COVID-19 Dashboard: Fall 2021

LVC tracks the status of COVID-19 in our campus community during each academic semester. Data is updated here every Thursday by noon during the fall 2021 semester.

If you are fully vaccinated, use this form to upload images of your vaccine card.

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StudentsEmployees
Percentage Who Have Reported Being Vaccinated77.58%88%
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered on-campus
1,92537
Positive331
Negative1,89236
Awaiting Result00
Recovered On-Campus230
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered off-campus (as reported to the College; total August 30)
7050
Positive4113
Negative2936
Awaiting Result01
Recovered Off-Campus178
Number isolating on-campus  80
Number isolating off-campus (as reported to the College)291
Number quarantined on-campus 00
Number quarantined on-campus in isolated space20
Number quarantined off-campus  (as reported to the College)90

Visit here to access the LVC symptom tracker.

When should I use the symptom tracker?

You should complete the symptom tracker—even if you have been vaccinated—when:

  1. You have illness symptoms,
  2. You’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19,
  3. You’ve tested positive for COVID-19, or
  4. You’ve had any type of COVID-19 test done off-campus in the past two weeks.

Your symptom tracker responses go directly to Shroyer Health Center staff for nurse triage. Staff or someone from LVC’s contact tracing team will call you within 24 hours if additional details are needed.

Guidelines for completing the symptom tracker:

If you are NOT VACCINATED and have symptoms or have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19—

*Immediately start to self-quarantine: do not attend in-person classes, athletic practices, or any activities. Wait for a call from a Shroyer Health Center staff member or an LVC contact tracing team member for additional instruction.

*Inform your professors, coaches, and LVC employer that you will not be able to attend class, practice, or work.

*Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you have emergency health needs.

*Contact the Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232, ext. 6231, or healthservices@lvc.edu if you require non-urgent medical assistance during business hours.

*Use Penn State Health OnDemand if you require non-urgent medical assistance during evenings or on weekends. You also can visit a local urgent care center.

*Call the Office of Public Safety at 717-867-6111 or ext. 6111 with any other questions during evenings or on weekends.

If you are VACCINATED and have symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19—

*Immediately self-isolate and wait for a call from Shroyer Health Center staff member or an LVC contact tracing team member for additional instructions.

*Inform your professors, coaches, and LVC employer that you will not be able to attend class, practice, or work.

*Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you have emergency health needs.

*Contact the Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232, ext. 6231, or healthservices@lvc.edu if you require non-urgent medical assistance during business hours.

*Use Penn State Health OnDemand if you require non-urgent medical assistance during evenings or on weekends. You also can visit a local urgent care center.

*Call the Office of Public Safety at 717-867-6111 or ext. 6111 with any other questions during evenings or on weekends.

If you are vaccinated and have been exposed, but have NOT tested positive and DO NOT have any symptoms—

*Continue in-person classes and activities. A Shroyer Health Center nurse may contact you for additional details so that proper documentation can occur. However, no self-quarantine is required at this time.

*Complete the symptom tracker again if you are vaccinated and begin to have symptoms.

Isolation or Quarantine Information

Any student who misses class due to isolation or quarantine, whether vaccinated or not, should inform their professors and coaches that they will not attend class or practice in person, and arrange to complete assignments, etc. on time.

Residential Students—please remain in your room except to use the bathroom or go outside for fresh air. Follow all safety protocols including vigilant physical distancing, consistent mask-wearing, and frequent hand washing.

Commuters and Employees—please remain in your home except to go outside for fresh air. Follow all safety protocols including vigilant physical distancing, consistent mask-wearing, and frequent hand washing.  

All—do not go to work or socialize with friends or family outside your immediate household or roommate(s). A member of our contact tracing team will provide guidance to your roommate(s) on whether they should quarantine.

Do not end your isolation or quarantine unless directed to do so by Shroyer Health Center staff or your LVC contact tracer. They will provide your end date and any changes that may occur when reviewing your situation. 

*Call 911 or go to the emergency room if you have emergency health needs.

*Contact the Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232, ext. 6231, or healthservices@lvc.edu if you require non-urgent medical assistance during business hours.

*Use Penn State Health OnDemand if you require non-urgent medical assistance during evenings or on weekends. You also can visit a local urgent care center.

What counts as close contact

*You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over 24 hours
*You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them)
*You shared eating or drinking utensils or gathered to eat meals
*You rode in a car together
*You share a bedroom and/or bathroom space with the person
*Close contact can occur up to two days before a person becomes symptomatic
*These criteria are applicable even if both individuals were masked in some cases; contact tracing will determine if a contact meets the criteria.

Contact tracing is the process of identifying close contacts of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients. Contact tracers are trained and keep your information confidential. Please respond promptly and honestly if a contact tracer calls you. Vaccinated individuals may be interviewed or guided by contact tracing team members. Contact tracing is crucial in helping LVC identify new cases of COVID-19 and prevent further spread. 

