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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 the Loyola Medicine Isolation and Quarantine Protocols page to learn more.

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

The Wellness Center is conducting modified contact tracing for our community based on information available and strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to notify their closes contacts if they test positive for COVID-19. 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.

You can find COVID-19 testing resources here.

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. If a student is too ill to contact all of their faculty, they should reach out to their academic advisor (listed in both LOCUS and Navigate) and ask for assistance in reaching faculty. 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 assignments, or take quizzes or exams while in isolation, students 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

In many cases of a positive test for COVID, students will have utilized a home test and may not see a doctor or be able to provide proof of a positive COVID test. If a student is seen in the Wellness Center, they will not provide any medical notes to faculty. A student has a right not to share any positive report or diagnosis. 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 5 days have passed since symptoms onset. Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive. Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started, 
  • your symptoms are improving and 
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
  • 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. Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result). Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested.  If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset. 

CDC recommends that you wear your mask through day 10, or if you have 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10.  

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 7 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 Public Health Coordinator team will be in communication with you during your isolation period. In case of emergency while in isolation, please contact the Public Health Coordinator. They can be reached at 773-508-7707 Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you have an emergency during the evening or on the weekend, please contact your RA.
  • 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 Public Health 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 Public Health 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 Public Health Coordinator if you decide to leave campus to continue your quarantine/isolation at home.
  • You may be relocated for isolation at St. Louis Hall. Loyola’s Public Health Coordinator will be in touch with you about the transition to isolation. The Public Health Coordinator is available to answer questions. 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. and 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday only. The Public Health 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. There will be no delivery of special items, besides meals, during the weekends.
  • 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 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 Public Health Coordinator at 773-508-7707 Monday through Friday 8:30-5 pm. After hours and weekend, call your RA.
  • Meals will be provided while a student is in isolation should a student indicate to the Public Health 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 10 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 Public Health Coordinator.

  • You may be relocated for isolation. Loyola’s Public Health Coordinator will be in touch with you about the transition to isolation. The Public Health Coordinator is available to answer questions. 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. You will not be able to make multiple trips when moving into isolation, please pack what you can reasonably carry.
  • 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 Public Health 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 10 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 with a positive person. 

  • You are required to isolate in your off-campus residence until you have completed your isolation time, please follow up with your primary care provider or call the Wellness Center at 773-508-8883 for questions about ending isolation.
  • Loyola’s Public Health Coordinator will be in touch with you after your case has been reported to Covid-19Report@luc.edu. The Public Health Coordinator is available to answer questions, you may call them at 773-508-7707, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours and weekend messages will be returned the next business day.
  • 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. In some cases, a faculty member will be able to shift their teaching modality to online, should they feel well enough to teach.  In other cases, a substitute instructor may be available, or class may need to be cancelled.  All faculty should make these decisions in conjunction with department chairs, program directors or associate deans.

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

  • At least 5 days have passed since symptoms onset. Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive. Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started, 
  • Your symptoms are improving and 
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
  • 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. Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result). Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested.  If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset. 

CDC recommends that you wear your mask through day 10, or if you have 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. 

Note: Faculty involved with clinical rotations in health care facilities who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a full 7 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, review your paid time off options at luc.edu/hr/paid-time-off/. 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 5 days have passed since symptoms onset. Day 0 of isolation is the day of symptom onset, regardless of when you tested positive. Day 1 is the first full day after the day your symptoms started, 
  • Your symptoms are improving and 
  • At least 24 hours have passed since resolution of fever without the use of fever-reducing medications. 
  • 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. Day 0 is the day you were tested (not the day you received your positive test result). Day 1 is the first full day following the day you were tested. If you develop symptoms within 10 days of when you were tested, the clock restarts at day 0 on the day of symptom onset. 

CDC recommends that you wear your mask through day 10, or if you have 2 sequential negative tests 48 hours apart, you may remove your mask sooner than day 10. 

Note: Staff involved with clinical rotations in health care facilities who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a full 7 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.