COVID-19 Update - Contact Tracing Process

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COVID-19 Update - Contact Tracing Process, Quarantine vs Isolation, COVID-19 Testing on Campus

Published: September 10, 2020.

As we near the end of the second week of this semester, I cannot express enough appreciation to each of you for are doing your part to keep our community healthy and safe. The†Flyers Promise†has transitioned from a pledge to a way of life during this pandemic.

Thank you to all who are using the LewisU App to:

  • Submit COVID-19 symptom screening
  • Check-in for face-to-face class
  • Report a positive COVID-19 test result
  • Reserve a study space on the Romeoville campus

As expected with the increase of people present on our campuses as the semester started, we are experiencing an increase in cases among our students. The†dashboard website†is updated each Friday.

Be assured that our contact tracing and mitigation measures are working to help decrease the impact on our community. Our efforts include common global public health practices used to control the transmission of the communicable disease.†

Contact Tracing Process

The Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline Team members are conducting a contact tracing process under the guidance of the Will County Health Department and in accordance with†CDC guidelines. Contact tracing is being conducted for close contacts (generally†any individual within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes) of laboratory-confirmed or probable COVID-19 patients. These†close contacts,†who are students, faculty or staff, will receive a notification and guidance. It is important to respond to any communication you may receive†from the Lewis University COVID-19 Hotline team members.

Quarantine vs Isolation

Thank you to the several members of our community who are helping to mitigate the spread of the virus by quarantine and isolating.

Quarantine†is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others and helps prevent the spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. During this 14-day period, individuals take steps to monitor their health and practice social distancing.†CDC Quarantine Guidelines

Isolation†is used to separate people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and†those who have tested positive but†with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation should stay†separated from others†until itís safe for them to be around others based upon public health guidelines and a healthcare provider's determination.†CDC Isolation Guidelines

COVID-19 Testing on Campus

Our university is partnering with several organizations to provide testing opportunities for students, faculty and staff.

On Thursday, September 17, the Will County Health Department will be administering a limited number of tests on an invite-only basis on our Romeoville Campus. It will be the third time Will County Health Department has offered this mobile testing site on our Romeoville campus in recent weeks.

On Sunday, September 20, the Illinois Department of Health is providing free COVID-19 tests on our Romeoville Campus. There is no appointment or invite needed for this drive-up testing conducted on a first-come, first-serve basis. This testing is open to all regardless of symptoms. We invite any of our students, faculty, or staff who want to be tested to participate.

It is through our collective efforts that we are able to continue achieving success in our academic Mission during this pandemic. The stories of students, faculty and staff continue to be shared on how individuals are rising to the challenges of this semester. I look forward to hearing more as we continue to achieve more together.

Dr. Christopher Sindt

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