Fall 2020 Lehigh Surveillance Testing for Students
Surveillance testing is performed on students without symptoms or other indications of possible COVID infection. The expected rate of positivity for asymptomatic testing is ~1%. Read more about our Surveillance Testing program. Lehigh Athletics conducts surveillance testing that aligns with the guidelines set forth by the NCAA for sports engaged in intercollegiate competition. These results are included in the dashboard. There was a reduced level of surveillance testing for students residing in the Bethlehem area after the planned shift to remote instruction post-Thanksgiving.
Fall 2020 Lehigh and Diagnostic Testing for Students
The University conducts testing of any Lehigh student with COVID-related symptoms who contacts the Health and Wellness Center (HWC) and students who are identified as close contacts, as per the CDC. The point-of-care testing in the HWC can often produce results in less than an hour, reducing the amount of time that the student and their close contacts need to spend in quarantine or isolation.
Diagnostics tests are administered for students considered to have a higher likelihood of having the virus (due to symptoms or contacts). Typically, positivity rates for these tests are higher than the rate in our surveillance tests.
Fall 2020 Additional Reported Information
Students living in the Bethlehem area or coming onto campus are required to report any positive test to the University; all other students are strongly encouraged to report positive test results. A portion of the additional tests reported to us are from testing conducted through Lehigh University's partnership with the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN).
In addition to identifying students through Lehigh's testing and through tests performed by the LVHN, we also receive information about students who obtain tests through their health care provider, local health bureaus, and other outside providers and entities. Students living in the Bethlehem area or coming onto campus who receive a positive COVID-19 test result, even if they are not tested by the Health and Wellness Center, must report this to the Health and Wellness Center to ensure proper contact tracing and to support the health and wellness of the campus and South Bethlehem community.
Fall 2020 Faculty and Staff Tests
Symptomatic faculty and staff are directed to be tested and contact the university’s Employee Health Nurse Case Manager from Lehigh Valley Health Network, Terri Latvis, RN, at 610-861-8080 ext. 21237 or Teresa.Latvis@lvhn.org. Read more on the COVID-19 Return to Campus Employee Health Guide. Faculty, staff and contract employees may also be selected for surveillance testing.
All faculty and staff cases are followed up on by our LVHN Occupational Health partner and, when applicable, 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.