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*
Nov. 23 1  
Nov. 20 1  
Nov. 18 1  
Nov. 16 1  
Nov. 13 5  
Nov. 11 2  
Nov. 9 1  
Nov. 6 2 1
Nov. 4 0  
Nov. 2 2  
Oct. 30 1  
Oct. 28 0  
Oct. 26 0  
Oct. 19-23 2  
Oct. 12-16 0 2
Oct. 5-9 5  
Sept. 28-Oct. 2 3  
Sept. 21-25 11  
Sept. 14-18 34  
Sept. 7-11 60  
Aug. 31-Sept. 4 129 1
Aug. 24-28 108  
Aug. 14-19 10 1
Cumulative Total Since Aug. 14, 2020 379 5

 

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

* Employees (as of Nov. 23, 2020)
0 — positives isolating off-campus
5 — 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 Nov. 20, 2020
Students who have lost housing privileges: 7
Students who are presently on interim suspension: 1
Student organizations that are presently on interim suspension: 3
Students that are presently suspended: 2
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, Nov. 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.

COVID Testing and Support
The Student Health Center professional staff continues to provide services and testing for students who have symptoms of COVID-19 or who have had what is called “close exposure.” The last Student Health Center on-campus testing clinic is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 20. A reminder, you must talk with the Student Health Center clinical team to secure an appointment for this testing. Call 570-389-4451 to schedule a Zoom appointment or to speak to our clinical team.

Student Health Center services resume on Monday, Nov. 30, from 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. If you have symptoms you should call the Geisinger COVID-19 hotline (570-284-3657) to access testing at the Geisinger Bloomsburg tent. You can also call on your own at any time, including weekends. Reminder: this facility only tests individuals with symptoms, typically not individuals who have been exposed to the virus. If you have been exposed and are awaiting testing, you should self-quarantine until you talk with a health care provider and follow the directions from the COVID-19 hotline.

Please be aware the Student Health Center and the Geisinger Bloomsburg testing tent do NOT test students for other reasons, such as before returning home at the end of the semester. There is information about local resources for NON symptomatic (or asymptomatic) and NO close contact type of testing here.

A final important reminder to "Protect your pack": yourself and the family or others you live with over the break by following the important steps of regular mask wearing, appropriate social distancing and adequate handwashing. The experts across the state and the nation are emphasizing how critical these behaviors are always, especially now as cases are on the rise and students are reconnecting with their families and reentering their local community. New guidance is being communicated by the experts daily, so please stay up to date and aware of changes and updates.

Area in Kehr Union Building to Open for Student Use
In light of the colder weather now being with us, the area outside of the Husky Lounge in the Kehr Union Building will be open for student use. Please note that the entire building is not open to the general student population or community. When inside the building, remember to wear a mask, stay socially distant, and practice good hygiene.

Days and Hours the Building is Open

Wednesday, Nov. 18 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 19 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 20 8 a.m. – 11 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 21 CLOSED
Sunday, Nov. 22 CLOSED

Monday, Nov. 23 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 24 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 25 to Nov. 29 CLOSED FOR THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

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!