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Updated COVID-19 protocol

Since the initial phase of the COVID-19 pandemic, Monmouth University has strictly adhered to the guidelines provided by the CDC. Effective March 1, 2024, the CDC has lifted the 5-day COVID isolation requirement. 

Although COVID-19 infections are still present within our communities, new infections are causing less severe illness and far fewer complications among the general population. It is still imperative to know your level of risk and to take personal protection and precautions against severe respiratory virus illnesses.  

COVID-19-specific guidelines will now be streamlined with the CDC’s Respiratory Guidelines. This updated guidance includes strategies to protect those at the highest risk of getting seriously ill, and provides actionable recommendations for people with common viral respiratory illnesses, including COVID-19, flu, and RSV.

Health services will continue to offer COVID-19 testing and will continue to test for diagnostic purposes per clinician discretion.  

Prevention strategies:

  1. It’s not too late to vaccinate against some respiratory viruses, including COVID-19, Flu, and RSV. Vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. Use to find vaccination sites near you.
  2. Wash hands often with soap and water. Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable.
  3. Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that are touched often.
  4. Maintain adequate sleep and proper nutrition to enhance your immune system.

If You Get Sick:

If you develop respiratory symptoms, please stay home from class, work, practices, clinicals, internships, or social events until at least 24 hours after both:

  1. Your symptoms are getting better overall, AND
  2. You have not had a fever without the use of fever-reducing medications such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
  3. Upon resumption of everyday activities, you are to continue preventative hygiene practices, consider wearing a well-fitted mask, and keep a distance from others until entirely symptom-free.