by Public Health or a physician to participate in in-class learning. All students living in Housing and Residence Life must be tested, even if participating in classes online.

If you test positive, you will receive a phone call from a physician giving you the diagnosis and next steps from a medical standpoint.

You will then be contacted by Idaho Public Health or a university representative to help identify anyone you may have been in close contact with so contact tracing can begin. They will also discuss the isolation expectations around your diagnosis.

File a VandalCARE report with the Dean of Students Office. Someone from the office will be in contact to discuss next steps. If you live in Housing and Residential Life or Greek chapter housing, you will be moved to an isolation space on campus. If you live off campus, you are expected to isolate in your residence.

No, you will not have to pay for any COVID-19 done by the university.

SHIP, for those students insured this way, will provide diagnostic COVID-19 testing at approved location in accordance with CDC guidelines. UnitedHealthcare Student Resources (UHCSR), the claims administrator, can assist students with information relative to their benefits including access to virtual care options. The UHCSR customer service number is 1-800-767-0700. Coverage brochures, network provider lists and links to other resources are available at uidaho.edu/SHIP and uhcsr.com/uidaho.

Thermal scanners have been installed at the entrance to the ISUB food court and the HUB. If your temperature is too high to be admitted to these areas, Grab-and-go options are available.

If you have a fever or any other symptom of illness, you should stay home. If you suspect you have COVID-19, testing is available. Symptoms include:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

U of I has a contact tracing team working in conjunction is Idaho Public Health. At this time no app has been identified to help in this effort. If this changes, you will be notified.

Yes. Idaho Public Health has trained more than 15 U of I employees to help with contact tracing. Names of those who may have had close contact to a positive case will be collected by Public Health and given to U of I’s contact tracing team for contact.

Events

Events will be allowed, although they may look different. Each event application must be accompanied by a plan for proper social distancing, face coverings, if necessary, and any other safety protocols. All requests will be reviewed and allowed if they fit the guidelines of the state and the university.

Yes. The NCAA and Big Sky have approved spring sports, including a spring football season. Strict COVID-19 protocols will be in place and all events are subject to cancellation due to COVID-19 protocols.

This has not yet been decided. More information will be available in the coming weeks.

Residential Life

Yes. Room in the tower will be single occupancy. Residents in the tower share common bathrooms and, as a result, Public Health has advised us to reduce the number of students on each floor.

No. Rooms in Wallace are suite-style with two students per room sharing a bathroom with one other set of students. Public Health has advised this family-style living meets safety standards.

No. Rooms in the LLCs are suite-style with a group of students sharing common areas and a bathroom. Public Health has advised this family-style living meets safety standards.

The live-on requirement for freshmen remains in place. If you feel you should not have to fulfill the live-on-campus requirement, fill out the exemption form for consideration.

Residence Halls rates will be adjusted for occupancy.

Specific residence life questions should be directed to Housing and Residence Life at housing@uidaho.edu.

Food Service

The Hub is open for meals. Those opting to eat in the limited-seating area will be temperature tested before entering. Face coverings should be worn except when actively eating. Grab-and-go options are also available.

Yes. Thermal scanners have been installed at the entrance to the food court. If your temperature is too high to enter, Grab-and-go options are available. Seating is limited and face coverings should be worn except when actively eating.

U of I contracts with Sodexo for our dining services. Sodexo is an international company with a robust delivery plan.

Greek Life

Yes. Each chapter presented a plan to the university addressing communal living concerns, sleeping porches, social activities and more. Contact your chapter leadership with chapter-specific questions.

These are being developed. If you have specific questions about a chapter, contact the chapter leadership or greek@uidaho.edu.

Cleaning

Regular cleaning of all public areas, including classrooms, will be a priority. But staffing and supply constraints won’t allow cleaning between every class. Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizer will be supplied in many areas and you are encouraged to use them.

Yes. Cleaning schedules have been increased for public areas. You should practice regular handwashing, using hand sanitizer and cleaning your work space to help prolong the effects of professional cleaning.

Yes. Hand sanitizer will be available in many locations. The sanitizer being used is more liquid than you may be accustomed. This sanitizer is safe for its intended purpose.

If at any time you have questions or concerns about the university’s response to COVID-19, you safety or the safety of others, file a VandalCARE Report.

Boise

COVID-19 testing is not required to attend in-person classes at U of I Boise, but we encourage anyone who has been exposed or is showing symptoms to talk to their doctor about being tested.

The Central District Health website has a list of COVID-19 related resources and testing locations in the Treasure Valley, including St. Alphonsus and St. Luke’s testing sites.

In addition, symptomatic U of I Boise students can get COVID-19 testing at Boise State Health Services (1529 Belmont Street, Boise). COVID-19 testing by Boise State Health Services include a visit with a medical provider and is done by appointment only by calling 208 426-1459. No walk-ins accepted.

For cost and insurance purposes, there are two types of tests that accompany the BSU office visit:

  • PCR — Billed to your insurance plan with no out of pocket cost if your plan does not cover it.
  • POCT — This is a quick results test that Boise State Health Services runs in-house and will be billed to insurance and/or patient if your insurance plan does not cover it 100%. A patient who wants the quick test and gets a negative result will probably need the PCR test due to the risk of a false negative. The quick test is very accurate if it is positive for COVID-19. Please call your insurance carrier to find out what out of pocket you may have; you will be billed for this test.

St. Alphonsus has agreed to test U of I students for free at its Treasure Valley testing sites. You’ll need your VandalCard at the time of the appointment. Because of testing availability in the Treasure Valley, U of I Boise is not requiring testing but instead is encouraging all students and employees to get tested if they have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or are experiencing symptoms.

Vandal Health Clinic

Physical Address:

831 Ash Street
Moscow, ID 83843

Phone: 208-885-6693

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