While our shared compliance with health and safety protocols will help reduce the risk of infection, there is no way to eliminate the risk entirely, and there will be COVID-19 cases among our community members in the coming academic semester.
Therefore, it is important that all those returning to campus understand and recognize the possible risks and that we all do our part to minimize those risks to the greatest extent possible by following Loyola’s COVID-19 guidelines. See the University’s statement on COVID-19.
To respond to positive or suspected COVID-19 cases as they arise, the University has developed a case management plan to help manage and mitigate the spread on campus.
The University’s COVID Logistics Team will provide on-call logistical support to address the needs of students who are in isolation or quarantine on campus, serving as a resource to address individual housing and dining needs.
Students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and/or have COVID-19 symptoms will quarantine in their room at the first onset of symptoms and check in with Student Health Services to coordinate testing if indicated and develop a follow-up plan.
Students with symptoms who have no known exposure to COVID-19
Residential undergraduate students who have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been identified as having been exposed to COVID-19 will be expected to quarantine until after a negative test—coordinated through SHS. Their quarantine will end when they have been cleared by SHS to participate in in-person activities again.
Students who have been identified to have been exposed to COVID-19
Residential undergraduate students who have been identified as having been exposed to COVID-19, per CDC guidelines, will be asked to quarantine in their apartment/residence hall room under the guidance of SHS for a period of 14 days. Students who live in Butler and Hammerman will be relocated for their quarantine period, due to the specific set-up of the communal bathrooms in these two residence halls.
A COVID-19 test will be administered 4-7 days after a known or confirmed exposure to identify any asymptomatic spread of the virus. If the test is negative, the student will still remain in quarantine for the full 14-day period with regular check-ins from Loyola case managers during this time. If the student experiences any health-related concerns while in quarantine, they will be directed to contact Student Health Services.
A negative COVID-19 test while in quarantine does NOT release an exposed student from quarantine. Students will be asked to continue to monitor for symptoms for COVID-19 during this time. Should any symptoms associated with COVID-19 arise, the student should contact Student Health Services immediately by phone. If it is after-hours, the student will be directed to contact the Student Health Services provider on call according to our normal protocol. If a student can safely travel home for their quarantine period, they will be permitted and encouraged to do so.
What to expect while in quarantine
During quarantine, students will be able to participate in remote learning and other remote activities. Students who are in quarantine in Loyola housing will only receive meals delivered by Parkhurst if they complete an order on CaterTrax. There may be additional fees charged depending on a student’s meal plan.
Students who are in quarantine should not leave their residential unit (except for students in Hopkins who need to leave their room to access the bathroom). Students in quarantine should wear a face covering while in their residential unit, avoid common spaces in the residential unit as much as possible, and most important, thoroughly wipe down and disinfect all shared surfaces. This especially includes surfaces within the bathroom such as faucets, sink, toilet seat, toilet handle, and doorknobs.
Students are asked to come to campus with their own supply of cleaning and disinfectant products as they will be responsible for cleaning their own residence spaces. As a precautionary measure, we would highly recommend all students use a shower caddy for their toiletry items. Based on guidance from the CDC, personal items, especially toothbrushes, should not be left on countertops of shared bathrooms to help decrease risk for viral spread.
There may be situations where one roommate is in quarantine while another is not. It is important for everyone to take proper precautions, for the student in quarantine to follow all directives, and for the other student(s) in the living unit to practice proper hand hygiene, wipe down shared surfaces, and they are encouraged to wear face coverings while in the residential unit.
Students who test positive will be encouraged to return home if their home is within driving distance (approximately four hours) of Loyola, and they may safely isolate there. They will stay in isolation at home until cleared by their primary care physician and/or SHS provider. Students who are unable to return home will move to Loyola isolation space. Regular check-ins will be completed for medical management, and care will be coordinated.
Every undergraduate student in isolation—whether in Loyola housing or at home—will be assigned a case manager. Case managers will provide individual, virtual support and focus on providing pastoral care and wellness referrals. Parkhurst Dining will deliver food to students who are in isolation in Loyola housing; depending on a student’s meal plan, there may be additional fees for these meals.
If a student requires hospital care, the University’s health care partner, LifeBridge Sinai Hospital, will help facilitate admission for treatment where possible.
Prepare a “Go Bag”
All residential students should arrive to campus with a “go bag” packed and ready in case they test positive and need to return home or move to Loyola isolation space. Students should review the checklist of items to pack and a list of items that will be provided in Loyola isolation space. All students will have the opportunity to participate in remote learning while in isolation.
Undergraduate students living off campus in non-Loyola housing
Students who are living in non-Loyola housing should report any positive COVID-19 tests to SHS, and they will be assigned a case manager from Student Development to conduct ongoing virtual check-ins. These students will not be provided meals or be permitted to isolate in Loyola housing, but we will provide other virtual support and resources to them through the process.
Graduate students who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to COVID-19 will isolate/quarantine at home and must obtain clearance from either their primary care physician or Student Health Services to confirm that they are ready to return to campus for in-person instruction and other activities. They will also be responsible for daily symptom checking and following up with their primary care provider or Student Health Services if they develop symptoms.
Employees who have been exposed to/test positive for COVID-19
Employees who have been exposed to COVID-19 will need to remain home for 14 days until cleared by both their physician and HR. Employees who test positive will need to remain at home under the care of their physician until cleared to return to work by the office of human resources. They will also be instructed to follow plans laid out by HR in order to manage their return to work.
Loyola will regularly update a dashboard for our university community, combining information from multiple sources to illustrate and track the impact of the pandemic. The dashboard will be updated on a regular basis.