As of today, September 17, 2020, Shippensburg University has had 4 reported positive COVID-19 cases. The University has 1 active case currently. Three students have completed their isolation process without complications.
1) ASYMPTOMATIC TESTING: The University is inviting a random selection of students to participate in Asymptomatic Testing every week. These tests will require 48-72 hours for results. If a student is invited, they will receive an e-mail from the SU COVID Office. A different sampling of students will be invited to participate each week. All students are welcome (and encouraged) to take advantage of this voluntary testing initiative.
Asymptomatic testing is available for ALL students free of charge. If a student is interested, please contact the Etter Student Wellness Center to make an appointment. X1458. At this time, ASYMPTOMATIC TEST WILL BE BY APPOINTMENT ONLY.
2) SYMPTOMATIC TESTING: Etter/WellSpan continues to test for symptomatic students. WellSpan works with each student who arrives and is exhibiting symptoms associated with COVID-19 infection. Some students may not qualify for the symptomatic tests in accordance with medical protocol and their presenting symptoms/illness, but can request an asymptomatic test at that time. Symptomatic tests are administered to students who present symptoms in line with COVID-19 infection.
Since August 20, 2020 we have had 91 students take the symptomatic test and 103 asymptomatic tests, with 4 positive cases. All testing, Asymptomatic and Symptomatic on our campus is purely voluntary, in accordance with State System (PASSHE) directives.
POSITIVE REPORTING: If you know of a student, staff or faculty member who has tested Positive for COVID-19, please have them contact the COVID Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the office at (717)477-1007. The more information we have, the better we can mitigate the risk of further cases and work better to safeguard the well-being of all of those in our SU community. Being diagnosed as a positive case should not be a stigma and there is no negative repercussions to self-reporting. The more information we can acquire regarding the virus and our community, the better we can respond and prepare.
WellSpan follows notification procedures in accordance with the PaDOH (reporting through PA-NEDSS, an electronic database that relays information to the CDC and PA DoH). We are committed to carrying out all PaDOH recommended guidance to help us fulfill our mission of educational excellence and opportunity while promoting the health and well-being of our campus family, community, and region.
Please visit the Health & Well-being dashboard of the Navigate Fall 2020 Website for additional information. All members of the Shippensburg family are urged to visit the Raider Respect webpage to download the Campus Shield self-monitoring app and to find information on COVID-19 exposure, positive COVID-19 cases and case investigation.
On Mondays and Thursdays, the COVID-19 office will email updates on case counts and necessary protocols. The case count will be updated every weekday on the Health & Well-being webpage. At any time, find the latest updates on tackling COVID-19 together at ship.edu.
REMINDER: FLU SHOTS: Flu shots have been identified as an important mitigation effort in the fight against COVID-19.
Getting a flu vaccine will not protect against COVID-19, however flu vaccination has many other important benefits. Flu vaccines have been shown to reduce the risk of flu illness, hospitalization and death. Getting a flu vaccine this fall will be more important than ever, not only to reduce your risk from flu but also to help conserve potentially scarce health care resources.
FLU SHOTS FOR STUDENTS:
Etter Wellness Center will begin offering FLU SHOTS to students starting on Monday, September 14th. Flu shots will be done in conjunction with a student’s health insurance. FLU SHOTS will be by APPOINTMENT ONLY.
FLU SHOT CLINICS: Etter Wellness Center will be conducting FLU SHOT Clinics for students in the month of October. These shots will be done in conjunction with a student’s health insurance. The Clinics will be on:
10/7/2020 9AM-12PM CUB 125 “Airport Lounge”
10/13/2020 6PM-9PM Resident Hall-Naugle
10/22/2020 1p-3p CUB 125 “Airport Lounge”
10/27/2020 6p-9p Resident Hall-Harley
FLU SHOT CLINICS FOR FACULTY/STAFF:
Human Resources will be offering FLU SHOT Clinic for staff/faculty on September 30, 2020 from 8:30 am to 2:00 pm in the Airport Lounge, CUB 125. Staff/faculty must bring their health insurance cards to receive shots. Sign up today.