Loyola Officials Outline Campus Quarantine Procedures

Zack Miller | The PhoenixThe university announced July 29 the protocol students will follow if they contract COVID-19 while living on campus.

Loyola officials announced on-campus quarantine procedures for the coming school year  — including virtual wellness checks and delivered meals — in a July 29 email to the Loyola community.

Loyola shifted most fall classes online over COVID-19 concerns, but single-occupancy dorm rooms and other campus buildings will open in phases if it’s “legally allowed and medically advisable,” The Phoenix previously reported.

Loyola students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to self-report through a mobile application Loyola developed, according to a July 21 email. Further details about the mobile app aren’t currently available, according to the email.

Once a student is confirmed positive for the disease, they’ll isolate for a minimum of 10 days like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends, according to the email from Wellness Center Director Joan Holden.

Holden and Loyola spokesperson Anna Rozenich declined to provide an additional statement beyond the July 29 email.

If infected, students living on-campus with private bathrooms will stay in their assigned room, but Loyola plans to move students who have shared bathrooms to a separate hall, according to the email. It’s unclear which residence hall will be used for COVID-19 isolation. In either case, the student won’t be allowed to leave the building or have visitors during their isolation.

Loyola plans to provide isolated on-campus students with food, linens and access to laundry facilities, according to the email.

During isolation, Loyola also plans to provide students with virtual wellness checks through the Wellness Center and a Care Coordinator who will serve as a liaison between the student and Wellness Center for additional support. It’s unclear what specific support the Care Coordinators will provide or who the coordinators will be.

Loyola also formed a contact tracing team that will follow up with any student who tests positive and notify or advise those who were potentially exposed to COVID-19, according to the July 21 email. Contact tracing procedures are currently unclear, but Loyola plans to provide details in the coming weeks, according to the email.

While students who test positive will undergo required isolation, students who may be exposed — within six feet of an infected person for over 15 minutes — will be required to quarantine for 14 days, according to the email.

Students living off-campus will be asked to quarantine in their off-campus housing, while on-campus students will stay in their assigned rooms whether they have a private bathroom or not. Loyola plans to deliver meals to quarantined on-campus students, including students who have to quarantine due to travel, according to the email.

Students arriving from out of state may be required to quarantine on arrival because of the City of Chicago’s Emergency Travel Order, which requires travelers from at least 20 states to quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Chicago.

Students who arrive early to finish quarantine before the semester begins will be asked to prove their early quarantine through plane tickets or hotel bills, the email said.

Students who begin to have COVID-19 symptoms during quarantine are encouraged to call Dial-A-Nurse at 773-508-8884 or schedule an online appointment.

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