Your Safety Is Our Priority
Throughout this challenging and unprecedented time, the safety of our community has remained top-of-mind. We’ve implemented a number of new protocols designed to keep our campus safe, and our faculty, staff and students healthy. Please check this page regularly for updates about our safety plans and protocols, including information about visiting campus, our cleaning procedures, and health monitoring. The Helpful Links section includes quick access to information from the federal CDC, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Health, and local healthcare partners, whose guidance we closely followed to formulate our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 plans. We’ve also provided a COVID-19 case tracker to keep you informed about cases on our campus. Please note that Employee testing was held on Jan. 26 and Jan. 28. Tracking for these tests will be available beginning Thursday, Feb. 4. Employees who receive a positive test will be contact by Human Resources.
COVID-19 Case Tracker
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W&J College is committed to providing weekly updates to the W&J Community and surrounding areas as it relates to COVID-19 active cases on campus. COVID-19 is a disease caused by the virus SARS-CoV-2 and the COVID-19 Case Tracker is a component of the W&J College plan to identify and report, if any, the number of new SARS-CoV-2 infections (active cases) among students and employees on campus. The Tracker will be updated weekly on Thursday. Active on-campus student cases will be immediately isolated for a period of no less than 14 days in designated campus housing (the 14-day isolation is recommended by the CDC). Commuting students and faculty/staff who have been identified as active cases will also be required to isolated in their home locations for the 14 day time period.
Testing of all on-campus faculty, staff, and student populations, including commuter students, began on January 25, 2021 and will continue every week throughout the Spring semester. Students are placed into two groups, with 50% of students getting tested for SARS-CoV-2 each week. W&J College Student Health & Counseling Services will reach out to provide daily assistance to students in isolation and will also be open and available to all students daily and to schedule testing as clinically indicated. Faculty and staff who need to be on campus are also placed into two groups with 50% of faculty/staff being tested each week. Human Resources will be in contact faculty and staff members who test positive. Faculty/staff who test positive will be required to remain within their home residence for 10 days as recommended by the CDC.
The W&J College COVID-19 Response Team, in coordination with the W&J Clinical Advisory Council and other college/university testing protocols, has determined that the frequency in weekly testing for the Spring 2021 semester is necessary with the significant increases in COVID-19 cases and variants that are being discovered.
Footnote: During the time period of January 9 – January 24, 2021, 623 students who opted-in to reside on campus this semester were tested for COVID upon move-in and required to quarantine for a 14-day time period. During this quarantine period, there were 19 positive cases reported in our on-campus student population. These students were placed in isolation for 10 days and had no contact with others on campus. Between Jan. 21 and Jan. 27, six students were re-tested due to experiencing symptoms; four of those students tested positive and were isolated.
All students, faculty and staff are required to take the daily screening survey if they are on campus for classes or work.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Pennsylvania Department of Health
- Tips to Protect Yourself During Flu Season
- Psychological Tips to Deal with Coronavirus Concerns
- TAO Self Help
Health Care Tips from the Centers for Disease Control
- Wash your hands often with soap and hot water for 20 seconds, and make sure you wash your thumbs, wrists, and in-between your fingers. This is the best defense against the spread of all viruses.
- Stay home when you are ill. This will help you to recover more quickly and decrease the spread of illness when on campus.
- Use a tissue or the crook of your arm when you cough or sneeze. Promptly wash your hands or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Get plenty of rest/sleep.
- If you have not had the flu vaccine, please consider getting one. While this will not protect against the coronavirus, the vaccine may prevent against the flu.