Procedures for Positive Cases of COVID-19
Bloomsburg University’s Student Health Center or Office of Workplace Safety will generally become aware of a positive case in one of four ways:
- Notification from the Columbia County Department of Health
- Notification from the PA Department of Health if the person is tested in another county within Pennsylvania
- Notification from the test site or vendor if the test was ordered through the Student Health Center
- Notification from the individual self-reporting
What happens to the individual who tests positive?
The individual will be required to isolate in accordance with County and PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines.
Students residing on-campus at Bloomsburg University who test positive for COVID-19 are encouraged to make the best choice for their personal health care to either go to their home of record for the duration of their quarantine or recovery or stay on campus. A limited number of isolated rooms are available on campus for the duration of a specified quarantine period. Residence Life conducts in-person checks twice daily, meals are delivered, and the Student Health Center and/or campus health personnel conduct a daily check-in to support the student’s health and welfare.
If the student is living off-campus, they're encouraged to go to their home of record for the duration of their quarantine or recovery, or the student will isolate at their place of residence, in accordance with County and PA Department of Health and CDC guidelines. Dining Services will accept someone coming to the Scranton Commons or Monty's to pick up food for an off-campus quarantined student. The meal ID of the quarantined student must be presented so a member of the Scranton Commons staff can swipe it. Students can see the full menu on the dining services Instagram stories.
If students do not have a meal plan, they should also arrange for sustainment support such as food delivery, or they may choose to go to their home of record. Student Health Center and campus health personnel conduct a daily check-in to support the student’s health and welfare.
If the individual is a faculty or staff member, they will isolate at home or another location following their local or state health department and CDC guidelines.
What should I do if I think I was exposed to COVID?
Review the CDC guidance for people exposed to individuals with known or suspected COVID-19 or possible COVID-19. In addition, there is a CDC glossary of terms with definitions for: close contact, exposure, isolation, and quarantine.
In the interest of transparency, we are guided by the following:
- The COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, with numbers of confirmed positive cases.
- To protect the confidentiality and privacy of affected individuals, Bloomsburg University will not disclose any personally identifiable information.
- The University will not send an email message to the campus community or notify the media every time there is a positive case confirmed.