Pitzer’s COVID-19 Process

Health Pitzer Daily Health Screening

Healthy Pitzer is an experience management platform that we’ve configured to create a technological pathway for our COVID-19 protocols and procedures, including that communication conduit between the Pitzer community and our healthcare service provider, Hamilton Health Box.

Beginning Monday, February 15th, visitors coming to campus will use our new health screening form: www.pitzer.edu/healthypitzer

You can also reach this form by:

  • Using the link on Pitzer’s main website under Resources > Daily Screening Form
  • Adding this link to your mobile phone.
  • Scanning the QR code on the signage outside campus buildings.
  • Using the iPad Kiosk near the timeclock in McConnell Basement

This new form is designed to be mobile-phone friendly, available in Spanish, and uses your login information to fill out identifying fields so that you don’t have to. For more instructions on how to use the new form, please visit:  https://www.pitzer.edu/information-technology/covid-19/

In addition to the health screening form, this platform will allow you to manage your personal COVID-19 data; including scheduling testing, receiving test results, and communication/reminders about testing on campus.

Please be aware that the first time you log into this new tool you will be prompted to provide your consent and acknowledgement for forms relating to the COVID-19 testing process and our health services provider, Hamilton Health Box.  If you do not provide your consent and acknowledgement, you will not be able to fill out the screening forms and be permitted on campus.  This consent process is a one-time only occurrence and the next time you log into the tool you will go directly to the main menu where you can fill out your daily health screening.


Introduction: Hamilton Health Box

At Hamilton Health Box, your health and safety is our top priority. We have committed to protecting and caring for the Pitzer College community during the COVID-19 pandemic by establishing a private, COVID-19 Response Clinic that will allow Pitzer faculty and staff to have direct access to onsite medical advice, tele-health appointments, COVID-19 Testing, and personalized follow up care.

Meet the Team

River Santee RN, BSN is Pitzer’s designated nurse.  She has 6 years of experience in the acute care setting with 5 years in the emergency department.  She is passionate about the Claremont colleges and the Claremont community as she grew up locally. She attended Claremont High and her mother and twin sister are 5Cs alumni (Pitzer and Scripps). 

Dr. Toby Hamilton is the CEO of Hamilton Health Box (HHB), a fellow of the American College of Emergency Physicians and board-certified in emergency medicine. (M.D., B.S., Texas Tech University)

Dr. Glenn Davis is the chief medical officer for HHB. He is board-certified in internal medicine and pediatrics. (M.D., Baylor University; B.S., Texas A&M University)

When and how to contact us:

If you are experiencing signs and symptoms that are associated with COVID-19 or have come into close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you should quarantine yourself as soon as possible and report it to Pitzer COVID-19 HOTLINE: 909-607-2180 x72180 or nurse@pitzer.edu

Medical Emergency

If you show any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately

  • Chest Pain or Trouble Breathing
  • New Confusion or Excessive Drowsiness
  • Temperature reaches 103°F or higher at any time
  • A fever of any temperature >99.6°F that lasts more than three days

*This list is not all possible life-threatening conditions. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 911 or call ahead to your local emergency facility: Notify the operator that you are seeking care for someone who has or may have COVID-19.


Testing

Screening testing

Testing with nasal swab

We will be providing on site screening testing for staff and faculty who are coming to campus on a regular basis.  This testing is to monitor the prevalence of COVID-19 infections in our community and to catch infection early in order to prevent outbreaks. This will be done with a self-administered nasal swab under supervision/direction from a Hamilton Health Box medical professional.  Results will be provided to you via email in 24-48 hours. 

Screening will take place at the Benson Atrium. This location is perfect for testing because it allows for good airflow and is equipped with a new ventilation system. Frequency of testing will depend on your work schedule and how often you are on campus based on Pitzer’s screening testing policy. You will be notified by your supervisor of your testing schedule and when testing will begin for you.

Diagnostic testing

We will be providing on-site diagnostic testing for individuals who test positive during a surveillance test, are symptomatic of COVID-19 or have been exposed to a positive case. In these situations, HHB nurse River Santee will make an appointment with you for a diagnostic swab (usually same-day). Instructions for diagnostic testing will be given via phone/email as needed.

