Covid-19
FAQs

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Are you still accepting applications for Fall 2020?
Yes! We are still accepting applications and you can apply here. Men’s spots are filling more quickly than women’s spots but we do expect to be close to full this fall. So don’t delay! Or check out our virtual tour.

Residents are and will be asked to live according to our Pandemic Policy, which will be updated as we receive directives from the Douglas County Health Department (DCHD).

I renewed my lease for fall 2020, when can I move back in?
Because there are more students than usual needing to move in before the school year begins, we will likely stagger move-ins during late summer and early fall. Staggering will help us to maintain social distancing. Please stay tuned for more information!

I will be a new resident fall 2020, is Move-in Day still on August 19th?
If social distancing directives are still in effect come August, we will likely stagger the move-in appointments. Rest assured we will be accommodating for each resident’s schedule when arranging the move-in appointments. Stay tuned for more information!

Will we have community night and other parish activities this fall?
Our hope is to be as together as possible this fall! We miss our students so much. However, our ability to host community night and other parish activities will depend on the health and safety directives from the state, DCHD and Archdiocese of Omaha. Click here for our Mass schedule.

What role do I play in stopping the spread of coronavirus as a student at JPII Newman?
It’s essential that students partner with us as we work together to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The CDC, DCHD and health professionals all over the world emphasize the importance of hand washing, sanitizing, avoiding touching one’s face and practicing physical distancing with peers. We will continue to practice the thorough cleaning and sanitizing practices through our maintenance staff, but we ask students to join us in creating a culture of good hygiene. To make these practices easier, we have many sanitation stations all over the Center. Please use the hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the building and before and after you touch surfaces in high traffic areas. We also invite students to stay after Masses to help sanitize the pews and other touch points.

What if I test positive for coronavirus?
Any resident who tests positive for coronavirus will need to self-isolate. Roommates will need to self-quarantine for 14 days to monitor for symptoms (see below). Self-isolation in the context of Newman Hall is best defined as staying in one’s bedroom and only leaving the bedroom to use the restroom. A mask should be worn when leaving the bedroom is necessary. Thankfully, we are set up well for isolation and quarantine because each resident has his or her own bedroom. Self-isolation can end when the following criteria are met:

1.     7 days after you tested positive
2.     Feeling better, not worse
3.     No fever for 3 days (without the use of fever reducers)

The lease remains in effect during self-isolation.

JPII Newman staff is always available to answer questions and help residents and families navigate these circumstances.

What if one of my roommates tests positive for coronavirus?
Roommates of a resident who tests positive for coronavirus will need to self-quarantine for 14 days from the time of most recent exposure to coronavirus to monitor for symptoms. Roommates are welcome to self-quarantine in his or her bedroom or with family. Self-quarantining in the context of Newman Hall is best defined as remaining in one’s bedroom for the duration of the 14-day period. Thankfully, we are set up well for isolation and quarantine because each resident has his or her own bedroom. Self-quarantine begins at the time of most recent exposure to coronavirus and can end when the resident has developed no symptoms of COVID-19. If a roommate develops symptoms for COVID-19, he or she will need to move into self-isolation (see above).

Roommates of someone who tests positive for coronavirus should frequently sanitize the apartment with Clorox wipes or similar, especially all the high-touch spots. Roommates should be washing their hands often, wearing masks and staying 6 feet away from the sick person and each other through the 14 days.
The lease remains in effect during self-isolation.
JPII Newman staff is always available to answer questions and help residents and families navigate these circumstances.

What type of HVAC system does JPII use?
Each apartment has its own individual heat pump system with individual filter, which continuously runs and continuously filters the air. Currently, the CDC states “there is no current evidence to suggest that the virus spreads through air-handling systems.” With the continuous filtration and each apartment having its own heat pump system, the air quality in the building is good. Filters in each apartments HVAC are changed regularly. Also, there are windows in each room that open, so residents may open their windows as an additional source of fresh air.

Please direct housing questions to Lauren.Hankes@JPiiOmaha.org.

And for Mass or student activities questions, please email Katie.Winkler@JPiiOmaha.org.

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