Updated Sept. 19, 2020 (9:40 a.m. ET)

COVID-19 cases indicated on this dashboard include positive, laboratory-verified test results among students, faculty and staff approved to access campus.  

The data represents activity since Aug. 10, 2020.

To protect confidentiality and privacy, Lafayette will not disclose any identifying information about affected individuals. Students who have tested positive will be transported to isolation accommodations, and Lafayette community members believed to be at risk for exposure will be contacted and told to self-quarantine.

All active case counts are classified generally to the best of the College’s knowledge. These counts are intended to provide guidance to help the College and the local community generally understand patterns of positive cases and not to replace contact tracing efforts by the College and local health departments.


Updated 9/17/2020 (9:40 a.m. ET)

Daily positive cases


Cumulative positive cases


Number of students & employees in isolation spaces

Isolation and quarantine details.


Number of students & employees self-quarantined

Isolation and quarantine details.


Cumulative student testing


Start of semester student testing


Surveillance student testing (updated weekly)

Timeframe Number tested Positive % Positive
8/31 – 9/4 100 0 0%
9/7 – 9/11 98 0 0%

Available space in isolation housing

Isolation and quarantine details.


State and regional dashboards
COVID-19 dashboards are also being maintained by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Northampton County.

Submit questions
Questions or suggestions from the Lafayette community related to COVID-19 can be submitted via email

Testing
All students approved to be on campus were tested at check in. 

Bailey Health Center is conducting surveillance testing on students throughout the semester. Each week, a cohort of students will be asked to report to the health center for testing so that we can effectively monitor the prevalence of infection on campus. 

Testing is available for faculty and staff who will fill out a brief screening questionnaire online or at the health center. Visit the health center website, select the patient portal, enter your Lafayette credentials, and select “forms” on the menu. The COVID-19 screening form will be used to establish a proper ICD-10 insurance diagnostic code for testing. Employees will be given an order for SARS-COV-2 by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) at Bailey and referred to a local lab facility. If the employee is a member of the College’s medical plan, the cost of the test will be covered by Capital Blue Cross with no member cost. 

Bailey Health Center has been designated by the Pennsylvania Department of Health as an approved point-of-care testing site for COVID-19. The health center is using the same highly sensitive PCR technology available in hospital laboratories. The platform can test up to four samples per hour with a turnaround time of 45 minutes. On-site testing will be available during the semester to students and employees with severe symptoms. The availability of testing reagents is still limited due to the surge in cases throughout the country; point-of-care testing will be utilized selectively for individuals with concerning symptoms. 

Symptom tracking
Each morning all approved on-campus students, faculty and staff will be expected to complete a daily symptom and history questionnaire. The personalized link with screening questions can be completed in less than a minute. Based on your responses, you will be prompted to make decisions to keep our campus safe.

Contact tracing
The College has a team of individuals trained and certified to perform contact tracing. The College is working collaboratively with the Pennsylvania Department of Health to enhance internal contact tracing on campus. Students and employees who have come in close contact with an individual with a confirmed positive test will be asked to self-quarantine for two weeks while monitoring for symptoms. Employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 should contact their supervisor and notify the health center so that we may initiate contact tracing and other workplace safety protocols that would include on-campus temperature screening for certain employees. In addition, if you are living in the same household of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, please contact the health center.

Isolation and quarantine
Asymptomatic individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for 10 days while monitoring for symptoms. Symptomatic individuals who test positive should isolate for 10 days and have no fever for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication, and symptoms should be resolving. If you are a student, someone from the Health Center will check in with you every day, and meals will be delivered to your residence. If you are an employee, please check in with your personal physician or Bailey Health Center for evaluation and clearance to return to work.

Quarantine refers to separating individuals at increased risk of contracting the virus due to travel from a high-prevalence area or having close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual. 

Wash your hands
The best defense is to remain vigilant and take precautions to minimize the risk of all contagious infectious diseases. Everyone is encouraged to follow the recommendations for preventing the spread of respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue or your sleeve.
  • Clean surfaces, door knobs, keyboards with germicidal wipes.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

Physical distancing
Appropriate physical distancing will be maintained in all areas through signage, scheduling, plexiglass barriers (where appropriate), adjusted room layouts, etc. Density of each residence hall will be controlled. Students on campus who do not follow physical distancing guidelines will be sent home.

Masks
Masks will be required everywhere on campus and will be provided to students, faculty, and staff who are studying or working on campus.

Visitors must have approved appointments and follow campus mask-wearing rules at all times.

PPE
Faculty and staff who return to campus will be provided with personal protective equipment based on individual and situational needs and in accordance with guidelines from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control (CDC). This may include plastic face shields and the adjustment of some space layouts to accommodate physical distancing.