Employees: Do not report to campus. Self-quarantine and consult a physician for further evaluation. Please report any additional information to your department and human resources.

Please email information@lvc.edu or call 717-867-6555 if you have any questions regarding LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Important COVID-19 Update

LVC Community: 

We have so far this semester fared exceptionally well in preventing COVID-19 infections among our students and employees. Indoor masking, contact tracing, high immunization rates, and compliance with quarantining and isolation have worked and allowed us to have an in-person semester.  

However, positivity rates and cases are rising on campus and in Lebanon County as people gather indoors more often during the colder weather and the efficacy of the vaccine has been found to decrease over time. Our partners at Penn State Health have reported that hospitalizations, especially among unvaccinated individuals, are “going in the wrong direction.” Even if your symptoms feel like a mild cold, you could be spreading COVID-19 to vulnerable people at risk of experiencing much worse symptoms. 

There are just a few weeks to go. I urge you to: 

Be aware of new symptoms. Colds, allergies, and sniffles are prevalent this time of year. Even mild cold-like symptoms or nausea could be a sign of COVID-19 infection. Students must fill out the symptom tracker any time they experience symptoms. This alerts health center staff to get in touch. 

If you have any of these symptoms, isolate yourself, regardless of vaccination status. If you experience any of the following symptoms, contact your healthcare provider (employees) or Shroyer Health Center (students) at x.6232, 717-867-6232, or healthservices@lvc.edu.  

  • Fever or chills 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing 
  • New loss of taste or smell 

Also contact your healthcare provider or Shroyer if you experience more than one of the following symptoms: 

  • Congestion or runny nose 
  • Fatigue 
  • Muscle or body aches 
  • Headache 
  • Diarrhea
  • Sore throat 
  • Nausea or vomiting 

Anyone who has a medical emergency should go to the ER or call 911. Students may call public safety for assistance at x.6111 or 717-867-6111. 

Get your COVID-19 booster shot. Boosters are widely available to and recommended for anyone 18 and older who finished both shots of either Pfizer and Moderna six months ago or got a Johnson & Johnson vaccine two months ago. Vaccines and booster shots are critical even for those who have had COVID-19. Your immunity wanes 90 days after infection. 

Get your flu shot. Flu season has already begun in our region. You can get flu and COVID-19 vaccines and boosters at the same time. 

Stay vigilant about indoor masking. Masks are proven to reduce the number of droplets significantly, thus lessening the viral load and the risk of infection.  

Be cautious over these holiday breaks. Mask up when gathering with people outside of your family unit. Avoid large gatherings, parties, bars, and clubs. 

Rest up and enjoy your break so we can head into finals healthy and strong—together. 

President MacLaren 

Vaccine Safety and Science—Q&A with Dr. Courtney Lappas

The Key to Normality

June 2, 2021

As LVC prepares for the upcoming academic year, Ali Wenger, content strategist at LVC, talked with Dr. Courtney Lappas, professor of biology with expertise in immunology and molecular biology, about COVID vaccines.

What would you say is the most important fact(s) for people to know about the safety of the vaccines?

First, I would say that as is the case with any drug or vaccine, it is completely normal and prudent to think about safety. The great news is that all evidence indicates that the three COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized for use in the U.S. are remarkably safe. The dangers of COVID-19 are much, much greater than any vaccine side effect. Almost 600,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 to date. So far, approximately 300 million doses of vaccine have been administered in the U.S. alone. Many people have experienced no side effects. The most common side effects are temporary and minor—things such as pain at the injection site, fatigue, muscle aches, etc. There have been very, very rare occurrences of allergic reactions, as is the case with almost every vaccine, but even these reactions are treatable and temporary.  

Most people are probably aware that a very, very rare blood clotting disorder has been linked to the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. The important thing to realize about this observation is that the risk of blood clots resulting from the J&J vaccine is exceedingly low—very significantly lower than the risk of blood clots resulting from remaining unvaccinated and contracting COVID-19. 

Some people might be concerned about potential long-term side effects of the mRNA vaccines in particular—the Pfizer and Moderna shots. Rumors have been circulating about potential effects on fertility, cognitive function, etc. Thankfully, there is no scientific reason for concern. If any side effects are going to occur because of vaccination, they generally happen within six weeks of receiving a vaccine dose. There are no documented reports of delayed side effects of vaccination, in other words, side effects that first show up many months or years after vaccination. It might help people to know that the components of the mRNA vaccines are completely cleared from the human body very rapidly—within days. The mRNA in the vaccines cannot change your DNA, and it will not persist in your cells.

Finally, the safety of the vaccines currently approved for use in the U.S. has been thoroughly investigated. No “shortcuts” were taken in the clinical trials or approval process. 

