Our contact tracing initiative
Our contact tracing initiative
Friday, Sept. 18, 2020
This week marks the successful completion of a full month with Bryant students back in our campus residential learning environment. Bryant stands out as one of the few academic institutions in the U.S. with four weeks of programs delivered in the classroom and 90% or higher residency.
Our strategy for health and safety- integrating results from aggressive surveillance testing, extensive contact tracing, and daily monitoring for symptoms using the Health Checker app - is working how it is supposed to. This gives us an encouraging start to the fall term, but we are not immune from this virus. Bryant must be vigilant in maintaining what has proven to work.
VIDEO: Bryant Strong for a successful first month
Bryant’s strategy to mitigate COVID-19 on campus includes aggressive on site testing contracted through the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, one of the most highly accurate types available. Combined with contact tracing and the very strong Bryant spirit, our strategy is working. To stay open, we must all remain vigilant and avoid unnecessary trips off campus.
Testing clinic access patterns
Effective on Monday, Sept. 21, students, faculty and staff will need to access the MAC testing clinic via the hallway near our racquetball courts. Please check the maps and traffic patterns in advance.
Our contact tracing initiative
Aggressive surveillance testing, case investigation and thorough contact tracing allows us to identify trends and move quickly to isolate cases and protect the campus community. Bryant’s contact tracers identify individuals who have had close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19 and break the chain of infection by limiting the exposed individual’s contact with other members of the community until the risk of infection has passed.
For contact tracing to be effective, students and employees must keep careful records of their locations each day, as well as any individuals with whom they have had close contact (i.e., physical contact, or being within 6 feet of another individual for 15+ minutes).
Consider using the following strategies to track locations and contacts:
  • Place a reminder in your phone for the end of each day to write down all the places you have been and people you have been in close contact with.
  • Store your daily location and contact log in an electronic note or Google doc so you can access it anytime, anywhere. Be prepared to show this log to contact tracers if you are asked.
  • As a supplement to the strategies above, install and run the Crush Covid Rhode Island app on your smartphone. The My Location Diary feature within the app uses GPS data from your phone to track your locations. If you test positive for COVID-19 and agree to share this information, the app will identify the places you went in the last 20 days, and identify others (it can only identify others who are also running the app) that you were in close contact with.
Taking actions to limit the number of close contacts limits your risk for infection, and will limit the number of others that you place at risk for infection if you become symptomatic
Panel discussions with Bryant leadership
To help keep parents informed, Bryant launched a series of Zoom panel discussions with President Ross Gittell, Provost Glenn Sulmasy, Vice President for Student Affairs Inge-Lise Ameer, and Vice President for Enrollment Management Michelle Cloutier. Each panel is designed for topics of greatest interest to specific groups within our community. Please select the session that is convenient to your schedule and register in advance:
  • Monday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. - Reopening Information Session for freshman parents
  • Thursday, Sept. 24 at 3 p.m. - Reopening Information Session for sophomore and junior parents
Daily monitoring with the Health Checker App
All students, faculty, and staff on campus are asked to monitor themselves daily for symptoms using the Bryant Health Checker app.
The yellow X means you need to get tested, preferably the day you get the yellow X. With a yellow X you are still allowed in campus buildings, including classrooms, dining facilities, and in your residence hall if you are a resident student.
Anyone presenting a red X may not enter campus (commuter, guest, or employee).
Anyone presenting a black X should be in quarantine or isolation (resident student) OR have never been tested and need to be tested immediately.
Known risk factors and/or symptoms should be reported on the Health Checker, even on days when individuals are not planning to come to campus or leave their residence.

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