SPECIAL UPDATE for November 25: There were three new, unique positives from the 377 conclusive test results collected from Monday among students, faculty, and staff. We are in different stages of communication with those three individuals, and contact tracing has already been activated. We estimate that about 150 registered people ultimately decided not to participate.
There are a few remaining results we have yet to receive, or that were inconclusive. Everyone who is awaiting those outstanding results has been notified. For all others: If you did participate in Monday’s tests and have not heard from the college about your test, insurance or your results, then your test result was negative.
Campus Status Alert Level:
Weekly On-Campus Testing Results
New Positive Test Results
This chart shows the importance of contact tracing. The data represented by the black color reflects those individuals currently in isolation because of positive test results from the previous week. It is important to remember that "contacts"—those who were exposed to individuals with positive test results—may also develop COVID-19 related symptoms within two weeks while in quarantine. Even though they tested negative before moving into quarantine as “contacts,” they may ultimately test positive while in quarantine—at which case, they are moved to isolation. This new positive test may have not have been the result of our on-campus testing efforts. This data point is reflected by the yellow color. (Updated 9/21/20)
The above data reflects the total number of students, faculty or staff that are currently in isolation or quarantine—not just those entering this week.
Isolation & Quarantine Breakdown for Week Prior to November 22nd
Test Results for Week Prior to November 22nd
When will I hear about results?
Ursinus will continue to conduct mid-week testing for all students on campus. The normal turn-around time for results is 24-36 hours. Those who test positive will hear immediately after the confirmation of those results, at which time the Montgomery County Department of Health will, in partnership with Ursinus volunteers and our Health Corps, activate contact tracing. We respectfully ask for your patience during that process. We will most likely communicate with those students expected to quarantine between Thursday and Saturday of every week. If you do not hear from the college, you can expect your weekly results were negative and that you were not identified as a “contact.”
What is meant by isolation?
Isolation is the separation of someone who is ill with or has tested positive for COVID-19 from people who are not sick. Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 typically isolate for at least 10 days (the duration of the infective period) from the time they are tested or symptoms first appear but could be isolated for longer periods if symptoms persist. Students in on-campus housing must go home if possible to isolate. Students who cannot return home to isolate will need to relocate to isolation housing.
What is meant by quarantine?
Quarantine is the separation of someone exposed to a COVID-positive individual from those who are not sick or exposed, in case the exposed person becomes sick or tests positive for COVID-19. A typical quarantine period lasts 14 days (the duration of the incubation period). Students in on-campus housing must go home if possible to quarantine. Students who cannot return home to quarantine will need to relocate to quarantine housing.
Status Alert Levels