Susquehanna’s spring 2021 semester begins Jan. 25, as planned; however, the first two weeks will be remote for everyone to ensure the safety of our community. After the first two weeks, residential students will have staggered move-in dates and commuter students can resume on-campus instruction.
The university will continue to offer courses in a variety of ways to ensure a safe and engaging learning environment. Visit our schedule changes, safety measures and COVID-19 dashboard for more information.
Updated January 15, 2021
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Information on COVID-19 or Coronavirus
The World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health are providing continuous updates, resources and FAQs regarding COVID-19 and ways that individuals can avoid contracting or spreading the virus. Please visit their websites for the most up-to-date information for ways the public can protect themselves and one another during this pandemic.
Susquehanna University has guidelines and procedures in place for the members of its community; the content related to COVID-19 below serves as a resource for everyone. Please refer to our FAQs for Prospective, Admitted and Enrolling Students, FAQs for Current Students and FAQs for Faculty & Staff for additional information.
Is it necessary to wear face coverings?
COVID-19 can be spread by people who do not have symptoms and do not know they are infected.
Everyone on Susquehanna’s campus is required to wear a face covering indoors and when physical distancing measures (staying at least 6 feet away from other people) are difficult to maintain outdoors.
Pennsylvania requires a mask be worn in public spaces.
The CDC recommends all people 2 years of age and older wear a cloth face covering in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other physical distancing measures are difficult to maintain.
What do I do if I feel sick or came into contact with someone with COVID-19?
If you have a fever, cough or other symptoms, you might have COVID-19. Most people have mild illness and are able to recover at home. If you think you may have been exposed to COVID-19, contact your healthcare provider, stay home and follow the steps using the CDC website and self-tracker.
- Keep track of your symptoms.
- If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), get emergency medical care immediately.
- Stay home.
- Isolate yourself if you are infected with the virus from people who are not infected.
- Quarantine yourself even if you might have been exposed to keep the virus away from others for 14 days with self-observation. Self-observation means you should remain alert for COVID-19 symptoms. If you feel feverish, develop a cough, have difficulty breathing or experience any other COVID-related symptoms during the self-observation period, you should take your temperature, self-isolate, limit contact with others, and seek advice by telephone from a healthcare provider or local health department to determine whether medical evaluation is needed.
As much as possible, stay away from other people in your home. Avoid using public transportation, ride-sharing or taxis.
If you have a medical appointment, call the healthcare provider and tell them that you may have been exposed to COVID-19.
Follow everyday preventive steps that are recommended by the CDC to slow the spread of respiratory illnesses:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, covering all surfaces of your hands and rubbing them together until they feel dry. Soap and water are the best option, if hands are visibly dirty.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw used tissues in a lined trash can. Immediately wash your hands as described above.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
- You should not share dishes, drinking glasses, cups, eating utensils, towels or bedding with other people or pets in your home. After using these items, they should be washed thoroughly with soap and water.
- Clean high-touch surfaces — counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets and bedside tables — with disinfectant.
- Make sure that shared spaces in the home have good air flow, such as by an air conditioner or an opened window, weather permitting.
- Household members should use a separate bedroom and bathroom, if available.
- Prohibit visitors who do not have an essential need to be in the home.
For more information, see this CDC fact sheet.
I have recently traveled from an affected area. What should I do?
- If you traveled from an affected area in the U.S. or internationally, stay quarantined for 10 days — even if you do not feel sick or show symptoms. Avoid contact with others by following CDC guidelines to prevent spreading of the virus.
- Seek medical advice if you feel sick.
What happens when the university discovers that a member of the SU community (or vendor/visitor) has tested positive for COVID-19?
As with any potentially threatening virus, if someone who has been on campus tests positive for COVID-19, the university has standard procedures to keep the SU community safe and well.
SU will immediately inform campus community members with possible direct exposure. Concurrently, our responsibility is to protect the identity of the impacted individual(s). Federal privacy laws limit what SU is allowed to disclose; furthermore, it is everyone’s responsibility to respect privacy.
Upon receiving notification of virus confirmations of individual(s) who recently have been on campus, our process includes:
- Work with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to immediately isolate infected individual(s) from the general university population and implement contact tracing. Impacted individual(s) will be isolated in their family home when possible, or in a university-designated quarantine space(s). If a student is isolated on campus, the university will continue to provide food, supplies, medical advice and assessment, and counseling, as well as our caring support.
- Clean potential contaminated areas with materials designated to eliminate COVID-19.
COVID-19 Awareness and Prevention
What do we know about COVID-19 and is SU prepared?
COVID-19, initially named novel coronavirus, is a respiratory virus first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019. Similar to influenza and other respiratory viruses, COVID-19 spreads mostly easily from contact between people, and it may be possible to spread from surfaces, objects and pets. More details can emerge from further research underway.
As information about the virus and its spread continues to evolve, Susquehanna University is engaged in planning and preparedness efforts in partnership with our partners at the Geisinger Health System and the Pennsylvania Department of Health and continues to monitor CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
The CDC reports that symptoms for patients with COVID-19 include mild to severe respiratory illness with fever or chills; cough; shortness of breath or difficulty breathing; fatigue; muscle or body aches; headache; new loss of taste or smell; sore throat; congestion or runny nose; nausea or vomiting; or diarrhea. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure.
Are there ways to prevent contracting the virus?
The best way to prevent illness is to avoid being exposed to this virus. The CDC recommends the following steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases:
- Maintain good physical distance (about 6 feet). This is very important in preventing the spread of COVID-19.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
- Routinely clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
- Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when around others.
Learn more about what you can do to protect yourself and others.
If you did not find answers to your questions or how to reach the office with the answers, you can call the Susquehanna COVID-19 Information Center during regular business hours at 570-372-3333.