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COVID-19 Updates

Moving Forward, Together!

As we embark on the fall 2021 semester, we - students, faculty, administrators, staff and the monastic community – must continue to work together to ensure everyone's health and safety. Responsible behavior and making smart decisions will enable us to keep moving forward.

As the pandemic continues, we are all responsible for protecting our own health and the health of our community members. Saint Vincent will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation on campus and in the region. Updates may be made to these guidelines in response to changing circumstances.

Please continue to be a good neighbor, look after yourself and one another, and remain mindful of the role each of us plays in maintaining a strong, healthy and safe community.

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Full Saint Vincent Health and Safety Plan | COVID-19 Vaccines | Indoor Masking Requirement | Fully Vaccinated Individuals | Unvaccinated Individuals | All Individuals | Returning to Campus | Classrooms and In-Person Learning | Residence Hall Visitation | Dining | Sample Testing | Student-Athletes | Events and Visitors

  • COVID-19 Case Tracker

    Last Updated: Oct. 20, 2021, at 12:30 p.m.

    Students (Residents and Commuters)

    New Positive Cases 01
    Persons Under Investigation 02
    Total Positive Cases 21
    Recovered 18

    Faculty and Staff

    New Positive Cases 00
    Persons Under Investigation 00
    Total Positive Cases 03
    Recovered 02

    COVID-19 Dashboard Definitions 

    New Positive Cases

    The number of positive test results newly reported to the college on a given day.

    Persons Under Investigation

    Individuals awaiting results of a COVID-19 test.

    Total Positive Cases

    The total number of positive cases since Aug. 30, 2021.

    Recovered

    This includes the individuals who were medically confirmed COVID-19 cases who have recovered according to the CDC’s criteria.

COVID-19 Vaccine

Saint Vincent College is strongly encouraging, but not requiring, the COVID-19 vaccine for all individuals. Members of the campus community who do not have a vaccine card on record with the College should use this link to confirm their vaccination status: https://hipaa.jotform.com/211885449164060 

* If you have already submitted your vaccination record to immunization@stvincent.edu, you do not need to complete this survey.

** If you do not complete this form, it will be assumed that you have not received a COVID-19 vaccine and you should follow the guidelines for unvaccinated individuals.

This form will also assist with contact tracing and other protocols in the event of a positive case.

Indoor Masking Requirement 

Westmoreland County is currently at a high transmission level of COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

In accordance with CDC recommendations for counties with substantial or high rates of transmission, Saint Vincent College is requiring that all persons wear a mask when indoors on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

This masking requirement applies to classrooms, shared offices and other indoor spaces, as well as indoor events.

Masks will not be required when actively eating or drinking, working in private office spaces, in residence hall rooms or outdoors. 

Fully Vaccinated Individuals 

Fully vaccinated individuals are at least two weeks past their final vaccine dose AND have submitted proof of their vaccination record to immunization@stvincent.edu.

  • Fully vaccinated individuals will not be required to enter isolation or quarantine protocol when deemed a close contact of a positive COVID-19 case, but they will be notified and asked to monitor symptoms.

Unvaccinated Individuals 

Unvaccinated individuals include those not fully vaccinated or without a vaccine card on record with Saint Vincent.

  • Follow CDC recommendations, which include:
    • Wearing a mask
    • Practicing social distancing
    • Avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces
    • Frequent handwashing and cleaning/disinfecting of personal spaces
  • Unvaccinated individuals may be tested periodically throughout the course of the semester.
  • Unvaccinated individuals will also be required to enter isolation and quarantine protocols when deemed a close contact of a probable or confirmed positive COVID-19 case.

All Individuals 

Guidelines for ALL members of the Saint Vincent community, regardless of vaccination status.

  • All campus community members should continue to perform daily health checks, monitor for COVID-19 symptoms, practice proper hygiene, and maintain clean working and living spaces.
  • If you experience symptoms related to COVID-19, it is imperative that you contact the Wellness Center or your primary care provider and follow all guidance from medical professionals.
  • If you are experiencing severe symptoms, contact 911. Do not wait.

Classrooms and In-Person Learning 

The College is returning to a standard academic calendar with fully in-person learning and full classroom capacities. The masking policy listed above will be in place in all classrooms.

Faculty members will communicate attendance and make-up policies for students in their respective syllabi. COVID-19 academic accommodations will only be provided to students who enter quarantine and/or isolation protocol.

Residence Hall Visitation 

The Fall 2021 semester will begin with standard visitation policies in place and there will be no "neighborhood" designations. All student handbook policies and Health and Safety protocols will be enforced. Repeated violations may result in changes to the visitation policy during the semester.

Dining 

The Community Center and The Shack will return to full capacity for seating. Mitigation efforts will be in place, including sanitizing and disinfecting tables and high contact surfaces, frequently switching self-service utensils and availability of additional hand sanitizer stations.

Sample COVID-19 Testing 

Sample testing will be conducted on-campus throughout the semester. Individuals selected for random testing will be notified in advance and are asked to honor the requests within the given timeframe.

Student-Athletes 

Student-athletes can find the Return to Athletics Plan by clicking here or on the Saint Vincent Athletics website: https://athletics.stvincent.edu/sports/2020/7/7/svc-return-to-athletics.aspx. 

Events and Visitors 

All guests visiting campus for events, conferences, camps or other purposes should follow the guidelines the College has set forth in this health and safety plan.

  • Forward Together Committee

    To inform the leadership teams of the College and the Seminary, the Forward Together Advisory Committee was formed to bring together representative members of the Saint Vincent community. Members of this Committee, Dr. Aldo Prosperi and Gretchen Flock, coordinate with local public health officials at Excela Health. The Committee is charged with continuously reviewing the guidance from federal, state, and local authorities, as well as the conditions on campus, in the local community, state, and nation. The Committee serves as an advisory body on questions related to the pandemic, including but not limited to the resumption and suspension of face-to-face instruction and residential living. In addition, the Committee has developed the campus guidelines informed by federal, state, and local authorities.

    Committee Members

    Fr. Shawn Anderson
    Associate Professor of Biology

     

    Jamie Ballew
    Dining Services, Parkhurst

     

    Bob Baum
    Dean of Students

     

    Elaine Bennett, Ph.D.
    Dean, School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

     

    Eileen K. Flinn, Esq.
    Assistant General Counsel

     

    Gretchen Flock
    Director, Wellness Center

     

    Susan Hozak
    Associate Athletic Director/ Head Women’s Volleyball Coach

     

    Michael Hustava
    Senior Director of Marketing and Communications

     

    Jeff Mallory, Ed.D.
    Executive Vice President
     
    Fr. Ed Mazich, O.S.B.
    Rector, Saint Vincent Seminary

     

    Kathleen Pantalone
    Director, Events and Conference Services

     

    Dr. Aldo Prosperi
    Campus Physician, Excela Health

     

    John Smetanka, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor of Physics