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August 11, 2021 - Newsletter Issue 020

Return to Campus Update: Wednesday, August 11

 

August 11, 2021

Dear Loyola Community,

Loyola University Chicago’s weekly Return to Campus Update helps keep our community informed as we continue our phased reopening. This week’s issue includes information about the Faculty Return to Campus webinar as well as updates on the Return to Campus grid, surveillance testing on campus, reporting a positive COVID-19 case, and masking.

Faculty Return to Campus Webinar

As a reminder, we invite all faculty to register for our next Return to Campus Webinar on Thursday, August 12 at 3 p.m. Loyola leaders will discuss topics including fall classroom guidelines, key steps for faculty returning to campus, health and safety measures, and more. While this webinar is geared toward faculty, anyone in the Loyola community is welcome to attend. 

Register now.

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Updated Return to Campus Grid

Loyola will move into the Fall Phase of our phased reopening in mid-August. Please see the Return to Campus grid for more information.

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Testing on Campus

Fully vaccinated Loyolans are not required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing but are encouraged to test on campus as frequently as desired. Testing locations are available at all three campuses.

Locations

Lake Shore Campus: Damen Student Center

  • Room 244 (Sr. Jean Room) through August 15
  • Room 216, August 16 and beyond

Health Sciences Campus: Cuneo Center 120 – Faculty Dining Room

Water Tower Campus: Terry Student Center – third floor

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Reminder: Loyolans who are not vaccinated from COVID-19 are required to participate in our surveillance testing program, even if you have an approved medical or religious exemption. Review our updated compliance policy.

In May, Loyola’s testing platform changed. Please be sure you are registered with Point n Click (PnC) to participate in testing by using the URL and Agency Code below:

Website: portal.shieldillinois.com
Student Agency Code: yy5790vw-stu
Faculty and Staff Agency Code: yy5790vw-emp

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Report a Positive Case of COVID-19

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 at non-Loyola testing sites are required to report their case to the University as soon as possible. If you test positive for the virus, please email covid-19report@LUC.edu (not covid-19support@LUC.edu) or call 773-508-7707.

All positive cases should be reported immediately following the diagnosis. If you are reporting a positive case by phone, please leave your name and phone number in your message so that our contact tracers can return your call.

Students, faculty, and staff are not responsible for contact tracing. Loyola has established protocols for contact tracing and its own contact tracing team.

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Mask Policy

As a reminder, masks are now required in all indoor public spaces (defined as anywhere where two or more people are gathered) and in all buildings at all Loyola campuses (such as classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, lounges, shared office space, cubicles, hallways, elevators, etc). This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status

If fully vaccinated, masks are not required outdoors but are encouraged when attending a large gathering or event. If not fully vaccinated, masks are required outdoors especially when social distancing cannot be maintained, like at a large gathering or event.

In The News

  • New York Times: The FDA has accelerated its timetable to fully approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, aiming to complete the process by Labor Day.

  • Washington Post: In the next few weeks, the FDA may lay out a national strategy for COVID-19 booster shots, with priority given to those with weakened immune systems.

  • NBC5Chicago: Chicago Department of Public Health announced that 70 percent of adults ages 18+ have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 50 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 have received at least one dose.

  • CNN: More than 99.99 percent of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death. 

Return to Campus Update: Wednesday, August 11

 

August 11, 2021

Dear Loyola Community,

Loyola University Chicago’s weekly Return to Campus Update helps keep our community informed as we continue our phased reopening. This week’s issue includes information about the Faculty Return to Campus webinar as well as updates on the Return to Campus grid, surveillance testing on campus, reporting a positive COVID-19 case, and masking.

Faculty Return to Campus Webinar

As a reminder, we invite all faculty to register for our next Return to Campus Webinar on Thursday, August 12 at 3 p.m. Loyola leaders will discuss topics including fall classroom guidelines, key steps for faculty returning to campus, health and safety measures, and more. While this webinar is geared toward faculty, anyone in the Loyola community is welcome to attend. 

Register now.

Book Icon

Updated Return to Campus Grid

Loyola will move into the Fall Phase of our phased reopening in mid-August. Please see the Return to Campus grid for more information.

Vaccine Icon

Testing on Campus

Fully vaccinated Loyolans are not required to participate in COVID-19 surveillance testing but are encouraged to test on campus as frequently as desired. Testing locations are available at all three campuses.

Locations

Lake Shore Campus: Damen Student Center

  • Room 244 (Sr. Jean Room) through August 15
  • Room 216, August 16 and beyond

Health Sciences Campus: Cuneo Center 120 – Faculty Dining Room

Water Tower Campus: Terry Student Center – third floor

Hours

Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday and Thursday: 6 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Reminder: Loyolans who are not vaccinated from COVID-19 are required to participate in our surveillance testing program, even if you have an approved medical or religious exemption. Review our updated compliance policy.

In May, Loyola’s testing platform changed. Please be sure you are registered with Point n Click (PnC) to participate in testing by using the URL and Agency Code below:

Website: portal.shieldillinois.com
Student Agency Code: yy5790vw-stu
Faculty and Staff Agency Code: yy5790vw-emp

RTC Icon (Brain)

Report a Positive Case of COVID-19

Students, faculty, and staff who test positive for COVID-19 at non-Loyola testing sites are required to report their case to the University as soon as possible. If you test positive for the virus, please email covid-19report@LUC.edu (not covid-19support@LUC.edu) or call 773-508-7707.

All positive cases should be reported immediately following the diagnosis. If you are reporting a positive case by phone, please leave your name and phone number in your message so that our contact tracers can return your call.

Students, faculty, and staff are not responsible for contact tracing. Loyola has established protocols for contact tracing and its own contact tracing team.

Mask Icon

Mask Policy

As a reminder, masks are now required in all indoor public spaces (defined as anywhere where two or more people are gathered) and in all buildings at all Loyola campuses (such as classrooms, labs, meeting rooms, lounges, shared office space, cubicles, hallways, elevators, etc). This applies to all students, faculty, staff, and campus visitors regardless of vaccination status

If fully vaccinated, masks are not required outdoors but are encouraged when attending a large gathering or event. If not fully vaccinated, masks are required outdoors especially when social distancing cannot be maintained, like at a large gathering or event.

In The News

  • New York Times: The FDA has accelerated its timetable to fully approve the Pfizer-BioNTech coronavirus vaccine, aiming to complete the process by Labor Day.

  • Washington Post: In the next few weeks, the FDA may lay out a national strategy for COVID-19 booster shots, with priority given to those with weakened immune systems.

  • NBC5Chicago: Chicago Department of Public Health announced that 70 percent of adults ages 18+ have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and 50 percent of adolescents ages 12-17 have received at least one dose.

  • CNN: More than 99.99 percent of people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 have not had a breakthrough case resulting in hospitalization or death.