COVID-19 Testing, Vaccines, Quarantine Procedures and Metrics

Reported COVID-19 cases on campus

Current week - Nov. 29 - Dec. 5, 2021

Students - 2
Employees - 1
Total – 3

Cumulative on-campus cases since  Aug. 3, 2020.

Students - 111
Employees - 27
Total – 138

Information updated Dec. 3, 2021.

Quarantine Procedures

What do I do if I need to quarantine due to close contact or a positive COVID-19 test result?

If you are fully vaccinated:

  • Per CDC guidelines, people who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease and show no symptoms of COVID-19.
  • If you show any symptoms of COVID-19 and/or receive a positive COVID-19 test result, do not come to campus and proceed with quarantine procedures as explained below.

If you are not fully vaccinated:

  • 10-Day Quarantine: Close contacts of probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 may end quarantine after ten (10) days (the last date of exposure is considered Day 0), if they have not experienced any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • 7-Day Quarantine: Close contacts of probable or confirmed cases of COVID-19 may end quarantine after seven (7) days if:
    1. They have not experienced any reported COVID-19 symptoms while conducting daily monitoring; and
    2. They receive a negative result from a COVID-19 diagnostic test (RT-PCR) taken within 48 hours of when they plan to end quarantine.
    3. If a positive COVID-19 test is received, isolate yourself from others, even if you have no symptoms, for 10 days after the test.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, you should isolate for at least ten days from the date symptoms first appeared and you are fever-free for at least 24 hours without fever-reducing medication and other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving (see the college policy for return to work).

What is close or direct contact?

  • Close contact is defined as:
    Being within six feet of:
    • an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness) for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over 24-hours (for example, three individual 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes in one day)
      - or –
    • someone who is symptomatic with COVID-19 without protective equipment. Close contact can occur while caring for, living with, visiting, or sharing a healthcare waiting area or room with a COVID-19 infected individual.
      – or –
    • Having direct contact with infectious secretions of a COVID-19 case (e.g., being sneezed or coughed on).

I have been in contact with a person diagnosed with COVID-19; do I need to isolate?

  • If you were not in close contact with an individual with a COVID-19 positive individual, you do not need to isolate or leave the campus.
  • However, if you become ill for any reason or are not fully vaccinated and have had close contact with the individual, leave the campus and follow the college’s quarantine policy procedures:
    • Inform your direct superior and Human Resources.
    • Work remotely to the degree your position and health condition allows.
    • Contact Human Resources to understand leave options.

Someone I work with was told to quarantine. Should I worry about them having COVID-19?

  • Individuals exposed to COVID-19 may be asked to leave the campus.
  • Oakton’s Human Resources department will manage contact tracing for individuals diagnosed with COVID-19. Human Resources will notify individuals identified as direct contacts and offer advice about next steps.
  • If you were not in close contact, you do not need to isolate or leave campus.
  • However, regardless of any exposure, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including respiratory illness, fevers, or cough you should follow Oakton’s quarantine guidelines.

Instructions for students who experience COVID-19 symptoms:

  1. Leave campus and get tested.
  2. Contact Student Affairs at studentaffairs@oakton.edu or (847) 635-1739.
  3. Student Affairs will begin the contact tracing process and will reach out to the student to trace and advise, as appropriate.

COVID-19 Testing

When should I be tested for COVID-19?

  • If you have emergency warning signs for COVID-19, you should seek emergency medical care immediately. These signs can include trouble breathing, persistent pain or pressure in the chest, new confusion, inability to wake or stay awake, or bluish lips or face (Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html#seek-medical-attention).
  • If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, consider consulting a healthcare professional and getting tested for COVID-19

I heard there was someone at Oakton with confirmed COVID-19. Should I get tested?

  • Oakton’s Human Resources department will manage contact tracing for individuals who have confirmed COVID-19 illness. Human Resources will notify individuals identified as direct contacts of a potential exposure and offer advice about next steps.
  • If you were not in close contact, COVID-19 testing is not required.
  • However, regardless of any exposure, if you have symptoms of COVID-19, including respiratory illness, fevers, or cough, you should remove yourself from others and consider consulting a healthcare professional and getting tested for COVID-19.

I was notified that I was in contact with someone being tested for COVID-19. What should I do?

  • If you are not fully vaccinated, or if you have any COVID-19 symptoms, you should notify your supervisor immediately and leave campus per Oakton's quarantine policy.
  • If you are fully vaccinated and not experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms, you do not need to isolate or leave campus.
  • Monitor for symptoms, and practice diligent physical distancing on campus and at home.
  • If you develop symptoms, consider calling a healthcare provider and informing them you have been exposed to someone being tested for COVID-19.

Where and how can I get a COVID-19 test?

  • Free, on-campus COVID-19 testing is available to employees and students at no cost to them. Oakton is partnering with Shield Illinois to administer the tests.
    • Testing hours and locations (subject to change:)
      • Des Plaines campus
        Monday 
        8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
        Thursday
        8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30-5:30 p.m (afternoon hours begin Nov. 29)
        Studio One Theater
        Use Door 13 (near gymnasium) via Lot A

      • Skokie campus
        Wednesday and Friday
        8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
        Tuesday
        2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Tuesday afternoon hours begin Nov. 29)
        Room A 145-152
      • Scheduling Instructions  

  • The Illinois Department of Public Health website lists additional testing sites, which offer free tests to all. No doctor’s referral or insurance is needed.
  • The IDPH has provided a short, informative video regarding testing: https://multimedia.illinois.gov/dph/Walk-Up-Testing.html
  • Depending on your testing location, it typically takes 1-3 days to receive test results, though rapid results can be obtained from some sites in less than one hour.

COVID-19 Vaccines

Do I need to get vaccinated for COVID-19 to return to work?

COVID Vaccine Requirements for Health Career students

With the wide availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, our health career program clinical site partners are updating their COVID-19 vaccination requirements. 

Effective beginning in the spring 2022 semester, clinical facility partners will not permit students to participate in clinical experiences at any of their facilities if they have not received the COVID-19 vaccination.

To comply with the requirements of our clinical partners, Oakton is requiring all health career students who engage in direct patient care to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination (Basic Nursing Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Laboratory Technology, Nursing, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Physical Therapist Assistant). Students must provide proof of vaccination. Failure to provide documentation will result in student dismissal from clinical courses.

This requirement applies to all health career students except those who are only enrolled in courses or programs such as Cannabis Studies.

Students are not considered clinic employees and have neither employee benefits nor access to employee health services at the facility, therefore, accommodations for declination of vaccination will not be honored. 

What does “fully vaccinated''? mean”

According to the CDC, People are considered fully vaccinated:

  • Two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or
  • Two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine
  • If you don’t meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated.
  • Continue to maintain all public health safety precautions even after you are fully vaccinated.

If I am fully vaccinated, will I still be required to wear a mask and practice physical distancing on campus?

  • As of July 29, 2021 – on-campus mask protocols have changed.
    • Masks are required for everyone indoors on Oakton's campuses. This includes classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, hallways and shared workspaces. 
    • Masks are optional for everyone outdoors and in individual workspaces.
    • Individuals should continue to physically distance on campus

What do I do if I experience side effects from a COVID-19 vaccine and feel too sick to work?

  1. Inform your supervisor
  2. Employees should email covidhr@oakton.edu
  3. HR will contact you with further information.