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COVID-19


The health and safety of our students, faculty and staff are our highest priorities. Below are messages to our campus community, helpful FAQs, links to technology and health resources, and information on the Pandemic Planning Task Force and the various subgroups working to ensure the health, safety and well-being of the Albright community.

Albright College students and staff are strongly encouraged to get the COVID vaccine and report vaccination status to the Gable Health Center by uploading a vaccine card photo to the health portal. (Click here for a video tutorial)

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Masks must be worn in shared public indoor spaces at Albright College, including all shared and common areas in residence halls, outside of assigned residential space. Effective immediately, masks are also required everywhere inside the Schumo Center, Bollman Center and Life Sports Center. Albright’s masking rules apply to all who visit our campus, including students and employees, contractors and visitors. In accordance with NCAA Guidelines, varsity teams will not need a mask while participating in practice or games.

Below is an outline of commitments for all campus community members returning to campus in 2021-22. Please review the full Community Care Compact hereStudents should digitally sign the compact through the college’s Identity System, and employees should digitally sign via Dayforce. Campus community members can report violations of the Care Compact here.


Unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated Albrightians commit to:

  • Participating in reentry testing and surveillance testing for COVID-19 when notified to do so, likely multiple times during the semester.
  • Wearing a mask as recommended by the CDC that covers both nose and mouth when in indoor public spaces and outdoors when in contact with others.
  • Practice three feet of social distancing on campus in all circumstances including academic, social/activities, and dining.
  • Replace shaking hands, hugs and physical touching with verbal appreciation.

ALL Albrightians commit to:

  • Strongly considering getting the COVID vaccine, barring a religious, health, moral or ethical reason for not doing so. (Exemptions based on PA Dept. of Health guidelines)
  • Report vaccination status to the Gable Health Center by uploading a photo of my vaccine card to the health portal. (See video tutorial here.)
  • When feeling unwell: contacting the Gable Health Center (610-921-7532); staying home or in personal residence hall; wearing a mask when it is necessary to leave residence hall room.
  • Utilizing hand sanitation stations often and frequently washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cleaning frequently used personal surfaces, including tables, doorknobs, desks, light switches and computer keyboards.
  • Carefully considering the potential risk of traveling to areas of high transmission rates, and checking the latest CDC travel guidelines, abiding by testing or quarantine requirements prior to travel and upon return.
  • Providing truthful information for the purpose of contact tracing, if asked.

Campus Updates


Albright’s Current Status

Albright strongly encourages vaccination against COVID-19 See Albright’s comprehensive 2021-2022 academic calendar here. A few dates to keep in mind include:
• Spring Semester starts – Jan. 24
• Empowering Albright Voices Day – March 4
• Spring Break –March 14-18
• Fall Registration –March 22-30
• Final Exams – May 10-13
• Commencement – May 15

As a reminder, residential students returning to campus are asked self-quarantine at home for seven days prior to returning to campus. (Please check your Albright email for your scheduled test time.) Questions about self-quarantine or re-entry testing requirements should be directed to the Gable Health Center at 610-921-7532.

Employees should return to campus beginning Monday, Jan. 24, or return to their previously approved flexible work arrangements, as outlined in the college’s Flexible Work and Teleworking Policy.

If unwell, please stay home.
o If you are feeling unwell, please refrain from coming to campus.
o If you have been notified that you have been exposed to COVID-19, please refrain from coming to campus and seek testing guidance from the Gable Health Center at 610-921-7532.
o If you get tested for COVID-19 off campus or at home, please report your results to the Gable Health Center.
• If you are a residential student who is currently on campus and you are feeling unwell, please isolate in your room until you call the Gable Health Center for an appointment.

Current mask policy
As a reminder, Albright’s mask policy has been expanded. Masks must be worn in shared public indoor spaces at Albright College, including all shared and common areas in residence halls, outside of assigned residential space. Masks are also now required everywhere inside the Schumo Center, Bollman Center and Life Sports Center. Albright’s masking rules apply to all who visit our campus, including students and employees, contractors and visitors. In accordance with NCAA Guidelines, varsity teams will not need a mask while participating in practice or games. Please help keep our campus safe and wear a mask at all times.

Upload your vaccine/booster card
If you’ve received a vaccination or booster shot, be sure to upload a photo of your vaccine card to the health portal. Choose “document upload,” followed by “immunization record” to upload your image.

