COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2–14 days after exposure to the virus. People with one or more of the following symptoms may have COVID-19:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
Testing and Daily Screening
Initial campus entry health clearance will be required of all residential students. Upon return to campus, all residential students will be required to either provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or documented history of recent COVID-19 infection within 90 days of move-in, and/or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or PCR) within 72 hours of their move-in date. Unvaccinated residential students living on campus will be required to take a weekly COVID-19 test scheduled by the Health Center. Weekly testing will be a self-administered nasal swab and will be offered on Tuesdays from 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. or Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Unvaccinated students are required to select a timeframe, of their choice, to meet testing requirements within one of those two testing windows. COVID-19 surveillance testing will be free of charge, including any necessary follow-up testing, when students come to the open testing days on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If students miss their testing appointment without prior approval from the Health Center, they will receive an official warning letter. Repeated violations will result in further disciplinary actions (see chart above).
All students must monitor their own health symptoms daily before leaving their dorm room or home and coming to campus. If you are sick, STAY HOME! COVID-19 symptoms can be very mild in healthy college students. Students will be expected to self-screen daily by asking themselves the following questions:
- Do I have a cough or runny nose?
- Do I have shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
- Do I have a fever or chills? A temperature check should be done if feasible.
- Have I been in contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions and you do not have a previous condition (e.g. allergies, asthma) to explain the symptom(s) you are experiencing, then you should not come to campus or, if living on campus, do not leave your room. Please call the Student Health Center for a telehealth appointment or contact your personal physician to evaluate your symptoms before returning to campus or leaving your dorm room. During the hours of 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday-Friday you can reach the Student Health Center staff at (562) 903-4841. If outside of these hours, call Campus Safety at (562) 777-4000. All enrolled students who are permitted to be on campus can access the Health Center for their healthcare needs. Students may see a healthcare provider at the Student Health Center free of charge, regardless of insurance. Services such as COVID-19 testing (apart from the free surveillance testing), other lab work, immunizations and medications are available for a fee.
Certain groups of students may be subject to additional health screening based on their duties or requirements from outside agencies/organizations, such as clinical nursing students, or student athletes. Impacted individuals will be notified before reporting to campus regarding any additional requirements.
The Student Health Center operations has adapted to ensure health and safety for students, including: having a separate check-in location and treatment room for students with symptoms that could indicate COVID-19; rapid-testing capability, close collaboration with Housing and Residence Life for quarantine options, food services for meal delivery; and close collaboration with the Learning Center to minimize impact on students’ educational process should quarantine become necessary. The Student Health Center will also be engaging in contact tracing to quickly minimize and contain any COVID-19 outbreaks on campus.
If a student living on campus is experiencing COVID-19 or flu-like symptoms, rapid testing is available at the Student Health Center. If a student tests positive, they can choose to isolate off campus at home or be moved to an isolation room. If a student chooses to get tested off site and their results are delayed, the student will be moved to an isolation room until a COVID-19 diagnosis can be verified.
According to the CDC, the risk for severe illness from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Furthermore, individuals of any age with certain underlying health conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Those conditions include:
- Chronic kidney disease
- Compromised Immune System
- COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease)
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from solid organ transplant
- Serious heart conditions, such as heart failure, coronary artery disease, or cardiomyopathies
- Sickle cell disease
- Type 2 diabetes mellitus
Based on what is known at this time, people with the following conditions might also be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19. These conditions include:
- Asthma (moderate to severe)
- Cerebrovascular disease (affects blood vessels and blood supply to the brain)
- Cystic fibrosis
- Hypertension or high blood pressure
- Immunocompromised state (weakened immune system) from blood or bone marrow transplant, immune deficiencies, HIV, use of corticosteroids, or use of other immune weakening medicines
- Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
- Liver disease
- Pulmonary fibrosis (having damaged or scarred lung tissues)
- Thalassemia (a type of blood disorder)
- Type 1 diabetes mellitus
Vulnerable students (those above age 65, those who are pregnant, and those with chronic health conditions) are able to complete their classwork from home whenever feasible and should discuss any concerns with their healthcare provider to make appropriate decisions about returning to campus.
As more information is verified by the CDC about COVID-19, Biola will in turn continue to update this list.