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Loyola University Chicago Health, Safety, and Well-Being Update
Resources, Policies, and Procedures for the Loyola Community
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Positive Diagnosis Protocol

This page contains the protocols necessary to report and to respond to a positive case of COVID-19 at Loyola University Chicago. 

Students, faculty, and staff learning, training, or working in and around clinical healthcare settings should follow the guidelines of that particular healthcare organization. All students, faculty, and staff at the Health Sciences Campus must follow Loyola Medicine protocols regardless of if they are working in a hospital building. See Loyola Medicine's COVID-19 Information page.

Reporting a Positive Case

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University immediately. 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.

Reporting for Others

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 should not report on behalf of the diagnosed person but should encourage them to self-report and contact trace. 

Contact Tracing

Given the high transmission rate of the Omicron variant in Chicago, contact tracing is not pragmatic or effective at this time. Our COVID Care Coordinators suspended contact tracing as of January 14, 2022, and will focus on those diagnosed with COVID-19.

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be responsible for notifying their contacts; close contacts should monitor symptoms and test 5 days after exposure. Those not comfortable with identifying themselves can use solutions like Tell Your Contacts to anonymously alert others.

Privacy

It is the University’s responsibility to respect and maintain the privacy and anonymity of individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19. 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 of these individuals, nor will we provide any information that may compromise confidentiality.

Monitoring COVID-19 Symptoms

The University has developed a Symptom Checker application to promote your own health and safety and to improve awareness of the symptoms of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include fever greater than 100.0 F, chills, cough, runny nose, sore throat, difficulty breathing, loss of sense of taste or smell, headache, muscle aches, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. It is strongly recommended that you use the application on a daily basis. It is available for use via your browser and also within the Loyola mobile application. Information on how to download and use the Loyola mobile application can be found here.

If you are feeling sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, you can test at Loyola’s surveillance testing sites. You can also receive a diagnostic test at the following locations: 

  • Faculty and staff should schedule their test with their health care provider or preferred testing site. 
  • LSC and WTC students may get their test at the Wellness Center. 
  • HSC students may get their test at the Employee and Student Health (Outpatient Center). 

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: 

  • Students at Lakeside campuses, including ABSN students: Call Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883. 
  • Biomedical graduate students and medical students at HSC: Call Employee and Student Health Hotline at 708-216-1170. 
  • Faculty and staff: Call your medical provider.

Students Who Test Positive

Reporting protocol

Students who test positive for COVID-19 must report their case immediately to COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773.508.7707. This policy applies to students who test positive anywhere, whether on Loyola’s campuses or at an off-campus COVID-19 testing site.  

Failure to self-report a positive COVID-19 case is a violation of University policy; students may be referred to the Office of Student Conduct & Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) for a policy violation. 

Students' academic responsibilities

Students should reach out to each of their professors and explain that they have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be unable to attend class. Faculty are asked to work with each student individually to help them keep up with in-person lectures through class notes on Sakai. Students are encouraged to continue turning in assignmentsif possible. If it’s not possible to turn in assignmentsstudents should work out extended deadline dates with each faculty member. If you are a student who needs help with tutoring, contact the Tutoring Center as virtual appointments may be available while you are in isolation. 

Providing proof of positive diagnosis

Faculty may ask a student for confirmation of the diagnosis if they feel it’s needed in order to work individually with each student. If the practice before the pandemic was to ask for a doctor’s note, faculty may want to ask for this information. A student has a right not to share that positive report. The Wellness Center will not provide notes to students. If a student was seen at the Wellness Center, staff can provide an appointment card confirming their appointment date and time. No medical information will be released to faculty without a signed written consent from the student.

Students who are extremely ill or hospitalized should contact the Office of the Dean of Students for assistance.

Self-isolation requirements

A student who tests positive for COVID-19 – regardless of vaccination status - may return to campus when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms onset, or 5 days if asymptomatic and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you do not have symptoms but had a positive test, you must isolate for 5 days since testing positive but continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days. The date of first positive test for COVID-19 should be used in place of the date of symptom onset.

A student’s ID will be deactivated for their entire isolation period. A student may not leave their residence hall (if living on campus) or appear on campus at all during this time period. Off-campus students should not leave their home and are not permitted anywhere on campus, either. 

Failure to isolate for the full 5 days is also a policy violation and is subject to reporting through OSCCR. 

Note: Students involved with clinical rotations in health care facilities who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a full 10 days, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

Residential Students (Private Bathroom)

You have tested positive for COVID-19 and are required to remain in isolation in order to prevent the infection from spreading to others in our community. Your personal information and diagnosis will remain confidential. We encourage you to share your diagnosis with your family. The information below outlines the support you will receive during your period of isolation.

