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COVID-19 Testing Results

Visit our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard for current testing results of Knox College students and employees.

Quick Things to Know

Read all of the Knox Together Health & Wellness Policies.

All students and employees will be tested upon arrival to campus, when they experience any potential COVID symptoms, and when they may have had direct exposure to a COVID-positive individual. Testing is free for students and employees.

All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing.

Before the fall term begins, all students and employees will be required to sign a Knox Together Pledge to affirm that they understand our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible.

Students on campus who require quarantine or isolation will do so in campus facilities reserved for this purpose only. They will have dedicated staff monitoring them and bringing them meals. They will be able to continue their classes online. Employees requiring quarantine or isolation will do so in their homes.

Enhanced cleaning and sanitation practices are in place and will continue as long as necessary. Classrooms will be scheduled to allow for minimal interaction between groups of students and, weather permitting, class and activity spaces will be available outside.

COVID-19 Testing

All students will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their initial arrival to campus. Employees will also be tested prior to the beginning of the term. Testing will continue throughout the term as symptoms and contact tracing require. These are PCR molecular tests that will be conducted by trained clinical personnel and processed at specialized laboratories at no cost to students or employees. 

HealthCheck360 Symptom Tracker

Knox will be using the HealthCheck360 Symptom Tracker app for all students and employees. To learn more watch the demo presentations below.

*Students will start using the program on September 14.

Video presentation for students

Video presentation for employees

Presentation slides

Wearing of Masks

All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing.

Knox Together Pledge

We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. To that end, the College has formed a task force of students, faculty and staff to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a pledge. All students and employees will sign the pledge to affirm that they understand our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. Violations of this pledge will be addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures. Read and sign the Knox Together Pledge.

Quarantine, Isolation, & Contact Tracing

Even with the best public health practices, we know we cannot completely stop the spread of COVID-19, so we have planned for the eventuality that the virus will appear on campus. In the event that a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, Knox Health Services staff are certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus.

Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated staff member to support them, will receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff.

Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.

Cleaning & Sanitation

Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are already in place at Knox and will be expanded as students, faculty, and staff return to campus. Common spaces in academic, administrative, and residential buildings will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected by trained employees at least once per day. Campus offices and residence halls will be stocked with proper supplies and instruction on how to keep shared office spaces clean and disinfected. Bon Appetit, the dining provider, has enhanced sanitation measures developed by their corporate Coronavirus Response Team.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need more information on a topic or have questions that are not included below, email together@knox.edu.

Masks

  • Yes. All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing. Students who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a documented health issue should contact Disability Support Services for guidance. Employees who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented health issue should contact Human Resources.

  • Yes. All students and employees will be provided with two cloth face masks, a face shield, and a small refillable bottle of hand sanitizer. Stations to refill hand sanitizer will be placed across the campus.

  • Disposable masks are available around campus at locations including dining areas, the mailroom, Administrative Services, and the welcome desk at Alumni Hall.

Knox Together Pledge

  • We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. To that end, the College has formed a task force of students, faculty and staff to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a pledge. All students and employees will sign the pledge to affirm their understanding of our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. Violations of this pledge will be addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures. Read and sign the Knox Together Pledge.

  • No. Students and employees will, however, be asked to acknowledge that they have read the Knox Together Pledge and understand that it is everyone's responsibility to follow all public health measures.

  • You will need to be logged into Google with your Knox account to access the form.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Yes. All students will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their initial return to campus. Employees will also be tested prior to the beginning of the term. Testing will continue throughout the term as symptoms and contact tracing require. This will be conducted at no cost to students or employees.

  • Yes. Even though off-campus students attending classes on campus are not “moving in,” they will still be assigned a testing time and follow the same testing protocol as residential students.

  • We will use the CDC’s definition of a close contact, which is any individual who has spent 15 minutes or more within six feet of the infected person. All close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and evaluated by a trained professional to determine appropriate next steps.

  • Check out the most common symptoms of COVID-19 according to the Center for Disease Control. If you have one or more of these symptoms, the first thing to do is to stay in your residence hall room or stay home so you don’t spread it to others. If you are a student, contact Health Services at (309) 341-7559. If you are an employee, contact Human Resources at (309) 341-7200.

  • Students taking on-campus classes are limited to travel within Knox County, and only after completing their initial quarantine period. All other travel must be planned in consultation with Health Services. Preventing the spread of COVID-19 remains our priority.

