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COVID-19 Dashboard: Spring 2021

LVC tracks the status of COVID-19 in our campus community during each academic semester. Data is updated here daily during the academic term.

Use this form to report COVID testing performed off-campus.

Use this form to report that you’ve been vaccinated.


Number of COVID-19 tests
administered on-campus
(total since Jan. 4)
Recovered On-Campus46N/A
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered off-campus (as reported to the College; total since Jan. 4)
Recovered Off-Campus1120
Number currently self-isolating on-campus  10
Number currently self-isolating off-campus (as reported to the College)112
Number currently self-quarantining on-campus  50
Number currently self-quarantining off-campus  (as reported to the College)73

Please note:

  • If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer or healthcare provider, follow those instructions. Students should contact Shroyer Health Center immediately to share those instructions.
  • LVC protocols will ultimately guide decisions regarding quarantine, isolation, and return to in-person classes. 

Self-quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled:

  • Stay in your room if you are a residential student, and stay home if you are a commuter or employee. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or go outside for fresh air, following safety protocols. Practice vigilant physical distancing, wear a cloth mask, and wash your hands often. Take your classes virtually.  
  • Do not go to work or socialize with friends or family outside your immediate household or roommate(s). The other members of your household or your roommate may go to work and class but should self-monitor closely for COVID-19 symptoms. They should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing. 
  • If you have been exposed to COVID-19, your healthcare provider will give you an end-date for self-quarantine. Per the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and Pennsylvania Department of Health, a negative COVID-19 test does not automatically end your self-quarantine.
  • If you have traveled, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return to Pennsylvania or provide a negative COVID-19 test within a 72-hour timeframe of your return.

Self-isolationFor those who have symptoms of COVID-19 or have either tested positive or are awaiting test results:

  • Stay home except to receive medical care. 
  • Stay separate from family members and pets, use a different bathroom if possible, do not share personal items, and wear a mask around other people. 
  • Your healthcare provider will advise you when to stop self-isolating. Per the CDC and PDH, a negative COVID-19 test or the resolution of symptoms does not automatically end self-isolation.

What counts as close contact?

  • You were within six feet of someone who has COVID-19 for a total of 15 minutes or more within 24 hours.
  • You provided care at home to someone who is sick with COVID-19.
  • You had direct physical contact with the person (hugged or kissed them).
  • You shared eating or drinking utensils.
  • They sneezed, coughed, or somehow got respiratory droplets on you.

Contact Tracing: Contact tracing is the process of identifying close contacts of laboratory-confirmed or probably COVID-19 patients. Contact tracers are trained and keep your information confidential. Please respond promptly and honestly if a contact tracer calls you.

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.

Students: Do not report to campus. Self-quarantine in your room if you live on campus or at home if you are a commuter. Call Public Safety, 1-717-867-6111, for further guidance. If you need immediate medical attention or if this is a medical emergency please contact 911.

Please visit the LVC Symptomatic Protocol page for more information. 

If you have any questions about LVC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please email or call 717-867-6555.

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 ( 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.


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

If you have been chosen for community census testing, you will receive an email from

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.

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 for guidance before attending any classes or activities.