Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

Coronavirus Update


Bloomsburg University COVID-19 Dashboard

Due to the global pandemic, it should be assumed the potential for COVID-19 exposure is everywhere. While there is public interest in knowing about positive cases, Bloomsburg University is obligated to protect the privacy of anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.

COVID-19 cases included in this dashboard include positive, laboratory-verified test results reported to the Bloomsburg University Student Health Center or Office of Workplace Safety. Due to multiple testing sources with varying resulting timeframes, numbers are updated only when verified test results are received. The dashboard is updated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday evenings. This is the most current information available to us.

 

Reporting Date Students* Employees*
Oct. 23 0  
Oct. 21 1  
Oct. 19 1  
Oct. 16 0 1
Oct. 14 0  
Oct. 12 0 1
Oct. 9 0  
Oct. 7 3  
Oct. 5 2  
Oct. 2 0  
Sept. 30 0  
Sept. 28 3  
Sept. 25 2  
Sept. 23 4  
Sept. 21 5  
Sept. 18 10  
Sept. 16 14  
Sept. 14 10  
Sept. 11 23  
Sept. 9 19  
Sept. 7 18  
Sept. 4 31  
Sept. 2 49 1
Aug. 31 49  
Aug. 28 29  
Aug. 26 40  
Aug. 24 39  
Aug. 19 10  
Aug. 14   1
Cumulative Total Since Aug. 14, 2020 362 4

 

* Students (as of Oct. 23, 2020)
0 — positives isolating on-campus
1 — positives off-campus
1 — positives who have gone home
360 — Number out of isolation (students who have completed their required isolation)

* Employees (as of Oct. 23, 2020)
1 — Number out of isolation (employees who have completed their required isolation)

 

BU's Office of the Dean of Students is committed to partnering with all Huskies to "protect the pack" and to being good neighbors within the Town of Bloomsburg. Accordingly, the Office of the Dean of Students takes very seriously any alleged violation of the Student Code of Conduct that impacts the health and wellness of both the BU community and all town residents. We have aggressively addressed issues of health and safety in the residence halls and in the Town of Bloomsburg.

Students who have lost housing privileges: 7
Students who are presently on interim suspension: 2
Student organizations that are presently on interim suspension: 3
Students that are presently suspended: 1
Student organizations that are presently suspended: 1

 
 

Procedures for Positive Cases of COVID-19

Bloomsburg University’s Student Health Center or Office of Workplace Safety will generally become aware of a positive case in one of four ways:

  • Notification from the Columbia County Department of Health
  • Notification from the PA Department of Health if the person is tested in another county within Pennsylvania
  • Notification from the test site or vendor if the test was ordered through the Student Health Center
  • Notification from the individual self-reporting

What happens to the individual who tests positive?

The individual will be required to isolate in accordance with County and PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines.

Students On-Campus

Students residing on-campus at Bloomsburg University who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to make the best choice for their personal health care to either go to their home of record for the duration of their quarantine or recovery or stay on campus. A limited number of isolated rooms are available on campus for the duration of a specified quarantine period. Residence Life conducts in-person checks twice daily, meals are delivered, and the Student Health Center and/or campus health personnel conduct a daily check-in to support the student’s health and welfare.

Students Off-Campus

If the student is living off-campus, they're encouraged to go to their home of record for the duration of their quarantine or recovery, or the student will isolate at their place of residence, in accordance with County and PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines. Dining Services will accept someone coming to the Scranton Commons or Monty's to pick up food for an off-campus quarantined student. The meal ID of the quarantined student must be presented so a member of the Scranton Commons staff can swipe it. Students can see the full menu on the dining services Instagram stories.

If students do not have a meal plan, they should also arrange for sustainment support such as food delivery, or they may choose to go to their home of record. Student Health Center and campus health personnel conduct a daily check-in to support the student’s health and welfare.

Employees

If the individual is a faculty or staff member, they will isolate at home or another location following their local or state health department and CDC guidelines.

What should I do if I think I was exposed to COVID?

Review the CDC guidance for people exposed to individuals with known or suspected COVID-19 or possible COVID-19. In addition, there is a CDC glossary of terms with definitions for: close contact, exposure, isolation, and quarantine.

Communication Protocol

In the interest of transparency, we are guided by the following:

  • The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with numbers of confirmed positive cases.
  • To protect the confidentiality and privacy of affected individuals, Bloomsburg University will not disclose any personally identifiable information.
  • The University will not send an email message to the campus community or notify the media every time there is a positive case confirmed.

COVID-19 Weekly Update – Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Please refer to the COVID-19 dashboard at the top of this page for updated case numbers and helpful information. Information is updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and is based on laboratory-verified test results reported to the Bloomsburg University Student Health Center or Office of Workplace Safety.

Spring 2021: Bloom Onward
The spring semester will begin on Monday, Feb.1, 2021, and feature three sessions within the one semester. Classes will be offered in a traditional 14-week semester as well as two, seven-week sessions. The University will forgo the traditional spring break and will end the spring semester on May 7. Spring graduation is scheduled for Saturday, May 15.

Across all three spring sessions, BU will offer approximately 60% of its classes remotely, 15% blended, and 25% face-to-face. BU’s plan will continue to follow the guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control, the PA Department of Health, the PA Department of Education, and the Office of the Chancellor of the State System.

The following are a few other important items for students:

Courses Continue Remotely with exceptions
All undergraduate and graduate courses in the Zeigler College of Business will continue to be taught remotely, as will the majority of courses in the College of Science and Technology and the College of Liberal Arts. In the College of Education, all classes will be taught remotely, although some will be offered in the in-person/hybrid format. Students should direct any specific questions to their respective deans and department chairs.

Questions and Concerns
We remain committed to our students, their health and wellness, and their overall success. Students with health concerns should contact the Student Health Center (570-389-4451) or their primary care provider. Please note that the Student Health Center will remain open, and all services will be available to students. HuskySuccess is here to help connect students to instructors, advisors, support staff, and campus resources to get them the help they need. For any questions regarding student clubs and organizations, please contact our Dean of Students Office (570-389-4734).

Free Flu Shots for Students
The FINAL free flu shot clinic for students will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Husky Lounge of the Kehr Union Building. Call the Health Center office at 570-389-4451 to make an appointment. When coming for your flu shot, be sure to wear a mask, wear short sleeves, and bring your BU ID. Keep yourself and those around you safe by getting a flu shot! For information on health and wellness programs, events and resources, go to www.bloomu.edu/healthy-husky

The Husky Safe Seven

Always wear your face covering

Always wear your face covering, and it must cover your mouth and nose.

Wash your hands frequently

Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Clean surfaces frequently, cover coughs and sneezes

Practice good health habits. Clean surfaces frequently, cover coughs and sneezes.

Stay at least 6 feet apart

Stay at least 6 feet apart. Maintain physical distancing to mitigate the potential spread of the virus.

Monitor your health daily

Monitor your health daily. Stay home when you’re sick. Learn the symptoms of COVID-19.

6.	Have questions? Contact Student Health Services or HR Connect.

Have questions? Contact Student Health Services or HR Connect.

What makes us Huskies, makes all the difference. Onward!

What makes us Huskies, makes all the difference. Onward!