What happens if I test Positive or am exposed to someone who was sick?

If at any point you test positive for COVID-19, Pitzer’s nurse River Santee will contact you directly and give you further instructions for isolation as well as provide resources and medical advice.

Hamilton Health Box will be conducting contact tracing measures for positive cases to notify close contacts as soon as possible in an effort to prevent further spread of COVID-19.  If you are deemed a close contact River will contact you immediately and give instructions for quarantining and further testing.

Confidentiality:

What we don’t share:
While we are working closely with Pitzer, we are a healthcare providers and obligated to maintain the confidentiality of your private medical information, such as your medical history, unless you consent to sharing it with the College.

What we do share: 
As an institution of higher education, Pitzer is mandated by the county to report positive cases among employees who are working on campus to the Public Health Department so that public health officials can monitor potential outbreak situations. If you test positive for COVID-19, we will share your name and contact information along with your positive test results to the LA county public health department on a case by case basis. We will also work in conjunction with Pitzer HR only to facilitate time off work, benefits, and resources to assist you if you need to quarantine at home.  This would include notifying HR of any isolation or quarantine dates (how long you will remain off campus) and of a positive test result as needed.


Health & Safety Guidelines

Wear a Mask Wearing a mask or face mask is mandatory on campus, and in public or outdoors per County ordinance. Please refer to the instructions below for proper use of a face mask.

Wear a mask

Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask or face mask is mandatory on campus, and in public or outdoors per County ordinance. Please refer to the instructions below for proper use of a face mask.

Social distancing

Social Distancing
Maintain a distance of 6 FEET minimum between yourself and others at all times.

Hand hygiene

Hand Hygiene
Wash your hands as often as possible with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or clean your hands with an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Daily Screening Survey

Healthy Pitzer Daily Screening Survey
All Faculty/staff are required to complete the Health Pitzer Daily Screening Survey before each work day.

Report symptoms or close contact

Report Symptoms or Close Contact Exposure
If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in close contact (more than 15 minutes within 6-ft with or without a mask) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call the Pitzer COVID-19 HOTLINE: 909-607-2180. A Medical Professional from Hamilton Health Box will schedule a same-day, on-campus appointment for a medical evaluation, COVID-19 test, quarantine instructions, and recovery support.

Follow quarantine instructions

Follow Quarantine Instructions
If you have been given quarantine or isolation instructions by a medical professional, we ask that you abide by those instructions until someone from Hamilton Health Box has indicated it is no longer necessary to separate yourself from others.


Understanding Signs & Symptoms of COVID-19

Coronavirus Prevention

Fever or Chills – body temperature above 99.6 Degrees Fahrenheit or sensation of chills or shivers

Sore Throat or Cough – scratchy, sore sensation in throat, dry or wet cough

Shortness of Breath – unexpectedly feeling out of breath, or winded, or breathing fast and hard

Fatigue – extreme tiredness or feeling of weakness

Muscle or Body Aches – soreness throughout the body

Headache – continuous pain or throbbing sensation in or around the head

New Loss of Taste or Smell – suddenly unable to taste or smell commonly consumed foods or drinks

Congestion – an excessive accumulation of mucus or fluids in mucous cavities (Nose, Sinuses, Chest, Eyes)

Runny Nose – excess drainage, ranging from a clear fluid to thick mucus, from the nose and nasal passages.

Nausea – a feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit.

Vomiting – forcefully expelling the stomach’s contents out of the mouth.

Diarrhea – loose, watery stools that occur more frequently than usual.


CLOSE CONTACT: For COVID-19, a close contact is defined as anyone who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient was isolated – with or without a mask.

QUARANTINE: The separation or restriction of movement of a person who may have been exposed to a communicable disease to see if they become ill.

ISOLATION: Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

PLEASE REFER TO THE FAQs TO BETTER UNDERSTAND COVID-19 & HOW YOU CAN PROTECT YOURSELF