Summer 2022 Public Health Policies Frequently Asked Questions

Maintaining the health and safety of the Bates community remains the top priority for the Summer 2022.

Our public health policy decisions will continue to be informed by science and the guidance from public health experts at the Mayo Clinic, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and the Maine CDC.

Please keep in mind that these policies may shift based on the public health landscape and guidance from experts.

What is the Public Health Agreement?

All students were required to read and electronically sign the Student Public Health Agreement documents prior to returning to campus. The full Student Public Health Agreement can be found here.

What is the COVID-19 vaccination requirement?

All students are required to be fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized COVID-19 vaccine and booster. 

What are the masking requirements?

Effective June 13, Bates masks are optional in indoor and outdoor campus spaces for all students. Some members of our community may choose to wear a mask at any time based on their own level of comfort, personal medical status, family medical status, or personal risk.

What do I do if I have symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Wear your mask, limit your contacts, practice social distancing and good hand hygiene. Avoid spending time around others and remain in your room as much as possible.
  • Call BHS on the next business day for consultation with a nurse.

What will COVID-19 testing look like?

While the Bates Health Services office will be closed during the summer, the partnership between CMMC and BHS is an essential connection to high-quality medical care for students.

Students living on campus can access medical care at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency at 76 High Street in Lewiston. Appointments can be made by calling 207-795-2800. Appointments can be made for ongoing medical needs or acute care. Your insurance will be billed for medical care visits.

COVID-19 testing can also be accessed at local urgent care facilities, such as Maine Urgent Care at 685 Sabattus Street in Lewiston, or by scheduling an appointment at Walgreens or CVS. Students can also purchase rapid BinaxNow tests in stock at Walgreens, CVS, or Walmart.

What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 on an at-home test?

If you test positive for COVID-19 on an at-home test, take the following steps:

  • Stay in your summer housing assignment and begin masking in all communal spaces (i.e. restrooms and kitchens). This includes if you live in a multiple occupancy room. Limit contacts with others.
  • Email healthservices@bates.edu and diningfood@groups.bates.edu with documentation of your positive test.
    • If the test was an at-home test, please include (1) a photo of the test, (2) the type of test, (3) test expiration date, (4) the date and time of your test, (5) the number of minutes it took for the test to return a positive result, and (6) the best phone number to reach you.
  • Do not eat meals in Commons, instead follow instructions provided by Dining Services about accessing meals.

Note: Bates Health Services will contact you with further illness restriction information on the next business day – you will not receive any additional information if you test positive for COVID-19 after hours or on weekends until business hours.  Please be patient and remain in your summer housing assignment.

What is the housing policy for students diagnosed with COVID-19?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 will follow illness restriction protocols and remain in their existing room assignment and adhere strictly to all public health policies.  It is important to note, that students will be directed to stay in their existing room assignment even if they live in a multiple-occupancy room with roommates. Students will also have the option to return home via car for the duration of their restriction period.

Termination of restriction period will occur after five 24-hour periods. Students should continue to limit contacts and mask in public places until the resolution of their symptoms. 

What support is available for students diagnosed with COVID-19?

Students living on campus can access medical care at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency (FMR) at 76 High Street in Lewiston. Telehealth appointments can be made by calling 207-795-2800. The FMR is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. Your insurance will be billed for medical care visits.

Outside of business hours, students can contact the CMMC provider on call by calling BHS at 207-786-6199 or FMR at 207-795-2800 and following the voicemail prompts.

For more urgent medical needs, students can access medical care at the CMMC Emergency Department at 300 Main Street in Lewiston or Maine Urgent Care at 685 Sabattus Street in Lewiston.

More information about accessing care when Health Services is closed can be found here.

Students can reach out to Health Services at healthservices@bates.edu for non-emergency health care questions and questions about navigating resources on campus, including resources to support them academically while recovering from illness. 

All students following restriction protocols will have access to Grab and Go meals from Commons.