How established is the science behind the vaccines? Has it been used in other vaccines that are more common?

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the first mRNA-based vaccines to be deployed. However, the technology has been studied for decades and is very well characterized and understood. The Johnson and Johnson vaccine uses a different technology—it is an adenovirus-based vaccine, which is what some folks might think of as a more “traditional” vaccine. The adenovirus vaccine platform has also been studied for decades—most recently in vaccine trials in response to the Ebola and Zika outbreaks.  

Although some people might wonder if the development of these three vaccines was rushed, it is important to remember that the reason the vaccines could be developed so rapidly is because the technology was already so well established. This is a real scientific success story in which technologies that had been studied for decades were applied to a public health crisis as it unfolded. We can all feel very confident about the science behind the vaccines.    

How does one person getting vaccinated benefit our community?

Currently, more than half of the population in the U.S has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and this number continues to grow. This is great news, and it indicates that most people in the U.S. believe getting vaccinated is the right thing to do. This vaccination rate is directly linked to the very significant decrease in COVID-19 cases and deaths nationwide. However, we need even more people to join their friends, neighbors, and classmates in receiving their vaccination so that the virus will not have the chance to mutate and potentially undo all the progress that has been made.  Everyone who gets vaccinated protects not only themselves but also everyone they interact with. And we must remember that we are truly in this together. Children younger than 12 currently cannot receive a vaccine, immunocompromised individuals may not be protected even after vaccination. Unvaccinated individuals may unknowingly transmit the virus to these vulnerable populations. Every additional vaccine administered reduces these risks.  

From a scientific point of view, what are the benefits of a vaccinated community?

The benefits of a vaccinated community are immense. Simply put, vaccination is the path back to normality. At LVC, a vaccinated community would allow us to gather once again in classes, sporting events, concerts, and parties without many of the strict precautions that have been in place for the past year. Vaccination of the LVC campus also protects the surrounding community—the younger siblings, children, parents, and grandparents of our community members. 

What else do you think is important for people to know about the vaccine?

The COVID-19 vaccines are remarkably safe and effective and are the culmination of decades of scientific and medical research. Getting vaccinated will protect you and the people around you and allow a return to normality. Vaccination has long been regarded by many as the single most important public health measure to which we can all contribute, and each individual who receives the COVID-19 vaccine contributes to the overall health and welfare of the community.  

Let LVC Know You Have Been Vaccinated

Submit your vaccination confirmation after you have received the second dose of the vaccine. You will need to upload an image of your valid vaccination card.

Vaccine Boosters on Campus

WellSpan will have Pfizer booster shoots available at an on-campus clinic Friday, Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any member of the campus community who is 18 or older, received Pfizer as their initial vaccine, and is six months past full dosage is eligible.

Students can sign up on Redbook. Staff should email shroyerhealthcenter@lvc.edu.

Attendance Restrictions Relaxed for Music Performances

The Music Department announced today that attendance restrictions for have been relaxed. All events are open to the public (and still streamed) with the following required conditions:
*All attendees must remain six feet apart in the performance area and from students. Family members who reside in the same household can sit together.
*Everyone must wear a mask that completely covers their mouth and nose.
*Please remember that seating in the Zimmerman Recital Hall in the Suzanne H. Arnold Gallery is limited, so some guests may not be able to participate if at COVID-requirement capacity.
*There will be a separate guest entrance for performances in Lutz Hall of the Bertha Brossman Blair Music Hall.
Please email music@lvc.edu if you have any quesitons.

Students: Download the NAVICA™ app

LVC uses the 15-minute BinaxNOW™ COVID-19 rapid antigen tests and manage our surveillance and athletic testing through a mobile app called NAVICA™.

Also, please review the guidelines for when to complete the symptom tracker here (scroll down underneath the dashboard).

Please take the following steps to prepare for your participation in the program:

1. Download the NAVICA app on your iPhone or Android device and create an account. Agree to terms of use. Enter your LVC email address so you can receive a verification code. Check your email and enter the verification code into the app. Create a password. Create your profile (birthday, address, etc.). Use 101 N. College Avenue, Annville, PA 17003 as your address if you reside on campus. Use your residence address if you reside off campus. Primary use—select Education; College or University.


2. Watch your email for an invitation from NAVICA (noreply@navica.abbott). It will contain a one-time use 12-digit Connect Code to enter your account. This code is unique to you and should not be shared.
 
3. In your NAVICA app, go to the “Account & Settings” section and enter your code to “connect” to LVC. 
  
4. Once you are connected, your test results will be shared directly with LVC Shroyer Health Center staff for state and federal reporting requirements, and more precise insights into COVID-19 trends on our campus.  

Do not hesitate to contact Shroyer Health Center staff at 717-867-6232 or ext. 6232 if you have any questions regarding LVC’s COVID-19 surveillance and testing programs.

Thank you for your participation.