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Health and Safety

In preparing for the phased reopening of our campuses, Loyola has made the health and safety of our community our top priority. This includes making sure everyone is well-informed on COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of the disease, as well as the health and safety precautions that all Loyola students, faculty, and staff are expected to take upon returning to campus. We also aim to help members of the Loyola community maintain personal wellness and offer resources to help our students achieve a holistic sense of well-being in mental, emotional, and physical health. 

 
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COVID-19 Testing Approach

Loyola’s testing strategy for COVID-19 was developed via a collaboration of experts from Loyola’s schools of public health, medicine, and nursing. The group consistently referenced and sought input from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Starting May 23, surveillance testing will be required of unvaccinated faculty, students, and staff who come to campus, including those who have been granted a religious or medical exemption from vaccination. Vaccinated Loyolans will no longer be required to participate in regular surveillance testing. Loyola will administer the saliva-based test developed by University of Illinois. The saliva-based test offers Loyola the ability to widely test its population quickly and accurately. The saliva collection process is non-intrusive, takes only a couple minutes to perform, and results are returned within 24 hours.

All unvaccinated undergraduates and residential students will be required to test at least twice per week. All unvaccinated faculty, staff, and graduate/professional students will be required to test at least once per week. Through the course of the semester, Loyola will review access patterns and transmission rates of its cohorts and will adjust the required testing frequency as needed.

Testing sites will be available at all three Chicagoland campuses. Locations and hours of operations can be found here.

At the collection sites, individuals will check in, receive a vial in which to deposit the saliva sample, drool saliva into the vial, and will then proceed to deposit their sample into a collection bin. Samples will be transported to a network of labs in the Chicagoland area for processing, and results will be returned within 24 hours.

Anyone not complying with the required surveillance testing will risk having their access to campus buildings revoked.

Students demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19 will be tested in the Wellness Centers at the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses. Students with symptoms of COVID at the Health Sciences Campus will continue to have access to testing at the occupational/student health clinic located at the medical center.

COVID-19 Testing Dashboard

Our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard reflects all testing data and positive COVID-19 cases that result from Loyola-provided testing on campus. This dashboard does not reflect any testing or positive case results from tests provided by any non-Loyola, private, or community-based testing service. The dashboard also excludes any designated positive cases reported in person, via email, or by phone. 

To view the dashboard, visit LUC.edu/coronavirus/dashboard/

For the most up-to-date data on positive COVID-19 cases within the City of Chicago, the state of Illinois, and across the United States and world, please visit the following resources: 

Infection Prevention

During the summer term, all faculty, staff, and students will be required to maintain six feet of social distancing. Beginning with the fall semester, social distancing will no longer be required in most situations. Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes will be supplied extensively throughout campus, encouraging people to use proper hand hygiene (when soap and water are not available) and to clean spaces as they go. Until further notice, face coverings must be worn at all times. Plexiglass barriers have been placed at transaction counters and will remain in place until further notice. Building ambassadors will be assigned to each building to ensure that the University’s health and safety guidelines are being respected.

In order to promote health safety and to prevent infection, Loyola will make the following resources available on campus for the Spring 2021 semester:

Classrooms/class labs:

  • Wall-mounted sanitizing wipe dispensers in rooms; students and faculty will be required to “clean as you go” and wipe down high touch point areas before and/or after they enter the classroom
  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer
  • Trash can

Shuttles (when in operation):

  • Hand sanitizer bottle near driver
  • Spray bottle with liquid sanitizer for driver to clean between rides

Elevator lobbies:

  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer near push buttons

Office suites:

  • All employees will be encouraged to practice regular hand washing in bathrooms
  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer placed in main entrances to buildings and/or office suites
  • Spray bottles with liquid sanitizer to “clean as you go”
  • In open office buildings, housekeeping will clean common areas (including restrooms) daily; staff and faculty will clean their own workspaces based on occupancy

Dining halls:

Wall-mounted hand sanitizer at entrance and exit

Wall-mounted sanitizing wipes; tables will be “clean as you go” with periodic cleaning by the food service vendor

All other large gathering spaces (student center, fitness center, chapel, library, multi-purpose rooms):