Changes for this spring
Following new CDC guidance, several procedural changes have been made. Notably, Albright will distribute KN95 and surgical masks to students, faculty and staff.

Quarantine and isolation timelines have also been adjusted to five days of isolation, followed by an additional five days of strict mask use. Under direction of the Gable Health Center, this “five and five” policy aims to lessen the mental health burden of strict isolation, while continuing to protect our campus community.

COVID testing on campus
The Gable Health Center remains well stocked with COVID-19 tests. In addition to antigen tests, we continue to utilize our IDNOW platform for nucleic acid amplification tests when indicated.

Surveillance testing for students and staff will continue throughout the spring semester. Please monitor your email for notification that you need to come to the Gable Health Center for a mandatory COVID-19 test.

To get tested on campus, contact the Gable Health Center by calling 610-921-7532 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests are also now available via covidtests.gov.

Unsure of when and what to report to the Gable Health Center? See a flowchart here.

Albright College returned to its regular 15-week semester in fall 2021.
The first day of classes was held on Monday, August 16, with the vast majority of classes being held in-person or as a hybrid, with meetings on campus. Taking final exams remotely, students will not return to campus after Thanksgiving.Albright community members will continue to follow the college’s Community Care Compact, the recommendations of the CDC and the Pennsylvania Dept. of Health, and the guidance of our own Pandemic Planning Team.

In accordance with the Community Care Compact:
Students and staff are strongly encouraged to get the COVID vaccine and report vaccination status to the Gable Health Center by uploading a photo of my vaccine card to the health portal. (Click here for a video tutorial.)

Due to substantial spread of COVID-19 in Berks County, masks must be worn in shared public indoor spaces, including all shared and common areas in residence halls, outside of assigned residential space. There may be some exceptions, including the Schumo Center for Fitness and Well-being, where the Community Care Compact still applies. Please remember that in any situation, an Albright employee or student may ask you to wear a mask. These rules also apply to all outside visitors including family members, contractors, and guests

Dining options have expanded:

The renovation of Jake’s Place offers expanded choices in a food court format and additional and more comfortable seating, student work spaces, and pool tables. All dining locations are fully operational, offering an array of menu items from smoothies at Peg’s Café to theme meals in the Dining Hall.

Student activities and athletics to be operational.

Our current goal is to expand student activities and athletic competitions to the extent allowed by the CDC, the PA Dept. of Health and (for athletics) the NCAA and the MAC athletic conference. Sports teams are competing this semester and will follow the PA Dept. of Health and MAC guidelines on spectators, currently defined in our Spectator Policy.

Albright strongly recommends vaccination for all students, staff and faculty.

Once vaccinated, all Albrightians are encouraged to self-report vaccination status to the Gable Health Center. Submit a copy of the COVID-19 vaccination card showing all doses were received – two doses for Pfizer, two doses for Moderna, or one dose for Johnson and Johnson. Albright students, faculty and staff may do this by accessing Albright.studenthealthportal.com with their Lions username and password. (Click here for a video tutorial.) Select Document Upload and upload a copy of your vaccination record.

Upon return to campus in August, students, faculty and staff will be required to either provide proof of vaccination or be tested for COVID-19.

Due to substantial spread of COVID-19 in Berks County, masks must be worn in shared indoor locations, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice.

Individuals who are not fully vaccinated will be required to participate in reentry testing and surveillance testing for COVID-19, likely multiple times during the semester.

Albright is fully prepared to test for Coronavirus on campus, and to quarantine or isolate affected students, when necessary. Unsure of when and what to report to the Gable Health Center? See a flowchart here.

Essential personnel on campus have been fit-tested for safety equipment and are prepared to safely test, quarantine, isolate, clean residence hall rooms, gather personal materials, deliver food and technology, as well as remove trash.

Because COVID-19 is spread through direct contact or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes, students who are tested and exhibit positive signs of the virus will be isolated, and not return to their residence hall.

Roommates of affected students will be immediately notified. Their rooms and common areas (including stairwells) in the residence hall will be sanitized.

