As of today, September 21, 2020, Shippensburg University has had 5 reported positive COVID-19 cases. The University has 2 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 96 students take the symptomatic test and 136 asymptomatic tests, with 4 positive cases from our testing. The fifth positive case was self-reported after testing off-campus. 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 safeguard the well-being of all in our SU community. Being diagnosed as a positive case should not be a stigma and there are no negative repercussions to self-reporting.
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.
OFF CAMPUS TESTING OPTONS: For Faculty and staff who wish to get tested, you can find a testing location near you by going to the following link: https://pema.maps.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=1a4c139769d646839e1549bcb6a668f1
New York Time COVID College Tracker: The Tracking Covid at U.S. Colleges and Universities tool offered by the New York Times. This tool lists reported positive cases affiliated with higher education institutions nationwide. This tool tracks total cases reported since March. The numbers on our dashboard indicate positive case counts since August 1st”.