  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer at all entrances, and sporadically throughout the building
  • Wall-mounted sanitizing wipes at all entrances (in the case of the fitness center, throughout)
  • Portable hand-washing stations as needed

Residence halls:

  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer at entrance
  • Wall-mounted hand sanitizer in elevator lobbies

Other protective equipment used on campus to prevent infection may include:

Isolation gowns

Per CDC guidelines, isolation gowns are the preferred personal protective equipment (PPE) for health care personnel (HCP) and first responders

Gloves can be used as needed, and for first responders

Face masks

The University will maintain a small supply of disposable surgical masks for distribution in the event an individual is non-adherent to face covering guidelines

For high-risk exposure groups (HCP, first responders)

Standard N95 respirator masks are preferred for HCP and first responders

FDA-cleared surgical masks are an acceptable alternative PPE for HCP/first responders when N95 respirators are not available

Eye protection

At this time, we do not propose supplying any eye protection, except for those employees categorized by OHSA as being in high or very high-risk exposure levels (HCP, first responders)

Preferred devices are reusable goggles or face shields; disposable devices are an option if the supply chain is limited

Ventilation:

  • An engineering consulting firm has studied all University buildings to verify that ventilation rates, filtration strength, and outside air levels have been optimized to achieve higher standards of air changeover.

  • We continue to follow guidance from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) “Ventilation System Guidance During COVID-19” and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Reopening of Schools and Universities.

  • Ventilation and outside air:
    • Loyola is increasing the amount of outside air that is brought in to its air handling units and changing fan schedules to increase air turnover.

  • Filtration:
    • Loyola has purchased and installed MERV 13 high efficiency filters throughout the buildings on our three campuses.

Required Personal Safety Practices

Face Masks/Face Coverings

Regardless of vaccination status, masks are still required in all classrooms at all three campuses and in all buildings at the Health Sciences Campus

Anyone NOT fully vaccinated, regardless of the reason, is required to continue masking indoors and outdoors on all campuses at all times.

Sponsors of specific indoor events and activities may require masks and will communicate that requirement in advance.

Mask usage

Disposable masks may only be worn for one day and then must be placed in the trash.

You may also wear a cloth face covering. The fabric design or pattern for cloth face coverings should be appropriate for the workplace and school. Cloth face coverings must only be worn for one day at a time and must be properly laundered before using again.

To learn more, view the CDC guidelines on how to select, wear, and clean your mask.

Use and Care of Face Coverings

To ensure that face coverings are as effective as possible in preventing the spread of COVID-19, it is important to follow these instructions for wearing and cleaning your mask.

When putting on your face covering or disposable mask:

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer prior to handling the face covering/disposable mask
  • Ensure the face-covering/disposable mask fits over the nose and under the chin
  • Situate the face-covering/disposable mask properly with nose wire snug against the nose (where applicable)
  • Tie straps securely behind the head and neck or secure the loops around your ears
  • Always avoid touching the front of the face covering/disposable mask at all times when handling or wearing it

When taking off your face covering/disposable mask:

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth when removing the face covering/disposable mask
  • Loop your finger into the strap and pull the strap away from your ear, or untie the straps behind your head and neck
  • Wash your hands immediately after removing the face covering/disposable mask

Tips for care, storage, and laundering of face coverings/disposable masks:

  • Keep your face coverings/disposable mask stored in a paper bag when not in use
  • Replace cloth face coverings immediately if they become soiled, damaged (e.g. ripped, punctured), or visibly contaminated
  • Do not use cloth face coverings for more than one day at a time and always wash them after each use
  • If cleaning your face covering in a washing machine, use regular clothing detergent and the warmest appropriate water setting before first use and after each additional use
  • If washing by hand, follow these instructions:
    • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing:
      • 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) household bleach per gallon of room temperature water; or 4 teaspoons household bleach per quart of room temperature water
      • Check the label to see if your bleach is intended for disinfection; some bleach products, such as those designed for safe use on colored clothing, may not be suitable for disinfection
      • Ensure your bleach product is not past its expiration date
      • Never mix household bleach with ammonia or any other cleanser
      • Soak the face covering in the bleach solution for five minutes
      • Rinse thoroughly in cool or room temperature water
  • Dry face coverings thoroughly after washing
    • If using a dryer, use the highest heat setting available
    • If not using a dryer, lay the mask on a flat surface (in direct sunlight if possible) and let dry completely before wearing
  • Do not use disposable masks for more than one day; disposable masks should be placed in the trash after use, or if it becomes soiled, damaged (e.g., stretched ear loops, torn or punctured material), or visibly contaminated during use

Face Shields

Students, faculty, and staff at Loyola do not need to wear goggles or face shields as part of general activity on campus. Good hand hygiene, face masks, and avoiding touching your face are generally sufficient protection in a non-health care environment.  

