New federal guidance: Health plans to cover cost of rapid antigen home tests - 01.24.22

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Committed to keeping you safe and healthy

While Kaiser Permanente has provided over 68,000 daily tests, demand currently exceeds capacity. Rapid antigen home tests, also called rapid COVID tests or self tests, offer another way to help reduce the spread. Health plans are now reimbursing members for these at-home tests.

Kaiser Permanente to cover cost of COVID-19 rapid antigen home tests

Following guidance from the Biden administration, Kaiser Permanente will now reimburse members for FDA-approved rapid antigen home tests. Submit a reimbursement claim here for tests purchased on or after January 15, 2022.

Currently, there is a nationwide shortage of rapid antigen home tests. Kaiser Permanente, like other health care organizations, has access to a very limited supply of tests. We are working to get tests and make them available to our members through a number of outlets, including mail-order. We will share further details as they become available.

How to get FDA-approved rapid antigen home tests

  • Starting January 19, you can request free rapid antigen tests, without shipping fees, from the federal government.
  • Rapid antigen home tests are also available at your local drugstore or online. Kaiser Permanente will reimburse members for FDA-approved rapid antigen home tests purchased on or after January 15, 2022.
  • In the coming days, as supply of tests increases, we will make more rapid antigen home tests available to you. Visit kp.org for the most up-to-date information on supply, testing, and vaccinations.

Guidance on types of COVID-19 tests

Rapid antigen home tests are a fast, easy way to get a quick result if you have symptoms, think you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or plan to gather indoors with those who may be at risk including unvaccinated children, older individuals, and those who are immunocompromised. Results are typically available within 30 minutes.

PCR tests are usually processed in a lab and results are typically available in 1‑3 days, but may take longer during periods of high demand. At Kaiser Permanente, PCR tests are required for members who are coming in for certain clinical procedures that require a negative test in advance. For more detail, visit our COVID-19 testing FAQs.

Visit kp.org/coronavirus page for local updates. You can also call our 24/7 KP COVID Vaccine InfoLine at 1-855-550-0951 (available in English and Spanish) for regular recorded updates.

On-Campus Presence Guidelines - 01.18.22

Reference Period: 1/1/2022-2/28/2022

Consistent with CDC guidance and the guidance of state and local public health authorities, Pitzer is implementing a slow and safe expansion of on-campus research, instruction, administrative operations, and campus life activities.

Pitzer will return to campus to begin the spring semester in a semi-remote capacity.  Requests for continued remote or hybrid work environments beginning 1/4/2022 or after, will be subject to evaluation to determine the ultimate need to maintain business continuity. Such requests will require approval by area VPs and Human Resources and are subject to performance evaluations after 60 days.

Individuals working on-site must continue to adhere to all local health orders and the Pitzer’s requirements for individuals on campus, as outlined below. Updates to the On-Campus Presence Guidelines will be based on local health orders and Cal-OSHA guidelines.

In accordance with Pitzer’s current vaccination policy, all vaccinated employees who have received (and provide proof of) their booster are required to test once a week if they’re on-campus for one or more days per week.  Currently, this testing requirement is effective through 1/31/22. Unvaccinated (based on approved medical or religious exemptions) employees working on campus must continue to test twice a week.

Before Going To Campus

While still at home, perform a self-check for symptoms, which includes taking your temperature daily, before reporting to campus. Before starting your workday, log on to Healthy Pitzer and fill out the Pitzer Health Screening Questionnaire to affirm that you have been free of COVID-19 symptoms for the preceding 10 days.

Make sure you have an applicable face covering to wear while on campus.  If you do not have an approved mast (N95, KN95, or medical grade surgical mask), you can request one from our Facilities department by submitting your request using this link: Pitzer Facilities Work Order Request.

While On Campus

Pitzer has implemented preventative health measures to safeguard those working on campus. These include adjustments to HVAC systems where appropriate, the installation of hand-sanitizer stations, and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices. Additional measures implemented in accordance with city and country requirements for operation are listed in the campus reopening protocol.

When you are on campus, you will be required to:

  • Participate in screening testing
  • Wear an approved face covering at all times while indoors

On-Campus Meetings

Understanding not all community members are comfortable meeting in-person, it is highly encouraged to provide a remote/Hyflex meeting option (in-person and online approach). When taking this approach, request an applicable meeting space to ensure the appropriate technology will be available.

