Posts tagged ‘contact tracing’

Partnership with Penn State Health

Dear Campus Community,

I am happy to report that Lebanon Valley College has established a partnership with Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as part of our fall return-to-campus preparations. Through its Department of Family and Community Medicine, the medical center will provide LVC with a medical director with direct experience treating college-aged students, additional clinical health center staffing, guidance on responding to suspected or confirmed COVID-19 cases, referrals for testing, and contact tracing support.

On- and off-campus clinical care for students will be significantly expanded. The Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has hired Dr. Levelle Drose-Bigatel, a family practice physician who will serve as medical director of LVC’s Shroyer Health Center. In addition to her general directorship duties, she will advise College staff regarding the care of students with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, refer students for COVID-19 testing, and provide guidance to the College on public health and infectious disease plans and protocols, drawing on expertise from Penn State Health and Penn State College of Medicine.

An advanced care practitioner (nurse practitioner or physician assistant) from Penn State Health will provide on-campus care alongside Shroyer Health Center staff and allow us to expand health center hours. Students will also have 24/7 access to Penn State Health’s on-demand virtual services, as well as in-person and on-call care at Penn State Health Medical Group—Palmyra.

Crucial to our reopening is the College’s ability to conduct thorough contact tracing, which requires substantial training and staff resources. Through this partnership, the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center will provide a licensed practical nurse to guide us in the process and to conduct tracing as needed. Eighteen LVC staff members have completed contact tracing training through an online course provided by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. I am extremely grateful that they have signed up for such an important role.

Please continue to practice physical distancing, limit your interactions with others, wash your hands often, complete the daily symptom tracker, and wear a mask.

Sincerely,
President James MacLaren

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes

LVC’s digital symptom tracker (myLVC) informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Students with symptoms should call Shroyer Health Center; the digital tracker adds another layer of data for monitoring. Health center staff will review the results for red X’s and contact students of concern.

Faculty members must confirm that every student in the classroom has a green checkmark for the day for two very important reasons: 1) so that students can less easily skip reporting for a day and b) so that a potentially symptomatic student is not in the classroom.

  • Students should complete the symptom tracker once a day. The tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m.
  • Students must show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance taking, before students enter a room if physical distancing is possible outside of the room, or in a way that suits the classroom setup and class size and format.

The expectation is for all students to complete the symptom tracker before arriving in class. If a student has not completed the symptom tracker that day, they may complete it before the start of class.

Community Covenant

All students and employees should follow the LVC Community Covenant to protect themselves and their peers, colleagues, professors, and loved ones.

It is a privilege to be a member of the Lebanon Valley College community of learners. I recognize that we are only as good as the sum of our parts. For this reason, I embrace my responsibility to support, assist, and hold my fellow community members accountable. I am committed to participating in a safe, healthy, and high-quality educational environment and will uphold the policies, procedures, and mitigation strategies the College sets forth.

I promise to:

  • Self-monitor for symptoms. 
  • Refrain from behaviors that will compromise my health and the health of others within our community, including adhering to traffic flow guidelines, guest and visitation policies, any directives to self-isolate or quarantine as determined by College medical personnel
  • Limit my exposure to others who choose to do otherwise. 
  • Adhere to safe practices such as wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, employing good hygiene practices such as frequent handwashing and hand sanitizing, and greeting others without shaking hands. 
  • Respond promptly and honestly to contact tracers. 
  • Regularly clean and disinfect my personal space and items. 
  • Prioritize virtual or outdoor meetings with physical distancing. 
  • Communicate potential health concerns, including COVID-19 symptoms, to appropriate personnel in Shroyer Health Center (students) or my physician (employees), and report all health-related issues as instructed by College policy. 
  • Hold others accountable to these standards.
  • Demonstrate care and concern for others. 

Those who do not follow the College’s employee and COVID-19 policies or the Student Conduct Code will be prohibited from campus property. LVC policies and protocols may be stricter than public health guidelines. 

Daily Symptom Tracker

LVC’s digital symptom tracker informs student health services about possible COVID-19 cases on campus. Daily results are either a green checkmark or a red X. The symptom tracker refreshes every day at 5 a.m. 

Student Symptom Tracker Usage 

Students who are on campus for any reason on a particular day must complete the symptom tracker daily by 6 p.m. College staff will monitor the data and contact students of concern. If you have symptoms, follow the Protocol for Symptomatic Students. 

Faculty and Staff Symptom Tracker Usage 

Employees should complete the symptom tracker any day before they come to campus. If your results show a red X, do not come to campus and follow Human Resources policies and protocols posted in ADP.  

Faculty who receive a red X or who need to self-quarantine should stay home and deliver classes online if possible. To cancel a class, follow standard protocols for notifying the registrar and your department chair.  

Employees experiencing symptoms or who receive a red X should contact their healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center provides care and testing to students only. 

Symptom Tracker Protocol for In-person Classes 

Faculty members must confirm that every student in the classroom has a green checkmark for the day for two important reasons: 1) so that students can less easily skip reporting for a day and 2) so that a potentially symptomatic student is not in the classroom. 

Students must complete the symptom tracker BEFORE coming to class and show that day’s green checkmark on their device to the faculty member before class begins. This may be done during attendance, before students enter a room if physical distancing is possible outside of the room, or in a way that suits the classroom setup and class size and format. Students with a red X are not permitted in classrooms and should follow the College’s Protocol for Symptomatic Students.

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

Protocols for Positive COVID-19 Cases

The College will immediately begin contact tracing. Anyone designated by contact tracing as having had potential COVID-19 exposure will be required to self-isolate at home or in their residence hall for the amount of time determined by their healthcare provider. 

Students with COVID-19 or potential symptoms of COVID-19 will temporarily relocate to an isolation room on or near campus. You may consult with Shroyer Health healthcare providers about the viability of returning home to self-isolate. Self-isolation means you should stay in your assigned isolation room or at home until otherwise notified. You must stay away from others, use a separate bathroom, continue to wear a mask, and practice good hygiene. 

Students in self-isolation should continue classes online if able. Order meals through Metz to be delivered to your door.

COVID-19 positive students can only return to their residence halls and in-person classes after receiving clearance from a physician and providing documentation to Shroyer Health Center. Faculty and staff should follow LVC Human Resource policies.