Loyola’s Website Provides Conflicting COVID-19 Guidelines

Zack Miller | The PhoenixUntil Sept. 27, Loyola stated students had two weeks after exposure to report a positive COVID-19 test to the university.

Loyola has provided conflicting information to students about when they should report a positive COVID-19 test.

Loyola’s Positive Diagnosis Protocol webpage, up until Sept. 27, displayed an incorrect protocol for students who test positive for COVID-19. The site read, “Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must report their case to the University as soon as possible or up to two weeks after diagnosis.”

The portion in contention is where it mentions students have up to two weeks to report a positive test. This differed from other information put out by the university, which called for immediate reporting.

After The Phoenix reached out, the discrepancy was changed. The website has now been updated and no longer includes the incorrect instruction.

“There is tons of confusion over COVID already, so this is annoying to say the least,” said George Toyer, a first-year whose major is undecided. 

Upon initial contact the university claimed there were no discrepancies in its information.

“We have always said that you should report a positive case to us immediately,” Director of Communications Anna Rozenich said originally. 

After The Phoenix provided a screenshot of the incorrect information, Communications Specialist Anna Shymanski Zach explained where the discrepancy came from and confirmed the university has changed the information on the website.

“The previous statement on our Positive Diagnosis Protocol page referencing a two-week period was inadvertently pulled from an earlier version of the policy from the spring,” she said.

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