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Coordination with Local Public Health Officials
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.
Students who will be on campus will receive a safety kit that includes hand sanitizer, masks, and other items to help keep them safe and healthy. Faculty and staff members who are on campus will also receive safety kits with appropriate personal protective equipment, so the personal risk to students and employees is minimized.
Hand-sanitizer stations will be located in all buildings and in public areas, along with signs and markers to remind us to respect social distancing. And, our front-line custodial and maintenance staffs are trained to follow established national and state
protocols to keep our facilities clean and sanitized.
Learn more about the plan and safety kits on the Returning to Campus page. Specific guidance is also available for students with health concerns.
We also are prepared to employ other safety measures recommended by expert organizations like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,
the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the American College Health Association.
(Strategy for Mitigation)
The following CDC guidelines promote proper hygiene and help to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
Use a face covering indoors and when maintaining a safe distance from others is not possible.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
Thermometers will be provided when required by a discipline for accreditation standards or governing body guidelines.
Individuals should not report to work, class, or clinical assignments and should not attend or participate in institution-sponsored activities or events if they are not feeling well.
Any individual who is suspected of having or confirmed to have COVID-19 should self-isolate in accordance with current state and federal guidance.
Individuals who have self-reported should not enter campus buildings—except for students, who should enter only the campus building designated as their place of isolation.
Individuals are advised to consult with their medical provider about options for testing and necessary treatment.
If, within the previous 14 days, you have visited an area of high prevalence (domestic or international) or you know you have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19,
IUP Health Service will provide testing options for students who have symptoms of COVID-19, who have been exposed to COVID-19, or who have needs that a provider has determined warrant testing.
Students who are asymptomatic and have been told they are a close contact of a COVID-19 lab-confirmed positive individual will be given a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test. While waiting for test results, students will be told to self-quarantine. Results from the PCR test will be received within 24 to 48 hours. Even if test results are negative, students who have been a close contact of a positive COVID-19 individual should self-quarantine for 14 days since the last time they were in close contact with that individual. A negative test result does not mean that individuals should end their quarantine period early.
If a student has symptoms associated with COVID-19, the IUP Health Service will do a rapid antigen test on site. If the test is negative, health officials will do a PCR test.
Employees should contact their primary care physician regarding testing needs and options.
Current COVID-19 testing options in Indiana County include Indiana Regional Medical Center's emergency department,
MedExpress, and CVS MinuteClinic.
Contact tracing (getting information from and to people who may have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 individual) is essential to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. If you get a call from the Pennsylvania Department of Health or the IUP Health
Service about contact tracing, please help! Your information can help prevent others from getting sick. Learn the difference between legitimate contact-tracing calls and scams.
Pennsylvania now has a COVID-19 exposure notification mobile app, COVID Alert PA, available for download free through the Apple App store and Google Play store for users age 18 and older only. The app can detect if a user has had close contact with another app user who later tested positive for COVID-19. When that occurs, users will receive through their phones a notification and guidance on what to do next. Designed to be anonymous, the app does not track location or collect personal information. Learn more: “Wolf Administration Launches COVID Alert PA App.” Download the app: COVID Alert PA App.
When a COVID-19 test is confirmed positive at the Health Service:
Self-isolation rooms in Delaney Hall will be offered to students who test positive and to symptomatic students who have an initial negative test and are waiting for test results. Any students testing positive for COVID-19 may remain in Delaney Hall for the CDC-recommended self-isolation period of 10 days plus one with no fever and reduction of symptoms since the onset of symptoms. Students may also choose to self-isolate at home for the recommended self-isolation period. IUP employees will self-isolate at home.
Anyone determined to have had close contact with a positive COVID-19 case should quarantine according to CDC guidelines.
Anyone feeling ill should not go out in public.
Anyone concerned about possible COVID-19 symptoms can use the self-checker on the CDC website for guidance on steps to take.
Students in isolation or quarantine will be able to order food and beverages through the Grubhub app for delivery to their rooms. They will only need to open their suite door (while wearing a face covering) and take the food inside; they will not need
to leave their rooms.
The Counseling Center will offer telehealth appointments during the fall semester. Students who are unable to teleconference via their own equipment can arrange to reserve a room within the center to receive the services they require.
If you are feeling anxious or upset or have an immediate need for mental health support, the Counseling Center will take your call any time between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call 724-357-2621 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment during that time. After hours, please contact the Indiana/Armstrong Mental Health Crisis Line at 1-877-333-2470.
Please note: If you have a remote counseling session scheduled, you must be inside Pennsylvania at the time of the session.
If a friend or acquaintance is in distress, please reach out and share the resources we have in place to offer assistance. You can also contact a member of IUP’s Care Team of faculty and staff members.
This group provides appropriate support to students in distress.
The IUP Health Service, located in the Center for Health and Well-Being, Suites on Maple East, is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for appointments only.
Walk-in visits are discouraged, but same-day appointments can be made by calling 724-357-2550. Students who have questions or want to make an appointment can also contact email@example.com. If you need immediate medical attention, call 9-1-1 or go
to the emergency room at Indiana Regional Medical Center.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health Indiana County State Health Center (724-357-2995) is the first point of contact for coordination and guidance regarding all COVID-19 concerns. For questions or concerns that cannot wait until the next business day,
call 1-877-PA-HEALTH. The Pennsylvania Department of Health will work with the Bureau of Epidemiology staff to provide guidance on isolation, contact identification, quarantine, cleaning, or any other concerns.
IUP leadership is communicating and coordinating efforts with Indiana County health agencies to keep IUP and the community at large informed and protected during the pandemic. President Michael Driscoll will represent IUP on a county planning task force
committed to working together to make the best choices for the community.