The University has developed indicators to monitor the situation on campus and in the region and to adjust our response as needed. The Crisis Management Team is responsible for overseeing our COVID-19 response. If you have any questions, please contact Tammy Schatzman, Director of Student Health Services at 859-344-3529.
|Thomas More University COVID-19 Indicators||Normal Range||Low Alert||Moderate Alert||High Alert|
|Indicator||Campus Health Center will continue to track positive cases, self-reported or through the Health Department and follow Communicable Disease protocols||Adjust masking and social distancing, increased cleaning, convene case management team, coordinate contact tracing and quarantine procedures, publish case dashboard||Adjust masking and social distancing, increase messaging and sanctions for compliance, expand contact tracing, expand remote operations, restrict residence hall visitors, limit activities||Consider remote operations for at least two weeks, reduce residence hall population, restrict building access|
|CDC/ KY Alert Level||Green||Yellow||Red|
|Proportion of on-campus population that is positive||less than 1%||less than 5%||between 5-9%||10% or above|
|Proportion of on-campus students in quarantine||less than 5%||between 5-15%||15% or above|
|Proportion of residents in quarantine||less than 5%||between 5-15%||15% or above|
CDC recommends COVID-19 vaccination and booster doses at regular time points to protect ourselves and our community. Click here for information from the CDC on vaccine recommendations. Click here for more information on vaccines as well as where vaccines are available locally.
Students participating in clinical, student teaching, or other experiential learning sites may be required to document vaccination to continue in those experiences. Failure to do so may delay degree progress. Documented vaccination will only be required according to the published guidelines of those third parties and communicated to students by their departmental advisors.
Facial coverings are not currently required on campus. When the CDC has classified Kenton County with High Level Community Transmission, masks are recommended. Facial coverings may be worn by individuals based on their personal preference.
Monitor Your Health
Everyone is required to self-monitor for symptoms daily before arriving on campus. People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Difficulty breathing/shortness of breath
- New onset of loss of taste or smell
- Fever of 100.4 or greater
- Any two of the following:
- Muscle aches
- Runny nose
- Sore throat
- Abdominal pain
- Diarrhea (3 or more, looser than normal, stools in 24 hours)
If you know or have reasonable basis for believing you are infected with COVID-19, you have a responsibility to notify the Director of Student Health Services (Tammy Schatzman, 859-344-3529, email@example.com). Information regarding symptoms and testing is available through the CDC.
Quarantine and Isolation
Quarantine and isolation are used to keep individuals who are sick or might be sick away from others. If you know or have reasonable basis for believing you are infected with COVID-19, you have a responsibility to notify the Director of Student Health Services (Tammy Schatzman, 859-344-3529, firstname.lastname@example.org). You should also contact your medical provider for medical advice and review the information from the Northern Kentucky Health Department. If a student does not have a medical provider, they will be referred to a health care provider and local testing site.
While the University will not track cases or conduct contact tracing within our Normal Range indicators, all community members are expected to act ethically in their responsibility to others and follow the quarantine and isolation guidelines of the Northern Kentucky Health Department. Students should work with their professors and employees should work with their supervisor to develop alternative plans. Employees may work from home if possible. Students are expected to make up any missed work and reach out to their advisor for support.
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19:
- will begin isolation. People in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. Isolation may end after day 5 if your symptoms are fully resolved. Please do not return if you have any symptoms of a cough or fever.
- Resident students who test positive for COVID-19 are required to go home. If this is not possible, students may remain on campus in isolation. They may not attend courses or participate in activities. They may leave their room to obtain food, use the restroom, and walk outdoors. Any time they are indoors and outside their room, they must wear a facial covering.
- will be asked to contact their close contacts. Information for close contacts is available here.
- should notify their faculty member or supervisor of any COVID-19 related absences. Employees may work from home if possible. Students are expected to work with their faculty members to make up any missed assignments and reach out to their advisor for support.
The Director of Student Health Services will provide guidance and answer any questions.
Any community member traveling outside the region should follow travel requirements pertaining to their travel plans, including the guidance of CDC, state and local governments, and individual airlines. Notify your faculty member and supervisor of any COVID-19 absences related to travel.