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Arizona Law "New Safe Return" Plan: 4.0 MITIGATION PLAN

Guidelines for the College of Law's new safe return to campus

4.0 MITIGATION PLAN

This section lays out a mitigation plan for fully reopening Arizona Law, which is our primary goal and not the same as “life before COVID-19.” This Plan consists of three principal layers:

  1. At-home mitigation, including social distancing, masking, personal hygiene measures, and more. 

  2. On-campus mitigation, including:

    1. Free and voluntary baseline antibody blood testing provided by UArizona;

    2. Campus access restricted to Arizona Law faculty, staff, and students, with limited exceptions;

    3. Daily screening and temperature checks, weekly testing, plus follow-up medical care and testing provided by UArizona health services and contact tracing provided by UArizona or its designee; 

    4. Vaccination, when available;

    5. Schedule, classroom, and teaching modifications, incorporating social distancing measures;

    6. Masking and other personal protection measures;

    7. Physical plant monitoring and hygiene.

  1. Enhanced viral monitoring (Appendix A), including:

    1. Voluntary, biweekly testing of a subgroup of the Arizona Law community for COVID-19 and rhinovirus;

      Contact tracing provided by UArizona or its designee for any individual who tests positive for COVID-19.

    2.   Enhanced viral monitoring is designed as a voluntary, supplemental measure of protection involving the sampling of a campus cohort. This is a research study under IRB review. Details will be shared with the College of Law Community as they evolve.

       The remainder of this section provides an overview of all three mitigation layers and a detailed plan for at-home mitigation, baseline viral testing, daily screening and temperature checks, enhanced viral monitoring, and contact tracing - evolving according to campus guidelines. Other on-campus mitigation measures and their impact on Arizona Law operations receive more comprehensive treatment in subsequent sections. 

On-campus or off, the actions of every member of the Arizona Law community have the potential to affect the health of all other members. Arizona Law therefore strongly recommends that all faculty, staff, and students follow the latest public health guidelines when off-campus, including those pertaining to social distancing, face coverings, and personal hygiene.

To facilitate compliance, Arizona Law will keep all community members continuously updated on CDC, Arizona, and Pima County public health guidance at Arizona Law’s official COVID-19 Response website and through other channels. It shall be part of Arizona Law’s official Pledge for a Safe Return (Appendix B) that all community members keep themselves informed about the latest public health guidance and follow that guidance to the extent their personal circumstances permit.

The Arizona Law campus includes the Law Commons (main building and Daniel F. Cracchiolo Law Library), Rountree Hall, Alumni & Development Casita, BA/MLS Casita, and the Courtyard. Until further notice, the Arizona Law campus is open only to Arizona Law faculty, students, and staff.

Exceptions will be limited to those having official business on campus and must be authorized by the Dean’s Office or the Arizona Law COVID Task Force, unless expressly authorized by subsequent sections of this document. Conversely, Arizona Law faculty, staff, and students will limit their interactions with the rest of the UArizona community, as detailed below.

Absent an exception, students may enter the Arizona Law campus only under the following criteria:

  1. Entry for Class. Students may enter the law school during a week (Sunday-Saturday) in which their class or classes are being held within the Arizona law campus and only when they are scheduled to attend in person under the Red Team/Blue Team structure described in Section 6. Attending classes held online or in person elsewhere on the University campus does not authorize a student to enter the Arizona Law campus.
  2. Entry for Clinic. Even if they are not otherwise eligible for entry onto the Arizona Law campus, students who are enrolled in a clinic may access Rountree Hall for purposes of attending essential clinic meetings that must be conducted in-person. These may include meetings with clients or others not part of the only when Law community which cannot be conducted remotely or at another location.
  3. Entry for Work. Student workers may enter the Arizona Law campus during a day in which they are scheduled to work and to perform duties that have been deemed incapable of being performed remotely.

These restrictions leverage the relatively insular and nonporous character of the Arizona Law community and physical plant to protect Arizona Law against viral transmission in the broader UArizona community. At the same time and in the same way, these restrictions protect the broader UArizona community from viral transmission at Arizona Law. The restrictions also make possible more robust screening and monitoring of the Arizona Law community, which will generate information about likely infection more broadly and enable a university-wide response.  Any approved individual accessing the Arizona Law, not from the Arizona Law community, will be subject to the same health questionnaire, temperature check and masking requirement employed by Arizona Law community members.

