Coronavirus

2020 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Cumulative COVID-19 Data for 2020

The University notifies the Chippewa County Health Department of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19. On-campus student positive cases isolate in Brown Hall while off-campus students isolate at their residence.

Chippewa County Health Department completes contact tracing and notification protocols. The University supports the Health Department’s contact trace effort.

Confidentiality laws prohibit the University from disclosing identifying information about affected individuals.

Total LSSU Population*
Cumulative Positives**
LSSU % Positive

2,199

64
2.91

Employees

Off Campus Students*
On Campus Students
Cumulative Isolation
Cumulative Quarantine
4

39

21

64
237

*This count represents students and employees at the LSSU campus in Sault Ste. Marie, MI.

**Includes positives from testing on the LSSU campus in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, as well as external tests.

***This count is dependent on self-reporting and local health department reporting cases and direct contacts to the university.

LSSU Campus Testing

Tests Completed#
Total Positives##
% Positive

3,383

49
1.45

#This number reflects tests conducted at mass testing at the LSSU campus in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, and the LSSU Health Care Center.
##This number represents only positives from tests conducted on the LSSU campus in Sault Ste. Marie, MI. It does not include positive tests done externally.

Chippewa County COVID-19 Case Data

Cumulative Positives^
Cumulative Recovered
Cumulative Deaths
1,374
864
14

^PCR and Antigen tests

For more information about COVID-19 in Sault Ste. Marie and the surrounding area, please visit https://www.chippewahd.com/.

Four Pillars of Laker Safety

  1. Social Distancing: Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.
  2. Mask/Face Covering: Wear a mask or face covering over your nose and mouth when in any public indoor space and when outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of your household.
  3. Sanitization: Wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds multiple times each day or use hand sanitizer of at least 60% alcohol. Sanitize at least twice daily your desk or workstation, high-frequency touch surfaces, and living spaces. Wipes are supplied across campus.
  4. Personal/ Social Responsibility: Actively encourage those around you to adhere to these pillars while doing so yourself. Remember, we are in this together and we all have a role to play in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

Key Definitions and Criteria for Isolation versus Quarantine

Isolation

Isolation is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID- 19, from people who are not infected (CDC, 2020). Isolation keeps someone who is infected with the virus away from others, even in their home. People in isolation will be monitored by CCHD (or their local Health Department if residing outside of Chippewa County).

  • Duration of Isolation
    • Symptomatic: You can be released from isolation after…
      • At least 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
      • At least 24 hours with no fever without fever-reducing medication and
      • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving**Loss of taste and smell may persist for weeks or months after recovery and need not delay the end of isolation
    • Asymptomatic: If you continue to have no symptoms, you can be released from isolation after…10 days have passed since the date you had your positive test
    • Brown Hall is the University Housing unit designated for isolation. The separate isolation location on-campus allows students who are COVID-19 positive to continue to benefit from the support of Academic Services, University Housing, Dining Services, and general infrastructure of LSSU while recovering.
    • Release from isolation does not require a negative COVID-19 test (CDC, 2020).

Quarantine

Quarantine is used to keep someone who might have been [directly] exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine should stay home, separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department (CDC, 2020). People in quarantine will be monitored by CCHD (or their local Health Department if residing outside of Chippewa
County).

  • Direct exposure is defined as proximity to a person who is positive for COVID-19 at a distance of less than six feet for a period of 15 minutes or more.
  • Contact tracing and issuing of URA notifications begin immediately after notification of positive test results. URAs will not denote whether a person is in isolation or quarantine. The process for contact tracing and URA notification initiate similar action responses, so the private health information about whether a person is positive or a traced contact is not public knowledge.

Duration of Quarantine

Duration of Quarantine

  • Symptomatic: If you develop symptoms during quarantine, you should contact Health Care Center at (906) 635-2110.
  • Asymptomatic: If you do not develop symptoms during quarantine, you should be home for 14 days after your last contact with a person who has COVID-19.

Release from Isolation or Quarantine

Reintegration After Isolation or Quarantine

  • After an extended period of time secluded from others, it can be difficult to reintegrate oneself into past routines and habits. Friends and colleagues may also be anxious around you or fearful of your presence because they do not want to contract COVID-19 from you.
  • As a friend or colleague of a person coming out of isolation or quarantine, be mindful that the individual may be struggling with reintegrating. Remember that the Health Department would not have released the individual if there remained medical reasons for maintaining the individual in quarantine or isolation. Be supportive of their reintegration process.
  • Support is available from Counseling Services ([906] 635-2752), Residential Life Staff, and trusted advisors.
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