If a member of the Marywood community is diagnosed with COVID-19, contact tracing can help to keep our campus safer by identifying others who may be at risk and directing them to quarantine or obtain medical care. Confidentiality laws prohibit the university from disclosing any identifying information about affected individuals.
Any individual who has tested positive will be isolated, and anyone believed to be at risk for exposure will be contacted and asked to self-quarantine. It is expected that all faculty, students, and staff identified as COVID-19 positive who were on campus up to 48 hours prior to symptom onset or date of testing report such findings to the appropriate department so that contact tracing can be initiated. Students are to notify Student Health Services and employees should notify Human Resources.
Several Marywood staff members have been trained and certified in contact tracing.
Students, faculty, and staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 must comply with requests for information related to the contact tracing process. In most cases, the Pennsylvania Department of Health will take the lead in contact tracing of faculty, staff, and commuter students. Campus contact tracers who have been identified and trained to support the Health Department will do so as needed. Student Health Services will take the lead in contact tracing for residential students.
In the event of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the university will follow contact tracing and notification protocols as directed by local and state health authorities. Identified contacts will receive guidance about monitoring and testing.
Contact tracing may include notification of:
- Close personal contacts identified by the confirmed positive individual. (Close contact is defined by the CDC as within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from 48 hours before the person began feeling sick until the time the patient is isolated.)
- Those in close housing proximity with the student (roommate, suitemates, apartment mates, those who may share a bath).
- Classmates, university staff, and faculty members with whom the individual may have come in close contact while contagious. (Close contact, as defined above.)
- Members of student organizations with whom the individual may have come in close contact while contagious.
- On-campus employees with whom the individual may have come in close contact while contagious.
Coordination with Local Public Health Officials
Marywood University’s Director of Student Health Services (or designee) will communicate any identified cases of COVID-19 to the Pennsylvania Department of Health as per protocol. The Director or designee will also activate plans for isolation/quarantine as deemed appropriate. Visit the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Early Warning Monitoring System Dashboard, which provides information on statewide and county COVID-19 prevalence to track increases in disease in the community on a weekly basis.