Outdoor meetings are strongly encouraged as are virtual meetings. If in-person meetings are essential, in the course of conducting permitted activities, they are limited such that all participants in the room can easily maintain at least six-foot distance from one another at all practicable times and all participants must wear face masks and meetings are held in rooms
large enough to maintain physical distancing. Meetings spaces should be filled to 50% capacity, in accordance with current guidelines.

Anyone coming on campus must complete the daily health questionnaire of the day of the meeting, prior to coming on campus.

Urgent Accommodations Contacts

Facilities:
Mark Crawbuck – [email protected]
Maggie Hernandez – [email protected]

Technology:
Jessica Levy – [email protected]
IT Helpdesk – [email protected]

Human Resources:
Deanna Caballero – [email protected]
Marie Pinedo – [email protected]

Student Accommodations:
Gabriella Tempestoso – [email protected]

COVID Clinic Information for Employees - 01.17.22

Thank you to everyone who has been to the clinic in the last few weeks to meet us and get a test!  As we start a new week, we would like to remind everyone that testing is available to both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and can be used anytime you would like or need a test. We will be open today for the Holiday! 

The testing clinic is in West Hall living room Q222, testing hours are 9am-1pm Monday/Wednesday and 8am-12pm and 1pm-3pm Tuesday/Thursday. Please see testing instructions below for more details.  

Testing Requirements: 

  • All employees are required to receive negative test results before returning to work on campus.
  • All vaccinated employees who have received their booster are required to test once a week if they’re on-campus for one or more days per week—currently, this testing requirement is effective through 1/31/22.
  • Unvaccinated (based on approved medical or religious exemptions) employees working on campus must continue to test twice a week.

Testing Schedule: 

  • Testing is available on campus and is free to all Pitzer employees.  Appointments can be made through Healthy Pitzer, detailed instructions can be found below
  • If you have recently had a COVID-19 infection, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your testing schedule, as you may be exempt from PCR testing for 90 days post a positive COVID test. 

COVID-19 Boosters: Pitzer is requiring all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster by Monday, January 31, 2022.

  • Starting this week we will be offering Moderna Booster shots to employees
  • Booster shots will be available by appointment only Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. and Fridays 9 to 11 a.m.
  • Make an appointment here: Pitzer Clinic

The FDA and CDC have approved boosters for all three COVID vaccines. Individuals eligible for a booster of Pfizer or Moderna include those who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:

  • 65 and over
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
  • 18 to 64 with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons

Anyone who received the J&J vaccine >2 months ago is eligible for a booster, this includes students! 

For those who have or will receive the booster, the College asks that you follow the Vaccine and Booster Reporting Instructions to submit proof of your booster no later than Monday, January 31, 2022. While it is recommended you do this through the Healthy Pitzer portal, other options are available for those that are interested.

Booster shots are available at any vaccine site.  You can make an appointment for your booster using My Turn or find a walk-in vaccination site.  If you are looking for a site close to campus Hendricks Pharmacy in the Claremont Village offers COVID vaccines, click the link to make an appointment. Vons and CVS are also good near-by locations that offer the Booster shot. 

Daily Health Screening:  The Daily Health Screening is required every day that you come to campus, if you have any symptoms or have had an exposure to a positive case email [email protected] or call (909) 607-2180 before coming to campus.

COVID-19 Testing Instructions

How to make an appointment:

  • Routine Testing:  Please make an appointment for testing through Healthy Pitzer, after logging in you will see Appointments on the second tab.  The first time that you log into Healthy Pitzer you will be required to sign Pitzer and HHB consent forms, these forms must be completed prior to testing. 
  • Please bring your phone to your appointment and be ready to log into Healthy Pitzer, we will use the barcode found in the top right corner of the homepage for testing. 
  • The test will be a self-administered nasal swab and the process only takes a few minutes. 
  • You will receive your test results directly via text message and/or email 24-48 hours after testing. 

