Testing, Quarantine Policy and Contact Tracing

Students: COVID-19 Positive @ Murray State? Follow the steps below:

+ Positive

Positive Test Result Received

You’ve tested positive, as verified by a healthcare provider. Ask for a written copy or photo of your notification from your medical provider to share with university officials. Follow the next steps.

Step 1

Notify University Officials

Email msu.studentcovidpositive@murraystate.edu with your name and M#.

If you live on campus, we will contact you with further instructions.

Step 2

Notify your instructors

Email EACH of your instructors, including Zoom, WEB, and face-to-face. Let them know the date of your possible exposure, and the date you should be able to return pending a COVID-19 test.

Step 3

Observe Isolation, and ask for help

Isolate until you are cleared. Anyone sick or infected should separate from others within the same residence when possible. Resources are available from the Racer Safe & Health Website.

Step 4

Murray State will check on you

We have employees designated to check in. Please call Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray at 270.809.3809 or email them at msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu for questions during your isolation.

For questions about the process, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu


Students: Exposed to COVID-19? Follow the steps below:

+ Exposure

Suspected or Confirmed Exposure

Begin COVID-19 Quarantine, as per the CDC Guidelines.

Stay home except to get medical care. Avoid all contact with others, particularly if you haven’t been in contact with them since your exposure.

Step 1

Seek Advice about Testing

Contact Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray, (phone: 270.809.3809 or msu.healthservices@murraystate.edu) or your own medical provider, to determine the level of exposure and possible testing.

Step 2

Notify University Officials

Email msu.studentcovidquarantine@murraystate.edu with your name and M#.

If you live on campus, we will contact you with further instructions.

Step 3

Notify your instructors

Email EACH of your instructors, including Zoom, WEB, and face-to-face. Let them know the date of your possible exposure, and the date you should be able to return pending a COVID-19 test.

Step 4

Observe Quarantine, and ask for help

Limit your exposure to others until you are cleared. If you become sick, consult Health Services or your healthcare provider. Resources are available from the Racer Safe & Healthy Website.

For questions about the process, please email msu.racersafeandhealthy@murraystate.edu


Isolation/Quarantine Periods (updated Jan. 2021)

Isolation Period for COVID-19 Positives

For COVID-19 positive students and employees

Murray State will follow guidance recommending a 10 day isolation period or guidance provided by the individual’s medical provider. This is a change from the 14 day isolation period previously recommended.

Students

Quarantine Period for Students — Close Contact/Potential Exposure

  • Quarantine for 7 days if you are asymptomatic and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test on or after Day 5.
  • Quarantine for 10 days if the COVID-19 test is NOT PCR
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you are symptomatic, regardless of testing.
Employees

Quarantine Period for Employees — Close Contact/Potential Exposure

  • Quarantine for 7 days if you are asymptomatic and have a negative COVID-19 PCR test on or after Day 5.
  • Quarantine for 10 days if the COVID-19 test is NOT PCR
  • Quarantine for 10 days if you are symptomatic, regardless of testing.

Overview

Students

Testing: Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray will be doing symptomatic and high-risk testing.

Quarantine: Students living on campus will be asked to return home to self-quarantine if exposed to COVID- 19. If they cannot return home, a place will be provided on campus.

Contact Tracing: VP Robertson will be contacted by Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray and the Calloway County Health Dept. on any positive cases/possible exposures resulting in a test.

He will then contact appropriate units and individuals while adhering to all established health and safety protocols and confidentiality requirements.

Faculty/Staff

Testing: Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray will be doing symptomatic and high-risk testing.

Rapid Tests:Rapid tests are now available for symptomatic students, faculty and staff at Health Services. Visit Health Services for a review of possible symptoms and how to request a rapid test.

Quarantine: Faculty and staff will be required to self- quarantine at their personal residence if exposed to COVID-19.

Contact Tracing: HR Director Gordon will be contacted by Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray and the Calloway County Health Dept. on any positive cases/possible exposures resulting in a test.

She will then contact appropriate units and individuals while adhering to all established health and safety protocols and confidentiality requirements.

The Provost's Office will inform the appropriate Dean, Chair and faculty members in accordance with all established health and safety protocols and confidentiality requirements.

