Fall 2022 COVID-19 Guidelines

Vaccinations 

PSU strongly encourages but does not require everyone to stay optimally protected against COVID-19 by getting their primary vaccine series and staying up-to-date with a booster dose if they are eligible to receive one. If you are interested in receiving your first dose or an eligible booster, this link will provide information on where to obtain the vaccine in your home area or Plymouth: https://www.vaccines.gov/search/. Students and employees are not required to verify or update their vaccination status with the University. 

PSU is still requiring all students, faculty, and staff to report COVID-19 positive test results. NH Public Health requires that the total number of COVID-19 cases are reported by the University on a weekly basis. Additionally, the University tracks anyone who is within their 90-day post-positive test window. Those who have tested positive are not required to participate in mandatory testing for a period of 90 days following their positive test date.

COVID-19 Testing 

PCR Testing 

We are partnering with Color Health, Inc., and the Broad Lab in Cambridge, MA, for our testing this fall. We will be utilizing a self-testing PCR program this year, which means students, faculty, and staff will test on their own and drop the completed tests in drop boxes across campus. These completed tests will then be sent to the Broad Lab for processing. This will make our PCR testing program much easier for everyone and have less strain on staffing and facilities. This program is modeled on the self-testing program UNH has been using since the pandemic’s start. Details on this testing program will be shared the week of August 21, 2022.

Click here to view Color’s self-swab instructions.

Pre-Arrival Testing 

There are no pre-arrival testing requirements for anyone this fall. All testing will be done once you have arrived on campus. There will be two mandatory PCR testing periods at the beginning of the semester. 

  • All students and employees must take a PCR test between Friday, August 26, and Monday, August 29.   
  • All students and employees must take a PCR test again the week of September 11, 2022. 

We will continue to conduct PCR testing as needed throughout the semester. 

BinaxNOW Rapid Tests 

PSU will continue to utilize BinaxNOW Rapid tests and they will be available to all students, faculty, and staff throughout the semester and can be used anytime for any reason. Residential students can pick up BinaxNOW tests in their residence hall. 

Nonresidential students and employees can pick up BinaxNOW tests in Speare Room 201A during regular business hours. 

Health Services Testing 

PSU Health Services will provide offer testing for symptomatic students during its regular fall semester hours. 

Masks 

Masks are not required on the PSU campus but are always welcome. Individual faculty and staff may require masks in their offices or classrooms. 

Please remember that while PSU is not mandating masks currently, it is vital that we are respectful to those wearing them. Please comply if you are asked to wear a mask in an office, classroom, or other campus location. 

Masks are available on campus should they be needed. Beginning Monday, August 22, masks can be picked up in Speare Room 201A during regular business hours. 

Dashboard 

While PSU will post the results of surveillance testing in August and September, we will no longer maintain a weekly, University-specific COVID-19 dashboard. However, PSU reports all COVID-19 results to the NH Department of Health and Human Services, which regularly updates its dashboard at  https://www.covid19.nh.gov/dashboard.

Dashboard – Week of August 25, 2022

Dashboard – Week of September 11, 2022

Notifications, Isolation, and Class Attendance Policies 

Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19—regardless of vaccination status—can end isolation after day five (beginning on day six or later) if they are fever-free for at least 24 hours without taking fever-reducing medications and their symptoms are improving.  While a negative rapid (antigen) test is no longer required before leaving isolation, we recommend you take an antigen test for your safety and the safety of others. 

Residential students who test positive are strongly recommended to return home or isolate themselves in place, leaving only for food or medical care, and must wear a mask at all times. PSU will have limited space on campus for roommates of positive cases who want to move from their normal residences during the five-day isolation period. 

The CDC no longer recommends quarantine for individuals exposed to COVID-19; therefore, PSU will not be conducting contact tracing as we have in the past. No other contact tracings will be conducted. 

Students who test positive through campus testing will be contacted via e-mail and/or phone to explain their isolation options. In addition, instructors will be notified via e-mail if a student is not able to attend class. Students will be responsible for reaching out to instructors and working with them on a plan for missed classes and course work. There are no plans or requirements to provide students a virtual or Zoom option for students during the isolation period. Faculty will still be expected to provide remote access for qualified students who have an ADA or Section 504 accommodation through Campus Accessibility Services. 

Employees who contract COVID-19 will be responsible for alerting their supervisors and working on plans for their isolation period. 

For personal safety and the safety of others, students and employees should not ignore symptoms of COVID-19. Those with COVID-19 symptoms should not report to campus for work or class. 

Updated Information 

All information and any updates to our policies will be posted to the PSU COVID webpages at https://www.plymouth.edu/coronavirus.   

If you have questions, please e-mail covid19@plymouth.edu,  or call the PSU COVID hotline at 603-535-2409.