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COVID-19 FAQ

Last updated: 8/16/2022

What should I do if I’m exposed to someone with COVID-19?

Wear a well-fitting mask while on campus for 10 days after the day of your exposure, even if you’ve tested negative and don’t have symptoms. Stay home if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19. Get tested at least five days after your exposure, or sooner if you are having symptoms. You can schedule a test at our on-campus testing center, use an at-home test, or get a test from a provider of your choice. 

What should I do if I’m feeling sick?

Get tested. You can schedule a test at our on-campus testing center, use an at-home test, or get a test from a provider of your choice. Wear a mask until you are feeling better; remember that masks prevent many illnesses other than COVID-19. Stay home until you are feeling better. We recommend contacting your provider.

What should I do if I test positive?

You should complete a COVID-19 Disclosure Form and begin at home isolation immediately. Do not come to campus. The COVID-19 Response Team will provide further instructions.

If I test positive, am I responsible for contacting anyone?

Yes, it is your responsibility to notify any individuals you may have exposed while contagious with COVID-19. The COVID-19 Response Team will help you identify such individuals and answer any questions.

If I test positive, when am I permitted to return to campus/classes?

The return to campus date will initially be based on a 10-day isolation from the day you started symptoms, or the day you tested positive if not having symptoms. You may be eligible to return to campus earlier, but no sooner than 5 days of isolation. The COVID-19 Response Team will review specific return dates and criteria with the positive case. 

Who should I notify if I have to be absent due to a positive COVID-19 test?

Students should notify their instructors regarding their absence and their plans to stay up-to-date in class. Employees should notify their supervisor through their regular call-out procedure to notify them of their absence and the possibility of remote work. 

When is the testing center open?

Hours of availability may change, but you can find the most recent updates here. You may schedule an appointment, but appointments are not required.

What should I do if I need a test, but the testing center is closed?

If you have at-home tests readily available, you should use those. There are many resources for free at-home tests, including the federal at-home test program. If you have private health insurance, insurance companies are required to cover up to 8 at-home tests each month – either through direct coverage or reimbursement.

When do I need to wear a mask?

Masks are still required in clinical health care settings and in La Salle’s COVID-19 testing center. Masks are optional – not required – in all other campus venues. Our mask policy is informed by guidance from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health (PDPH) based on levels of transmission in the city. Faculty, staff, and students must always carry appropriate masks with them, in the event that someone asks you to wear one in their presence. Faculty may require masks in their classes, and students may request that a class mask by submitting a request via email. 

We encourage you to make the best decision for yourself and maintain respect for others and their mask preferences. Research shows that one-way masking is an effective tool for preventing transmission, and mutual respect is expected of everyone on campus as we sustain a safe and welcoming environment for all. Importantly, and as needed, we may reinstitute a mask mandate if we experience significantly increased case counts on campus or in the region. 

Are boosters required?

Initial COVID-19 vaccination series are required, in compliance with a mandate from the Philadelphia Department of Public Health for students, faculty, and staff at all city institutions of higher education; booster vaccines are not required, but highly recommended. We are best protected when we stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations. La Salle University will host several booster vaccine clinics on campus with our outside partners. You can find other providers using the CDC’s Vaccine Finder.

Who do I contact to have hand sanitizer stations refilled?

Submit a work order through the myLaSalle portal. Be sure to list the building and specific location of the hand sanitizer station that needs refilling. 

Why can someone come back from isolation after five days, still coughing and with a runny nose, even if they wear a mask? Aren't they exposing others?

The COVID-19 Response Team confirms with the positive individual that they have met specific criteria to safely return to campus. When someone meets this criteria, their chance of spreading COVID-19 is generally much lower. Therefore, we require everyone who returns to campus before the 10-day period to wear a high-quality mask to limit any exposure.

CARES Act Grant

The University has applied to the federal government for a grant under the CARES relief act. We have been approved for $2.1M that is dedicated to student emergency financial aid grants. These grants are intended to offset expenses incurred by students as a result of the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus – such as, food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.

Based upon federal regulations, these funds can only be awarded to students who are Title IV eligible and cannot be awarded to either International Students or Students who were enrolled in fully online programs prior to March 13th and therefore not impacted by the disruption to campus operations. Our current student population that fits those regulatory categories stands at approximately 3,860.

CARES Act Disclosures

COVID-19 Disclosure Form