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Who will be tested for COVID-19 and how will they be tested?

The College’s healthcare partners currently recommend testing only those who are symptomatic. LVC will perform on-campus testing of symptomatic students by providing self-swab tests that will be picked up daily and tested by a healthcare partner

Students can perform the self-test in their residence halls or at home with remote guidance from a Shroyer Health Center clinician. Protocols and practices will be established based on guidance from healthcare partners, the CDC, PDH, Lebanon County health officials, and the American College Health Association.

Employees seeking testing should work with their own healthcare providers.

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.

What if my 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 or Students with a Red X Result from the Symptom Tracker

If the LVC symptom tracker shows a red X or you are experiencing possible COVID-19 symptoms:

STEP 1: Stay calm and self-quarantine.

A red X does not necessarily mean you have COVID-19, but it does mean you should:

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. 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.

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STEP 2: Contact a healthcare provider for further guidance.

8 a.m.–8 p.m., Monday–Friday: Contact Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232. If you do not reach a nurse by phone you can also email healthservices@lvc.edu.

After 8 p.m. and over the weekend:

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

Then, use Penn State Health OnDemand. Create an account using your lvc.edu email address. Download the app prior to arriving on campus so you can access the tool quickly if needed (iOS or Android). This is a fee-for-service resource and you and/or your health insurance may be billed.

It is important for you to communicate with the staff at Shroyer Health Center if you use Penn State Health OnDemand or seek care at any other medical facility.

STEP 3a—CLEARED: You are cleared from having COVID-19, but we still ask you to complete 24-hours of self-quarantine. You can redo the symptom tracker tomorrow after 5 a.m. Call a healthcare provider if you experience symptoms as the day progresses. Always notify Shroyer Health Center staff if you see a healthcare provider off-campus.

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Step 3b —NOT CLEARED: Follow the instructions given by your healthcare providerThese instructions may include self-quarantining for up to 14 days or self-isolation until otherwise instructed. Your healthcare provider will determine if you need a COVID-19 test. Even if you’re not required to get a test, you still need to follow quarantine or isolation instructions.

Residential students may be temporarily moved to on-campus isolation spaces and then required to return to their homes for the remainder of their isolation time. If you are unable to go home for isolation, contact student affairs to discuss alternative living arrangements at 717-867-6233 or stu-affairs@lvc.edu. Please also refer to your Student Emergency Plan.

STEP 4: Take a COVID-19 test if recommended.

If your healthcare provider recommends you be tested for COVID-19, contact Shroyer Health Center at 717-867-6232. If you do not reach a nurse by phone you can also email healthservices@lvc.edu. If after hours, abide by strict isolation until you’re able to have the test completed. 

While you are awaiting test results, you must enter self-isolation for the amount of time your healthcare provider recommends. If you have a COVID-19 test anywhere other than LVC’s health center, it is important that you communicate this with Shroyer Health Center staff. If you receive isolation instructions from a healthcare provider off-campus, notify Shroyer Health Center.

Contact tracers may call you. It is important you answer calls and disclose all information. The tracer will ask you to recall the places you have been and the people you have been around over the past several days. Communication with them will be kept confidential and will not be shared with others.   

STEP 5:  Notify your professors, coaches, etc.

Report your inability to report for all academic, social, athletic, and other responsibilities (coaches, choir directors, clinical sites, student teaching sites). Let your professors know you will be taking classes virtually until further notice. You are not required to tell them why you are making this change if you don’t feel comfortable doing so. You may simply say “for medical reasons.”

STEP 6:  Take care of yourself and those around you.

  • Get rest and stay hydrated. Take over-the-counter medicines to help you feel better. If you do not have access to these medicines, notify the Shroyer Health Center.
  • Monitor your symptoms and check your temperature twice a day. The health center can provide you with a 14-day symptom and temperature tracker. Having this documentation will make it easier to notice changes in your health and be a good tool if healthcare providers and contact tracers call you.
  • Stay in touch with your healthcare providers. Respond promptly to nurses or contact tracers.
  • Clean high-touch surfaces in your room including your cell phone, desk, computer, doorknobs, and light switches. If you do not have access to cleaning supplies, notify public safety.
  • Wash your hands often and discard or wash your mask if it becomes soiled from coughing, sneezing, or sweating. Wash your cloth masks more regularly when you have symptoms.

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).

Penn State Health OnDemand [Student Resource]

Students who need medical care outside of Shroyer Health Center hours will be able to use Penn State Health OnDemand. You should create a Penn State Health OnDemand account using your lvc.edu email address. Download the app prior to arriving on campus so you can access the tool quickly if needed (iOS or Android). It is important for you to communicate with the staff at Shroyer Health Center if you use Penn State Health OnDemand or seek care any other medical facility.      

This is a fee-for-service resource and you and/or your health insurance may be billed. If you choose not to enter your insurance information, there will be a $59 charge.

This tool is different from the LVC daily Symptom Tracker. It is only for after-hours medical needs. It is available as a web-based tool and as an app.

Will student health services be available to students who aren’t on campus?

Shroyer Health Center will be extending in-person service hours and increase clinical staff to respond to health issues and concerns in Fall 2020.  Students are asked to call health services at 717-867-6232 before reporting to Shroyer for instructions regarding appropriate response and care. Depending on need and safety concerns, health center visits may be handled by one or more of the following methods: in-person, telephone, or virtually.

There is a red X on my myLVC student information checklist, but I have completed all items. What should I do?

Please review the Medical History and Immunizations portions of the checklist and be sure you did not miss or skip an entry. Health center staff are working hard to collect all new student health forms and may not be able to confirm receipt of health center records. The health center nurse will reach out in the coming weeks to any students with incomplete paperwork.  Please respond to all correspondence from the nurse in a timely manner.    

Positive Cases: Notification, Testing, and Tracing

The College will report presumed and confirmed cases to public health authorities.

The College’s healthcare partner will assist trained LVC staff with 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 an amount of time determined by their healthcare provider.

Students exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms will be housed temporarily in one of the College’s dedicated isolation beds, and most will be asked to return 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 and use a separate bathroom and continue to wear a mask and practice good hygiene.

Students in self-isolation should continue classes online if able. Those in self-isolation on-campus can order meals through Metz and have a friend or student affairs staff member deliver the meals to their door (see Protocol for Symptomatic Students). Appropriate cleaning procedures will be followed.

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

Employees seeking testing should work with their own healthcare provider. Shroyer Health Center is providing tests to students only.

Student Health Services

Shroyer Health Center will extend service hours and increase clinical staff to respond to health issues and concerns in Fall 2020. Students will be asked to call health services at 717-867-6232 before reporting to Shroyer Hall for instructions regarding appropriate care and response. Our health services care will be informed by CDC, PDH, and American College Health Association guidelines.