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Loyola is continuing online operations while we prepare for reopening safely in the fall. Coronavirus resources

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Coronavirus FAQs

How is Loyola taking precautions to protect against coronavirus for the Fall 2020 semester?

Loyola is working closely with Ochsner Health System, one of the best in the country, to help us with our planning for the Fall 2020 semester and to continue to run our student health clinic. Please review our Return to Campus page for more information about how we are planning to return safely in the fall.

What happens if there is a confirmed case on campus?

If a case of COVID-19 virus is confirmed on campus, we will follow city, state, and national guidelines. This includes notifying the community. Those who have had close contact with the patient will be contacted for quarantine.  

All students are required to submit their COVID Positive Plan prior to the start of the Fall 2020 semester and will follow outlined quarantine and isolation requirements.

Faculty and staff should consult the Reporting Illnesses page for instructions on how to report potential exposure or a confirmed positive test for COVID-19.

What if there is a limited outbreak of coronavirus on Loyola’s campus?

We have identified quarantine spaces in our residence halls to keep students safely isolated in the case of a positive COVID-19 test result or confirmed exposure to COVID-19. As outlined in our COVID Positive Plan, Student Health Services is prepared to consult and treat students showing symptoms of COVID-19. Faculty and staff are prepared to make a fast and seamless pivot to fully online learning if that becomes necessary. We will follow all updated guidelines from city and state officials.

How do I stay up to date on the status of coronavirus in New Orleans and Louisiana?

 For the most immediate updates on the spread of COVID-19, we recommend these resources: 

You can also text COVIDNOLA to 888777 to receive alerts from NOLA Ready.

What are the symptoms of coronavirus?

Symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Digestive issues or diarrhea
  • New loss of smell or taste

Review our Daily Symptom Assessment for a full list of identified COVID-19 symptoms.

What should I do if I am presenting the symptoms of coronavirus?

Students experiencing COVID symptoms should call Student Health Services (SHS) at 504.865.3326 for a telephone screening, available Monday – Friday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. SHS will determine whether COVID testing is indicated. While waiting for the results, students should self-isolate in place. After hours or on weekends, students who are symptomatic should contact the Ochsner Help Line at 1.800.232.5257, utilize Ochsner’s COVID testing site, and email if the results are positive. Resident students are also required to inform residence life immediately of any positive test. Read the full COVID Positive Plan for more details. 

Faculty and Staff experiencing symptoms while in the office, should distance themselves immediately from anyone in the area. Contact either the Ochsner Help Line at 1.800.232.5257 or Heather Blanchard in Human Resources at 504.864.7896 for additional guidance and inform your supervisor or department chair that you are leaving the office. Your identifying and medical information will be kept confidential. Read the full Reporting Illnesses page for more details.

What is the incubation period?

Currently, the CDC believes that symptoms appear between 2-14 days after exposure. Coronavirus can be transmitted person-to-person. Additional information about coronavirus symptoms can be found on the CDC website.

What is the treatment for coronavirus?

There is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 are treated with supportive care to help relieve symptoms.

Should we be wearing face masks?

Masks should be worn while on Loyola's campus and in public settings. View our full policy for wearing face masks/coverings.

How do I prevent coronavirus?

While there is still much that is unknown about the virus, we know what we can do to reduce our risk for infection from many infectious diseases:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water thoroughly, for 20 seconds.
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze.
  • This helps to contain your germs without contaminating your hands. Use a tissue over your mouth and nose when you sneeze or cough and dispose of dirty tissues immediately.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth since germs spread this way.
  • Do not share drinks or eating utensils with anyone.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces that may be contaminated with germs like the flu, such as doorknobs, keyboards, and phones.
  • Exercise daily.
  • Get an adequate amount of sleep/rest.
  • Eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of fluids.

What is social distancing? How do I do it?

Social distancing is a public health safety intervention used to reduce the likelihood of transmitting communicable disease. Social distancing involves minimizing exposure to infected individuals by avoiding large public gathering venues, adhering to spacing requirements in the workplace, and following proper personal hygiene practices. Review our guide for proper social distancing while on Loyola's campus.

What if I have scheduled travel?

All non-essential work travel for faculty and staff is suspended at this time. Personal travel is discouraged. Employees who engage in personal travel, especially to known hot spots, are expected to report this to their supervisor and to consider self-quarantine (work from home) for 14 days after such travel.

All students living in on-campus or off-campus housing during the Fall 2020 semester will be expected to remain in the New Orleans area during the semester, refraining from unnecessary travel until we go home at Thanksgiving.