Royals Safe Together

Reporting of Active COVID-19 Cases on Campus

Personal Reporting Requirement for University Community Members on Campus

As part of our shared responsibility to keep each other safe, employees and members of the University community who are on campus must report if they have COVID-19-related symptoms, have tested positive for COVID-19, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Students not on campus during the winter break and intersession should contact their own health care provider and do not need to report to Student Health Services during this time period.

Students on campus who test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 related symptoms, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19 must remain in their residence hall room, apartment or home and contact Student Health Services at studenthealthservices@scranton.edu or (570) 941-7667.

Employees who test positive for COVID-19, have COVID-19 related symptoms, or were exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19 must remain at home and contact Human Resources at hr@scranton.edu or (570) 941-7767.

Contact Tracing

The University has identified and trained staff to undertake a confidential contact tracing process when a member of the University community tests positive for COVID-19, has COVID-19 related symptoms, or was exposed to another person suspected of or testing positive for COVID-19. Student Health Services, Human Resources and the Pandemic Safety Officer work collaboratively to manage contact tracing activity. All members of the University community must cooperate with contact tracing.

Employee Contact Tracing Process:

Upon notification of an employee with a COVID-19 diagnosis (confirmed or suspected), in accordance with the PA Department of Health and the CDC Guidelines, the contact tracers overseen by the Vice President for Human Resources will conduct the following steps:

  • Inform the employee to isolate, return home if at work or not come to work if at home
  • Interview employee to identify close contacts. (All contact tracers completed the Johns Hopkins University Contact Tracing Training program)
  • Contact employees identified as close contacts to notify them of their potential exposure and direct them to quarantine and to contact their health care providers to coordinate testing. Students identified as close contacts will be directed to Student Life who will coordinate their testing and quarantine as appropriate. The identity of the positive employee will not be shared when a call is made to a close contact
  • Work with employees who are required to isolate or quarantine and their Supervisor or Dean to establish remote work opportunities when feasible
  • Coordinate cleaning of work space, and other areas as applicable, with Facilities Operations and the department
  • Maintain communication with employee and contacts until case resolved
  • Coordinate with Supervisors/Deans, as well as the employee, about return to work.

Student Contact Tracing Process:

Student Life has assembled a team of over 30 staff to serve as student contact tracers who have completed the Johns Hopkins University Contact Tracing Training Program. Staff were also trained in the use of contact tracing software developed by Medicat, the University’s student medical records system. The system keeps confidential medical records secure from non-medical providers, including the contact tracers.

  • The contact tracing process will determine who, if anyone, would need to be tested or quarantined as a result of positive test on campus.
    Based on the level of exposure, determined by time and circumstances, to a person with a positive test or symptoms awaiting a positive test individuals may be identified who are required to be tested, or quarantine or both..
  • Once contact tracers determine a positive case and begin the process, Student Health Services will work with Residence Life if a student needs to isolate or quarantine as described in the plan.