Coughing and Sneezing Hygiene

If you are in a private setting and do not have on your face covering, remember to always cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues in the trash and immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizers with greater than 60 percent ethanol, or 70 percent isopropanol as the preferred form of hand hygiene in health care settings.

Social Distancing

Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Keeping space between yourself and others is one of the best tools we have in avoiding exposure to COVID-19 and slowing its spread. Social distancing is important for everyone, especially to help protect those who are at higher risk of getting very sick. Students, faculty, and staff must follow these social distancing practices:

  • Stay at least six feet (about two arms’ length) from other people at all times
  • Do not gather in groups of 10 or more
  • Avoid crowded places and mass gatherings

Hand Washing

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds—especially after you have been in a public place or after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, or touching your face. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. When using hand sanitizer, cover all surfaces of your hands with it and rub them together until they feel dry. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth, and always wash your hands after touching your face.

Self-Monitoring

The first step to preventing the spread of COVID-19 is to stay at home if you are sick. If you have any of the symptoms commonly associated with the disease (as defined in the Self-Monitoring and Symptoms of COVID-19 section), you should not come to campus and should consult your health care provider.

Wear Your Loyola ID

As members of the University community will be required to wear face coverings, it is now required that a valid University ID be worn by every student, faculty/staff member, or University contractor while on campus. Your ID should always be clearly visible and in plain sight; building access will not be allowed for anyone without a visible ID.  

Wearing your ID is important for several reasons. First, it makes it easier to ensure that the people on campus are members of the University community who are permitted to be there. Second, in emergency situations it can help emergency personnel immediately identify who belongs and who does not. Finally, student badges make it much easier to distinguish between students and visitors.  

Together we can all help to ensure safety and security on the Loyola campuses. Wear you badge with Rambler pride!

Wellness

Emotional and Mental Health

For students, mental and emotional well-being are the keys to success in college. This includes accessing the care needed to manage any mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, while also successfully navigating normal developmental transitions and developing skills for maintaining healthy relationships. Optimal mental and emotional health involves acknowledging your strengths, learning healthy coping skills, and building a supportive community.   

The Wellness Center offers a range of services to support your mental and emotional health, including brief individual therapy, group therapy, care management and referral, psychiatry services, mindfulness meditation, and crisis intervention and support. These services continue to be available during the pandemic.  

More information about our services is available at LUC.edu/wellness/mentalhealth/ . 

As we begin a phased return to normal operations for the fall, Wellness Center mental health professionals will continue to follow public health guidance on masking and social distancing. Because counselors are most effective when we can see each other’s faces, many mental health services might continue in a hybrid environment, with some services provided in-person and others provided remotely. In addition to sharing these updates on our website and in University communications, our counselors will discuss this with you during your initial intake phone call. 

How to access mental health and other support services 

  • For routine counseling, your first appointment will be a 30-minute telephone assessment. You can schedule this appointment online at LUC.edu/wellness/about/hours/ or by calling 773.508.2530 and pressing option 3 

  • Due to legal restrictions, ongoing individual counseling via teletherapy is currently available only if you are residing in Illinois. More information about teletherapy is available at LUC.edu/wellness. However, even if you are outside of Illinois, we are still able to help you connect with care in your area. In addition to telephone consultation and care management services, out-of-state students in online learning are also eligible for many of our groups and workshops that are posted here. 

  • You can schedule a care management visit at LUC.edu/wellness/about/hours/ or by calling 773.508.2530, pressing option 3.   

  • If you are experiencing a mental health crisis or emergency either during or after business hours, a counselor can be reached by calling 773.508.2530 and pressing option 3.   

