April 7, 2021 - Newsletter Issue 002
Return to Campus Update: Wednesday, April 7
April 7, 2021
Dear Loyola Community,
Weekly on Wednesdays, Loyola University Chicago's Return to Campus Update will help keep our community informed as we continue our phased reopening. This week, learn about financial assistance available to students, vaccination updates, and more.
Upload Your Vaccination Card
Loyolans can now upload their COVID-19 vaccination cards to the Loyola Health function of the Loyola mobile application. The Wellness Center will verify your vaccination card after it is uploaded. You should not email a copy of your vaccination card to covid-19support@LUC.edu.
To upload your card, please follow the steps outlined below:
- Open the Loyola mobile app and select the “Loyola Health” function. From there, you will see a login page. Log in using your UVID and password.
- After logging in, select “Upload Vaccination” on the top menu.
- Select the vaccine type (Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson), enter the date of your first and/or second doses, and upload your vaccination card. An image of the upload form can be found below.
- After entering all information, click “Submit” to save the vaccination card.
Please note that the verification process through the Wellness Center will take some time. We appreciate your patience.
To serve students and ensure learning continues during the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Department of Education earlier this year announced additional funding available to higher education institutions. This funding is allocated to the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund II (HEERF II) by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CRRSAA).
Students can now access the online application for HEERF II Student Share Grants at forms.LUC.edu/heerf. Applications submitted through Tuesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. Central time will be included in the Priority Application Period. Please refer to the HEERF II Policy available at LUC.edu/heerf for complete information concerning student and expense eligibility and Loyola’s approach to distributing these funds, especially to students with exceptional need.
Information around the available vaccines for COVID-19 has been developing rapidly, and Loyola has been keeping up with ongoing developments about vaccine availability and distribution plans. All Loyola faculty and staff in Chicago and Illinois are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Read our latest email update or visit our vaccine information page to learn more.
Two new mass vaccination sites opened in Chicago this week, near Wrigley Field and at Chicago State University (CSU). The Wrigley location will have capacity to administer roughly 2,000 doses per day and CSU will administer 2,200 doses per day. Additionally, Cook County Health opened 30,000 first-dose vaccine slots at 6 p.m. on Monday across five suburban sites. Anyone who is in Phase 1A, 1B, or 1C can sign up at vaccine.cookcountyil.gov.
Compliance with Loyola's surveillance testing program and the required personal safety practices is a key to keeping our community safe as we plan to return to campus. For those who continue to comply, we thank you! Shown below are the most up-to-date testing numbers as of Tuesday, April 6.
Students: The Student Government of Loyola Chicago (SGLC) is currently hosting a giveaway to encourage COVID-19 compliance and help you finish the semester strong. Post a picture of yourself doing a COVID-19-friendly activity (i.e. wearing a mask, getting tested) to social media and tag SGLC by Tuesday, April 13 for the chance to win one of several great prizes, including a pair of AirPods Pro, gift cards to local businesses, and more. Visit SGLC's Instagram account (@sgloyolachicago) for more information.
In The News
- Chicago Tribune: Cook County’s public health leader on Saturday said the suburbs could soon return to previous COVID-19 restrictions as the region grapples with a third wave of new cases.
- Washington Post: Federal health officials said fully vaccinated people may travel as evidence mounts of the shots’ effectiveness at helping to protect against coronavirus infections and their spread. But the CDC said non-essential travel is still not recommended because of rising cases in the United States and globally.
- CNN: Everyone needs to continue wearing masks until the science shows otherwise, Dr. Anthony Fauci says.
- Chicago Tribune: The CDC says schools don’t need to disinfect daily to prevent the spread of coronavirus. In its updated guidance, use of disinfecting chemicals like ammonia and bleach is only recommended within 24 hours after an infected person has been there. In most situations, cleaning surfaces using soap or detergent is enough. The revised guidance states that the risk of infection through contaminated surfaces or objects is low.