Over the past year, I have been nothing short of amazed at the dedication, creativity, and willingness to step up shown by our community. Together, we have weathered and continue to weather the storm that is COVID-19. I am writing to you because we need to ask for your help once again.

Staff in athletics, campus life, the libraries, etc., are conducting contact tracing for anyone exposed to or diagnosed with COVID-19. This is critical to our mitigation efforts.

Volunteer contact tracers are responsible for:

  • Calling anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 to identify close contacts. 
  • Reaching out to identified contacts within our community, in coordination with the housing/quarantine/isolation team, to instruct them of next steps. 
  • Supporting the Pennsylvania Department of Health to notify close contacts outside the Lafayette community.

The number of cases on a campus that is close to fully populated has stretched the limits of our complement of trained contact tracers. We need to augment our team. The more volunteers we get from our community, the easier this process becomes for everyone involved. 

I ask you to consider joining this effort by taking the contact-tracing training course (about seven hours) and then identifying one or two four-hour periods between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. any day of the week when you are willing to be a part of our contact-tracing effort. If a case comes up during your four-hour period, you would handle it to its conclusion. The Cabinet has agreed that during the time you are contact tracing, this process will take priority over everything else. You probably want to avoid times when you have meetings or other commitments that are not flexible. 

Please register to become a contact tracer. Tammy Trach will reach out to you with next steps. If you have questions, please call Human Resources at 610-330-5060. 

Thank you so much for your help.

Alma Scott-Buczak
Associate Vice President for Human Resources