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*
Apr. 14 3 1
Apr. 12 5 2
Apr. 9 10 0
Apr. 7 7 0
Apr. 5 7 0
Apr. 2 11 1
Mar. 31 8 1
Mar. 29 3 0
Mar. 26 3 0
Mar. 24 5 0
Mar. 22 2 0
Mar. 19 0 0
Mar. 17 4 0
Mar. 15 4 0
Mar. 12 0 1
Mar. 10 6 1
Mar. 8 2 0
Mar. 5 3 0
Mar. 3 5 0
Mar. 1 3 0
Feb. 26 4 0
Feb. 24 0 0
Feb. 22 5 0
Feb. 19 1 0
Feb. 17 3 0
Feb. 15 4 0
Feb. 12 2 0
Feb. 10 0 0
Feb. 8 3 0
Feb. 5 0 3
Feb. 3 2 0
Feb. 1 1 0
January 2021 2 13
Cumulative Total Since Jan. 5, 2021 118 23

 

* Students (as of Apr. 14, 2021)
3 — positives isolating on-campus
9 — positives off-campus
7 — positives who have gone home
99 — Number out of isolation (students who have completed their required isolation)

* Employees (as of Apr. 14, 2021)
3 — positives isolating off-campus
20 — 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.

As of Apr. 14, 2021
Students who have lost housing privileges: 7
Students who are presently on interim suspension: 0
Student organizations that are presently on interim suspension: 2
Students that are presently suspended: 2


 

Fall 2020 Students* Employees*
December 0 1
November 16 1
October 8 2
September 188 1
August 167 1
Cumulative Aug. 14 - December 31, 2020 379 6

 

 
 

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 Update – Wednesday, April 14, 2021

COVID Testing

Access to Campus Testing
Testing will continue to be available if your access to campus needs change during the semester. There will be a limited number of testing appointments available on Tuesday from noon to 5 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 5 p.m. Please complete this pre-registration to schedule and select ONLY a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon time. Only Register if you have not done so previously.

Surveillance Testing
Surveillance testing continues throughout the semester. You’ll be notified through HuskySuccess if you’ve been selected, and you’ll be directed on how to schedule a time and pre-register if necessary. Failure to schedule or show up for your test may result in loss of access to Zoom and BOLT, as well as the matter being forwarded to the Dean of Students office. For questions or concerns about the surveillance process, please email covidsafety@bloomu.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

I tested negative for COVID during move-in week. Why do I have to get tested again?
Bloomsburg University is doing ongoing “random surveillance testing.” This allows BU to identify asymptomatic cases — individuals who don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19 but may have the virus and are capable of spreading it — that require isolation. Testing also allows BU to assess the levels of any potential spread of the virus in the student population and take appropriate action. By testing as many people as possible, BU hopes to minimize the risk of infection on campus and in the neighboring community.

My friends and I tested negative for Covid at BU’s testing clinic. Can we get together without masking or social distancing, like at a “normal” party?
• If you test negative for COVID-19, you probably were not infected at the time your sample was collected. This DOES NOT mean you will not get sick.
• A negative test result only means that you did not have COVID-19 at the time of testing or that your sample was collected too early in your infection.
• You could also be exposed to COVID-19 after the test and then get infected and spread the virus to others.

If you have symptoms later, you may need another test to determine if you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19.

I got tested yesterday at the BU testing clinic. Why did I receive a warning/reminder alert for testing today?
Immediately after testing, students may still receive a computer-generated reminder alert about testing. This alert will be manually cleared from the system within 24 hours after your testing, when files are updated.

I am fully vaccinated (two weeks after my last vaccine and within six months of being vaccinated), and I do not have symptoms. Do I need to participate in the random surveillance testing?

Even though you are vaccinated you may still contract COVID which is why you participate in the surveillance testing. If you want to come to campus, please come to the alumni house on a Tuesday or Thursday between noon and 5 p.m. to be tested and to receive a sticker for clearance. If you have respiratory symptoms, please contact the Student Health Center for a tele health appointment and COVID testing at 570-389-4451.

We are continually monitoring the science and will re-evaluate this policy for the fall. As you become vaccinated, please submit your vaccination dates and type (Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson) to the student Health Center through your secure portal. We strongly encourage you to get a COVID-19 vaccine. You can get your vaccinations locally at Weis Pharmacy, Rite aid, or Susquehanna Valley Med Specialties P.C. in Bloomsburg; and Weis Pharmacy and Geisinger Health System in Danville. For up-to-date information, go to https://www.pa.gov/guides/get-vaccinated/ Getting everyone fully vaccinated will bring us closer to a normal academic summer and Fall.

Do I need to be tested if I have already had Covid?
Yes, if you are exposed and not vaccinated and /or have symptoms you will need to be tested for the Covid virus since there are many variants and it is possible to get this again.

COVID Symptom Testing
If you have symptoms related to COVID-19 or if you flagged an alert on your Husky Health Checker due to symptoms, please self-quarantine until you talk with a health care provider. Contact the Student Health Center (SHC) at 570-389-4451 to schedule telehealth appointments and possible testing available on campus.

When the SHC is closed or on weekends:
• If you live in the Bloomsburg community, contact the Geisinger COVID-19 hotline (570-284-3657). The Geisinger COVID-19 Hotline is also available on weekends.
• Contacting your local medical services, like your Primary Care Physician's office or local Department of Health should be your first step as they have more specific and updated information about resources in your area.

Husky Health Checker
All members of the BU community (faculty/staff/students) are encouraged to monitor their health each day by utilizing the Husky Health Checker survey. Upon completion of the survey, retain the badge on your mobile device by leaving your browser tab open or taking a screenshot, or on your computer by printing it or taking a picture of your screen using your mobile device.

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!