Hampton and Windsor (image courtesy: Taylor Posik)

SNHU’s quarantine and isolation guidelines have been reduced to a minimum of five days for positive cases, as announced in an email sent by Executive Vice President of Campus Transformation, Donald Brezinski, on February 1. Unvaccinated students who have been exposed to students with COVID will also be reduced to a five-day quarantine period, while vaccinated students are not required to quarantine after exposure.

Students who have tested positive will need to be cleared by the Wellness Center before resuming in-person classes. Students in isolation will receive details from Wellness on their status in the coming days. Student-athletes will receive instructions from their coaches on their return to practice and matches.

“Due to limited quarantine/isolation housing on campus, students who test positive will be sent home to complete their mandatory five-day isolation period. Exceptions may be available to students who live more than 3 hours away, have an immunocompromised person in their household at home, or don’t have a safe place to go,” said Brezinski in the email. 

Surveillance testing will also encompass 25% of the campus population, beginning the week of January 31, an increase of 15% from last semester. Students that have tested positive within the past 90 days will be removed from the selection.

Testing will be located in room 201 of the Academic Center. Unvaccinated students will continue to be tested weekly. Individuals experiencing symptoms are advised to notify the Wellness Center and schedule a test.

“Even if your name is not selected for surveillance testing in a given week, you may voluntarily test through the SNHU program if you wish,” said Brezinski’s email.

Campus students and faculty are required to receive their booster shots by March 1, or within 30 days of being eligible. Students who fail to update their records and adhere to the requirement will be unauthorized to register for classes, beginning with the Fall 2022 semester.

Those that have not received their boosters will have the option to receive them in the Dining Center Banquet Hall on select days. Others can visit the City of Manchester Health Department or Convenient MD. Additional information on testing locations can be found at vaccines.nh.gov or vaccines.gov.

Taylor Posik
Taylor joined the Penmen Press team in her freshman year as a staff writer. Since then, she has been on the copy team, an A&E Editor, and News Editor. She has since moved up to being Co-Editor-in-Chief for her senior year. After graduation, she hopes to get her Masters in Communication and begin a career in journalism. For fun, she writes songs and plays the piano.