If I test positive for COVID-19, may I return home for the duration of my restriction period?

Students who test positive for COVID-19 and can safely return home for the duration of their restriction period, should do so.

What information do I receive when I report a positive COVID-19 test?

Students who report a positive COVID-19 test result to Health Services will receive this information during the next business day.

Housing: You will remain in your current housing assignment.

If you wish to return home for your 5 day restriction period: Students who would prefer to return home for the duration of their illness are able to do so. While traveling home, you should mask in all public locations and do your best to minimize contact with others.

Masking Requirement: You are required to mask for 5 days from your date of positive test in all indoor locations including residence halls and student spaces.  

Contacts and Movement about Campus: You are strongly encouraged to remain in your room as much as possible. Do your best to limit campus contacts over the next 5 days.

Dining: You will receive a DoorDash gift card to your Bates email from Dining Services. Please use this gift card to order your meals.

Failure to Comply: Students are required to follow all public health directives related to testing, quarantining, and isolation, detailed in the Public Health Agreement

Ending Restriction Protocols: You may end all restriction protocols on the beginning of day 6 since your positive test. If you still feel unusually ill on day 6, please contact Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency at 76 High Street in Lewiston. Appointments can be made by calling 207-795-2800. 

Support: Please reach out to Brenna Callahan if you have any questions or need support.  You can reach her by emailing healthservices@bates.edu.

Notice Your Symptoms

 If you experience increased symptoms, including:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

Seek Access to Medical Care Immediately:

Students living on campus can access medical care at the Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency at 76 High Street in Lewiston. Appointments can be made by calling 207-795-2800. Your insurance will be billed for medical care visits.

Outside of business hours, students can contact the CMMC provider on call by calling BHS at 207-786-6199 or FMR at 207-795-2800 and following the voicemail prompts.

For more urgent medical needs, students can access medical care at the CMMC Emergency Department at 300 Main Street in Lewiston or Maine Urgent Care at 685 Sabattus Street in Lewiston.

For non-urgent medical questions or needs, all students can email Bates Health Services at healthservices@bates.edu. The inbox will be monitored periodically throughout the summer.
In the case of an emergency, call (207) 786-6111 or (207) 786-6254 – this will connect you to Campus Safety.

Will non-Bates guests be allowed to enter buildings on campus?

Academic and administrative departments may host guests and visitors in the college’s buildings. However, in order to be admitted to the venue, guests must show proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted at the door (digital image or hard copy of vaccine card, indicating final vaccination completed at least 14 days prior) or proof of a negative COVID-19 test (PCR, rapid antigen, or at-home) within the previous 48 hours. The event host must provide a staff member to check for proof of vaccination for non-Bates guests. Guests unable to provide proof of being fully vaccinated and boosted or a negative test within the previous 48 hours will not be permitted to enter the venue. 

Attendance at student social events on campus remains limited to Bates students, faculty, and staff. Vendors, third-party contractors, and other services that have been hired by Bates College to provide essential services at these events are the only exceptions to this policy.

Will Bates faculty and staff be allowed in student residences during the semester?

Only Bates faculty and staff required to provide services in student residences are allowed in residence halls at this time.

What is the policy around singing and woodwind instruments?

Students who received a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine may not share or play musical equipment that touches their eyes or mouth on campus, including woodwind instruments. Students who received a medical exemption for the COVID-19 vaccine may participate in chorus, singing, and musical theater activities as long as they remain masked at all times and are in compliance with testing requirements.

Where do I direct questions?

Should you have any general questions, please email studentaffairs@bates.edu, and you will be connected to the right person to assist you.

Please direct questions related to testing positive for COVID-19 or about restriction policies to Brenna Callahan, Student Health Support & Outreach Specialist, at healthservices@bates.edu.

Please direct questions related to a leave of absence to Lisa Hardej, Associate Dean of Students, at lhardej@bates.edu.