Why can’t I isolate or quarantine in my own residence hall room/apartment?
True isolation and quarantine ensures that a person with a disease (isolation) or at risk to develop a disease due to a close-contact exposure (quarantine) does not spread the disease further by having contact with others. Isolating and quarantining is a coordinated effort that requires the health center, residential life, public safety, dining services and facilities teams to work together to meet all the needs of sick and potentially sick students. For safety of others on campus as well as to provide meals and safety of these students, specific areas on campus are utilized for isolation and quarantine.

Why did I have to isolate 10 days last year and now people only isolate for five days?
Albright continues to adjust its policies to align with national, state and local public health guidelines. The recent change to five days of isolation, FOLLOWED by an additional five days of strict mask use (grab-and-go meals, private rooming, no travel), presents our most recent update. While we continue to do everything we can to keep campus safe, we’ve heard how difficult 10 days of isolation can be for students, and aligned our policy to lessen the mental health burden of strict isolation, while continuing to protect others on campus.

How do I get my meals during isolation/quarantine?
Dining Services delivers meals to students in isolation and quarantine right to their newly assigned room for the first five days. On days 6-10 students, must utilize grab and go meals from dining services and avoid eating indoors, or outdoors within six feet of others.

I’m in isolation (or quarantine). What do I do next?
> Contact your professors to let them know that you are isolating (or quarantining).
> Make sure your residential life and dining services forms are completed and emailed to each respective department.
> Update the Gable Health Center daily Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with updates on your condition and for any help you may need.
> If you need assistance or are feeling worse during the evening hours or on the weekend, please reach out to Public Safety at 610-921-7670.

I am fully vaccinated. Do I need to quarantine?
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to strictly quarantine away from others. They do need to consistently wear their masks, monitor symptoms, get tested around five days after their last close contact. This “modified” quarantine is another advantage of being vaccinated and protected against COVID-19, but addresses the concern of “breakthrough” disease in vaccinated individuals.

Following CDC guidelines, high-touch and high-traffic campus areas will be sanitized daily. In addition, sanitizer stations have been added to the entrance area of each residence hall, as well as campus common areas, high traffic areas, and in close proximity to campus bathrooms.


The following facilities practices have been established in partnership with the Pandemic Task Force, and are based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and PA Dept. of Health, and with guidance from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Cleaning steps:

  1. Sanitizing stations have been placed in multiple locations in all buildings.
  2. Signs with helpful reminders about maintaining health and safety have been placed around campus.
  3. Restroom seat covers have been installed.
  4. Classroom capacity has been downsized to promote social distancing and to limit the amount of people in a room at one time.
  5. Sanitizing wipes and hand sanitizer will be placed in each classroom for self-care and sanitation of desks in between classes.
  6. A deep clean and sanitation of all residential halls will occur at least once per day,  seven days a week.
  7. A deep clean and sanitation of all academic buildings’ high touch, high traffic areas will happen every business day.
    1. Areas of sanitation include, but are not limited to, restrooms, laundry rooms, common areas, light switches, railings, door knobs/handles, elevator buttons
  8. Facilities is currently exploring the feasibility of adding a second daily cleaning to the above mentioned areas.
  9. Plexiglass barriers have been placed in areas where close interactions take place as a secondary precaution to masks.
  10. Water fountains have been turned off as a precautionary measure. Bottle fill stations will continue to operate.

Ventilation steps:

While studies are still being performed and new information is presented daily as to the aerosol nature of SARS-CoV-2, the Albright facilities team has taken the following steps to be better prepared. Please remember, each building on our campus contains different units that condition the air, so work has varied between buildings to maximize safety while also considering factors such as system capabilities, air flow exchanges, ability to successfully condition all air at reasonable temperatures, as well as financial costs.

  1. Albright recycles airflow in most areas as to not have to condition fresh air consistently. This measure is done to reduce utility costs to the college. Where applicable, we have opened dampers to allow more fresh air intake into the systems to be conditioned and dispersed into the buildings to assist with air flow exchanges and increased fresh air.
  2. Albright reduces air exchange rates and conditioning of air overnight as a cost/energy saving measure. We are running all HVAC units continuously at high levels to ensure the highest amount of airflow in buildings even when not in use. This will help continue to circulate the air throughout non-operating hours.
  3. Albright replaced all filters in HVAC units per each unit’s recommendations with a cost-efficient filter. We have switched to the highest allowed Merv-rated filter in each HVAC unit where applicable. The rating on each filter does vary with each individual unit. Due to our aging systems, we did have to balance out the filter type with the unit’s ability to draw enough airflow through the filter.
  4. In areas where we believe fresh air flow is inadequate, we are installing portable air purifiers with HEPA filters to assist in cleaning the air and to reduce risk.