  • Learn more: LUC.edu/wellness/mentalhealth/emergencycrisiscare/

Telehealth

As we begin a phased return to normal operations for the fall, Wellness Center mental health and medical professionals will continue to follow public health guidance on masking and social distancing. Because counselors are most effective when we can see each other’s faces, many mental health services might continue in a hybrid environment, with some services provided in-person and others provided remotely. Telehealth services will be available at no cost to eligible Loyola students through the Wellness Center until further notice. Telehealth in this context refers to confidential counseling sessions and medical consultations that will take place through a live video connection via Zoom. Students who are interested in teletherapy or a medical video visit first need to schedule a phone triage appointment with the Wellness Center.  

Ways to schedule a telehealth appointment:  

For mental health telehealth services:  

  • Call the front desk at 773.508.2530 (press option 3 and leave a voice message and a counselor will return your call within 30 minutes 
  • Visit the Wellness Center website to book an appointment online  

For medical telehealth services:  

  • Call Dial-a-Nurse at 773.508.8883  

To be eligible for telehealth services through the Wellness Center, a student must be currently enrolled at Loyola, reside in the state of Illinois, and attend an initial phone triage appointment. Students at the Health Sciences Campus are not eligible for telehealth services at the Wellness Center but can access telehealth services at no cost through Student Health Services or Perspectives.  

For more information about current Wellness Center services, including information on telehealth privacy and eligibility, visit LUC.edu/wellness.

Student Mental Health and Wellness Resources

There are many mental health and wellness resources available to students—whether you are living on campus, off campus, or learning remotely.  

  • Tool Kit for Staying Well and Connected During COVID-19: On this page, you will find fun apps and free resources to help you stay connected and entertained. There is also important information for different populations who are affected by this crisis, and information about nutrition while sheltering at home. 

  • Telehealth Counseling:If you are interested in scheduling a telehealth counseling appointment with the Wellness Center, this page provides information on eligibility and how to access services.  

  • Group Counseling: The Wellness Center will offer therapy and support groups for undergrad and graduate students. Please contact the group facilitators for more information on how to join. 

  • Mental Health Resources for Special Populations: The Wellness Center has compiled mental health resources for Black students, Latinx, LGBTQ, AAPI, and International students. Resources include websites, articles, social media accounts to follow, and assistance locating a therapist.  

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic can have a negative impact on students’ mental health. If you are experiencing an urgent, non-life-threatening mental health crisis, please contact the Wellness Center at 773-508-2530 and press option 3 to leave a message. A mental provider will call you back within 30 minutes. You can also visit our Emergency/Crisis Care page to learn more.  

For more information on all student mental health services offered through the Wellness Center at the Lake Shore and Water Tower Campuses, click here. For information on mental health services offered at the Health Sciences Campus, click here.

FAQS

What is COVID-19 and How Does it Spread?

COVID-19 is a disease caused by a coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. Older adults and people who have severe underlying medical conditions like heart or lung disease or diabetes are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

COVID-19 is spread in three main ways.

  1. Breathing in air when close to an infected person who is exhaling small droplets and particles that contain the virus.
  2. Having these small droplets and particles that contain virus land on the eyes, nose, or mouth, especially through splashes and sprays like a cough or sneeze.
  3. Touching eyes, nose, or mouth with hands that have the virus on them.

Implementing important principles such as personal prevention practices (e.g. hand washing, staying home when sick) and environmental cleaning and disinfection can help prevent the spread.

Learn more about COVID-19 and the CDC’s tips for protecting yourself at: Things to Know about the COVID-19 Pandemic | CDC

Self-Monitoring and Symptom Checker App

The University has developed a Symptom Checker application to promote your health and safety and to improve awareness of the symptoms of COVID-19 and other medical conditions. 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. Learn more at LUC.edu/coronavirus/symptomchecker. At this time, COVID-19 symptoms may include one or more of the following:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • A fever of 100 degrees Fahrenheit or greater
  • Chills and shakes
  • Runny nose or new sinus congestion
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of taste or smell

While using the app, students, faculty, and staff will check any symptoms they have. Depending on their symptoms, the app will indicate with a RED, YELLOW, or GREEN sign how they should proceed. If they indicate they have a fever greater than 100 degrees, loss of taste or smell, and recent contact with a test-confirmed COVID-19 person, they will get a red STOP with instructions to not come to campus or class and to call their health care provider. People with other checked symptoms will get a yellow caution sign, which will tell them to call their provider. If they have no symptoms, they will get a green sign and will be free to come to campus or class. The symptom app will refresh every 24 hours.

