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Health & Safety Protocols

Campus Healthcare Services

Belmont’s Health Services team remains in close contact with local and state health officials and continues to follow guidance issued by the CDC and the American College Health Association (ACHA). Protocols for the Spring semester will include:

  • The Belmont Health Clinic on the first floor of McWhorter Hall will remain available at regularly scheduled campus hours for wellness visits, immunizations, allergy injections and non-COVID-related visits.
  • A satellite clinic established on the second floor of the Gabhart Student Center is available for potential COVID-related concerns. The CDC maintains a current list of COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Testing will be available on campus for symptomatic individuals and any campus member determined by Health Services to require testing.
  • A Belmont Contract Tracing Team, trained and supervised by nurses and nurse practitioners, will be conducting contact tracing for the campus community in collaboration with the Tennessee Department of Health using a confidential, web-based form customized for Belmont University.
  • Belmont’s Campus Pharmacy, also located on the first floor of McWhorter Hall, will continue to operate at regularly scheduled hours.
  • All students will again be required to read and acknowledge the "Staying Healthy, Together" pledge prior to returning for the spring term. 
  • If you have questions, please contact covid19response@belmont.edu
Learn more about the detailed COVID-19 protocols Belmont has put in place for the ‘20-’21 academic year in the video below, featuring Director of Health Services Krystal Huesmann.

Reporting Illness

Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

All students, faculty and staff will be asked to complete a daily self-screening for symptoms of and exposure to COVID-19. The Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker form through Belmont’s Health Portal must be completed every morning, except for students who are conducting their studies 100 percent online for the semester. This process is HIPAA and FERPA privacy and security compliant. All faculty, staff and students will receive email and optional text reminders to complete the form every morning. The form includes the following questions:

  • In the last two weeks did you live or have close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more) with someone diagnosed with COVID-19? Exception: you can check "NO" if you have been in a clinical setting wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
  • Have you tested positive for Covid-19 in the past 10 days, or are you currently experiencing any of the following:
  • *Fever of 100.4 or higher
  • *Cough
  • *Shortness of breath
  • *Sore throat
  • *Body aches
  • *Vomiting or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • *New loss of taste or smell

Belmont’s Health Services team will be alerted to any potential concerns that arise from screening responses and can determine next steps based on the protocols outlined below. An FAQ on the Symptom Tracker can be found at the bottom of this page.

Employee Reporting Protocols

Employee reporting protocols can be found on the Working On Campus page.

Student Reporting Protocols

Like employees, all students will be required to complete the Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker for symptoms and exposure. Belmont’s Health Services team will be alerted to any potential concerns that arise from screening responses and can determine next steps based on the protocols outlined below.

  • Off Campus Student with Symptoms of COVID-19 or Positive COVID-19 Test
  • Residential Student with Symptoms of COVID-19 or Positive COVID-19 Test
  • Off Campus Student with Exposure to COVID-19 (Asymptomatic)
  • Residential Student with Exposure to COVID-19 (Asymptomatic)

Belmont Contact Tracing Program

Belmont University conducts contact tracing for our campus community to ensure the highest degree of health and safety of our students, faculty and staff. The Belmont Contact Tracing Program is not a replacement for contact tracing performed by public health organizations but aims to assist and reinforce public health guidance within the unique context of our educational institution. The program will continuously monitor only members of our campus community to connect them to healthcare services and decrease potential exposure and risk of transmission of COVID-19 at Belmont University.

For any student who tests positive, Belmont’s contact tracing team will conduct regular check-ins to ensure the student is doing well, does not need to seek additional medical attention and is compliant with isolation. Health Services will be available for telehealth visits as needed. Belmont contact tracers will also identify close contacts within the Belmont community for prompt notification and appropriate cleaning/disinfecting measures. The contact tracing team will educate students on time period for isolation in accordance with CDC guidelines.

Asymptomatic Testing

Because Belmont’s Health Services Team must prioritize testing individuals who are symptomatic or have known exposure – as well as subsequent treatment and contact tracing – in order to manage risk to our campus community, we are not able to offer tests to those solely wishing to be tested prior to travelling. However, free asymptomatic COVID testing continues to be available through the Metro Nashville Health Department's drive-thru locations, with results typically received in 2-5 days.

In addition, CareNow urgent care clinics offer COVID testing billed to insurance with results typically received in 1-2 days. Same day appointments are made online at CareNow.com.

Isolation/Quarantine

Belmont University has worked in tandem with public health officials and communicable disease experts to develop comprehensive policies and procedures to mitigate COVID-19 risks on campus and provide high quality support services to all students, so they may continue work towards their academic success. Isolation housing will be available in the event a residential student becomes ill with COVID-19, and University Health Services, Dining Services, Student Life and faculty will partner to ensure each student's needs are met.

FAQ for Daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker

  • How often will I receive the daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker email and text?
  • Can I control what time I receive my daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker reminder?
  • How do I sign up for a daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker text reminder?
  • Can I opt-out of the e-mail and text daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker reminder?
  • Why didn’t I receive my morning COVID-19 Symptom Tracker e-mail?
  • Can I access the daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker link anywhere else besides the link sent in the e-mail or text?
  • If I stay at home on a particular day but come to campus on other days, is the daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker still required?
  • Do I need to fill out the daily COVID-19 Symptom Tracker if I am going to classes or teaching 100% on line?