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Gaels Take Care of Gaels

At Iona, we live by a fundamental credo that “Gaels Take Care of Gaels.” Everyone living, learning or working on campus knows this was especially true through the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, as we embrace the “new normal,” we must remain vigilant. Many positive strides have been made in protecting against the virus, but we will not let down our guard when it comes to keeping our community healthy and safe.

Based on the reality that the pandemic continues and guided by health officials, public policies and clinical care guidelines, below are protocols that are currently in place. Please review them in their entirety. Also note, the College will continue to monitor campus, local and national data, guidelines and policies and will update protocols as needed.

COVID-19 Protocols

The following information is accurate as of September 1, 2022.

Iona strictly follows the recommendations of the New York State and Westchester County Departments of Health. These may change at any time as directed.

At-home test kits available on campus

  • At-home test kits are available to both students and employees at the Health Center.
  • Please call the Health Center at (914) 633-2548 to obtain an at-home testing kit.
  • An at-home COVID-19 test is acceptable documentation of a positive or negative test result.
    • Students may upload a photo of an at-home test result to the Health Portal with their name, student ID number and date of the test result.

if you test positive and have symptoms

  • Isolate at home for at least five days.
  • Day zero is the day of the onset of symptoms. Day one is the first full day after your symptoms developed.
  • At the end of five days, if you have been fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, you no longer need to isolate.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days.

Students

  • Notify Health Services and send laboratory proof or a doctor’s office note of a positive test result to healthservices@iona.edu.
    • If using an at-home test, upload a photo of your test result to the Health Portal. Be sure to include your name, student ID number and the date of your test result.
  • Upload your positive test result to the patient portal.
  • Inform close contacts, on and off campus, that you have received a positive test result.

Employees

  • Notify Human Resources by emailing hr@iona.edu.
  • Please attach a copy of your positive test to the email or upload it to the Paycom portal. 
  • Inform close contacts, on and off campus, that you have received a positive test result.

If You test positive but do not have symptoms

  • Isolate at home for five days.
  • Day zero is the day of your positive test. Day one is the first full day after your symptoms developed.
  • At the end of five days, if you have been symptom and fever-free for at least 24 hours without the aid of fever-reducing medication, you no longer need to isolate.
  • Continue to wear a well-fitting mask for an additional five days.

If You have symptoms but do not have access to a test

Students

  • Please call Health Services at (914) 633-2548 to make an appointment.
  • If symptomatic during off hours, please call Campus Safety at (914) 633-2560 and they will transport you to the local urgent care center for testing. 
  • Isolate off campus until you receive your COVID test results. If negative, you may return to campus when you are feeling well and are without a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever- reducing medications). If positive, refer to the guidance above.  

Employees

  • Contact your personal health care provider for an evaluation and COVID-19 test. 
  • Notify your direct supervisor and Human Resources. 
  • Isolate off campus until you receive your PCR test results or until you have two negative rapid antigen tests at least 24 hours apart. If negative, you may return to campus when you are feeling well and are without a fever for 24 hours (without the use of fever- reducing medications). If positive, refer to the guidance above. 

If you are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case
(Regardless of vaccination status)

  • Test on day five. 
  • If you develop any symptoms, isolate and test as soon as possible.
  • Wear a close-fitting mask for a total of 10 days.