For more information about the symptoms of COVID-19 visit the CDC website.

Temperature checks

Each Loyola student will be given a thermometer to enable them to check their temperature each morning. Students will note their temperature using the mobile app. Those who report their temperature is 100 degrees Fahrenheit or above and note a loss of taste or smell and other symptoms will receive a red STOP on their mobile app and will be instructed to call their health care provider. The health care provider will make the judgement whether that student should be tested for COVID-19. 

What to do if symptoms develop?

If you are experiencing COVID-19-related symptoms, please remain at home and reach out to the following for guidance and care:

Students at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses, including ABSN students: Call Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883

Biomedical graduate students and medical students at Health Sciences Campus: Call Employee and Student Health Hotline at 708-216-1170

Faculty and Staff: Call your medical provider

What if I test positive for COVID-19?

In preparation for our upcoming semester, Loyola University Chicago’s Emergency Response Management team has been working to develop protocols in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines that help ensure the health and safety of our community. Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases across our country, it is very likely that incidences within our community will occur.

Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible. 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, not the new case reporting email address.

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 tracing coordinators can return your call.

Students, faculty, and staff only need to report positive cases within the last 14 days. Those who are conducting studies or working remotely from outside the City of Chicago are still encouraged to report their positive cases for tracking and data purposes.

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

What If I Live with Someone Who Tests Positive?

If you are living in a residence where someone has tested positive for COVID-19, it is essential to monitor your own symptoms and take steps to reduce your exposure to COVID-19 in the shared residence. If one of your roommates has COVID-19 and was not diagnosed by the Wellness Center, they must self-report their positive case by calling 773-508-7707 or by emailing COVID-19report@LUC.edu. Ideally, a person who is sick with COVID-19 should self-isolate in a private space with a private bathroom.

Please see below for tips on how to keep yourself and others healthy if you are living in an apartment with someone who has COVID-19, or an apartment where someone has tested positive but is in isolation in another location.

For students who are living in a residence with someone who has COVID-19:

    • All close contacts (with or without symptoms) should be tested between five and nine days after exposure to a positive case. Loyola students can get tested at the Wellness Center Clinics.
    • By definition, close contacts are individuals with whom the positive case was within six feet for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period (e.g. three 5-minute exposures for a total of 15 minutes), starting from two days before illness onset (or, for asymptomatic patients, two days prior to test specimen collection) until the time the patient is isolated. Roommates should always be considered a close contact if they shared a room with the case during this time period.
    • If you receive a positive test result, you should isolate until:
      • it has been at least 10 days since the onset of the illness OR specimen collection date.
      • symptoms, including cough, have improved.
      • you are free from fever without the use of fever reducing medications for at least 24 hours.

If you are living with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, you must quarantine for 14 days. A negative test result done between days five and nine does not release you from quarantine. Follow these guidelines for quarantine from the CDC to prevent exposing others to COVID-19:

      • Monitor your own symptoms by using the LUC symptom checker app daily; if you start to feel ill and develop symptoms while in quarantine, contact Dial-a-Nurse at 773-508-8883 for assistance and support
      • If possible, designate a private bedroom and bathroom that will solely be used by your roommate who is sick and in isolation; they should avoid all common areas of the residence until their isolation period has ended
      • Ask your roommate who is sick to wear a mask and maintain at least a six-foot distance if you have to enter their room or if they have to enter a shared space
      • Avoid sharing household items such as kitchen utensils and dishware with the person who is sick or with other roommates who are in quarantine
      • Avoid sharing any personal items with others such as phones, clothes, etc.
      • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently
      • Disinfect high touch surfaces and items frequently such as shared toilets, light switches, and doorknobs (Note: this does not include the space where someone is isolating, as cleaning that space may increase possible exposure to COVID-19)
      • Open windows or use a fan or an air conditioner in shared spaces in the home
      • Do not allow any non-essential visitors besides the people who live in the home
      • If you are helping your sick roommate with meals, leave them outside of the door of their room

Support your roommate from a safe distance. Testing positive for COVID-19 can be very emotionally and physically difficult for the person who is ill. You can show them support and kindness by Face-Timing them to chat from your room, offering to get food or groceries delivered, or asking them to let you know if their condition changes and they need help finding immediate care.