 

Arizona Law community members should not come to campus if:

  1. They have tested positive for COVID;
  2. They are experiencing symptoms of COVID, regardless of test result;
  3. They have been exposed to someone who has either tested positive for COVID; or
  4. They have been exposed to someone who is is experiencing symptoms of COVID;

Anyone who falls into these circumstances, should refer to section 4.7 for re-entry to campus.

UArizona has developed an advanced testing plan which includes baseline blood testing that measures antibodies (Ab) to SARS CoV-2, the causative agent of COVID-19. An antibody test determines whether one has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past and has developed proteins, called antibodies, against the virus. This free and voluntary testing is part of a research study and is available to all faculty, staff, and students. 

UArizona provides free antigen and PCR testing to the UArizona community as well. These tests diagnose an active infection.  

Information is our safeguard and a primary key to keeping the College of Law campus as safe as possible. 

Consistent with the UArizona COVID-19 Response plan, all faculty, staff, students, and visitors coming to campus are required to complete the Wildcat WellCheck each day they come to campus, and participate in mandatory COVID testing each week, i.e. have a negative COVID test within the previous seven (7) days, until fully vaccinated and verified by the university. After answering “Yes” to any of the WildCat Wellness Check Screening questions, a member of the Arizona Law community must comply with the provisions outlined in section 4.7 before returning to campus.

The University of Arizona and the Arizona Law COVID Task Force encourages everyone to download and activate the Covid Watch exposure notification app. If you've had close contact with someone who shares a verified exposure alert, you'll get a private, in-app notification with next steps to take. Please see the Arizona Covid Watch website for more information.

THIS SECTION IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO THE UNIVERSITY’S IMPLEMENTATION OF MANDATORY WILDCAT WELLCHECK, COVID TESTING, AND ADDITIONAL SAFEGUARDS

To avoid long lines and a potential breach of social distancing guidelines, the Daily LawCat Screening questionnaire, once implemented, will be placed securely on the Arizona Law website. Arizona Law community members will log in with their Net ID, answer the questions, and obtain “clear status” to proceed to campus. 

For visitors and community members who are unable to complete the questionnaire at home, an on-site screening process will be available. See section 4.4.2.

The Daily LawCat Screening questionnaire will include the following questions: 

Do you plan to be on a UA campus or facility today for any reason?  (Yes/No)

Please take your temperature. Do you have a fever (100.4 (38 ) or above) or have you felt unusually warm or had chills within the last 72 hours?   (Yes/No)

What is your temperature now? ________ (enter number, select degrees F/C)

Now or in the past 72 hours, have you been in close contact (face to face more than 15 minutes) with a confirmed case or someone with symptoms of COVID-19 or have you, yourself, been diagnosed or had any of the following symptoms that could be related to COVID-19?   Fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea  

o   No

o   Yes, I was in contact

o   Yes, I have symptoms or was diagnosed with COVID-19

o   Yes, I was in contact AND have symptoms or was diagnosed with COVID-19

Over the past 24 hours, have you experienced any of the following (beyond your normal baseline health if you have respiratory, gastrointestinal, or other medical conditions that would routinely yield a "yes" to any of these questions):

    • Felt ill at all? (Yes/No)
    • Had a fever? (Yes/No)
      • If you had a fever, please specify temperature: ______ (enter number, select degrees F/C)
    • Had chills? (Yes/No)
    • Had a headache? (Yes/No)
    • Had any body aches? (Yes/No)
    • Had any loss or change in your sense of smell ? (Yes/No)
    • Had any loss or change in your sense of taste? (Yes/No)
    • Had a sore throat? (Yes/No)
    • Had any respiratory symptoms including:  
      • Runny nose? (Yes/No)
      • Sneezing? (Yes/No)
      • Coughing? (Yes/No)
      • Bringing up phlegm? (Yes/No)
    •  Had any gastrointestinal symptoms including:
      • Nausea? (Yes/No)
      • Vomiting? (Yes/No)
      • Diarrhea? (Yes/No)
    • Had any new rashes? (Yes/No)
    • Had any new joint pains? (Yes/No)

If you have answered “Yes” to any of the above questions or if you have a temperature over 100.4 (38 ) you may not come to campus. If symptoms and/or fever persist, please seek medical attention.

