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Phase 1B Vaccinations Open April 5

Vaccinations for Phase 1B eligible employees (all LVC employees) will be available beginning April 5. Additional information and vaccination providers can be found at COVID-19 Vaccine (pa.gov). Please let the College know you’ve been vaccinated here, once completed.

Rapid Testing Info & FAQs—BinaxNOW

In mid-March of 2021, LVC will introduce an additional testing program using Abbot’s BinaxNOW test. BinaxNOW is a reliable, rapid, easy-to-use antigen test that provides results in 15 minutes. Rapid antigen testing helps to identify community members who are contagious, giving the College a quick way to help prevent the spread of the virus on campus. The test is a rapid antigen test designed to identify proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can detect active infection. LVC’s medical director from Penn State Medicine has reviewed this program. See more about BinaxNOW.

All athletic testing will continue to follow NCAA guidelines for surveillance based on the level of risk and frequency of competition. 

All community census testing will continue to be based on a percentage of three populations of the campus: residential students, commuter students, and employees. Randomized sampling accounts for floors and bathrooms in residential halls for resident students and floors of administrative and classroom buildings for employees. Census testing excludes athletes, clinical students who are regularly tested, and anyone fully remote from campus for the spring semester.

All notification emails will be sent on the Friday before a student or employee is to be tested. All students and employees who will be on campus during the spring semester must comply with regular testing. A community member identified for census testing can potentially be surveillance tested again later in the semester.

FAQs

Why is LVC performing surveillance testing?

Asymptomatic testing gives us the ability to monitor changes in virus prevalence on campus and inform us regarding if and when additional mitigation steps are needed to reduce the risk of an outbreak. In a shift from guidance this past fall, the PA Department of Education recommends institutions of higher education adopt testing programs that included entry and surveillance testing.  

Can I opt out of testing?

If a community member is not willing to participate in BinaxNOW rapid testing program, they must learn or work remotely. 

Is surveillance testing free?

Yes, the test is free of charge to all students and employees. 

What type of test is BinaxNOW?

The test is a rapid antigen test designed to identify proteins of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and can detect active infection. See more about BinaxNOW.

How long do test results take?

Plan for the testing process to take approximately 15–20 minutes, including check-in time. Test results are available 15 minutes after you are swabbed. You are not required to wait for your results. If your test is positive, you will be notified by cell phone by a member of the testing staff for further instructions. 

Can I schedule my test ahead of time? 

Yes, when you are selected for surveillance testing, you will receive an email that will link to the Bookings App to set up an appointment time. It is vital you keep your appointment so the testing team can stay on schedule for everyone. 

How will I be notified that I’ve been selected for surveillance testing?

On a Friday before your testing week, you will receive an invitation email.

If you are an athlete, you will receive an email from AthleticsTesting@lvc.edu.

If you have been chosen for community census testing, you will receive an email from LVCSurveillanceTesting@lvc.edu.

Do I need to pre-register for the BinaxNOW test?

No. Other than making your appointment with Bookings, there is no need to pre-register for the BinaxNOW test. You will verify certain information upon arrival in the testing area. A label with two unique identifiers will be placed on your test to ensure that your result is recorded correctly. 

What if my rapid tests results are positive?

A positive test result will require you to begin isolation immediately. Following CDC guidelines regarding a positive result for a rapid test, you will need to take a PCR test for confirmation. LVC will perform this additional PCR test and send it to a lab, with results available in 24–48 hours. Health center staff (students) and HR (employees) will provide you with additional instructions when your PCR test results come in. You may need to isolate for 10 days. 

Will I need to self-isolate if my test results come back positive?

Yes. A positive rapid test result requires immediate isolation. After obtaining a second (PCR) test provided by the College, students will be given instructions from the health center, and employees will be given instructions from HR.

Should I fill out my symptom tracker before testing?

Yes, you should ALWAYS fill out your symptom tracker at the beginning of each day—regardless of whether you have been selected for surveillance testing.

Should I report for testing if I am experiencing symptoms?

No. If you have a red X on the day you are scheduled for surveillance testing, do not report to the testing site. If you are a student, call the health center immediately. If you are an employee, call your primary care provider and human resources. 

Where should I go to get my surveillance test?

The testing site is located at the far end of Sorrentino Field House, closest to the pool.

Where do I check in for testing?

Enter the Arnold Sports Center. Signs will direct you to the check-in station just inside the arena. You must have your symptom tracker filled out before intake can begin.

Do I need to wait at the testing site for my results?

No. If you cannot wait for your results, that is fine. Before leaving the field house, you will complete a quick electronic form with your contact information. The testing staff will ONLY contact you if you have a positive result and need to be tested again with a PCR swab. If you do not hear from a member of the health center or testing staff, you can assume your result was negative. | See more.

What if my test results are negative?

If your test is negative, you may return to class and activities. Remember to mask up, social distance, and use the daily symptom tracker.     

What if my test results are positive?

Following CDC guidelines regarding a positive result from a rapid test, the College will require you to take a PCR test, which will be sent to a lab for processing. Results of the PCR test will take approximately 24–48 hours.

Students: A health center staff member will contact you with your results and coordinate your PCR test. You must immediately begin isolation until the second test result is recorded and confirmed.

Employees: A member of the testing team will contact you. You must immediately contact Human Resources for further instructions. Leave campus and isolate until the second test result is recorded and confirmed.

What if my test results are inconclusive?

A member of the health center staff or testing team will contact you and may ask you to retest.

Out-of-State Travel Order Rescinded

As of March 1, visitors to PA from out-of-state no longer need to provide negative COVID-19 test results or quarantine for 14 days. This means LVC employees who travel out-of-state no longer need to test or quarantine upon return. Please continue to mask up, social distance, avoid gatherings, and wash your hands often. See more.

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.

I’ve Been Vaccinated? Do I Need to Quarantine if I’m Exposed?

Vaccinated persons with an exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they meet ALL of the following criteria+: 

*You are fully vaccinated (i.e., ≥2 weeks following receipt of the second dose in a 2-dose series, or ≥2 weeks following receipt of one dose of a single-dose vaccine).

*You are within three months following receipt of the last dose in the series.

*You have remained asymptomatic since the current COVID-19 exposure.

Persons who do not meet all three of the above criteria should continue to follow current  quarantine guidance after exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19. Please visit Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines | CDC for additional information.

Not sure whether you meet these criteria or should quarantine or not? Please contact healthservices@lvc.edu for guidance before attending any classes or activities.