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*
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 331 2

 

* Students (as of Sept. 18, 2020)
17 — positives isolating on-campus
13 — positives off-campus
2 — who have gone home
309 — Number out of isolation (students who have completed their required isolation)

* Employees (as of Sept. 18, 2020)
2 — Number out of isolation (employees who have completed their required isolation)

 

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 – Sept. 18, 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.

Academic & Student Success Updates

All Courses Continue Remotely with Exceptions: All undergraduate and graduate courses in the Zeigler College of Business and the College of Education 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. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis for specific courses such as clinicals and labs. Students in labs and clinicals should direct any specific questions to their respective deans and department chairs. Student-teachers should continue to follow the expectations of their school district site. Thesis students will be able to continue their research.

On-Campus Living: Students who reside on-campus will not be required to leave their residence halls. Those who do choose to return home will be reimbursed for the unused portions of their room and board fees. Our Residence Life staff members and community assistants will be working with all on-campus students to guide and support them. Further, certain on-campus facilities (including the Rec Center) will be available to on-campus residents only.

Questions and Concerns: 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.

Computer Lab Open at Greenly Center
Students will now have access to the computer lab in room 213 of the Greenly Center, 50 East Main Street, Bloomsburg. The computer lab will be open to students Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Students can print from home using webprint and then release the job for printing from the lab with their student ID.

Andruss Library
Andruss Library is open only to BU students, faculty, and staff. (BU ID is REQUIRED for admittance to the library.) Books may be requested for express book pick up, and home delivery and digital copies of articles/chapters are available. Research assistance is available and students can reserve study rooms. Visit: http://guides.library.bloomu.edu/HarveyAndrussLibrary/Home for details.

Updated Shuttle Bus Schedule
An updated bus schedule went into effect on Saturday, Sept. 5. The same coverage hours are being provided on the upper campus loop, except for three hours on Friday night, 9:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Shuttle trips to Wal-Mart will continue Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The complete schedule can be found here. If you have questions about parking on-campus, please contact BUPD at 570-389-4168.

University Store Closed
Course materials and merchandise may continue to be ordered on its website at bloomustore.com and picked up outside by choosing “Curbside Pickup” when you checkout. Outside pickup is available during the following hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Call 570-389-4175 with other questions.

If you need items that are not listed for sale on our website such as supplies, medicine or health and beauty items, please call to arrange purchase and outside pickup.

Questions or help with course materials, contact pryan@bloomu.edu.

Questions or help with Inclusive Access, contact inclusiveaccess@bloomu.edu.

Student Accounts & Financial Aid Updates

Student Accounts (Bursar)
Please visit this link for information related to Fall 2020 COVID-19 student account charge adjustments/refunds. For other topics and instructions go to http://intranet.bloomu.edu/bursar.

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!