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COVID-19 Statistics

Data about COVID-19 testing, quarantine, and isolation on campus.

The purpose of this dashboard is to offer community members the latest information on the University’s tracking of COVID-19. Cases represented on this dashboard include laboratory-verified test results among students, faculty, and staff. The dashboard is being updated daily.

To protect confidentiality and privacy, DeSales University cannot disclose any identifying information about affected individuals. Those who have tested positive are being isolated from the community; individuals at risk for exposure have been contacted and instructed to quarantine.

COVID-19 Dashboard

This dashboard is updated daily.

COVID-19 Testing

Quarantine & Isolation

COVID-19 Suite

DeSales University has space inside the Dorothy Day Wellness Center dedicated for COVID-19 patients and testing. Wendy (Krisak) Kalamar, assistant dean of students for wellness, oversees the suite which includes a separate entrance for patients; a unique ventilation system; UV light sanitation; and a testing room for symptomatic community members. The suite is staffed by a COVID-19 registered nurse who administers the Cepheid GeneXpert, a COVID-19 testing machine donated by St. Luke’s. This test can produce rapid results within just 45 minutes.

Screening and Testing

A medical screening is required for all students, faculty, and staff who are symptomatic of COVID-19 with fever, chills, cough, sore throat, or shortness of breath. Members of the DeSales community may pursue medical screening and testing, either on campus or through their healthcare provider. Note: The list of COVID-19 symptoms may change based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and/or the CDC.

Contact Tracing

Any University student, faculty, or staff member who experiences COVID-19 symptoms, or has tested positive for COVID-19, will be asked to assist with contact tracing. Depending on the circumstances, the University will notify those impacted if there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 exposure on campus.

Isolation vs. Quarantine

For suspected or confirmed cases on campus, DeSales University will follow prevailing CDC guidance for quarantine or isolation.

  • Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick. Students, faculty, or staff who test positive for COVID-19 will be encouraged to return home where they can safely isolate until they recover. Students who are not able to return home will be given special accommodation on campus where they can safely isolate and recover.
  • Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick. Students with a known exposure to a COVID-19 positive patient will be given special accommodation off campus where they can safely quarantine and monitor for symptoms. Faculty and staff will be instructed to self-quarantine at home and monitor for symptoms.

Note: Each time an infected or exposed community member is released from isolation or quarantine, the Executive Vice President, in consultation with the multi-agency coordination group, must approve that individual’s return to campus. 

More information from the Return-to-Campus Guide:

  • Testing Process

    Due to the limited amount of reagents available, we are currently limiting on-campus testing to symptomatic individuals only. We are unable to test asymptomatic individuals on campus currently. If you are in need of asymptomatic testing, testing is available with appointment for free through CVS or Rite-Aid. Resources are provided at the bottom of this page.

    Each day, students/staff/faculty must complete the DeSales COVID-19 screening via the HealthChampion app. If you receive a green/blue check mark, you’re cleared to come to campus!

    If you receive a message with a red exclamation point follow the app instructions and call 610-282-1002, or extension 1250 from a University phone. Upon calling the COVID line, basic demographic information will be forwarded to the COVID Response Team. Afterwards, a member of the DeSales COVID response team will contact you, please be sure to keep your cell phone line clear and accept the call.  If you are off campus, please stay off campus until we contact you. If you are on campus, please isolate in your room until we contact you.

    The response team member who calls will perform a phone triage assessment. If the team member states you are cleared to come campus, you are welcome on campus. If the team member states you are in need of COVID testing, please follow the processes below:

    Undergraduate students

    On-campus residents

    If you have a car, please drive to the Dorothy Day Center to be tested at the COVID Suite at the time you are given. You must enter the building through the side entrance to access the COVID suite.  Do not use the main doors.  You can expect to be at the Dorothy Day COVID Suite for an hour. While you are awaiting test results, the Contact Tracing team will gather contact information, that will only be used, anonymously, if you test positive. Upon a negative test result, all gathered information is securely discarded.

    Off-campus residents living with other DeSales students

    The contact team will be in touch with you to gather information. If you have a car, please drive to the Dorothy Day Center to be tested at the COVID Suite at the time you are given. You must enter the building through the side entrance to access the COVID suite.  Do not use the main doors.  You can expect to be at the Dorothy Day COVID Suite for an hour. While you are awaiting test results, the Contact Tracing team will gather contact information, that will only be used, anonymously, if you test positive. Upon a negative test result, all gathered information is securely discarded. If you need transportation to the COVID testing suite, DeSales can provide safe transportation.  

    Off-campus residents living at home

    The contact team will be in touch with you to gather information. You have unfettered access to testing on-campus, though we are trying to conserve as many reagents as possible for students who live on-campus and student who live with other DeSales students due to concerns of higher potential campus closure. If you would like testing on-campus, it is available to you.. If you do agree to testing off-campus, we can refer you to one of the local St. Luke’s testing locations, and prioritize your test to have a result in 24-48 hours. You will need to isolate while awaiting results, and are not permitted on-campus until results are confirmed.

