Student Health Services
What To Do If You Have COVID Symptoms
If you are experiencing symptoms of illness consistent with COVID-19 infection (fever, cough and/or shortness of breath):
- Stay home. You should restrict activities outside your home, except for getting medical care. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
- If you are a student, call:
- Student Health Services (570)941-7667 to report symptoms and receive guidance on medical care. Do not walk in for an appointment at this time. Always call ahead to discuss your symptoms with our office.
- For immediate medical assistance after hours or on weekends University Police will be available at 570-941-7777.
Mandatory Entry Testing-All Students
All students, undergraduate and graduate, who are coming to campus for the Spring 2021 semester are required to submit a recent negative COVID-19 PCR test result (or a positive result on or after October 31, 2020) via their Student Health Portal in order to be granted access to campus. This applies to residential, commuting, and off-campus students who will come to campus this semester. For the safety of our community, students cannot access campus until this result is received and verified by University personnel. Note that if you tested positive at the end of the Fall 2020 semester on campus, we already have record of your test.
Given Pennsylvania travel guidelines, the University will require all student COVID tests be administered within 72 hours prior to your return to campus. All COVID-19 tests must be PCR tests, and be dated as follows:
- Commuting students - On or after January 28
- Off-campus students - On or after January 28
- Residential students - Based on assigned return date as per schedule below
Residential PopulationAnticipated Date of Return to Campus*COVID-19 PCR Test Administration DateJuniors, Seniors, and Graduate StudentsFriday, January 29On or after Tuesday, January 26SophomoresSaturday, January 30On or after Wednesday, January 27First Year StudentsSunday, January 31On or after Thursday, January 28
Meal plans will be accessible on the day you are requested to move in.
Below are frequently asked questions regarding the University's COVID-19 entry testing procedures. Should you have additional questions regarding entry testing, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the entry testing requirement? plus or minus
What is the timeframe during which I can get my test? plus or minus
- Commuting students – On or after January 28
- Off campus students – On or after January 28
- Residential Students – Based on assigned return date as per schedule below
- Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students – On or after January 26 for anticipated return on January 29
- Sophomores – On or after January 27 for anticipated return on January 30
- First Year Students – On or after January 28 for anticipated return on January 31
Where can I get a free COVID-19 PCR test if I don’t have symptoms? plus or minus
While communities have different resources, members of our community have successfully tested with relatively quick results at pharmacies such as CVS or Rite-Aid as well as at some Urgent Care clinics. Students and those who work on a college campus are considered to live or work in a “special setting where the risk of COVID-19 transmission may be high” so testing even without symptoms is available. Be sure to schedule your test in a timely fashion as it can take a couple of days in some cases to secure a testing time.
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What if I tested positive in the last 90 days? plus or minus
Can I upload a positive antibody test to replace a PCR test? plus or minus
For the safety of our community, the University is requiring a PCR test and will not accept a positive antibody test as it does not diagnose an active infection, just prior exposure to the virus. If you tested positive for COVID-19 since October 31, 2020, you must upload your positive test result to your Student Health Portal, but you need not seek a negative test. If your diagnosis of COVID-19 was before October 31, 2020 or you do not have a confirmed diagnosis, then you will need to upload a negative test.
I’ve heard test results are taking 5-7 days and am worried I won’t be able to return for the start of the semester. What should I do? plus or minus
What if I was previously approved to return to campus during Intersession? plus or minus
I have been partially or fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Do I still need to submit a test? plus or minus
What If I test positive when completing my entry test? plus or minus
How do I submit my COVID-19 PCR test results to the University? plus or minus
How quickly will my access be restored after submitting my COVID-19 test result? plus or minus
Can I come to campus while my results are pending? plus or minus
COVID-19 FAQs: Quarantine, Isolation, & Testing
Below are frequently asked questions regarding the University's COVID-19 procedures particularly as it relates to isolation, quarantine, and testing. Should you have additional questions, please email email@example.com.
What is “isolation” and who is placed into isolation? plus or minus
Isolation is used to separate people infected with COVID-19 from people who are not infected. People who have tested positive for COVID-19 or those who have COVID-19 symptoms and are awaiting test results must isolate to avoid transmission of the virus. Isolation is generally for 10 days after symptom onset provided symptoms are improving and fever has resolved for 24 hours without any fever-reducing medications. In the case of asymptomatic COVID-19 persons, isolation is generally for 10 days from the date the test was collected.
What is “quarantine” and who is placed into quarantine? plus or minus
Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 to see if they become sick. People who have had close contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 are quarantined to avoid possible transmission of the virus. Quarantine lasts for 10 days after the last close contact with a person unless a negative PCR test is received after day 5. In this case, a person can be released from quarantine on day 7. The University will continue to test students who are in quarantine.
What constitutes “close contact”? plus or minus
Can I get tested for COVID-19? plus or minus
Student Health Services is currently testing students who are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 in an effort to determine if they have the virus. If you have symptoms (fever, sore throat, cough, shortness of breath, etc.), please contact Student Health Services to discuss getting tested. If you are not experiencing any symptoms, you will generally not be tested through Student Health Services.
What are the guidelines the University is using to release a student from isolation or quarantine? plus or minus
What is a contact tracer? plus or minus
Contact tracers are members of the University staff who have been specifically trained to identify and communicate quarantine requirements with close contacts of positive COVID-19 cases. All contact tracers have completed a training through Johns Hopkins University in order to accurately determine a student’s close contacts and communicate next steps for quarantining.
What if I believe I am a close contact but have not been contacted by a contact tracer? plus or minus
Contact tracers work with positive COVID-19 cases to identify individuals who had close contact with them during their contagious period. If you have not been contacted by a tracer, you have not or have not yet been identified as a close contact and may proceed about your daily routine in accordance with the Royals Safe Together Plan which has been designed to minimize the spread of COVID-19.