|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Office of the President, Message from the Wellness Center|
|Date Sent:||Tuesday, July 21, 2020 04:10 PM CDT|
Reporting a Positive COVID-19 Case
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
In preparation for our upcoming semester, Loyola University Chicago’s Emergency Response Management team has been working to develop protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that help ensure the health and safety of our community. Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases across our country, it is very likely that incidence within our community will occur in the fall.
Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible. If you have tested positive for the virus, please contact us at COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707.
The University has developed a mobile application through which students, faculty, and staff will be able to identify possible COVID-19-related symptoms. This application also has the ability for the user to self-report a positive case. More information on the application will be shared in a few weeks.
Caring for the well-being of our community is a group effort. Therefore, it is the obligation of the diagnosed person—not a fellow student, faculty, or staff member—to self-report their case. Students, faculty, and staff members who are aware of COVID-19 cases may also report on behalf of the diagnosed person but should encourage that person to self-report. The University has established a contact tracing team and protocol. Contact tracers will follow up with the diagnosed person, investigate the case, and perform any needed contact tracing in a confidential and expedited fashion.
It is the University’s responsibility to respect and maintain the privacy and anonymity of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 or who may be part of any contact tracing investigation. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), the University, along with public health authorities, will not share the identification of any these individuals publicly, nor will we provide any information that may compromise confidentiality.
Ahead of the fall semester, we strongly encourage our entire community to be taking necessary precautions now and to continue following guidelines recommended by the CDC to prevent the spreading or contracting of COVID-19. Students, faculty, and staff should also continue to follow their local city- and state-specific guidelines and requirements. Upon returning to campus, students, faculty, and staff will be required to follow the required personal safety practices outlined on our Return to Campus website.
Thomas M. Kelly
Sr Vice President, Administrative Services
Office of the President
Joan Holden, APRN, ANP-BC
Director, Loyola Wellness Center