If you have been exposed or have symptoms: 

  • If you have symptoms, please do not make an appointment with Healthy Pitzer, and instead email [email protected] explaining your situation and we will get you scheduled for diagnostic testing.  
  • This is important so that we can determine if you are safe to work on campus and so that we can test symptomatic individuals separately from others to reduce the risk of exposure. 

Testing at an outside facility: 

  • If you would prefer to test off campus or if you need testing on a holiday or weekend, please check LA County testing sites or Kaiser testing sites.  
  • If you need assistance finding or making an appointment, please let us know!
  • If you are getting diagnostic testing at an outside facility for symptoms or an exposure you must get a PCR test, a rapid/antigen test will not clear you to return to campus. 
  • If you get tested an outside facility you can report your test results to [email protected]

Best Regards, 

Zephyr

COVID Clinic Information for Employees - 01.10.22

January 10, 2022

Thank you to everyone who has been to the clinic in the last few weeks to meet us and get a test!  As we start a new week, we would like to remind everyone that testing is available to both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees and can be used anytime you would like or need a test.  The testing clinic is in West Hall living room Q222, testing hours are 9 am-1 pm Monday/Wednesday and 8 am-12 pm and 1 pm-3 pm Tuesday/Thursday.  Please see testing instructions below for more details.  

Testing Requirements: Pitzer has revised our COVID-19 employee screening testing protocol to prioritize the scheduling for essential on-campus workers.

  • Essential on-campus workers are defined as workers whose work cannot be performed remotely
  • Essential on-campus workers are required to receive a negative test before working on campus; you may come onto campus to be tested, and then return home until you receive a negative test.

Testing Schedule:

  • Vaccinated individuals who have received their booster
    • Required to test once-a-week starting the week of 1/4/2022 if on-campus for one or more days per week.  Currently, this testing requirement is effective through 1/31/22.
  • Testing is available on campus and is free to all Pitzer employees.  Appointments can be made through Healthy Pitzer, detailed instructions can be found below.  
  • If you have recently had a COVID-19 infection, please reach out to [email protected] to discuss your testing schedule, as you may be exempt from PCR testing for 90 days post a positive COVID test.

COVID-19 Boosters: Pitzer is requiring all faculty and staff to receive a COVID-19 booster by Monday, January 31, 2022.

The FDA and CDC have approved boosters for all three COVID vaccines individuals eligible for a booster of Pfizer or Moderna include those who received the second of the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine series at least 6 months ago and are either:

  • 65 and over
  • Residents of long-term care facilities
  • 18 to 64 with underlying medical conditions
  • 18 to 64 with high institutional or occupational risk, including healthcare workers, first responders, teachers and day care staff, grocery workers, and workers in homeless shelters or prisons

Anyone who received the J&J vaccine >2 months ago is eligible for a booster, this includes students! 

For those who have or will receive the booster, the College asks that you follow the Vaccine and Booster Reporting Instructions to submit proof of your booster no later than Monday, January 31, 2022. While it is recommended you do this through the Healthy Pitzer portal, other options are available for those that are interested.

Booster shots are available at any vaccine site.  You can make an appointment for your booster using My Turn or find a walk-in vaccination site.  If you are looking for a site close to campus Hendricks Pharmacy in the Claremont Village offers COVID vaccines, click the link to make an appointment. Vons and CVS are also good near-by locations that offer the Booster shot.

Daily Health Screening:  The Daily Health Screening is required every day that you come to campus, if you have any symptoms or have had an exposure to a positive case email [email protected] or call (909) 607-2180 before coming to campus.

COVID-19 Testing Instructions

How to make an appointment:

  • Routine Testing:  Please make an appointment for testing through Healthy Pitzer, after logging in you will see Appointments on the second tab.  The first time that you log into Healthy Pitzer you will be required to sign Pitzer and HHB consent forms, these forms must be completed prior to testing. 
  • Please bring your phone to your appointment and be ready to log into Healthy Pitzer, we will use the barcode found in the top right corner of the homepage for testing. 
  • The test will be a self-administered nasal swab and the process only takes a few minutes. 
  • You will receive your test results directly via text message and/or email 24-48 hours after testing. 

If you have been exposed or have symptoms: 

  • If you have symptoms, please do not make an appointment with Healthy Pitzer, and instead email [email protected] explaining your situation and we will get you scheduled for diagnostic testing.  
  • This is important so that we can determine if you are safe to work on campus and so that we can test symptomatic individuals separately from others to reduce the risk of exposure. 

