Responding to COVID-19

Resources

Policies

What should I do if I test positive for COVID-19? 

  • Stay home or in your residence hall room.
  • Do not go to class, events, work or elsewhere.
  • Contact the COVID-19 Response Team at COVID19@missouristate.edu or 417-255-7755. A team member will contact you to give you instructions that align with isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.
  • If you are an employee, contact your department head or supervisor and follow their instructions (e.g. implement contingency plans for classes, etc.). If necessary, you should work with Human Resources to determine what leave, telework, and other options are available to allow you to remain off campus throughout your isolation or quarantine period.
  • If you are a student, contact your instructors to make arrangements to keep up with your course work.

What should I do if I have been told to quarantine or have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19? 

If you are unvaccinated and think you might have been exposed to someone with COVID‑19 or have been told you need to quarantine because you have had close contact with someone with COVID‑19, please:

  • Stay home or in your residence hall room.
  • Do not go to class, events, work or elsewhere.
  • If you were within six feet for more than 15 minutes, or had direct physical contact while they were contagious, you should quarantine and follow the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, otherwise, you should not.
  • If you are uncertain, you should contact the COVID-19 Response Team at COVID19@missouristate.edu or 417-255-7755 so they can advise you and others on whether and how to quarantine.
  • If you are an employee, contact your department head or supervisor and follow their instructions (e.g. implement contingency plans for classes, etc.). If necessary, you should work with Human Resources to determine what leave, telework, and other options are available to allow you to remain off campus throughout your isolation or quarantine period.
  • If you are a student, contact your instructors to make arrangements to keep up with your course work.

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID 19 are not required to quarantine if they meet all of the following criteria:

  • Are fully vaccinated (i.e., ., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥ 2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).
  • Are within three months of being a resolved Positive COVID‑19 case.
  • Have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID‑19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID 19.

When you can return to campus if you tested positive or were exposed to someone who tested positive? 

Students, staff and faculty may not come to or move about campus if they have tested positive for COVID-19 unless they do one of the following:

  • Met the current CDC guidance to be released from isolation.
  • Been released by a healthcare provider.
  • Been released by their local health department.

Unvaccinated students, staff and faculty may not come to campus if they have had close contact within the last 14 days with a known COVID 19 positive person until they have followed the isolation and quarantine protocols established by the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

Returning from travel

Students, faculty and staff are not required to quarantine or be tested when returning to campus from travel within the United States.

Students, faculty and staff are required to monitor for symptoms for 10 days and must be tested 3-5 days after returning from any international travel. If you are unvaccinated, you must also quarantine for 7 days after your return. Students, faculty and staff may obtain testing free of charge by contacting the COVID-19 Response Team at COVID19@MissouriState.edu.

COVID‑19 testing and contact tracing?

The university has developed a COVID-19 testing plan to reduce campus risks of an outbreak occurring on campus. The three-prong testing strategy is designed to identify cases early and limit spread.

  • Individuals with symptoms.
  • Groups identified with increased risks.

No out-of-pocket costs

If you are being tested for COVID-19 as a part of the university’s testing plan it will be administered at no cost to the student or employee. The testing plan includes student-athletes, certain athletics staff, residence hall staff, international students, and anyone having traveled internationally within the past 14 days.

Contact tracing

The Howell County Health Department is responsible for contact tracing for all cases involving residents within Howell County, including individuals living on campus. The university will assist contact tracing staff to provide additional support to the campus community in addition to the health department’s efforts. 

Campus Contingency Plans

The university is taking steps to reduce the risk of a COVID‑19 outbreak on campus. These steps include:

  • Having testing readily available for students, faculty and staff who have symptoms of COVID‑19.
  • Conducting testing of asymptomatic students, faculty and staff.
  • Working closely with the Howell County Health Department to support their investigation, contact tracing, testing and isolation/quarantine of campus community members who have contracted COVID‑19 or had a close contact with someone with COVID‑19.
  • Having procedures and available space to manage students needing to quarantine/isolate as required.
  • Working closely with local officials to assess the health care/public health systems’ capacity to manage cases on campus.

The university constantly evaluates factors and data relevant to the impact COVID‑19 is having on the university community and operations. The university will move classes to alternative delivery methods, modify and cancel events and activities, and implement other contingency plans as appropriate.

To the extent possible, the university will implement temporary contingency plans that alter delivery methods only for particular classes, events and activities.

If necessary, the university will implement longer-term contingency plans that alter delivery methods for a broader section of classes, events and activities. The university will work to maintain traditional delivery of labs and other hands-on learning modules to the extent possible.