A guide to CMC’s Community of Care


What is Baseline Testing?

CMC students approved to live in CMC housing at the Alexan Kendry Apartments will be required to complete a COVID-19 test prior to moving in. This initial, baseline testing process will help Hamilton Health Box & CMC to identify, diagnose, isolate, and treat positive COVID-19 cases before any potential outbreaks occur within the student living environments. After testing, students are required to quarantine within their designated apartments until test results are available.

After obtaining results, a medical professional from Hamilton Health Box will contact the student to let them know whether they are permitted to break quarantine, or if they need to continue quarantine and receive a medical evaluation or additional test.

This COVID-19 Student Guide to Prevention, Testing, and Care is intended to help students understand the entire baseline testing process (preparation, testing, and follow-up), and to become familiar with the health and safety resources available throughout the semester.

Defining Quarantine & Isolation:

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.

How to Prepare for the COVID-19 Test

Students will be required to complete their COVID-19 test within their designated appointment time at the parking lot behind the Human Resources office: 530 N. Mills Avenue, Claremont CA 91711.

Registering Your Information for the Test
You will receive an email with a link & QR code that will allow you to register your information for the COVID-19 test. Please complete and submit that form before August 17th 2020.

Arrive On-Time
You will select a designated appointment time for check-in and COVID-19 testing. Please arrive on-time to streamline the move-in process for all residents.

Wear a Mask
Wear and keep your mask on at all times, unless instructed by a medical professional to lower your mask for testing purposes.

Maintain 6 Feet Distance
Please maintain a distance between you and others of at least 6 feet throughout the check in and move in process. Be attentive to distance markers on the ground.

Bring Your Photo ID
When approaching the testing tent, have your student ID or other photo ID ready.

Be Prepared for the COVID-19 Test

Please read the information below to familiarize yourself with the COVID-19 test. If you have any questions or concerns about the test process, please contact Hamilton Health Box: 909-607-2301.

What is the COVID-19 Test?

RT-PCR Test – Nasopharyngeal Swab
Hamilton Health Box will be providing diagnostic testing for the CMC community through the means of a Molecular PCR Test. This test will be collected using the nasopharyngeal swab method. A molecular test using a deep nasal swab is usually the best option, because it will have fewer false negative results than other diagnostic tests or samples from throat swabs or saliva.

Testing for COVID-19 requires obtaining a sample of secretions along the full path of your nasal cavity, from the nostril to where your nasal cavity meets the back of the throat. To obtain these secretions, a medical professional uses a thin, flexible six-inch swab.

The clinician will instruct you to tilt your head back while they insert the swab into the nasal cavity and gently push it all the way to the back of the throat before twirling it for a total of 5 seconds and removing it carefully to place into a test tube.

This process may feel unpleasant or may cause some discomfort; here are some tips that may alleviate those sensations:

  1. Tilt your head back at a 45 degree angle.

This will allow the clinician to direct the swab to the correct position.

  1. Close your eyes before the swab is inserted.

The swab may stimulate the lacrimal nerve which may cause your eyes to tear up. Keeping your eyes closed may help with that sensation.

  1. Swallow while the swab is being inserted.

Swallowing will help reduce the chances of experiencing a gag reflex as the swab is inserted.

How to Quarantine While Waiting for Test Results?

All CMC students are required to quarantine within their living environment while waiting for test results. CMC will provide meals to students during their quarantine period. Students are expected to abide by the mandatory quarantine instructions provided below:

Test results will be provided via automated email within 24-48 hours.


  • To the best of your ability, stay in a specific room and use a separate bathroom, away from other people within your living environment.
  • If you need to be around other people in or around your living environment, wear a mask and maintain a distance of 6 feet.
  • 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.
  • Use a tissue or sleeve to cover your cough or sneeze. Wash your hands after you cough or sneeze, and dispose of the tissue properly.
  • Avoid sharing personal items with other people in your living environment, like dishes, towels, and bedding.
  • Clean all surfaces that are touched often, like counters, tabletops, and doorknobs. Use household cleaning sprays or wipes according to the label.
  • If you are leaving quarantine to attend a medical appointment, wear a mask and avoid interacting with anyone as you make your way to the clinic/hospital.


Pay close attention to your health and well-being, If at any time, you develop symptoms while you are quarantined and waiting for your test results, please call the Hamilton Health Box Clinic 909-607-2301 for guidance. We will accommodate same-day, on-campus appointments for medical evaluation and recovery support.


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.

I Have My Test Results. What Now?


If you test positive for COVID-19, you will be directed to isolate within your designated living environment (if in a single person apartment) or you will beasked to temporarily relocate to an isolation location near campus (if in a 2-person apartment). CMC will assist in all aspects of the isolation regardless of location to include academic and personal support. Students should call the Hamilton Health Box Clinic (909) 607-2301 to schedule a same-day, on-campus appointment for medical evaluation, further isolation instructions, and recovery support. After the initial appointment, The HHB Registered Nurse or staff will call students daily to monitor health and provide assistance and wellness resources.


If you test negative for COVID-19 and have no symptoms of illness, Hamilton Health Box will release you from quarantine with instructions to follow all CMC housing guidelines and to practice strong prevention strategies. Upon receiving clearance to exit quarantine, students will be required to follow the health and safety guidelines stated on the following page for the duration of their stay in the Alexan Kendry Apartments.


Wear a Mask
Wearing a mask or face mask is mandatory in all Alexan Kendry spaces outside your assigned apartment, and in public and outdoors per County ordinance. Please refer to the instructions below for proper use of a face mask.

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

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.

CMC Housing Rules
Please refer to the CMC Returns Agreement for all housing rules.

Qualtrics Daily Screening Survey
All students are required to complete the Qualtrics Daily Screening Survey before each work/school day.

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 feet with or without a mask) with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, call the CMC COVID-19 HOTLINE: 909-607-2301. 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
If you have been given quarantine or isolation instructions by a medical professional, we ask that you abide by those instructions until you someone from Hamilton Health Box has indicated it is no longer necessary to separate yourself from others.

Understanding Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19

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


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.


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.


CMC Resources

Please reference the CMC Returns Student Agreement for any specific behavioral requirements to retain your housing in Alexan Kendry.

The Dean of Students Office works in close collaboration with Hamilton Health Box and is always available to support your well-being. An on-call dean can be reached 24/7 by calling Campus Safety and requesting to speak to an on-call dean (909) 607-2000. A resident assistant can be reached for assistance M-F between 5:00 PM and 8:00 AM and 24 hours/day on weekends and holidays by calling the Area A Phone: 909-377-9939.

Kari Rood, Assistant Dean for Accessibility Services, will also be living in the Alexan Kendry Apartments and can be reached via email or through the on-call dean.

Hamilton Health Box


Health Screening

Household Testing

Downloadable Forms

Additional Resources

Please see the following for COVID-19 updates for  Los Angeles and the state of California, in addition to federal resources listed below.

COVID 19: Keeping Los Angeles Safe