Testing at an outside facility: 

  • If you would prefer to test off campus or if you need testing on a holiday or weekend, please check LA County testing sites or Kaiser testing sites.  
  • If you need assistance finding or making an appointment, please let us know!
  • If you are getting diagnostic testing at an outside facility for symptoms or an exposure you must get a PCR test, a rapid/antigen test will not clear you to return to campus. 
  • If you get tested an outside facility you can report your test results to [email protected]

Best Regards,

Zephyr Dowd-Lukesh – RN (She, Her, Hers)  
Hamilton Health Box 
Pitzer College 
Office: (909) 607-2180
Cell: (909) 952-1000

Student COVID-19 Testing—Fall 2022 - 01.10.22

All Students Must:

  • Complete a pre-arrival PCR COVID test 3-5 days before coming to campus for the first time (students with access barriers should notify [email protected] prior for access support)
  • Complete a PCR test post-arrival to campus within 2-3 days at Student Health Services
  • Test once a week upon their return to campus through the second week of classes based on the schedule below:
  • First Years: Monday
  • Sophomores: Tuesday
  • Juniors: Wednesday
  • Seniors: Thursday
  • Students who may have missed their assigned weekly testing day: Fridays
  • Students with an approved exemption (unvaccinated): Tuesday and Friday

All students will complete return-to-campus testing upon return from Winter Break, Spring Break, and other breaks as determined necessary by the College.

All symptomatic and students identified as ”close contacts” are required to comply with Student Health Services directives to participate in testing.

Symptomatic students MUST test by no later than 48 hours from the onset of symptoms.

Students instructed to test by a medical provider, MUST test immediately or contact SHS immediately.

Students who are up to date on vaccinations (vaccinated and boosted): Participate in voluntary COVID testing after the initial mandatory arrival testing, and upon request due to necessary randomized screening testing, focused group based on identified trends, and as necessary on a weekly basis based on positive COVID-19 trends.

Students who are not up to date on vaccinations: Participate in college-directed mandatory once-a-week COVID-19 testing.

Student Health Services (SHS) will be coordinating on-campus testing and vaccine access.

Testing hours are available as listed at Student Health Services. Testing can be done at any time during testing hours, appointments are not required.

Please do not eat, drink, smoke, brush your teeth or apply lipstick/chapstick 60 minutes prior to your test. Please watch these video instructions prior to arriving at SHS (https://rise.articulate.com/share/-q6MdIeo2V42boWuOGTu8i4- cT9E_pjy).

More information can be found here (https://services.claremont.edu/covid/).



ARCHIVE: SPRING 2022 Testing Information

Spring 2022: Twice-a-Week COVID Testing for First Two Weeks Back on Campus

All asymptomatic students will engage in the following testing schedule upon arrival to campus, testing two times each week for the first two weeks upon return:

First-YearSophomoreJuniorSenior
Tues, Jan. 18 & Thurs, Jan. 20 Tues, Jan. 18 & Thurs, Jan. 20 Wed, Jan. 19 & Fri, Jan. 21 Wed, Jan. 19 & Fri, Jan. 21
Tues, Jan. 25 & Thurs, Jan. 27 Tues, Jan. 25 & Thurs, Jan. 27 Wed, Jan. 26 & Fri, Jan. 28 Wed, Jan. 26 & Fri, Jan. 28
  • NOTE: If you are delaying your return to campus, you will still need to test two times each week for YOUR first two weeks back on campus.

If you have tested positive for COVID recently, please reach out to [email protected] with documentation. Students who have recently tested positive will be exempt from the testing requirement (as long as they remain asymptomatic) for up to 90 days. However, students currently exempt from routine testing that tested positive for COVID-19 prior to December 2021 and are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, must engage in COVID-19 testing given they may be impacted by Omicron.

For more information, please read Pitzer’s Spring 2022 Return Updates.

Following their initial two weeks on campus, all Pitzer students will be required to complete free weekly COVID-19 routine testing, including once per week for vaccinated students and twice per week for unvaccinated students. This is an asymptomatic screening done via a self-collected saliva-based PCR test at Student Health Services (SHS). Students will complete this weekly testing throughout the semester until further notice of change in medical guidance.