Residence Hall Information

If you live locally and your family wants to come to campus and bring you home to complete your isolation, this is fine. We strongly discourage the use of public transportation. All family members should follow face covering guidelines while traveling to and from campus. Please inform the Care Coordinator if you choose to leave campus to continue your quarantine/isolation at home.

  • You are required to isolate in your residence hall space until you have received medical clearance. While in isolation, you may not leave your room for any reason and you may not host any visitors at all. This includes leaving your room to do laundry. This is critical for the health and safety of the residential community, and we are expecting your cooperation.
  • Deliveries or drop-offs for you at your residence hall will need to be picked up by a friend in your building who can bring the item(s) to your door.
  • The COVID Care team will be in frequent communication with you during your isolation period. In case of emergency while in isolation, please contact the Care Coordinator. They can be reached 24 hours a day at 773-508-8087.
  • All COVID-19 rules and guidelines of Loyola are still in effect.
  • Your student ID access to your current room assignment will be deactivated until you are cleared to leave the building.

For emergency maintenance concerns (clogged toilet, significant leak) please submit a work ticket via the online system found on LUC.edu. Please state that your unit is COVID impacted.

  • The Care Coordinator will be your contact for important information related to your medical care. This includes the directed use of a pulse oximeter and any over the counter medications instructed for your use by medical professionals.
  • Meals will be provided while a student is in isolation should a student indicate to the Covid Care Coordinator that they are needed.

Fully vaccinated students who live with someone who tests positive should: 

  • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposureA person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.
  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.
  • Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.
  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

Residential Students (Shared Bathroom - LSC)

You have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and are required to remain in isolation in order to prevent the infection from spreading to others in our community. Your personal information and diagnosis will remain confidential. We encourage you to share your diagnosis with your family. The information below outlines the support you will receive during your period of isolation.

Residence Hall Information

  • If you live locally and your family wants to come to campus and bring you home to complete your isolation, this is fine. We strongly discourage the use of public transportation. All family members should follow face covering guidelines while traveling to and from campus. Please inform the Care Coordinator if you decide to leave campus to continue your quarantine/isolation at home.
  • Your isolation will continue in your room with your private bathroom. In some instances, you may be relocated to an isolation hall. Loyola’s Care Coordinator will be in touch with you about the transition to isolation. The Care Coordinator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please put this number in your phone immediately 773-508-7707.
  • While in isolation, you may not leave the building, and you may not host any visitors at all.
  • Any family member or friend that wants to deliver something to you while you are in isolation must do so between the hours of 12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Central time. The Care Coordinator will be available to receive items at that time ONLY. Please contact the coordinator before 12 p.m. the day of your delivery to make sure you receive your items.
  • All COVID rules and guidelines of Loyola are still in effect, including the required wearing of face covering/masks any time while outside of your room including hallways, stairwells, common lounges, and common kitchen areas and practicing distancing protocols.
  • Your room will have a shared bathroom and the regular items in a student room.
  • A linen packet (including sheets and towels) will be in the room for you to use while you are there, so you do not need to bring linens into the building.
  • You should bring only what you know you will need while in isolation—clothing, toiletries, academic success items (books, laptop, etc.). You will not be able to access your regularly assigned space.
  • Your student ID access to your current room assignment will be deactivated until you are clear to return. If you are isolation in an isolation hall. You will receive a key to your assigned room for the isolation period.
  • For emergency maintenance concerns (clogged toilet, significant leak), please call the Covid Care Coordinator at 773-508-8087.
  • Meals will be provided while a student is in isolation should a student indicate to the Covid Care Coordinator that they are needed.

Fully vaccinated students who live with someone who tests positive should:

  • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposureA person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.
  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.
  • Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.
  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

Residential Students (Shared Bathroom - WTC)

You have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and are required to remain in isolation in order to prevent the infection from spreading to others in our community. Your personal information and diagnosis will remain confidential. We encourage you to share your diagnosis with your family. The information below outlines the support you will receive during your period of isolation.

