Faculty and Staff Tests
Symptomatic faculty and staff are directed to be tested and contact the university’s Employee Health Nurse Case Manager from the Lehigh Valley Health Network. Read more on the COVID-19 Return to Campus Employee Health Guide. Faculty, staff and contract employees may also participate in surveillance testing.
All faculty and staff cases are followed up on by LVHN and, depending on the employee’s residence, the Bethlehem Health Bureau. For contract employees, positive cases are reported through the established liaison system so appropriate contact tracing and notification can occur. These cases are also reported on the dashboard. This information includes the running total of positive results since May 24, 2021.
Process for Positive Cases
When a positive student case is reported, our Health and Wellness Center works in conjunction with the Bethlehem Health Bureau to ensure appropriate isolation of the student and to initiate contact tracing, notification and direct communication with those who may have been in close contact with individuals who tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is defined by the CDC as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period.
All student COVID-19 cases are followed up on by the Health & Wellness Center and Bethlehem Health Bureau. All employee cases are followed up on by our LVHN Occupational Health partner and, when applicable, depending on the employee’s residence, the Bethlehem Health Bureau.
If, during or after this process, the University believes that a campus alert is required, the University will issue the alert to the appropriate segment or segments of campus. Examples warranting such an alert may include, but are not limited to:
- the need for partial or full building closure;
- the need for students, faculty or staff to stay away from a specified area; or
- evidence of widespread transmission on campus.
In making such alerts (or in reporting the aggregate number of cases on this dashboard), we will not publish names or other identifying information and will respect the rights of our students, faculty, staff, and community members under the privacy laws and the public health laws.