Contact Tracing

Case investigation and contact tracing are fundamental activities that involve working with a patient (symptomatic and asymptomatic) who has been diagnosed with an infectious disease to identify and provide support to people (contacts) who may have been infected through exposure to the patient. This process prevents further transmission of disease by separating people who have (or may have) an infectious disease from people who do not. Case investigation and contact tracing are most effective when part of a multifaceted response to an outbreak.

For COVID-19, contact tracing could involve:

  • Interviewing people with COVID-19 to identify everyone with whom they had close contact during the time they may have been infectious
  • Notifying contacts of their potential exposure
  • Referring contacts for testing
  • Monitoring contacts for signs and symptoms of COVID-19
  • Connecting contacts with services they might need during the self-quarantine period

Contact Tracing at Loyola
Loyola University Chicago has developed its own contact tracing team who will have access to details relevant only for contact tracing purposes. The contact tracing team consists of contact tracers, care coordinators, team leads, team clinician for consultation (can be a registered nurse, nurse practitioner, or physician), and a supervisor.

The data obtained during a case investigation and contact tracing is entered into a secure platform known as Go.Data, an outbreak investigation tool developed by the World Health Organization for field data collection during public health emergencies. The tool includes functionality for case investigation, contact follow-up, visualization of chains of transmission (including secure data exchange), and is designed for flexibility in the field to adapt to the wide range of outbreak scenarios. 

Purpose
The purpose of the contact tracing team at Loyola is to:

  • Inform contacts of their encounters with a confirmed positive case and monitor contacts for symptom onset
  • Disseminate information and guidance on quarantining, isolating, social distancing, as well as methods for preventing infection
  • Provide support to cases and control so that they may isolate or quarantine effectively

Training
Currently there are two training courses for contact tracing (below) of which completion of one is required.

  • Making Contact: A Training for COVID-19 Contact Tracers: Basics of Contact Tracing – Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
  • COVID-19 Contact Tracing – Johns Hopkins University via COURSERA

HIPAA training for all contact tracers will also be required. Additional soft skills training will be identified as needed.

Everyone in the contact tracing team will also undergo training on the following:

  • PowerBI information dashboard
  • Go.data platform
  • An orientation/reminder of privacy and security features

Together, these trainings will prepare the contact tracing team in implementing contact tracing in an efficient and timely manner.

Overview of Contact Tracing Process
Cases will be identified in one of three ways:

  • The Loyola Wellness Center may identify lab-confirmed COVID-19 positive cases via testing.
  • Individuals may self-identify as a case by calling the Loyola Contact Tracing Initiation Hotline at 773-508-7707.
  • Individuals may also self-identify by sending an email to: COVID-19report@LUC.edu

Upon identifying a COVID-19 case, a CT Team Lead will initiate a case investigation, which includes the following steps:

  • Calling and interviewing the person with a confirmed case; conducting at least 12 contact interviews per four-hour shift
  • Providing instructions for isolating
  • Assessing any support needs

The Contact Tracer then initiates the tracing process and follows these steps:

  • Notify and call the contact
  • Conduct an interview with the contact
  • Determine the presence of symptoms
  • Provide instructions for quarantining
  • Assess any support needs

Want to be a contact tracer? Contact Anne Luckose of Loyola’s Wellness Center at aluckose@LUC.edu.

You can find Frequently Asked Questions on contact tracing from the CDC here.

For more on the principles of contact tracing, visit: cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/php/principles-contact-tracing.html

In preparing for the phased reopening of our campuses, Loyola has made the health and safety of our community our top priority. This includes making sure everyone is well-informed on COVID-19 and how to prevent the spread of the disease, as well as the health and safety precautions that all Loyola students, faculty, and staff are expected to take upon returning to campus. We also aim to help members of the Loyola community maintain personal wellness and offer resources to help our students achieve a holistic sense of well-being in mental, emotional, and physical health. 

 
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