Outdoor classes:

Faculty may hold socially-distant classes outdoors when possible.

One of Albright’s core values is connection, in which we specifically state the value of an equitable and inclusive community, within the Albright community that is comprised of a remarkable diversity of people, backgrounds and thoughts. Within this concept, we endeavor to foster strong, personal relationships and engagement with each other, college programs, the greater Reading area, and the world around us. At Albright College, we value our face-to-face interactions. The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly challenged our ability to live in, work at, and enjoy our in-person community.

This Albright College Health and Safety Plan has been prepared to communicate to all Albright constituencies the plans surrounding Albright’s return to face-to-face education. This plan endeavors to address the challenges the pandemic presents to our institutional priorities and commitment to a residential, face-to-face community. Within this plan, the following goals have been put at the forefront:

  1. To live our value of a connected, inclusive and face-to-face community as best we can during a pandemic.
  2. To live our values of resilience and integrity by recognizing and honoring the collective importance of care for ourselves and others in our community so that we may all thrive and be well during this pandemic.

We recognize that, at times, these goals challenge each other and a commitment to both represents a balance. Importantly, this plan includes all of the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PA DOE) requirements for a higher education health and safety plan. In addition, this plan aligns with return-to-campus guidelines presented by both the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the PA DOE and PA Dept. of Health (PA DOH). For athletics, guidance from the NCAA and from the MAC athletic conference are also followed.

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Phase Two
Phase Three

Internships are an important part of the educational experience and will continue. Students are encouraged to follow social distancing guidelines, wear masks and sanitize high-use areas frequently.

An expanded list of on-campus student jobs has been made available this semester.

Students who have applied for study abroad should keep in contact with the study abroad program, and will be contacted as necessary by Kim Justeson, director of experiential learning, with specific information. Learn more about rapidly changing travel advisories here.

We understand some Albright College community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation.

Students may contact: Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532; College Chaplains: Rev. Dr. Mel Sensenig, msensenig@albright.edu, Rev. Ibrahim Bangura, ibangura@albright.edu.

Faculty and staff may consult the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or contact Human Resources for additional guidance.

Contact tracing is completed by the Gable Health Center staff immediately following identification of a new case of COVID-19. Students, faculty and staff who are identified as close contacts to a case of COVID-19 are notified, tested and treated based on results.

Why didn’t I get contact traced when I know my friends have COVID-19 and I was near them?
The Gable Health Center does contact tracing on campus. Contact tracing relies on a person recalling every close contact within days, up to a week prior to being diagnosed with COVID-19. For many people, the diagnosis is surprising and frightening. After discussion about isolation, natural course of the illness, warning signs for severe disease — recall about who was within six feet of them for more than 15 minutes, three days ago, can be inaccurate at times.

In addition, many students get concerned when they hear a friend has COVID-19, but their last close contact was before their friend was contagious. A person can spread COVID-19 up to two days before to the onset of their symptoms.

Anytime a member of our Albright family believes they may have had a close contact with COVID-19, they must call the Gable Health Center 610-921-7532 for guidance. If you need assistance or have a question after 4:30 p.m. on Monday through Friday or on the weekend, please call Public Safety at 610-921-7670. Unsure of when and what to report to the Gable Health Center? See a flowchart here.

I heard that a someone in my class is out with COVID-19. What do I do?
Our extensive work encouraging vaccination, isolating, contact tracing, adjusting class size, updating air quality and masking on campus has led to no known cases of classroom spread. Many students have been tested out of abundance of caution, including several entire classes. Testing is available on campus at the Gable Health Center and any concerns of potential close contact can be addressed immediately by calling 610-921-7532 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Albrightians who are concerned that someone on campus is not following the Campus Compact, not reporting COVID-19 symptoms or not masking may report potential violations through Albright’s reporting system. This can be done anonymously using this link.

