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IUP is working with Virus Geeks, a national biotech company, to offer free, on-campus COVID-19 testing for all students in spring 2021. This dashboard will include positive cases from testing through Virus Geeks, IUP Health Services, and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
As a result, it is expected that the number of positive COVID-19 cases being reported, especially as students return to campus, will be higher than in fall 2020. Read more on the Health and Safety page.
Students: Refers to all students, regardless if they are on campus or studying remotely.
Confirmed Cases: Cases reported on this dashboard reflect only confirmed test results from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and testing done at IUP.
This does not include: Students who may be showing symptoms and are waiting for test results or self-reported positive test results that have not been confirmed by Pennsylvania Department of Health or IUP health officials.
New Confirmed Cases: The number of new confirmed COVID-19 positive cases reported to IUP by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and through IUP testing during this reporting period. Depending on when an individual sought treatment, a report of a new confirmed case can come from the
Pennsylvania Department of Health to IUP at any time during an individual’s recovery period. This means that a COVID-19 positive IUP student may have completed part, or all, of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommended recovery self-isolation
period. In that circumstance, a COVID-19 positive IUP student may be counted on the dashboard as both a “new case” and a “recovered case.”
New Student Cases, by Location: When a student is tested at IUP, they are considered within Indiana County. Tests reported to IUP by the Pennsylvania Department of Health use the address provided by the student at the time of testing
to determine if they are within Indiana County or not. That address is self-reported and may be their local, on-campus, or home address, depending on what individuals choose to provide.
Isolation on Campus: Students can be housed in Delaney Hall for self-isolation if they have a confirmed positive test for COVID-19 or are presumed positive and waiting for testing results. Following CDC guidelines, it is recommend
that students who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days plus one day without a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medications) and improvement of symptoms from the day they developed symptoms. Students can also be housed
in Delaney Hall if they are presumed positive while waiting for test results and/or monitoring for symptoms. According to the CDC, anyone who has had close contact with someone with a positive COVID-19 diagnosis should be in self-quarantine for
14 days after their last exposure to the COVID-19 positive individual and monitor themselves for symptoms.
Isolation Bed Available on Campus: IUP has made 170 beds available to be used when students need to self-isolate after a positive diagnosis or for students who are presumed positive and awaiting test results.
Recovered Cases on Campus: The CDC defines recovered cases as:
Students meeting these criteria no longer need to self-isolate, and count as recovered on this dashboard. According to the CDC, loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation.
IUP does not receive reports from the Pennsylvania Department of Health about employees who test positive for COVID-19.
Universities cannot mandate that students or employees share test results. Test results are the private medical information of the student or employee. If an IUP employee or student learns that another employee or student has tested positive
they do not have an obligation to report that information to the university. Information reported confidentially to IUP Human Resources related to COVID-19 testing results will not be shared; that information is protected by HIPAA.
Employees who share that they have tested positive for COVID-19 will be instructed to comply with Pennsylvania Department of Health contact tracing procedures and recommendations for self-isolation and medical care.
All of us are responsible for protecting the health and safety of the IUP community during this pandemic. But, the more you know about signs and symptoms of COVID-19, how to prevent its spread, and where to seek health services, the safer we all can be.
We encourage everyone to obtain information from health care providers and organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the American College Health Association.
Please visit the IUP Center for Health and Well-Being website for information about COVID-19, and the Health and Safety page for information on how students can access medical care, what to do if you have been exposed, reporting procedures for students and employees, testing, and information about contact tracing.