    Graduate students

    Graduate students may be tested at the Dorothy Day COVID Suite based on availability of testing reagents. If on-campus testing is unavailable, students will be referred to one of our St. Luke’s testing locations and the test will be prioritized to have results in 48 hours. Students will need to isolate while awaiting results, and are not permitted on-campus until results are confirmed.

    Faculty/staff

    You will be referred to one of our St. Luke’s testing locations, and we will prioritize your test to have a result in 24-48 hours. You are expected to work from home and not return to campus until testing has resulted.

    Resources:

     

  • Isolation Protocol

    Creating and maintaining a healthy environment that limits the opportunity for transmission of COVID-19 is crucial during these times. The university community needs to respect and support one another in following the established protocols outlined in the Ready for Anything commitment and Return to Campus guide.  Compliance with established social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and health and hygiene protocols is expected of all. Repeated or intentional disregard of these protocols is not permissible and will result in disciplinary action and possible loss of privileges to reside on campus and/or attend in-person classes.

    All individuals who have tested positive for COVID will be required to isolate for 10 days.

    • If a student is a campus resident but is able to safely go home, they are encouraged to do so.
    • If a student is a campus resident and is unable to safely go home, the student will be placed in specially outfitted isolation housing on campus.
    • If a student lives off-campus, they will follow the above stated protocol. The student will not be allowed to live at their off-campus residence; doing so will result in possible loss of privileges to attend in-person classes.
    • If a student is a commuter from home, they will be required to isolate at home if they can do so safely.  Students who cannot safely quarantine at home due to compromised family members will be moved to an on-campus isolation room.
    • Faculty and staff are required to isolate at home. 

    The 10 day isolation requirement for COVID+ symptomatic students/faculty/staff is from the first day of onset of symptoms. Example: if symptoms begin on 1/1, a student is tested 1/3, and the test comes back positive, the 10 day isolation period begins on 1/1. The isolation period should end 1/11 and the student will be welcomed back to campus on 1/11, if for the final 48 hours there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication and symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Should there be a fever or other major symptoms in the final 48 hours of the isolation, and/or the symptoms of COVID-19 are not improving, the isolation will be extended.

    The 10 day isolation requirement for COVID+ asymptomatic students/faculty/staff is from the day of +COVID testing. Example: if an asymptomatic faculty member tests for COVID on 1/1, and they test positive, the 10 day isolation period begins on 1/1. The isolation period should end 1/11 and the faculty member will be welcomed back to campus on 1/11, if for the final 48 hours there is no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication and any symptoms of COVID-19 are improving. Should there be a fever in the final 48 hours of the isolation, and/or the symptoms of COVID-19 are not improving, the isolation will be extended.

    Violation of isolation protocol will result in disciplinary action.

    DeSales University’s COVID-19 response is guided by the CDC recommendations, which can be seen here. This policy will be updated with any CDC guideline updates.

  • Quarantine Protocol

    Creating and maintaining a healthy environment that limits the opportunity for transmission of COVID-19 is crucial during these times. The university community needs to respect and support one another in following the established protocols outlined in the Ready for Anything commitment and Return to Campus guide.  Compliance with established social distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and health and hygiene protocols is expected of all. Repeated or intentional disregard of these protocols is not permissible and will result in disciplinary action and possible loss of privileges to reside on campus and/or attend in-person classes.

    All individuals determined by the DeSales University Contact Tracing team to be a contact of a +COVID individual will be required to quarantine for 14 days.

    • If a student is a campus resident but is able to safely go home, they are encouraged to do so.
    • If a student is a campus resident and is unable to safely go home, the student will be moved to the Homewood Suites at 3350 Center Valley Pkwy, Center Valley, PA 18034.
    • If a student lives off-campus, they will follow the above stated protocol. The student will not be allowed to live at their off-campus residence; doing so will result in possible loss of privileges to attend in-person classes.
    • If a student/is a commuter from home, they will be required to quarantine at home if they can do so safely.  Students who cannot safely quarantine at home due to compromised family members will be moved to the Homewood Suites. 
    • Faculty and staff are required to quarantine at home.

    The 14 day quarantine requirement for students/faculty/staff is from the day of last exposure to the individual who tested positive.

    Example:

    • Student A begins to experience symptoms on 1/1 and tests positive later that same day.
    • Student B is found to be the only close contact to Student A and the date of last contact was 1/1.
    • Student B either goes home or to the Homewood Suites
    • As long as no symptoms arise, Student B is welcome to return back to campus on 1/15.

    DeSales University’s COVID-19 response is guided by the CDC recommendations. As of now, CDC guidelines recommend testing for close contact individuals.

    Regardless of the test result, the quarantine timeline of 14 days from last exposure to the COVID+ individual will not change.

    Example:

    • We cannot test an exposed student 5 days post-exposure and confirm with certainty that a negative result means the student does not have COVID-19.
    • At that stage, an individual may have contracted the virus without it having replicated enough  detectable through testing. 
    • If any symptoms do arise during the quarantine period, we will have the student retested. 

    This policy will be updated with any CDC guideline updates.

    Violation of quarantine protocol will result in disciplinary action.

    CDC recommendation resources:

For comprehensive information about the steps we are taking to address COVID-19 and details how we plan to keep our campus community safe during the pandemic, visit the complete Return-to-Campus Guide 
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