If the Arizona Law COVID Task Force determines that the Arizona Law community is not completing the daily wellness checks (both questionnaire and temperature), community members will be directed to take a time-stamped photo of their temperature at home immediately prior to accessing campus as additional evidence of daily compliance. 

After answering “Yes” to any of the WildCat Wellness Check or Daily LawCat Screening questions, a member of the Arizona Law community must comply with the provisions outlined in section 4.7 for certification for return to campus.

For visitors and community members who have not completed the screening questionnaire and/or temperature check before arriving on campus, an on-site screening kiosk will be available, equipped with a rapid body temperature detection system (Figure 2) and tablet-based questionnaire identical to the one described in section 4.4.1. The Wildcat WellCheck Screening questionnaire will also be printed and posted at the kiosk for visitors who do no have a Net ID and, therefore, cannot use the electronic questionnaire.

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In addition to the mitigation, testing, and screening described above, Arizona Law will extensively modify its class, library, and workforce schedules; modes of instructional delivery; and physical plant to reduce density and otherwise reduce the risk of viral transmission on campus. 

Arizona Law will also require face coverings, social distancing, and other protective measures for all persons physically present on the Arizona Law campus, including visitors and delivery service providers. The University and the City of Tucson also require individuals to wear face coverings in public. 

Enhanced sanitation protocols will be instituted to disinfect high-touch surfaces, and regular swipe-testing will be employed to monitor the presence of viral material on campus. 

Each of these mitigation measures provides an additional layer of protection against the spread of COVID-19 at Arizona Law. All are described in greater detail in subsequent sections.

Arizona Law and the College of Engineering will build upon UArizona’s baseline antibody testing plan and adopt an additive serial testing plan to more closely monitor the Arizona Law community's health . This completely voluntary program will be subject to human subjects research protocols and attendant privacy protections. Serial testing for COVID-19 will be performed (detailed below and in Appendix A). The purpose of this additional testing will be to: (a) monitor the efficacy of the integrated mitigation strategies being employed by Arizona Law; (b) limit viral presence and spread in the community; and (c) obtain greater granularity as to asymptomatic viral presence within the Arizona Law community. This added testing will be useful to identify infected individuals, emerging trends, or other situations altering the stability of the community.

In addition, the study will test participants for Rhinoviruses (e.g., Influenza A/B, RSV, Parainfluenza, Rhinovirus and Adenovirus). These viruses will be more prevalent in the fall and cause symptoms confusingly similar to COVID-19. It will therefore be valuable to determine the spread of both conditions in the Arizona Law community, differentiating the common cold and flu from COVID-19.

Arizona Law has obtained access to supplemental viral antigen testing. All tests selected are reliable, accurate, and easy to perform with regard to sample collection. The technical specifics of each test is provided in Appendix A. 

At least eighty (80) individuals from the Arizona Law community will be enrolled as volunteers consisting of: 1L (18); 2L (18); 3L (18); MLS/LLM/SJD (6); Staff (10); and faculty (10). Arizona Law will perform baseline viral antigen tests for both SARS CoV-2 and Rhinoviruses, establishing a baseline status for all participants. Thereafter, all participants will be tested once every two weeks, as depicted on the following timeline:

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All results will be maintained in accordance with legal privacy and IRB standards. A non-personally-identifying label will be given to all Arizona Law community participating members. The data will be stored in a secured database that has been specifically constructed for this purpose. Results will be monitored by the Arizona Law COVID Task Force to determine the risk of emergent illness. 

On an event-specific basis (i.e. when an individual tests positive), Arizona Law will adhere to the COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Protocol for Supervisors and the Positive Case Protocal for Students. This guidance provides step-by-step instructions for employees, supervisors, and department heads in the event that a COVID-positive employee is in or plans to be in the building. It includes a protocol for notifying public health, close contacts, facilities management, and everyone in the building. It also includes important privacy guidelines when an employee tests positive. The University has provided guidance in their Instructor FAQ; and Campus Health also has SAFER guidelines and forms for self-reporting and supervisory reporting of a positive COVID-19 test. 

