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Health, Wellness, and COVID-19

Mental and Physical Wellness

All community members are required to get their annual flu vaccination to help prevent additional illness.

During Coronavirus, Pine Manor College’s Human Resources encourages all employees to begin or continue yearly appointments with their primary care physicians and mental health counselors.

To locate a mental health counselor or doctor, visit www. harvardpilgrim.org or Pine Manor College’s Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – New Directions – 800-624-5544 or visit www.ndbh.com.

Mask Requirements

If on campus, community members must always wear masks.

Masks must cover a person’s nose, mouth, and chin in its entirety. Masks should reflect the recommendation of public health professionals. See https://www.jhsph.edu/covid-19/articles/the-right-mask-for-the-task.html for appropriate types of masks to include paper masks, reusable cloths masks, and face shields. Neck gaiters are not acceptable and should not be worn in place of a recommended mask.

All employees who return to campus must notify the Director of Human Resources who will provide them with the Employee “Return to Work” protocol document, along with a personal supply kit with paper masks and hand sanitizer, and an office sanitizing kit.  Employees should also plan to bring their own reusable masks to campus and wash them after each wear.

Since all community members must wear masks in public, community members may no longer smoke on-campus.

It is expected that people wear masks except:

  • While eating/drinking
  • In your own room or office when in there alone
  • Engaged in solo activities (e.g., going on a walk)

Community members should wear their masks in all restrooms on campus. If physical distancing in the restroom is not possible, employees should wait outside until physical distancing is possible.

Testing

Employees returning to campus will need to test negative for COVD-19 before returning to campus. Testing should also be administered throughout the semester to ensure the community’s health and safety.  Employees who are planning to be regularly on campus must notify the Director of Human Resources, as they will be set-up with a regular testing schedule.  Those employees who will be coming to campus occasionally must also notify the Director of Human Resources who will work with BC to schedule the test.

Antibody and antigen testing, as well as other tests, do not exempt PMC community members from obtaining a COVID-19 test through BC before returning to campus.

The Broad Institute will notify community members who test negative. The Broad Institute will also inform the Massachusetts Board of Health and the Director of University Health Services at Boston College, who serves as the physician of record for tests, about any positive tests; and he or a designee will then communicate directly with those who test positive or whose test is indeterminate. Please note that an indeterminate result is not a positive result and will necessitate retesting.

Boston College will work with state and local departments of health and conduct extensive contact tracing of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19, particularly to obtain information about activities within six feet of others for longer than 15 minutes during the previous 48 hours without appropriate mask or face covering.

Any testing exceptions for employees must receive the approval from the Director of Human Resources (for employees).  Exceptions will only be made if there are complications with using BC’s University Health Services and the Broad Institute; otherwise, all testing must go through BC and Broad.

Daily COVID-19 Self Screening 

Pine Manor College community members who will be on campus must register using the daily on-campus check-in and the daily health monitoring app.  Both can be found on the www.mypmc.edu homepage.  The daily health monitoring app can also be found on the following website, bc.edu/check, to ensure the health and wellness of the community.

Through the daily health monitoring website, www.bc.edu/check, community members can complete a daily checklist to ensure they do not have any COVID-19 symptoms and receive notifications and updates regarding their COVID-19 tests.

All PMC community members must go through the following checklist on the daily health monitoring website before leaving their home or residence hall room every day. If you answer “yes” to any of the questions below within the past 24 hours you should stay home and contact your primary care physician. Employees should stay home, call their primary care physician, and inform their supervisor. 

Students should stay in their room, call their primary care physician, and inform their Student Success Coach. 

  • Do you have a fever (temperature over 100.4°F) without having taken any fever reducing medications?
  • Do you have new loss of taste or smell?
  • Do you have a sore throat?
  • Do you have a cough?
  • Do you have a headache?
  • Do you feel more tired than usual?
  • Have you had any of these symptoms in the past 24 hours not related to allergies such as a runny nose or congestion?
  • Have you experienced any GI symptoms such as nausea/ vomiting, diarrhea, or loss of appetite?
  • Have you, or anyone you have been in close contact with (within 6 feet for 15 or more minutes) been diagnosed with COVID-19 or been placed on quarantine for possible contact with COVID-19?
  • Has a medical professional or local public health official asked you to self-isolate or quarantine?

Accessing the daily health check website: 

  • To access the daily health website, go to www.edu/check
  • Login in with your Agora Portal username and password
  • If this does not work, change your password at login.bc.edu
  • Carefully review and complete the six questions of the Self-Assessment.
  • You will be presented with a Cleared or Not Cleared response, and related instructions on how to proceed.

Community members who are symptom-free will receive a green screen on the daily health monitoring app.  All community members will need to show this screen when entering campus.

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