Helpful Definitions

If your fall 2020 attendance plans (in person, remote, other) have changed, please immediately email Student Affairs staff member Faith Hauger, studentaffairs@bates.edu, to request that you be able to update your Fall Attendance Questionnaire.

COVID-19 has introduced many new words and phrases to our daily vernacular. Here are some of those terms and their definitions as they pertain to your Bates experience.

Contact Tracing

If a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, the process known as contact tracing will begin. For students, a Bates Contact Tracer will reach out to check-in on your health, discuss who you’ve been in contact with, and ask where you spent time while you may have been infectious and able to spread COVID-19 to others.

This call will also happen soon after you find out about your diagnosis so we can quickly identify anyone else who might have been exposed, and try to stop further spread of the virus. It is likely that you will be asked who you have been in contact with for the past 48 hours prior to receiving a positive test. 

We encourage everyone to keep their Google calendar or other calendar up to date, as this can make remembering the past two days and your contacts a lot easier. 

The contact tracer will then reach out to those who you identify as close contacts to notify them of potential exposure to the virus. Your identity and private information will never be shared — students will only be informed that someone they were in close contact with has tested positive. 

Those who’ve been identified as close contacts will be required to stay in their room until they are able to be tested and get their results. We term this requirement in-room quarantine, and it’s another measure that we ask you to follow to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the Bates community.    

Close Contact

Close contacts are defined by the CDC as: Someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person, regardless of whether face coverings were worn, for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. 

Isolation

Isolation refers to the separation of individuals who are ill and have the potential to infect those around them. Bates students who must be isolated will temporarily move from their campus residence to isolation housing.

If a student receives a positive test result, a staff member from Residence Life will make contact about moving from your room assignment to a temporary room isolated from those on campus who do not have COVID-19.

While you are in isolation housing, you will have access to many campus supports and virtual experiences:

  • The Manager of Outreach and Support Services will check in with you daily to see how you’re doing and make sure you have what you need.
  • Nurses from Health Services will check in with you daily to monitor your symptoms.
  • Friends will deliver Dash meals to your residence.
  • Counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services will be available to check-in.
  • You will continue taking your classes remotely if you are able to do so.
  • You may attend virtual campus meetings and events if you would like to do so.

While in isolation you must not have in-person contacts with others on campus or with members of the community.  You may not meet with or visit friends in-person even when wearing a face covering, social distancing, or outdoors.  You also may not leave campus. This is extremely important.

You will remain in isolation until the Medical Director determines it is healthy and safe for you to return to your regular residence and resume life on campus. Discontinuation of isolation housing is based on a combination or information gathered from PCR testing results, time in isolation, symptoms experienced, as well as other factors.

Outbreak 

Three or more epidemiologically linked cases of a specific disease. These are cases linked to a common source such as a building, classroom, facility, or event.

Pod

Group of students who share a common living space and restroom facilities. Pods will be organized by Residence Life and Health Education.

Quarantine

A practice used to separate and restrict the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill. Bates has four quarantine designations.

Arrival Quarantine: Upon arrival Bates and until they receive initial COVID-19 test results, all students will be restricted to their campus room under an Arrival Quarantine protocol. This quarantine period, extremely important to ensure students do not transmit COVID-19 while awaiting their initial test results, restricts the movement of well persons who may have been exposed to a communicable disease (in this case COVID-19). During Arrival Quarantine, students may not move about campus or their residence halls except to pick up their “Dash” (grab-and-go) meals.  

Building Quarantine: Restricts movement of well persons who have been exposed to communicable disease to their residence hall only. Students with this designation may not move about campus outside of their residence halls.

Campus Quarantine: Restricts movement of well persons who have been exposed to communicable disease to campus only. Students with this designation may not travel off campus.

In-Room Quarantine: Restricts movement of well persons who have been exposed to communicable disease (in this case COVID-19) to their assignment room only. Students with this designation may not move about campus or their residence halls. Note: Students following in-room quarantine protocol have not been identified as having a positive case of COVID-19.

While you are following in-room quarantine protocol, you will have access to many campus supports and virtual experiences:

  • Students required to quarantine who are on the meal plan are asked to have a friend bring them meals for the period of their quarantine. If a student on the board plan is unable to arrange for someone to bring them food, or has special dietary needs, please contact Donald Desrosiers at ddesrosi@bates.edu to make alternate arrangements.
  • The Manager of Outreach and Support Services will check in with you daily to see how you’re doing and make sure you have what you need.
  • You will have access to Bates Health Services to call-in to discuss symptoms or health related concerns.
  • Counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services will be available to check-in.
  • You will continue taking your classes remotely if you are able to do so.
  • You may attend virtual campus meetings and events if you would like to do so.

During in-room quarantine protocol, you must limit your campus contacts to the best of your ability.  It is extremely important to wear a face covering when you exit your room into the hallway to go to the bathroom.  You may not meet with or visit friends in-person even when wearing a face covering, physical distancing, or outdoors.  You also may not leave campus.

Students identified as close contacts follow quarantine for 14 days per Maine CDC guidance.