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COVID-19 Active Protocols

Keeping our campus and community safe in the time of COVID-19.

In keeping with our mission of maintaining the health and safety of our community, DeSales University strongly urges all who are eligible to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and/or booster.

For your convenience, you can view a list of vaccine providers

Thank you for your continued cooperation and patience during these unprecedented times.

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COVID-19 Active Protocols

  • Is there an active mask mandate on campus?

    As of March 2, 2022, DeSales University is mask-optional for all students, employees, and visitors.

    • Individuals are not required to wear a face covering when indoors. Of course, anyone is free to continue to use a mask, if preferred.
    • We ask that community members continue to wear a mask and get tested if they are demonstrating symptoms of COVID-19. This will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 so that our infection rates do not require reinstating strict COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Furthermore, we reiterate that taking the COVID-19 vaccination and booster is the most effective way to prevent serious illness or hospitalization due to COVID-19.

    As a community bound by Salesian solidarity, let us respect each other’s decision whether to mask. We remain committed to following the research and recommendations from the CDC and other health officials as we continue to monitor our response to this virus. 

    Masking protocols are subject to change as new data from the CDC emerges.

  • Can I get a COVID-19 test on campus?

    The University will offer symptomatic COVID-19 testing to all full-time students, faculty, and staff members via the Wellness Center. Availability of testing will be dependent on supply and the assessment of symptoms by the Wellness Center staff.

    Symptomatic Testing Hours

    • Monday-Friday: 9AM-4PM
      Call 610-282-1100, ext. 1776 to request testing.

    The COVID-19 Tracker will provide information about the number of tests distributed in relation to the number of positive results weekly.

     

  • What do I do if I test positive for COVID-19 or am exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19?

    In light of the new CDC guidelines for isolation and quarantine, we present the following requirements.

    • If you have tested positive for COVID-19,
      • you are required to isolate for 5 days.  If your symptoms are resolving (fever-free for 24 hours) or you are asymptomatic, you may resume regular activities but must wear a mask for 5 additional days both indoors and outdoors.
    • Unvaccinated individuals
      • If you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19, 
        • and experience symptoms of COVID-19, get tested immediately. 
          • If positive, you are required to isolate for 5 days and must wear a mask for 5 additional days both indoors and outdoors.
          • If negative, you are required to quarantine for 5 days and must wear a mask for 5 additional days both indoors and outdoors.
        • and are asymptomatic, quarantine for 5 days and continue to mask for 5 additional days both indoors and outdoors.
    • Vaccinated individuals (Those who have received a booster dose, or are within 5 months of receiving the two-dose Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or within two months of receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.) 
      • If you experience symptoms of COVID-19, get tested immediately.
        • If positive, you are required to isolate for 5 days and must wear a mask for 5 additional days both indoors and outdoors.
        • If negative, wear a mask for 10 days both indoors and outdoors.
          • If you are asymptomatic, you are not required to quarantine for 5 days following direct exposure to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. However, you should wear a mask for 10 days both indoors and outdoors.
  • What do the terms "isolation" and "quarantine" mean?

    • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.
    • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.
  • My classes meet on campus. May I Zoom into my class?

    With the exception of inclement weather procedures, only students requiring quarantine or isolation due to the COVID-19 virus may utilize the Zoom modality for classroom attendance; verification will be issued by Wendy Kalamar in the Wellness Center.

    To provide consistency across the University, no other reasons for Zooming will be accepted; such reasons include convenience, oversleeping, travel issues, non-COVID-19 illnesses, and the like.

    Note: This protocol is for students enrolled in traditional, on campus courses. Students enrolled in online, hybrid, or Flex courses should follow their instructor's guidance.

  • Do I have to use available time off for COVID-19 related absence from work?

    Faculty & Staff:

    • The University's COVID-19 leave policy has expired. Employees are encouraged to speak with their supervisor and/or human resources with questions.
  • Latest Update: March 10, 2022

    The most recent update to these protocols was a change to testing on campus. As of 3/11/22, we will no longer be doing weekend testing for COVID-19.

    View all COVID-19 updates

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COVID-19 Tracker

Tracking COVID-19 testing and results on Campus.
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COVID-19 Contact Info

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Monday-Friday, 9:00AM–4:00PM: call 610-282-1100 ext. 1776 to speak with a health professional.

If you are experiencing emergent symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, do not wait. Go to an ER or call 911.