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.
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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 Population
    Anticipated Date of Return to Campus*
    COVID-19 PCR Test Administration Date
    Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students
    Friday, January 29
    On or after Tuesday, January 26
    Sophomores
    Saturday, January 30
    On or after Wednesday, January 27
    First Year Students
    Sunday, January 31
    On 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 studentlife@scranton.edu. 

For the safety of our community, all students, undergraduate and on campus graduate, 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.
All COVID-19 PCR tests must 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
    • 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

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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Given that COVID-19 can remain in one’s system for up to 90 days, 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. Note that if you tested positive at the end of the Fall 2020 semester on campus, we already have a record of your test.

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.

Please schedule your test as soon as you can within the timeframe provided and we will work with you from there. The University conducted entry testing during Intersession and despite concerns, our experience was that students were able to obtain results in 48-72 hours. This was particularly true when they tested at a place like CVS. Individual doctor’s offices that do not have a lab on site may experience longer turnaround times. Students are encouraged to schedule their test in accordance with the timeline provided by the University which is consistent with PA travel guidelines. If results are delayed, students should contact their faculty members directly to let them know of the delay and their desire to participate in class remotely if possible until their results are received.  
If you were already approved to return to campus during Intersession and have continued to live at your current location without leaving Pennsylvania, you do not need to provide an additional result.
Students who have been partially or fully vaccinated for COVID-19 are still required to comply with entry testing requirements.
If you test positive prior to returning to campus, you must complete the required ten-day isolation before you can access campus. Note that your isolation period may be extended if symptoms are not improving or you continue to have a fever without medication. Students who have tested positive should contact the Dean of Students Office, 570-941-7680, to ensure your faculty are notified that you will need accommodations.
Test results must be uploaded to your Student Health Portal. Your lab result must include your name, the date of the sample, the type of test (PCR), and the result.

 

University personnel are working as quickly as possible to repopulate our campus safely and will have staff working throughout the weekend to provide verification. After results are reviewed and access is granted, students will receive a confirmation e-mail noting their permission to be on campus.
No, for the safety of our community, students cannot access campus until their COVID-19 PCR test result is received and verified by University personnel. Students will receive confirmation regarding access after their result has been received and reviewed. 

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 studenthealthservices@scranton.edu

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.

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.

A “close contact” is a person who has close contact (closer than 6’ for 15 minutes or more) with a person who is has tested positive for COVID-19.This would include any person who has had physical contact through hugging, kissing, sharing utensils, or similar contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19.

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.

The University is generally utilizing metrics based on the CDC guidelines with each case reviewed by clinical staff members in Student Health Services. The image below shares the general guidelines utilized by the University for release from quarantine or isolation:

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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.

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.