Once medically cleared and back on campus, those individuals who tested positive will return to the serial testing sequence.

The CDC provides a helpful set of scenarios for when to quarantine after exposure, possible exposure, and symptoms of COVID-19. 

Members of the Arizona Law community must meet the following conditions to return to campus. These requirements reflect UArizona’s COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Protocol for Supervisors and the UArizona policy excluding individuals who provide affirmative answers on the Wildcat WellCheck survey. 

If a member of the Arizona Law community is exposed to someone who is experiencing COVID-19 symptoms but has not tested positive:

The community member may return to campus when all of the following are true:

  • They can answer “No” to all questions on the meaning that they have not been exposed to someone with symptoms for at least 72 hours.

If a member of the Arizona Law community who is not experiencing symptoms is exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19:

The community member may return to campus  when all of the following are true:

  • Seven days of fever- and symptom-free quarantine along with a negative COVID-19 test; or 10 days of fever- and symptom-free quarantine without a COVID-19 test; 

  • A 14-day quarantine is recommended if feasible; and

  • They can answer “No” to all questions on the  WildCat Wellcheck.

 

 

If a member of the Arizona Law community tests positive for COVID-19 but experiences no symptoms:

The community member may return to campus when all of the following are true:

  • They have experienced 10 days of fever- and symptom-free isolation; and

  • They can answer “No” to all questions on the

 

If a member of the Arizona Law community experiences symptoms, regardless of test results:

The community member may return to campus when all of the following are true:

  • They are fever-free [below 100.4 ℉ (38 ℃)] for 24 hours (1 full day) without the use of fever-reducing medication;
  • All other symptoms are no longer present;
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms first appeared; and
  • They can answer “No” to all questions on the.

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All data will be obtained with appropriate IRB and legal privacy standards maintained. The data will be maintained in a secure database that allows serial assessment in case illness develops within the community. This plan will allow rapid referral to the UArizona contact tracing program to provide insight on the virus’s path and any necessary changes to Arizona Law’s operations. UArizona Test, Treat, Trace Group 7 is developing a data management plan with which Arizona Law will comply.

 

If UArizona data management resources are unavailable, Arizona Law will have access to a safe, secure, and HIPAA-protected database for maintaining information. The secure database is being utilized for the research component of this Plan, and access to the database will be restricted accordingly. The database will use identity-protected labels for general monitoring purposes. Individual identities will only be accessible by a designated member of the Arizona Law COVID Task Force on a health-driven, personal basis if evidence of infectivity or illness emerge. 

 

Data from the individual daily screening questionnaires and temperature checks will be uploaded automatically to the protected database. The database will be queried daily, and a daily report will be generated for the Arizona Law COVID Task Force. As outlined above, if an individual is determined to have evident health issues signifying risk of COVID-19, their identity will be determined by a second, designated staff member, who will privately notify the person and suggest next steps. 

THIS SECTION IS SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

In addition to preventing transmission of COVID-19 on the Arizona Law campus, the mitigation plan outlined in this section is designed to provide early warning if such transmission takes place. In addition to following protocol outlined in COVID-19 Workplace Positive Case Protocol for Supervisors , Arizona Law will proceed as follows:

  • If the Arizona Law COVID Task Force detects COVID-19 within the building through testing of the physical plant, the Task Force will immediately notify the Dean. The Dean will then determine -- subject to UArizona approval -- whether to temporarily suspend in-person operations until an investigation of the source is completed. This investigation may include additional testing of faculty, staff, or students. If the source of contagion cannot be identified, the Dean will determine -- subject to UArizona approval -- whether to resume in-person operations. Contemporaneous efforts will be employed to safely disinfect the premises.
  • If there is a substantial increase in infection frequency within UArizona or the City of Tucson, UArizona will decide whether to temporarily or permanently suspend in-person operations across campus. If operations are not suspended, the Arizona Law COVID Task Force, in consultation with the Dean’s Office, shall assess whether additional mitigation measures are warranted.
  • If the Arizona Law COVID Task Force detects community spread of COVID-19 within the law school community, the Task Force will immediately notify the Dean. The Dean will then determine -- subject to UArizona approval -- whether to temporarily suspend in-person operations until we can assess whether additional mitigation measures, or whether longer-term suspension of in-person operations is necessary.