Coronavirus

2021 CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE

Four Pillars of Laker Safety

Social Distancing

Maintain six feet of distance from those around you when possible.

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.

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.

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.

Cumulative COVID-19 Data

This COVID-19 dashboard is updated regularly. Data represent campus testing beginning Jan. 1, 2021.

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.

2021 Active COVID-19 Cases

Total LSSU Population*

Total Active Cases**

% Active Population

Active Employees

Active Off Campus*

Active On Campus

Active Isolation***

***Active Quarantine

2,199

0

0.00%

0

0

0

0

0

2021 Cumulative COVID-19 Cases

Total LSSU Population*

Cumulative Cases**

LSSU % Positive

Employees

Off Campus Students*

On Campus Students
Cumulative Isolation

Cumulative Quarantine

2,199

107

4.87%

10

49

48

107

251

*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.

Isolation is defined as an individual who has contracted COVID-19.
Quarantine is defined as potential exposure as determined by contact tracing.

2021 LSSU Campus Testing

Tests Completed#

Total Positives##

% Positive

9,072

90

0.99%

#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

2021 Positive Cases

2020 Positive Cases

Total Positive Cases

959

1,440

2,399

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

COVID-19 Testing and Isolation/Quarantine Management

LSSU is committed to responding as quickly and thoroughly as possible when notified of a positive COVID-19 case. There may be instances in which students are in more immediate contact with peers or instructors than the University-Required Absence (URA) notification due to the speed of text message communication. However, due to the need to initiate several facets of a response, there may be a short delay in faculty members receiving a URA.

The LSSU Health Care Center has an Abbott ID NOW analyzer that enables rapid COVID-19 testing, delivering results in 15 minutes or less. The test type is PCR and is known to be highly sensitive and highly specific when testing for COVID-19. Testing at Health Care Center is available by appointment. Please call (906) 635-2110.

Throughout the University’s response to COVID-19, the Chippewa County Health Department (CCHD) has been a critical partner with whom we have collaborated closely and, since our first positive case, on a daily basis. The details outlined below were reviewed by colleagues at CCHD to ensure accuracy of the information, and we are grateful to CCHD for ongoing collaboration.

Campus Updates

COVID-19 Update

April 6, 2021

Dear LSSU Community,

Chippewa County Health Department notified the University that two cases of the B.1.1.7 variant of COVID-19 have been detected in Sault Sainte Marie. The variant, first identified in the United Kingdom, is more highly contagious. Given the more contagious nature of this UK variant, the Health Department has reverted to a full 14-day quarantine for unvaccinated people in direct contact with individuals who test positive for COVID-19.

Data indicate that vaccines currently available in Michigan and throughout the United States – namely, PfizerModerna, and Johnson & Johnson – are effective against the variant strain, further reinforcing the importance of becoming vaccinated against this virus/disease. Individuals who have received both doses of Pfizer or Moderna– or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson – with at least two weeks since the final administration do not need to quarantine after direct exposure, though they do need to monitor for symptoms for 14 days and be tested in case of symptoms.

Vaccines are widely available in our area and we encourage all Lakers to avail themselves of a vaccine. Below are several ways to be vaccinated quickly:

  1. Bay Mills Health Center will host a Moderna vaccine clinic on Thursday, April 8 by appointment at the Armella Parker Senior Center.
  2. LSSU will co-host a second dose Pfizer clinic on Friday, April 9 in the Norris SAC between 10 AM–5 PM (Those who had their first dose at the first clinic on Friday, March 19 should return for their booster).
  3. All LSSU students and employees are eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine through the Chippewa County Health Department and can make an appointment by calling (906) 635-3572.
  4. The Health Department will also be in the Superior Room on Friday, April 16 for an open clinic for LSSU students, employees, and family members to administer the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. No appointments are needed.
  5. Vaccines are also available at Meijer. Appointments can be made by sending the text “COVID” to 75049.

We are confident that our Four Pillars of Laker Safety remain effective ways to mitigate spread of COVID-19. We are also confident in LSSU’s ability to continue in a face-to-face classroom modality. Although the presence of this variant is concerning, it was expected, and heavily influenced our decision in January to hold a virtual commencement. The detection of this variant strain is a reminder to all of us that we must remain vigilant and that, though we are fatigued by COVID-19 response, we must persist.

Please do your part to keep our communities safe.

Thank you,

Dr. Michael Beazley
Dean of Student Affairs
Lake Superior State University

President Hanley Updates

Spring 2021: Return to Campus – Jan. 11, 2021

Dear Students,

Happy New Year! I hope 2021 is off to a good start for each of you and your loved ones. I also hope you have enjoyed time away from campus during the semester break. We are days away from your arrival to campus for Spring 2021 and I want to share information about what to expect in the days ahead.

Spring Operation & New Student Orientation

We will resume face-to-face instruction on Tuesday, January 19. The Four Pillars of Laker Safety – practicing social distance, wearing face coverings, enhancing sanitization, and enacting personal responsibility – will continue to guide our Return to Campus plan.

New Student Orientation will occur on Friday, January 15. New students will receive detailed instructions under separate cover. Returning on-campus students will receive specific instructions from University Housing under separate cover.

Dining services will resume on Friday, January 15 with lunch in the Quarterdeck and will be grab-n-go only. Service will be in a take-out only format until COVID-19 data or DHHS orders permit sit-down service. The Galley and C-Store will reopen the morning of Monday, January 18.

