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Residential Students: Self-Quarantine Before Returning to Campus

Note: Residential students must self-quarantine in addition to taking a re-entry test Receiving a negative re-entry test still requires self-quarantining to prevent an early outbreak on campus.  

Due to the widespread and sustained rates of COVID-19, all residential students should self-quarantine for 14 days before returning to campus for the Spring 2021 semester. The College defines self-quarantining as staying at home and not interacting with anyone except the members of your household. Quarantining includes not going to your place of work and not socializing with friends or family outside of your immediate household. The other members of your household may go to work but should be diligent about wearing a mask, hand washing, and physical distancing to help maximize your quarantine efforts. 

Students who have work or other, non-social obligations that prevent them from completing a full 14-day quarantine prior to arriving on campus should email information@lvc.edu. Students unable to quarantine due to social or family events should plan to delay their arrival in order to meet the 14-day requirement and also email information@lvc.edu with additional details on their expected arrival date.

On the day you are assigned to move in, if you are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have had a known, close exposure to a COVID-19-positive person in the past 14 days, do not come to campus. Instead, contact a healthcare provider for further guidance and alert information@lvc.edu that you will not be arriving as scheduled for move-in.

Complete the symptom tracker with the appropriate symptoms or exposure details and contact health services with further questions (717-867-6232). If you are unable to move in on your assigned date due to COVID-19 symptoms or are under self-isolation or self-quarantine, start your classes online. Notify your professors  and registrar@lvc.edu.

COVID-19 Dashboard: Fall 2020

LVC tracks the status of COVID-19 in our campus community during each academic semester. Data is updated here daily by 5 p.m. during the academic term. Data reflects the numbers as of Dec. 18, 2020. We will again provide daily updates on January 11, 2021.

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

Students  Employees  
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered on-campus
(total since Aug. 24)
90n/a
  Positive  3
  Negative87
  Awaiting Results0  
Number of COVID-19 tests
administered off-campus (as reported to the College)
(total since Aug. 24)
8132
  Positive1610
  Negative  6521
   Awaiting Results01
Number currently self-isolating on-campus  00
      
Number currently self-isolating off-campus (as reported to the College)36
      
Number currently self-quarantining on-campus  10
      
Number currently self-quarantining off-campus  (as reported to the College)30

Definitions

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.

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

If Your Roommate Has COVID-19 Symptoms

If your roommate has COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact a healthcare provider and follow the Protocol for Symptomatic Students. If you are not experiencing symptoms, you should self-quarantine in your own room.

Self-quarantine: For asymptomatic individuals with potential exposure to COVID-19 or those who have traveled to states defined as hotspots by the Pennsylvania government.

  • Stay in your room if you are a residential student, or stay home if you are a commuter. Leave your room only to use the bathroom or to 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 potentially been exposed to COVID-19, your healthcare provider will provide you with an end-date for self-quarantine. If you have traveled to a hotspot, you must self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. Per CDC and state public health guidelines, a negative COVID-19 test does not automatically end your self-quarantine. 
  • If you are given additional or different instructions from a contact tracer or healthcare provider, follow those instructions and contact Shroyer Health Center immediately to share these instructions. While considering instructions from any off-campus health care providers, students should know that established LVC protocols will ultimately guide appropriate response regarding quarantine, isolation, and return to in-person classes.

Protocol for Symptomatic Students/Staff or Students/Staff with a Red X

STEP 1: Self-quarantine

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: Stay in your room if you are a residential student or at home if you are a commuter, practice physical distancing, wear a mask, and wash your hands often. Do not attend in-person classes or come to campus. Take your classes online if you are well enough to do so. Notify your professors. Drink plenty of fluids and rest. Residential students may order meals online from Metz (Quarantine or Isolation) and have a friend deliver meals to their door. 

STEP 2: Contact a healthcare provider for further guidance. 

8 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday–Friday: 

Contact Shroyer Health Center at ext. 6232 or 717-867-6232. 

Outside of these hours: 

First, contact LVC Public Safety to report your symptoms at ext. 6111 or 717-867-6111. Public Safety will record your contact information and assess whether you need emergency care. 

Then, use Penn State Health On Demand. Students should create a Penn State Health On Demand account and download the app before arriving on campus so they can access the tool quickly if needed. This is a fee-for-service resource, and you or your health insurance may be billed.

If at any time you or someone you know is experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately. Symptoms include bluish lips or face, extreme difficulty breathing, gasping for air, inability to talk without catching your breath, severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, being too weak or dizzy to stand, and disorientation. 

STEP 3a: Return to class and end your self-quarantine only when your healthcare provider clears you to do so. 

If a healthcare provider advises you to return to class, provide documentation to the Shroyer Health Center and complete the symptom tracker. If your results show a green checkmark, you may stop self-quarantining and return to in-person classes. 

OR 

Step 3b: If your healthcare provider does not clear you to return to class or end your self-quarantine, continue seeking further treatment and guidance. Notify your faculty that you will be learning online or absent from class until cleared to return.

STEP 4: If you test positive or are suspected of having COVID-19: 

If you test positive for COVID-19 or your healthcare provider believes your symptoms warrant self-isolation, you must self-isolate for the period determined by your healthcare provider. If you are living on-campus, student affairs staff will assist you in moving to an isolation space. 

If Your Roommate Has COVID-19 Symptoms

If your roommate shows COVID-19 symptoms, they should contact a healthcare provider (see STEP 2 above). Whether or not you are experiencing symptoms, you should self-quarantine in your room. You may use the bathroom in your residence hall, be vigilant about wearing a mask, practice physical distancing, and wash your hands often. LVC staff will follow up with you. If you begin to experience symptoms, follow the College’s Protocol for Symptomatic Students (above).

If at any time you or someone you know is experiencing severe or life-threatening symptoms, call 911 immediately (bluish lips, extreme difficulty breathing or gasping for air, or being unable to talk without catching your breath, severe and constant dizziness or lightheadedness, too weak or dizzy to stand, or serious disorientation).

Reporting Possible Symptoms of COVID-19

All students and employees are required to self-monitor for symptoms and fever of 100.4°F or above and report symptoms using the college’s Digital Symptom Tracker.

Students should complete the tracker daily starting August 1.

Report only new symptoms. You do not need to report chronic symptoms you have experience pre-COVID-19.

Employees should complete the tracker every time before coming to campus.

This data will be monitored by the College’s clinical health providers.

If your results are a green checkmark, you are clear to attend class or come to campus.

If your results are a red X, you should contact a healthcare provider immediately.

Students should report symptoms or fever to Shroyer Health Center immediately and self-quarantine until receiving further instruction.

If a student reports symptoms to a faculty or staff member, that employee should contact the Shroyer Health Center and advise the student to contact the center immediately.

Employees should not report to campus and should refer to LVC’s Returning to Campus After COVID-19 policy and Employee Exposure to COVID-19 response found in ADP. Shroyer Health Center does not conduct testing for employees.

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. 

Anyone experiencing a health emergency should call 911.