How do I get a home COVID-19 test?
Free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests are available via covidtests.gov. Please report symptoms of COVID-19 and exposures to COVID-19 anytime you are on campus to the Gable Health Center. Please report home test results as well and any COVID-19 test done off campus. All personal information is strictly confidential and allows the Health Center team to coordinate efforts to keep campus safe.I did a home test and it’s positive. What do I do now?
Call the Gable Health Center immediately. If the test result is obtained after 4:30 p.m., stay in your room and contact the Health Center first thing after 8:30 a.m. If the result is reported over the weekend, please contact public safety at 610-921-7670 for further instructions.

Unsure of when and what to report to the Gable Health Center? See a flowchart here.

COVID-19 testing with rapid results are available when ordered by the Gable Health Center staff. Sick visits as well as COVID-19 testing at the Gable Health Center are by appointment only. Unsure of when and what to report to the Gable Health Center? See a flowchart here.

The CDC recommends watching for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. A person showing any of these signs should seek emergency medical care immediately:
• Trouble breathing
• Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
• New confusion
• Inability to wake or stay awake
• Pale, gray, or blue-colored skin, lips, or nail beds, depending on skin tone.This is not a comprehensive list of all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider if you have any other symptoms that are severe, or concerning to you. If you are currently isolating on campus call Public Safety at 610-921-7670 to coordinate your emergency care.

Three COVID-19 vaccines are approved for use in the United States, and have been shown to be extremely effective and remarkably safe.Unfortunately, many members of our Albright family remain unable to get vaccinated. Issues for these important members of our community include intense fear of needles, previous severe reactions to vaccinations, religious beliefs, concurrent medical problems which may affect vaccination effectiveness and safety, primary care/specialist physician advise, as well as intense familial and societal pressure.

Please remember that mitigation strategies (masks and social distancing) ARE effective against COVID-19. Our unvaccinated and non-immune Albright family members may choose to protect themselves and our community by utilizing those strategies. Together we’ve successfully navigated through two full years of this pandemic (one year with and one year without the help of vaccines), and we will continue to get through this together.

We are still learning about the Omicron variant. Currently, this variant appears to be up to four times as contagious as the Delta variant, which was more than twice as contagious than the original strain of SARS-CoV2. We are still gathering information about the severity of the disease Omicron causes.Unvaccinated and non-immune (people who have not recovered from COVID-19 recently) may be at just as high risk for Omicron to cause severe disease, hospitalization and even death.

“All of us have a date with omicron,” said Dr. Amesh Adalja, a senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “If you’re going to interact with society, if you’re going to have any type of life, omicron will be something you encounter, and the best way you can encounter this is to be full vaccinated.”

While other coronaviruses can cause seasonal colds and flu-like-symptoms, seasonal cold viruses like RSV, adenovirus, rhinovirus and others, including influenza were COMPLETELY wiped out last cold and flu season due to our mitigation measures (masking, social distancing, limiting travel).However, COVID-19 continued to spread despite these measures. Even with the benefit most Americans got from vaccination, Omicron has spread relentlessly across the country. No flu virus has come even close to infecting a million Americans in one day. Even if a lesser percentage of people get severe disease from Omicron, especially if vaccinated, the overall number of lives lost will continue to be overwhelming.

While many pharmacy shelves are bare, the Gable Health Center remains well stocked with COVID-19 tests. In addition to antigen tests, we continue to utilize our IDNOW platform for nucleic acid amplification tests when indicated. Contact the Gable Health Center by calling 610-921-7532 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Visitors and Events

Experience Events
Visit the Experience webpage for an up-to-date list of Experience Events.

Visitors
Currently, masks be worn in shared public indoor spaces at Albright College, including all shared and common areas in residence halls, outside of assigned residential space. These rules also apply to all outside visitors including family members, contractors and guests.

All visitors should stay away from campus if they feel sick, have a temperature above 100.4, or have symptoms of COVID-19, which include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and/or diarrhea.


Travel Information

The coronavirus and information pertaining to travel are constantly evolving. We strongly encourage any individual traveling to personally review the current CDC recommendations and plan accordingly.

  1. Level 3 International Travel: All college-sponsored travel to any Warning Level 3 country is prohibited for the immediate future as we continue to monitor the situation and the progress of the outbreak.

Currently, college-sponsored study abroad programs (short and long term) remain scheduled for summer and fall 2020. These programs will be reviewed on an individual basis by the ELCDC and the Gable Health and Counseling Center.

