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Entry Test Timing & Process

Note: All students and employees who plan to be on-campus for the Spring 2021 semester must be entry tested. This includes commuting students.

Employees will receive an email to request a test and set up an account with Quest on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Students who have been approved to return to campus before Feb. 12 will receive their entry testing request email Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Students who have not already taken an entry test will receive an email to request a test and set up an account with Quest on Monday, Feb. 1.

Instructions

  • Click the URL in the email to request your test.
  • Register using the personal information you use for your LVC student or employee account (no nicknames, etc.). Use the last seven digits of your student ID number, which you can find on your LVC ID card.
  • Request a test immediately upon reviewing the email.

After you register, Quest will FedEx your kit to the mailing address on file with LVC. Please take your test as soon as you receive it. Return it in the provided FedEx packaging to the nearest FedEx location/FedEx dropbox. Do this the same day you take the test, and deposit it in a FedEx box before 3 p.m. Do not deposit your test in a FedEx box on a Saturday or Sunday. | Find your nearest FedEx dropbox.

The test is an Active Infection Swab Test that determines whether you have an active COVID-19 infection. This self-administered PCR test uses an Anterior Nares Nasal Swab and is the least invasive swab test available. You must send your test via FedEx back to Quest Diagnostics immediately. Quest will provide additional collection instructions in the kit. After you return your test to Quest, Quest will notify you of your results. You will receive an email prompting you to sign in to MyQuest to view your results. Check your junk or spam folder in case the email appears there.

If your entry test is negative, you may return to campus. Residential students should still self-quarantine for two weeks before their arrival.

If your entry test is positive, do not return to campus or attend any LVC-related activities. You will be able to return to campus 10 days after your test date if you have had no new or worsening symptoms. LVC will contact you regarding isolation and requirements for returning. Students who cannot return to campus until after classes start should let their professors know you will begin classes remotely.

Spring 2021 Return-to-campus Plan [Updated Jan. 15, 2021]

Entry Testing Required Even if Vaccinated

If you have been vaccinated, you are still required to participate in entry and census testing, per the guidance of our healthcare partners.

The vaccine will not produce a positive result on testing done with nose, mouth, or saliva samples, but if you receive a blood test to check for antibodies, that may potentially be positive.

Negative Entry Test: Next Steps

If your entry test is negative, you may return to campus. Residential students should still self-quarantine for two weeks before their arrival.

Positive Entry Test: Next Steps

If your entry test is positive, do not return to campus or attend any LVC-related activities.

You will be able to return to campus 10 days after your test date if you have had no new or worsening symptoms. LVC will contact you regarding isolation and requirements for returning. Students who cannot return to campus until after classes start should let their professors know they will begin classes remotely.

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.

Census Testing for Spring 2021

LVC will conduct weekly COVID-19 test sampling of students and employees during in-person learning and continue doing so until data indicates that testing is no longer warranted. Additionally, LVC will test student-athletes regularly according to Middle Atlantic Conference and NCAA guidelines, which vary by sport. Testing rates will be scientifically based and informed by our healthcare partners and public health guidance.

Students who do not participate in testing will not be permitted on campus and must take classes remotely.

Entry Testing for Spring 2021

LVC students and employees who will be on-campus for the spring semester must complete a self-administered COVID-19 test before returning. Please check your LVC email regularly during winter break for information about when your test is mailed to your home and instructions for completing it. You will not be able to return to campus until you have been cleared.

Return your test at no cost to you in the provided FedEx packaging the same day you take the test. Deposit your test in a FedEx box before 3 p.m. on your assigned day.

Do not deposit your test in a FedEx box on a Saturday or Sunday. To find your nearest FedEx dropbox, go to www.fedex.com/labreturns.

VIDEO: How to complete your self-administered COVID-19 specimen collection

Important! 

  • Write the collection date and time right before you collect the sample. Not doing so could make your sample invalid. 
  • Be sure to affix your name label to the tube.
  • Insert the swab into your nostrils 1 inch—this NOT a deep nasal swab test. 
  • Tighten the cap before placing the test in the bag.
  • If you receive positive test results, a nurse from the health center will call you to discuss next steps, including seeking medical guidance and self-isolating.
  • Students who refuse to participate in testing will not be permitted on campus and must take classes remotely.
  • The College will cover the costs associated with re-entry testing.
  • Students: If you require assistance with the self-test, call Shroyer Health Center at ext. 6232 or 717-867-6232. 
  • Employees: For assistance in self-testing, call Human Resources at 717-867-6416.

Notify Us if You Get Tested, Even Over Winter Break

Students: If you get tested for COVID-19 during winter break, please report your test date and results to the College.

FORM: Student Self-reporting of COVID Test 

Employees: Continue to inform the Office of Human Resources if you have been tested for COVID-19.

This confidential testing information will help LVC continue to track the virus within our community. We may use this data in contact tracing and determining whether testing or quarantining an individual is necessary.

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

Student Health Services

Shroyer Health Center has extending in-person service hours and increased clinical staff.  Students should 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.

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. 

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.