Health Update for KU Campus

Kutztown University students or employees who are known to have tested positive for COVID-19 and who may have presented an exposure risk to other members of the university community are aggregated in the table below.

Total 3 24 307
Positive Cases
  (as of 4 p.m., Sept. 25)
Today
9/25
This Week
9/21-25
Total
since 8/24/20
Students Living On-Campus 3 13 129
Students Living Off-Campus 0 11 175
Employees 0 0 3

Total 111 196
Active and Recovered Cases
   - recovered cases will be updated Tuesday and Friday
Active Recovered
Students (includes on- and off-campus) 111 193
Employees 0 3

Positive Cases by Week Students Living On-Campus Students Living Off-Campus Employees
Aug. 24-28 1 0 0
Aug. 31-Sept. 4 26 29 1
Sept. 8-11 57 70 2
Sept. 14-18 32 65 0
Sept. 21-25 13 11 0
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  • Confirmed Case

    Health and Wellness Services has protocols in place for identifying, testing and isolating potential cases, and will take necessary action on campus property consistent with established health and safety practices.

    The Pennsylvania Department of Health has protocols for testing, announcing and advising cases — including contact tracing — along with individuals’ healthcare professionals. It is up to public health authorities to determine what information is shared publicly in the interest of public health, and in accordance with relevant privacy requirements. 

    Faculty and Staff Positive for COVID-19

    The ultimate success of the university response to a positive or presumed positive case for a faculty and staff member relies heavily on the individual promptly self-reporting their medical exam/test results to the university.

    KU faculty and staff suspecting they may have COVID-19 would report to their primary care health professional for examination and testing. Once a positive test result is received by the healthcare provider, they are responsible for notifying the patient and PADOH. At this point, the patient will be required to isolate to prevent further transmission.

    PADOH will then begin the contact tracing process to identify any other individuals that may have been affected and need to be in quarantine (see the contact tracing section below for more information).

    Because of the delay (2-14 days) in receiving test results, and out of concern for the members of the KU community, the university has taken the position that a person will need to isolate immediately while awaiting test results if they are presumed positive for COVID-19.  However, the efficacy of this policy is dependent upon timely self-reporting by the faculty or staff member who must contact Human Resources immediately if:

    1. During the office visit, they exhibit symptoms and their medical care provider determines they should be presumed positive for COVID-19 pending test results or;
    2. They receive confirmation that they have tested positive for COVID-19.

    Student Positive for COVID-19 Using KU Health and Wellness Services (H&WS)

    KU students on campus suspecting they have COVID-19 should report to H&WS for examination and testing. If a positive test result is received by H&WS, they are responsible for notifying the patient and PADOH. At this point, the patient will be required to isolate to prevent further transmission.

    PADOH will then begin the contact tracing process to identify any other individuals that may have been affected and need to be in quarantine (see the contact tracing section below for more information).

    Because of the delay (2-14 days) in receiving test results, and out of concern for the members of the KU community, the university has taken the position that a person will need to isolate immediately while awaiting test results if they are presumed positive for COVID-19.  If during the visit to H&WS the student exhibits COVID-19-like symptoms, they will be presumed positive for COVID-19 pending test results and will be required to isolate.

    Student Positive for COVID-19 Using a Private Healthcare Provider

    The ultimate success of the University response to a positive or presumed positive case for a student using a private healthcare provider relies heavily on the individual promptly self-reporting their medical exam/test results to the university.

    Students suspecting they may have COVID-19 may report to their primary care health professional for examination and testing rather than H&WS.  Should this be the student’s choice, the healthcare provider is responsible for notifying the patient and PADOH of a positive test result.  At this point, the patient will be required to isolate to prevent further transmission.

    PADOH will then begin the contact tracing process to identify any other individuals that may have been affected and need to be in quarantine (see the contact tracing section below for more information).

    Because of the delay (2-14 days) in receiving test results, and out of concern for the members of the KU community, the university has taken the position that a person will need to isolate immediately while awaiting test results if they are presumed positive for COVID-19. However, the efficacy of policy is dependent upon timely self-reporting by the student who must contact KU H&WS immediately if:

    1. During the office visit, they exhibit symptoms and their medical care provider determines they should be presumed positive for COVID-19 pending test results or;
    2. They receive confirmation that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Self-Reporting

    Self-Reporting

    As a proactive measure to keep our campus community as healthy as possible, we are asking for your help to ensure the good health of all students and employees.

    Please self-report for any one of the following situations:

    Quarantine

    • You have been asked to quarantine due to exposure to a person who is positive for COVID-19.

    Diagnosis

    • You have been diagnosed with, or tested positive for COVID-19.

    How to Self-Report

    Students:

    • Contact Health and Wellness Services by phone (610-683-4082) or email (health@kutztown.edu) to self-report.
    • This information will be confidentially managed ensuring only those with a need to know are informed.
    • For a student, generally those with a need to know are the student’s faculty, dean and certain members of administration.

    Employees:

    • Contact Human Resources by phone (610-683-1353) or email (humanresources@kutztown.edu) to self-report.
    • This information will be confidentially managed, ensuring only those with a need to know are informed.
    • You can help by not engaging others who do not have a need to know, and by refraining from open dialogue or discussion about individual employee medical status.
    • For employees, generally those with a need to know are an employee’s supervisor, certain members of the administration, and Human Resources.
    • The university will take reasonable precautions to protect health information, pursuant to all applicable laws and statutes, including, but not limited to, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.