  1. All other college-related international travel: All future college-related international travel must be requested and approved by the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students, using the forms available here. If you already have travel plans in place you must complete the form so that we are aware of your travel plans.
  2. College-related domestic travel: All college-related domestic travel must be registered with the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students, using the forms available here. If you already have travel plans in place you must complete the form so that we are aware of your travel plans.
  3. Personal international or domestic travel: Any person with plans to travel to or through a Level 3 travel warning country must adhere to the college’s general policies outlined above. For all other personal travel, the college strongly encourages you to register your personal travel with the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students.

If you are returning to campus after having visited (for personal or college-related travel) an area in or outside of the United States in which a confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred or where you have had potential exposure, please contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center. Depending on the CDC, PA Department of Health and other guidance for colleges and universities, you may be required to self-monitor away from campus for 14 days in accordance with the college’s general policies.


About Coronavirus

Coronavirus — or more specifically, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — continues to evolve in our country and around the world. Albright College’s Pandemic Planning Task Force, formed more than a decade ago to combat avian and swine flu, has been meeting regularly to develop short- and long-term contingency plans based on regularly-updated recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health. Because the health and safety of all members of our campus community is our top priority, we will continue to monitor and inform the campus about changes stemming from the Coronavirus. Please return to this website regularly for the most current and reliable information from the college.

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus through an outbreak that began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The disease spreads from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Droplets land on objects and surfaces other people come in contact with these objects or surfaces and can catch the virus from touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People are also able to catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.

According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic is a global outbreak of a serious new illness that requires sustained transmission throughout the world.

Anyone can catch COVID-19, but people with weak or compromised immune systems, particularly older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

Vaccines are now available for free to all Americans. Find the closest vaccine location to anywhere in the country here!


COVID Vaccine General Information From PA DOH : COVID Vaccine Information

Locations

The CDC says that the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus can include: fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and or diarrhea. A temperature above 100.4 is considered to be a fever.

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, maintaining good nutrition, finding stress-relief and exercising.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

If you are a member of Albright’s campus community and answer “yes” to any of the following conditions, please contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532.

  • Have had a known direct exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Have been instructed to isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been notified by someone that you might have been exposed to COVID-19 directly
  • Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • Have visited a travel warning Level 3 country

What if …

What if I don’t feel well.

Students who feel sick should stay in their rooms and contact the Health Center (610-921-7532) during business hours. During non-business hours, students should contact Public Safety (610-921-7670).

Faculty and staff who feel sick should inform a supervisor and stay home.

A temperature above 100.4 is considered to be a fever. COVID-19 symptoms can include: cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and or diarrhea.


What if Pennsylvania returns to stay-at-home protocol orders?

If Berks County, Pennsylvania returns to phase red “stay-at-home” orders, Albright will revert to essential operations. At that time, students will be required to return home, or petition for shelter on campus. Classes will transition to fully online, Dining Services will offer grab-and-go meal options for students sheltering on campus, and only essential personnel necessary for the minimum maintenance of Albright’s physical plant will be allowed on campus.


What if my roommate or classmate refuses to follow health protocols?

Albright values an educative approach to sanctioning students in violation of the Code of Conduct. Students who refuse to follow health protocols outlined by the college will be held to community standards. Learn more or view reporting options here.

Employees should notify their direct supervisors regarding inappropriate social distancing or face covering use by coworkers.


What if I learn that I may have been exposed to a person with COVID-19?

If you are a member of the Albright campus community and can answer “yes” to any of the following conditions, contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532:

  • Have had a known direct exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Have been instructed to isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been notified by someone that you might have been exposed to COVID-19 directly
  • Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath

What if I have an underlying medical condition that makes me more susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19, or I have an immediate family member with an underlying medical condition that makes them more susceptible to serious illness from COVID-19?

Students whose permanent residence is more than 30 miles from campus who request to live off-campus due to personal or family member high risk to serious illness from COVID-19 must submit a formal request/petition through Residential Life and have a conversation with a Residential Life staff member. Online classes will be available.

Employees who are able to telework should work with managers to continue teleworking arrangements. Employees who cannot telework should notify Ann Thomas at athompson@albright.edu. Medical certification will be required in order to evaluate a request for an ADA accommodation.


Health Resources

Albright College Gable Health Center
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC: Enhanced Screening Procedures
CDC: COVID-19 Symptoms
World Health Organization (WHO) 
US State Department
PA State Department
Albright Mental Health Resources