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 plan to help support residential students who test positive and utilize Loyola’s isolation space.
The University will provide information for residential students who are in isolation or quarantine on campus, including information about ordering meals, how to access after-hours emergency support, and how to submit service requests.
Students in quarantine and isolation who need to order meals can do so through this Quarantine Meals page.
Students with a vaccine exemption 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 complete the daily symptom tracker appropriately. SHS will contact the student to coordinate testing and develop a follow-up plan.
Vaccinated students who may have been exposed to COVID-19 should complete the student symptom tracker. While this group does not need to quarantine, per current CDC guidance, they need to wear face coverings and check in with SHS to coordinate testing and develop a follow-up plan. SHS will call students based on their reporting of their situation on the student symptom tracker within two hours of the student completing the tracker. If a student learns of an exposure after hours, they should complete the symptom tracker to initiate the process for the next business day.
Students with symptoms who have no known exposure to COVID-19
Residential undergraduate students—even those who are fully vaccinated—who have COVID-19 symptoms but have not been identified as having been exposed to COVID-19 will be expected to quarantine for up to 10 days and wear a face covering both indoors and outdoors on campus 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 with a vaccine exemption 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 7 days, so long as they have had a negative PCR test between 5 to 7 days following exposure. Students with a vaccine exemption 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.
For students with a vaccine exemption, a COVID-19 test will be administered 5-7 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 7-day period and be able to return to their normal activities on day 8 after exposure as of 7 a.m. If the student experiences any health-related concerns while in quarantine, they should contact SHS. For URGENT, after-hours issues, students can contact our on-call service to speak to a physician who will advise next steps until the next day.
A negative COVID-19 test while in quarantine does NOT automatically release an exposed, unvaccinated 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 SHS immediately by phone. If it is after-hours, the student will be directed to contact the SHS 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.
Vaccinated, residential undergraduate students who have been identified as having been exposed to COVID-19, per CDC guidelines, will be asked to wear a face covering and a COVID-19 test will be administered 3-5 days after a known or confirmed exposure to identify any asymptomatic spread of the virus. If the test is negative, SHS will inform the student and discuss the need for further guidance at that time. Students should utilize grab-and-go dining options while waiting for their COVID-19 test results.
What to expect while in quarantine
During quarantine, students should communicate with their faculty members about how to best keep up with their coursework. 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. We 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 and wipe down shared surfaces. They are also encouraged to wear face coverings while in the residential unit.
Students who test positive, regardless of their vaccination status, 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 should remain in isolation at home until cleared by Student Health Services to return to campus. The isolation period for positive students remains at 10 days after a positive test result. Students may return to campus on day 11 once documentation has been sent to SHS indicating their release from isolation.
Residential students who are unable to return home will move to Loyola isolation space. All COVID-positive students isolating on or off campus will be directed by SHS to enroll in LifeBridge Health’s (LBH) Get Well Loop Digital Care Center. After an initial phone call with a LBH provider, students will be virtually completing daily symptom reports. These reports are monitored daily by LifeBridge providers, and there is also an option to request a follow-up call if needed. Prior to the end of the isolation period, the student and LBH provider will set a telemedicine visit date, determine if the student is able to be released from isolation, and notify SHS accordingly. LBH does submit claims for this process to the student’s private insurance company. There is no fee for this service directly from Loyola.
Every undergraduate student in Loyola’s isolation space will also be assigned a case manager. The case manager will provide individual, virtual support and focus on providing 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.
During the isolation period, students should communicate with their faculty members about how to best keep up with their coursework.
Resources for an Ignatian Isolation
If a student requires hospital care, SHS will work with the University’s health care partner, LifeBridge Sinai Hospital, and will help facilitate admission for treatment where possible.
Prepare a “Go Bag”
All residential students should arrive on 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.
Undergraduate students living off campus
Students who are living in non-Loyola housing should report any positive COVID-19 tests to SHS and follow isolation guidelines per the CDC. These students will not be provided meals or be permitted to isolate in Loyola housing. They will be permitted to return to campus on day 11 after they complete their 10-day period of isolation and are cleared by a healthcare provider and SHS.
Students who have been granted an exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine
Graduate students who are attending classes in person who test positive for COVID-19 or who have been exposed to COVID-19 will notify SHS through their daily symptom checker and then isolate/quarantine at home. They must obtain clearance from their primary care physician 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 monitoring and should follow up with their primary care provider or urgent care center as the need arises. Once they are cleared to return to campus, they should email the clearance documentation to firstname.lastname@example.org. As soon as they know that they will be absent from classes due to isolation or quarantine requirements, students should contact their program directors and/or academic advisors to let them know they will be absent from classes and should communicate with their faculty members about how best to keep up with their coursework.
Employees who have been exposed to/test positive for COVID-19
Employees who have a medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine and have been exposed to COVID-19 will need to remain home 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. Employees will take their available paid leave when they are unable to work. If no leave time is available, they will be on unpaid leave.
Campus Assessment and Restriction Period (CARP)
At times during the Fall 2021 semester, the University may proactively need to shift to a CARP (Campus Assessment and Restriction Period) due to the status of COVID-19 in the Loyola community. This would call for additional procedures and restrictions to position the community for continued health and safety. CARP guidelines are still being determined at this time.
Loyola will regularly update a dashboard for our Loyola community, combining information from multiple sources to illustrate and track the impact of the pandemic.