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 you can avoid contracting or spreading the virus. Please visit their websites for the most up-to-date information for ways the you can protect yourself and others 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 the links below for additional information.


Information on Covid-19 or Coronavirus

Is it necessary to wear face coverings?

Unvaccinated persons on Susquehanna’s campus are 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.

What do we know about Covid-19 ?

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 pets.

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.

  • 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.

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.

 

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.