Facilities

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are already in place at Knox and will be expanded as students, faculty, and staff return to our campus community. Common spaces in academic, administrative and residential buildings will continue to be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least once per day. Additionally, classroom use will be scheduled in such a way that will minimize overlapping students being in the same proximity, and outdoor or other alternative learning spaces will be used where possible. Campus offices will be stocked with proper supplies and instruction on how to keep shared office spaces clean and disinfected. Dining Services has developed a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation process.

  • Current knowledge has shown that the following mechanisms for spreading the virus are likely to be more significant than aerosol transmission: direct person to person contact; indirect contact through inanimate objects like doorknobs; through the hands to mucous membranes such as those in the nose, mouth and eyes; droplets and possibly particles spread between people in close proximity. For this reason, basic principles of physical distancing, surface cleaning and disinfection, and handwashing or other strategies of good hygiene are far more important than anything related to the HVAC system. However, we have taken the following steps to improve air quality.

    In most buildings (Old Main, CFA, SMC, Alumni Hall, Fieldhouse and Gym, WAC, Seymour Union, and the HOPE Center), HVAC systems are being run 24-hours a day to allow air to refresh while the building is unoccupied. Systems are also pulling in maximum outside air while still maintaining comfortable humidity levels for building occupants.

    Seymour Library, GDH, and the residence halls and houses do not have full building level exhaust systems.

    Where possible, we suggest opening a window to allow for outside air to enter the space.

    Knox has purchased 9 portable, standalone air purifiers; six are scheduled to be delivered in late September. These units have Ultraviolet-C Spectrum lighting (UVC), a HEPA filter, and a carbon filter. These units will be placed in locations that have been identified as having minimal air flow or are rooms that will be used most often for learning or student services.

  • Yes. Eleven tents are erected around campus for classes, meetings, and other gatherings. The number of people occupying these spaces will be limited so that physical distancing can be maintained. If within 6 feet of another individual, masks must be worn. Priority will be given to classes and educational uses. Tents may be reserved via google calendar. View a current map of tent locations.

  • Each common area has disinfecting wipes that will be replenished by the custodial staff. These materials are for personal disinfection of shared spaces, such as meeting tables or classroom desks outside of the standard schedule. If you would like supplies or hand sanitizer in an additional space, please submit a work order.

  • While the water itself is safe, the virus may be on the surfaces of the drinking fountains, so most are temporarily turned off. Those fountains that include a touchless bottle filling dispenser remain on.

    Faucets are also safe for filling up cups or water bottles. Tap water is safe to consume.

    Most academic and administrative buildings have at least one bottle filling station:

    Alumni Hall - 2nd floor, outside the Bastian Family Center for Career Success
    Fitness Center - main floor near the stairwell leading to the basement level
    Fitness Center - basement level near the hallway leading to the locker rooms
    Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) - 1st floor, in restroom alcove
    Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) - 1st floor in music wing
    George Davis Hall (GDH) - 1st floor hallway and
    George Davis Hall (GDH) - 2nd floor hallway
    Old Main - 1st floor, in hallway outside the Business Office
    Post Hall - south end of lobby, near wing entrance
    Seymour Library - 1st floor, in center of building next to elevator
    Seymour Union - First floor, outside gender neutral restroom
    SMC - 1st floor of B wing, just off the A core next to the entrance to the elevator area
    Whitcomb Art Center (WAC) - 1st floor, near restrooms

Quarantine & Isolation

  • Isolation is the process of separating people who are sick with COVID-19 from people who are not sick so that they can get better without infecting anyone else.

    Quarantine is the process of separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 during the incubation period when they may become sick with the virus and infect others.

  • We’re prepared for this. If a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19, we have arranged for Knox Health Services staff to be certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus. Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences that have been reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated staff member to support them. They will receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff. Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.

  • Originally, the College planned to require any student traveling to the U.S. from an international destination to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. As of August 20, 2020, we have adjusted those guidelines. All students arriving on campus will need to participate in an initial quarantine of at least four (4) days, pending a negative test result. While we hope it will take less time, you should anticipate that your initial quarantine could last for at least four days. Initial quarantine means that you are required to remain in your assigned room, except to use the restroom and pick up meals three times a day from a designated outdoor location. You must wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance whenever you are outside of your own room (both indoors and outdoors). Following your negative test result, you will then be allowed to participate in modified quarantine until September 21.

  • All students returning to campus, from either domestic or international locations, will need to participate in an initial quarantine of at least four (4) days, pending a negative test result. Students who lived on campus this summer will have a COVID-19 test, but do not need to quarantine in their rooms while awaiting test results. However, they must participate in modified quarantine until September 21.

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Printed on Sunday, October 25, 2020