Move-In

Move-in for the general population of returning on-campus students will take place between Friday, January 15 – Monday, January 18. Free saliva-based COVID-19 testing for all returning students will occur in a drive-up station at the Bell Tower entryway to the Norris Center. Walk-up service is available for students who do not keep a vehicle at campus.

On-campus students will be tested during their move-in process, while commuter students will test when classes resume between Tuesday, January 19-Thursday, January 21 from 8-11 AM in the Superior Room of the Cisler Center. Please refrain from eating, drinking, or smoking (this includes water, coffee, gum, etc.) for at least 30 minutes before providing your sample to ensure its viability. Same-day results will be available.

Please remain vigilant and safe. I look forward to seeing each of you on campus.

Sincerely,

Rodney S. Hanley, Ph.D.
President

Academic Calendar

Winter term will run Dec. 7 – Dec. 19, 2020, and Dec. 28, 2020 – Jan. 8, 2021. The Academic Calendar for spring semester will begin Jan. 19 and conclude May 3.

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are symptoms of COVID-19 and how can I protect myself?

What is Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)?

COVID-19 is a newly identified coronavirus that is causing an outbreak of pneumonia illness. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Since then, cases have been identified in multiple other countries including the US.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), human coronaviruses are common throughout the world and usually cause mild to moderate illness in people. This new virus is a public health concern because:

  • It is newly identified, so much is still unknown about it.
  • Two other human coronaviruses, MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV, have caused severe illness.

What are the symptoms?

Symptoms may be flu-like, ranging from mild to serious, and include:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty breathing

Person-to-person spread is occurring, although it’s unclear exactly how it is transmitted and how easily the virus spreads between people.

If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and/or difficulty breathing and in the last 14 days you should:

  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency department, call first and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • LSSU students may call the LSSU Health Center at 906-635-2110.
  • Others should first call their health care provider.
  • Avoid contact with others.
  • Do not travel while sick. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.

What is the treatment?

Currently, there is no specific antiviral treatment recommended for COVID-19 infection. People infected with COVID-19 should receive supportive care to help relieve symptoms. (source: CDC)

Is there a vaccine?

Not at this time, although research that could lead to a vaccine is moving ahead quickly.

Where are the cases of COVID-19?

On March 10, state officials announced the first two confirmed cases of coronavirus in Michigan. New cases continue to be identified in the United States, including Michigan. The CDC continues to indicate that the number of cases reported in the United States will increase, as testing capability is increased. LSSU is monitoring this information closely.

CDC site for cases in the US: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/cases-in-us.html.

Michigan information from state health officials can be found at: https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus/.

What is Social Distancing?

Social distancing means:

  • Avoid public places where close contact with others might occur – this includes shopping centers, movie theaters, stadiums, workplaces, schools and classrooms.
  • Avoid public transportation (e.g., bus, subway, taxi, ride share).
  • Maintain distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others.

How do I prevent the Coronavirus?

There is no vaccine to prevent this virus, and the CDC advises that the best way to prevent infection is to avoid being exposed to this virus. Here are everyday actions to help prevent the spread of all respiratory viruses:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

Should I wear a face mask to protect myself?

The CDC does not recommend that people without symptoms wear a mask. You may be asked to wear a mask when visiting a health care facility and some individuals may choose to wear a mask.

How do I self-isolate and self-monitor?

To self-isolate, you should:

  • Stay home. Do not go to work, school or public areas.
  • Separate yourself from other people in your home. Avoid visitors to your home.
  • Self-monitor for fever by checking temperature at least twice a day. Contact your healthcare provider if you develop a fever or respiratory symptoms.
  • If you have symptoms, where a face mask when you are around other people.
  • When seeking medical care, call ahead and tell them about your symptoms before heading to the doctor’s office or the emergency room.
  • Do not use public transport like buses or taxis.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, and immediately throw the tissue in the trash and clean hands with sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently used objects and surfaces.

The CDC offers the following additional guidance on how to self-isolate: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/steps-when-sick.html

Does the Health Care Center conduct COVID screening?

Yes, the Health Care Center does provide COVID-19 screening and has an onsite ID NOW COVID-19 analyzer.  Please contact the Health Care Center at 906-635-2110.

To find a COVID testing center near you visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

How many COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Chippewa County?

I am worried about my health, or the health of a friend or family member. Whom can I talk to about my feelings?

Reports of the impact of COVID-19 around the world can be troubling, especially for members of the community who are from, or have friends and family in, affected areas.  Support is available for LSSU students through the University Counseling Center, contact (906) 635-2752.

Are visitors allowed on LSSU’s campus?

LSSU continues to operate business in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders.  Please refer to the COVID-19 website (www.lssu.edu/coronavirus) and LSSU social media channels @lakestateu and @lssucampuslife for up-to-date information.

Are campus tours being offered?

Yes. The Admissions Office hosts in-person campus tours Monday–Friday at 10:00 AM, noon, and 2 PM. Tours last approximately two hours and are scheduled only by appointment at lssu.edu/visit. Groups are limited to no more than eight people. Social distancing, face masks, and other coronavirus safeguards are practiced. The Admissions Office also offers one-on-one phone overviews; to schedule an individualized session, call (906) 635-2231. For questions or concerns about campus tours and phone overviews, contact 

Why was spring break moved to the beginning of January?

We are trying to have as safe and normal of semester as possible under the circumstances.  That means that we want to discourage students leaving campus or town for long weekends or for spring break.  As a result, spring break is, in effect, being moved to January.  We believe that the risk of the virus appearing on campus after a break goes up considerably and we want to avoid that.

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