One day after the start of the Fall 2020 semester, Loyola announced its first confirmed COVID-19 case of the academic year in an Aug. 25 email to students.
The student — who was tested Aug. 24 — hadn’t been on any of Loyola’s campuses recently and others potentially exposed were identified via contact tracing, according to the email.
In the email, the university defines exposure as when someone has had “close contact (<6 ft) with someone with a positive diagnosis for greater than fifteen minutes.”
The school’s first positive case is shown on Loyola’s COVID-19 dashboard. The dashboard will record all positive cases of COVID-19 that occur at a Loyola testing facility, the website said. Students, faculty and staff who test positive for the virus at a non-Loyola testing site are required to tell the school, according to Loyola’s website.
Loyola made the decision to cancel on-campus housing on Aug. 6, citing the possibilities of enhanced spread in residential settings, The Phoenix reported.