Testing

  • Individuals will be advised to visit Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray (or their own medical provider) for potential testing and/or quarantine, as determined by medical professionals, if they have any of the CDC-listed COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Rapid tests are now available for symptomatic students, faculty and staff at Health Services. Visit Health Services for a review of possible symptoms and how to request a rapid test.
  • Any employee (faculty/staff) who is exposed to and/or tests positive for COVID-19 cannot be in the workplace until they are released to return by a medical provider.
  • Any student who tests positive for COVID-19 or who otherwise is instructed to quarantine due to exposure cannot be in their classroom or other locations on campus, except in designated quarantine, until they are released to return by a medical provider.
  • Others who have come into contact with a positive individual on campus may also need to be tested, per recommendations from Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray (or other medical providers) and/or the Calloway County Health Department.

Quarantine

  • All individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine for the timespan determined by their medical provider, depending on symptoms of exposure, usually between 7-10 days. 
  • Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray will be collaborating with groups or individuals on campus to ensure they have support during their period of self- quarantine.
  • Employees (faculty and staff) should contact their direct supervisor regarding the need to work remotely during self-quarantine.
  • Employees (faculty and staff) will be required to self-quarantine at their personal residence.
  • Employees must be in quarantine while awaiting test results.
  • Students living on campus will be asked to return home to self-quarantine. If they
  • cannot return home, a place will be provided on campus.
  • Murray State will coordinate meal delivery and other essential services to students in self-
  • quarantine.
  • Students living off campus must self-quarantine off-campus.
  • Students must be in quarantine while awaiting test results.
  • When employees or students return from their quarantine, they must wear a face covering/mask for source control at all times when in proximity to others and in confined spaces with others, until all symptoms are completely resolved. They must also be restricted from contact with severely immunocompromised people until all symptoms completely resolve.
  • All individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 must also continue to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of illness and seek re-evaluation from Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray (or their own medical provider) if fever and/or respiratory symptoms recur or worsen. 

Contact Tracing

  • When a medical provider, including Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray, receives a positive COVID-19 test, the medical provider will call the Calloway County Health Department.
  • The Calloway County Health Department provides contact tracing for Murray State, with total compliance by Murray State.
  • Upon testing positive for COVID-19 for COVID-19, employees (faculty and staff) and students will receive a phone call from the Calloway County Health Department. It is important that you answer their call, answer their questions clearly and completely, and follow the instructions provided to slow the spread of COVID-19.
  • The Calloway County Health Department will call the positive individual and ask them who they were in contact with 1-2 days prior to having the test performed.
  • The Calloway County Health Department will then contact individuals who are believed to be in contact with the positive individual, i.e. contacts who were less than 6 feet in proximity to the positive individual, regardless of face coverings/masks.
  • The Calloway County Health Department will not give specific names of individuals when conducting contact tracing. All information will be given in general terms to protect the privacy of the individual.
  • When the University is contacted regarding possible exposure to COVID-19, appropriate units will be quickly informed to minimize exposure.
    • The Calloway County Health Department and/or Murray State Health Services/Village Medical Primary Care of Murray will contact Vice President Don Robertson for positive and/or possible exposure student cases resulting in a test and Human Resources Director Joyce Gordon for positive and/or possible exposure employee (faculty/staff) cases resulting in a test.
    • Director Gordon will determine student employment status in the case of student worker positive and/or possible exposure cases.
    • VP Robertson will contact Provost Tim Todd to inform Academic Affairs, who will then determine student class schedules and ensure quarantine compliance is occurring and students are not attending classes.
    • VP Robertson will contact David Looney, Executive Director of Auxiliary Services, regarding any residential students to ensure the housing quarantine procedure is occurring (if the student cannot return home).
    • Director Looney will contact SSC to begin cleaning procedures for residence halls upon notification.
    • Director Gordon will work with appropriate units on campus regarding confidential notification process of positive and/or possible exposure employee (faculty/staff) cases and next steps.
    • Director Gordon will contact SSC to begin cleaning procedures for office spaces on campus upon notification.
    • Per the Kentucky Cabinet for Healthy and Family Services, to protect confidentiality, individuals will not be told the identity of the person who may have exposed them. They will be told what they need to do to care for themselves, reduce the risk to others and protect their homes and the University from any further exposure.