This dashboard is a source of information for members of the PLNU community to remain updated on the most accurate COVID-19 data related to our university.
The dashboard — which will be updated on Tuesdays and Fridays by 3 p.m. PST — includes data on:
- Students who reside on-campus,
- Students who reside off-campus and are coming to a PLNU campus,
- Faculty and staff who are teaching, working or conducting research on campus, and
- Contractors: Sodexo dining employees.
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Weekly surveillance testing — periodic asymptomatic testing at 50% of campus population — will continue indefinitely for students, faculty, and staff reporting to a PLNU campus. Individuals may request a test if they are showing COVID-19 symptoms. In addition, we will facilitate testing on any student or employee that is considered an exposure. This testing strategy currently exceeds the San Diego County Public Health guidelines and the American College Health Association guidelines.
Surveillance testing is conducted Monday through Thursday in our testing center on top of Ryan Library. This testing is pooled saliva-based PCR and processed in our on-campus laboratory. Ultimately, if there is a positive pool, the samples are broken down into pairs who each have a 50% chance of being infected with C19. These pooled samples are reported in the evening to Quickbase. The pairs are then sent a notification from Quickbase that alerts them to their potential positive test results. We ask the individual to enter a modified quarantine until the following morning when they can be tested to confirm which person in the pair is positive for C19. Confirmation testing will take place in the C19 clinic at the Wellness Center and is by appointment only. We aim to test all pairs by 10 a.m. the following day to expedite our quarantine and isolation process. This allows us to test, treat and contain C19 keeping our positivity rates low and F2F interaction safe.
What Happens After a Diagnosis
Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 are placed in isolation for 10 days from onset of symptoms or from the date of COVID-19 test and/or for three days after last symptoms. Students living in PLNU housing are provided isolation or quarantine housing as needed. Employees/contracted staff and students living off campus are asked not to return to campus until this criterion is met.
Individuals who have had prolonged exposure to someone with COVID, or who are themselves suspected of having COVID but have not received a test result, are asked to quarantine in line with CDC guidelines. More details and complete CDC definitions can be found below.
The Difference Between Isolation and Quarantine
In addition to the information below, you can learn about the differences in this video from the CDC.
An individual is placed in isolation when they test positive for the COVID-19 virus.
- Individuals will remain in isolation for a minimum of 10 days from their positive test date or symptom onset.
- They must be fever free and with improving symptoms for at least 24 hours before being removed from isolation.
- Individuals must remain alone for all activities. Any person in contact must be wearing proper personal protective equipment.
An individual is quarantined when:
- They exhibit symptoms of C19 or have +campus clear.
- Individuals will be tested for C19 by Wellness Center as soon as possible.
- They may be released from quarantine by C19Wellness Center when they have a negative test and have had no fever and improving symptoms for 24 hours
- They have been in close contact with a C19 + individual or are a roommate of someone who has been in close contact with a C19+ individual.
- Individuals will be tested for C19 via PCR testing by C19 Wellness Center on day 5-7.
- Individuals will remain in quarantine for 10 days from exposure date.
- They will receive a test on day 5-7 during this time as long as they remain asymptomatic.
- The individual who has a confirmed negative PCR test and has not developed any symptoms will be placed in a modified quarantine 7-10 days from exposure.
- They could develop symptoms at any point during quarantine. If this occurs, the student will be tested and if they are positive at any point a new isolation process will start with a new isolation timeline.
- Exempt Students/Employees: Anyone who has had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and who meets the following criteria does NOT need to quarantine:
- Has COVID-19 illness within the previous 3 months and
- Has recovered and
- Remains without COVID-19 symptoms (for example, cough, shortness of breath)
- Has been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days from last inoculation
For Residential PLNU Students in a Full Quarantine
- Students in quarantine must remain in their room except to go to the bathroom, empty trash, wash clothes, or get water.
- A roommate of a residential student may also be quarantined due to inability to quarantine separately. That student will only need testing if their roommate becomes positive.
- Students may not come to in person classes while in quarantine.
- They must be the only person in the bathroom while using the bathroom.
- They must be masked whenever they leave their room.
- Food should be delivered to their door. Any interaction by an RA/RD should take place with proper distancing and masking.
- Outside time coordinated with supervision.
For Non-Residential PLNU Students/Employees in a Full Quarantine
- Individuals must remain in quarantine in their own bedroom. If they share a room, their roommate should move to another room in the residence.
- Individuals may not come to in person classes/work while in quarantine.
- Individuals should remain in their bedrooms in their off-campus residences.
- They should only leave their bedroom to use the restroom and should wear a mask while outside their room.
- Ideally food would be provided to the individual through contactless delivery outside their bedroom door. If this is not possible, they should only use the kitchen at times when no one else is there and should be masked. They should wipe down/clean all surfaces and items they touch. The individual should not use other common spaces (i.e. living room) while in quarantine.
Modified quarantine permits the individual to safely engage face to face activities masked and appropriately distanced. Any unmasked activity must be completed independently.
- The individual is allowed to:
- Attend in person class or return to work.
- Engage in campus activities with a mask on at all times.
- Eat/drink/brush teeth independently or greater than six feet from others in an outdoor setting.
- We advise that you remain masked and do not spend more than 15 minutes within 6 ft of others in enclosed spaces (for example: cars, small dorm rooms).
- The individual is advised to closely monitor for any development of covid symptoms during the modified quarantine period. (*The risk is presumed 1% with an upper limit of 10% in modified quarantine)
If You Have Symptoms
If you are a member of the PLNU community currently living, working, or visiting a PLNU campus and are experiencing symptoms or have received a confirmed diagnosis, please contact the PLNU C19 clinic at email@example.com.
To help limit the spread of COVID-19, we encourage our entire community of students, faculty, and staff to follow the Three W’s:
Wear a face covering at all times on campus at PLNU, except for when:
- Alone in your office or dorm room, or in your room with your roommate.
- You are exercising or eating and distanced from others.
- You have a health condition for which a mask is contraindicated
Watch your distance at all times, remaining 6ft away from others.
Wash your hands frequently for 20 seconds with soap and warm water.