Residence Hall Information

  • If you live locally and your family wants to come to campus and bring you home to complete your isolation, this is absolutely fine. We strongly discourage the use of public transportation. All family members should follow face covering guidelines while traveling to and from campus. Please inform the Care Coordinator.
  • You will be relocated within Baumhart Hall. Loyola’s Care Coordinator will be in touch with you about the transition to your new space. The Care Coordinator is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please put this number in your phone immediately 773-508-7707.
  • While in isolation, you may not leave the building and you may not host any visitors at all.
  • All COVID-19 rules and guidelines of Loyola are still in effect, including the required wearing of face covering/masks any time while outside of your room, including hallways, stairwells, common lounges, and common kitchen areas, and practicing distancing protocols.
  • Your room will have a private bathroom, a full-sized refrigerator, microwave, and the regular items in a student room.
  • A linen packet (including sheets and towels) will be in the room for you to use while you are there, so you do not need to bring linens into the building.
  • You should bring only what you know you will need while in isolation—clothing, toiletries, academic success items (books, laptop, etc.). You will not be able to access your regularly assigned space.
  • Your student ID access to your current assignment will be deactivated until you are clear to return. Upon arrival to your new space in Baumhart Hall, you will receive a key to your assigned room for the isolation time period.
  • There will be both a thermometer and pulse oximeter in your room for your personal use. These items should remain in the room when you leave.
  • There is no available laundry for students in isolation at Baumhart.
  • For emergency maintenance concerns (clogged toilet, significant leak), please submit a work ticket via the online system found on LUC.edu.
  • Meals will be provided while a student is in isolation should a student indicate to the COVID Care Coordinator that they are needed.

Fully vaccinated students who live with someone who tests positive should:

  • Get tested 5-7 days after their first exposureA person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting 2 days before they develop symptoms, or 2 days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.
  • Get tested again 5-7 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.
  • Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.
  • Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.
  • Isolate immediately if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 or test positive.

Off-Campus Students

You have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and are required to remain in isolation in order to prevent the infection from spreading to others in our community. Your personal information and diagnosis will remain confidential. We encourage you to share your diagnosis with your family. The information below outlines the support you will receive during your period of isolation.

Housing

If you live locally and your family wants to come to campus and bring you home to complete your isolation, this is absolutely fine. We strongly discourage the use of public transportation. All family members should follow face covering guidelines while traveling to and from campus. Please inform the Care Coordinator.

  • You are required to isolate in your off-campus residence until you have received documented medical clearance.
  • Loyola’s Care Coordinator will be in touch with you about important information related to your medical care. In case of emergency while in isolation, please contact the Care Coordinator. They can be reached 24 hours a day at 773-508-8087.
  • While in isolation, you should not leave your apartment for any reason, and you should not host any visitors at all. This is critical for the health and safety of you and any roommates you may have. The CDC recommends the following to minimize exposure to those with whom you live:
    • Wash hands frequently
    • Wipe down high touch surfaces frequently with a household disinfectant product
    • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible
    • Use a separate bathroom, if possible
    • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets
    • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils
    • Wash your own dishes and utensils in hot water with soap, as soon as you are finished using them
    • Wear a cloth face covering when around other people
    • Open windows to increase air circulation
  • Do not come to campus; as a reminder, all COVID-19 rules and guidelines of Loyola are still in effect.

Faculty/Staff Who Have Tested Positive

Faculty

Faculty who test positive for COVID-19 should report their case immediately to COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707. They are required to stay off campus and self-isolate for at least 5 days and should consult with their department chair, program director, or associate dean for further guidance.

A faculty member who tests positive for COVID-19 – regardless of vaccination status - may return to campus when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms onset, or 5 days if asymptomatic and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you do not have symptoms but had a positive test, you must isolate for 5 days since testing positive but continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days. The date of first positive test for COVID-19 should be used in place of the date of symptom onset.

Note: Faculty involved with clinical rotations in health care facilities who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a full 10 days, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

Staff

Staff who test positive for COVID-19 should report their case immediately to COVID-19report@LUC.edu or by calling 773-508-7707. They are required to stay off campus and self-isolate for at least 5 days. 

A staff member who experiences mild symptoms may work remotely if possible. If working remotely is not possible, contact Human Resources as related to pay status. An employee who is sick with severe COVID-19 symptoms and cannot work should report absence to Matrix Absence Management.  

A staff member who tests positive for COVID-19 – regardless of vaccination status - may return to campus when:

  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms onset, or 5 days if asymptomatic and
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms have improved. Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.

If you do not have symptoms but had a positive test, you must isolate for 5 days since testing positive but continue to wear a mask around others for 5 more days. The date of first positive test for COVID-19 should be used in place of the date of symptom onset.

Note: Staff involved with clinical rotations in health care facilities who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a full 10 days, regardless of whether or not they have symptoms.

 

Reporting a Positive Case

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University immediately. 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.