Susquehanna University Covid-19 Monitoring and Tracking Protocols
Susquehanna conducts multiple-layer testing:
- Everyone is required to have a test prior to move-in.
- Each week, all unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students will be scheduled to be tested twice a week with a nasal swab test. Results will be available the same day.
- Symptomatic individuals will be tested. Results are expected within 48 hours.
Faculty and staff, who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, will be scheduled to be tested bi-weekly throughout the spring semester.
Testing Types and Procedures
Individual Testing Prior to Move-In
Prior to moving on to campus, all students will be tested. Any individuals with confirmed cases will be required to isolate at home or in a designated campus space until they recover.
Scheduled Individual Testing
Each week, all students, who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, will be scheduled to be tested twice a week with a nasal swab test. Faculty and staff, who are unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated, will be scheduled to be tested bi-weekly througout the spring semester.
Effective Thursday, April 15: Students, faculty and staff who are fully vaccinated beyond the 14-day maximized-efficacy period are no longer required to participate in testing on campus. For students who have been vaccinated, email an image of your completed Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card to firstname.lastname@example.org. For faculty and staff who have been vaccinated, complete the Faculty and Staff Covid Vaccine Record Form.
Lastly, students experiencing any Covid-like symptoms are tested using a PCR test from Geisinger and immediately quarantined. If the student reports symptoms during times that the Student Health Center is closed, they will be evaluated by the Nurse Advice Line, quarantined, and tested by the Student Health Center at the earliest time possible.
In order to monitor and minimize exposure to Covid-19 on campus, Susquehanna has a contact-tracing program to notify members of the campus community (students and employees) who have been in close contact with persons with confirmed cases of Covid-19.
Close contacts who are fully vaccinated beyond the 14-day maximized-efficacy period are no longer required to quarantine unless they are symptomatic.
Close contact is defined
Close contact means you are within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more (with or without a mask) of an infected or highly suspected individual. The 15-minute exposure does not have to be contiguous; it could be three 5-minute exposures, for example. An infected person can spread Covid-19 between 48 and 96 hours after the initial infection, but before the person has any symptoms or tests positive for Covid-19. Close contacts might include:
- People you sat next to in class
- People with whom you’ve eaten with
- Anyone with whom you’ve had close or personal contact
If you have been in close contact with someone with Covid-19
- A member of the Contact Tracing Team will call you to provide instructions and help you with a quarantine plan.
- This call could come from a number you might not recognize; it is important to answer all calls/voice messages to your phone and comply with the instructions that the contact tracers provide. Depending on your exposure, you could be instructed to quarantine in your on-campus room or university-designated space for up to 10 days.
If you test positive or have symptoms of Covid-19
- You will be called by a member of the Contact Tracing Team soon after receiving a positive test result for Covid-19, or if you report symptoms consistent with Covid-19. Depending on the time of your test result, this call could come the following day.
- You will be asked to share the names of anyone at Susquehanna you had close contact with beginning two days prior to the date of taking your positive test or two days before you began to experience symptoms. To protect the health of the community, it is imperative that you report all close contacts to contact tracers. As soon as you are able, you should begin making a list of these contacts so you are prepared when contact tracers call.
- The Contact Tracing Team will contact individuals on this list if they determine they need to quarantine.
- Susquehanna’s Contact Tracing Team will only contact members of the Susquehanna community (students, employees) with whom you have had close contact. Others outside the Susquehanna community will be contacted by the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Pennsylvania Department of Health Tracing
You also may be contacted by other health authorities, such as the Pennsylvania Department of Health, for contact-tracing purposes, for exposure even beyond campus. Please answer these calls and comply with all instructions.
As an early-monitoring resource, the Pennsylvania Department of Health offers a free mobile app called COVID Alert PA that is designed to help reduce the spread of Covid-19. The app uses bluetooth low energy (BLE) technology and the exposure notification system developed by the Apple and Google to alert you and provide health guidance if you may have been in close contact with a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.