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.
In the spring, surveillance testing of faculty, students and staff who come to campus at varying levels of incidence will be in place for the semester. Loyola will test its entire community regularly using a 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 undergraduates and residential students will be required to test at least twice per week. 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 will be communicated closer to the start of the spring semester.
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 Center at the Lake Shore campus. Students exhibiting COVID symptoms at the Water Tower campus will be tested in the satellite clinic at Water Tower campus. 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. Well students will be seen at the satellite Wellness locations during the spring semester.