Students who do not comply with weekly testing requirements will be reported to the Dean of Students Office for disciplinary action, including immediate interim loss of campus, social, and athletic privileges.

SHS COVID Testing Site Access Locations:

  • Student Health Services (SHS):
    • Students will be able to access testing services at SHS without an appointment
    • Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m. for lunch)
    • SHS also has satellite testing locations at HMC and Pomona now, info below
    • SHS Testing Sites
  • Harvey Mudd College (HMC):
    • The HMC testing site is located in the Platt Living Room
    • No appointment needed
    • Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. – 12 p.m. & 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 pm for lunch)
  • Pomona College:
    • The Pomona site is located in Walker Hall Lounge
    • Mon-Fri, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., open during lunch

Students will test on the specific day of the week outlined for their class:  

  • First Years: Monday
  • Sophomores: Tuesday
  • Juniors: Wednesday
  • Seniors: Thursday
  • Students who may have missed their assigned weekly testing day: Fridays
  • Students with an approved exemption (unvaccinated): Tuesday and Friday

Retrieving COVID Test Results:

  • Test results will be posted to the Student Health Services portal at https://shshealthportal.cuc.claremont.edu/. If you consented, you will receive a text message notifying you when your results are available in the portal.
  • To see your test results, you will need to login to the portal using your usual single sign-on credentials as well as your date of birth (DOB).
    • When you sign on to the SHS Portal, you’ll need to go to click on “Medical Records” and then “Lab Results” to view your recent COVID test results.
  • If your results say “Rejected” you DO need to go back to SHS to be re-tested as soon as possible, at least on the next weekday.
  • For more information please visit https://services.claremont.edu/covid/screening-program/

Recent COVID-19 Diagnosis?

If you tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days you will not be able to test at SHS. Instead, we ask that you send proof of your COVID-19 diagnosis (dated within the last three months) to [email protected]. This will let us know that you are exempt from the routine PCR COVID-19 testing. We will continue to be in contact with you about when you’ll need to begin routine testing weekly.

Student Vaccination and Booster Requirement - 05.28.21

Last updated January 12, 2022

All Pitzer students are required to have COVID-19 vaccine boosters. Please see the Booster Requirement message sent on December 17, 2021. The deadline to verify COVID-19 booster status was January 11, 2022. Students unable to receive their booster by this date, due to either equitable access limitations or not having met current CDC booster access guidelines, must notify [email protected]. Student Health Services will be hosting booster clinics for these students beginning the second week of classes in spring semester. 

COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all Pitzer students unless an exemption for medical or religious reasons has been approved. Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community healthy.


Below is information about Pitzer’s vaccination requirement that was posted in Fall 2021.

ALL students will need to complete one of the following by July 9, 2021, or have communicated to [email protected] regarding vaccination status. If students do not comply with this deadline, housing selection may be impacted or a hold may be placed on student registration.

  1. Upload proof of COVID-19 vaccination to Healthy Pitzer. Easy upload instructions can be found here.
    (NOTE: If your vaccination card is in another language, please have it translated prior to upload). If you experience any issues in uploading your vaccination card, please contact [email protected].
    OR
  2. Email [email protected] to begin the process to receive a medical/religious exemption from the vaccination. If you plan to request an exemption, please do so as soon as possible so we can begin working with you on the process.
    OR
  3. Complete the “Early Arrival Application Fall 2021” on your Residence Homepage to officially request an early arrival AND to request to receive a vaccination in Claremont this fall after arrival.

Students Arriving from International Destinations this Fall and International Students: Please review the detailed email sent to all international students for more specific information, including guidance from the World Health Organization, early arrival guidance, and support for students needing to set up vaccination appointments and self-quarantine. As a reminder, Todd Sasaki ([email protected]) in International Programs can assist you with coordinating your plans.

Students Currently Residing in the United States: We expect ALL students currently residing in the United States to be fully vaccinated upon arrival this fall or to have received an exemption via the process above. We will not be able to provide COVID-19 vaccinations upon arrival to these students as we are prioritizing those arriving from international destinations who do not have vaccine access this summer.