Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Wellness Center, Message from Facilities
Date Sent:Monday, December 14, 2020 05:05 PM CST

Clarifications on Spring 2021 Testing Protocol

December 14, 2020

Dear Loyolans,

As we continue planning for the Spring 2021 semester, thank you for your interest in and feedback on the COVID-19 surveillance testing protocol we have shared with you thus far. We are sincerely excited about this program and greatly appreciate your patience and understanding, especially as public health recommendations and guidelines shift.

For months, Loyola University Chicago leaders have been closely monitoring what other colleges and universities are doing to limit the spread of COVID-19 successfully within their communities and provide a safe and enriching campus experience. Two key methods consistently recur: aggressive surveillance testing of asymptomatic populations and compliance with both testing and required personal safety practices (such as wearing masks and social distancing). As shared in our November 23 message to the community, we are thrilled to partner with SHIELD Illinois to offer saliva based surveillance testing at Loyola's Chicagoland campuses this spring. Saliva-based is quick and easy to use and can accurately identify COVID-19 positivity in fewer than 24 hours.

During our Spring 2021 webinar on health, wellness, and testing on December 6, we shared some important updates and clarifications to our testing protocol that our entire community should be aware of:

Consent Forms: If you will be coming to campus this spring at any point, you will need to participate in Loyola-provided surveillance testing and complete your COVID-19 testing consent form by no later than Friday, December 18 at 5 p.m. Central time. There is no need to test if you are learning, teaching, or working remotely and don’t plan on coming to campus this spring.

Cost: All Loyola-provided surveillance testing is completely free.

Frequency: Undergraduate students who will be coming to campus regularly will need to test twice per week, with one day between tests. Faculty, staff, graduate students, and professional students who will be coming to campus regularly will need to test once per week. For those who visit intermittently (one day per week or less), we ask that you submit for testing upon your arrival each time you visit campus. Although the results will not be available for 24 hours, positive cases will initiate contact tracing to determine any potential close contacts when on campus.

Re-Entry Testing:
We will no longer require re-entry testing. Testing sites will open on January 11 for anyone utilizing campus facilities. Testing will be provided six days each week on all three Chicagoland campuses. Hours of operation will soon be finalized and might expand or contract during the semester based on need. 

Compliance: We will manage testing compliance by monitoring who is on campus and how frequently they are accessing our campus buildings. Should we find that someone is not testing and still visiting campus, we will follow up with them to reiterate the importance of our testing program. If they still do not comply, will we then restrict their ability to access campus buildings until they become compliant. Residential students will never lose access to their respective residence halls.

The testing protocol outlined in this message applies to all Loyola students, faculty, and staff. However, we recognize that there may be nuances depending on your role at the University. Anything unique to your school or department will be communicated by your dean or department lead. Please continue to monitor your email for any updates.

For more information on testing procedures, hours of operation, and more, visit our On-Campus Testing page and our COVID-19 FAQs page. You may also email COVID-19testing@LUC.edu with any questions.

As people for and with others, we must all do our part to protect the health, safety, and well-being of our fellow Ramblers and our neighbors. Compliance with surveillance testing is critical to ensuring a safe reopening of our campuses this spring. We can’t wait to get started.

Yours in health and safety,

Joan Holden, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC
Health and Safety Officer, Management, Policy, and Command
Director, Wellness Center

Kana Henning
Associate Vice President for Facilities