|Message Sent To:||All Faculty, All Staff, All Students|
|Message From:||Message from the Wellness Center|
|Date Sent:||Thursday, September 10, 2020 07:24 PM CDT|
Positive COVID-19 Case at Loyola, New CDPH Guidance
September 10, 2020
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
The safety, health, and well-being of the entire Loyola University Chicago community remains our top priority. We continue to follow guidance issued by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to ensure proper protocols are in place following a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 in our community.
On Wednesday, September 9, a student tested positive for COVID-19. A student also tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, September 10. These students were not recently on any of Loyola’s campuses. Through contact tracing, individuals who were exposed to these students have been notified separately. An exposure is defined as an individual who has had close contact (within six feet) with someone with a positive diagnosis of COVID-19 for greater than 15 minutes. Those who may have had brief contact with an infected individual are not considered at great risk.
Under new guidance from the CDPH, we have decided to no longer send email notifications each time a student, faculty, or staff member tests positive at Loyola. Instead, we strongly encourage our community to regularly check our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard. All positive COVID-19 cases that result from Loyola-provided testing will be reflected on the dashboard within 24 hours, so please continue to monitor the web page for the most up-to-date number of cases within our community.
Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at non-Loyola testing sites are still required to 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. All COVID-19-related questions or feedback should continue to be sent to COVID-19support@LUC.edu, not the new case reporting email address.
Students, faculty, and staff only need to report positive cases within the last 14 days. For additional details, please visit our Reporting Protocol page.
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—is not allowed to share the identification of any these individuals, nor will we provide any information that may compromise confidentiality.
We strongly recommend students, faculty, and staff continue to use our new Symptom Checker within the Loyola mobile application to promote your own health and safety and to improve awareness of the symptoms of COVID-19. If you have not tested positive for COVID-19 but are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, please remain at home and reach out to the following for guidance and care:
- All students: Call Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883
- Medical students and biomedical graduate students at the Health Sciences Campus: Call LUHS Employee and Student Health Hotline at 708-216-1170
- Faculty and staff: Call your medical provider
Please keep in mind that local and CDC guidelines and recommendations continue to shift regularly as we learn more about the virus. The most up-to-date information regarding Loyola’s COVID-19 response can continue to be found on our dedicated COVID-19 page and our Return to Campus website.
Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Director, Wellness Center