On-campus COVID-19 announcements and updates

Residence Halls

Harstad Hall

Hinderlie Hall

Hong Hall

Important announcement for Hong Hall residents – September 10

Dear Hong Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a second floor room has tested positive for COVID-19. The student has mild symptoms, and is moving off campus for their period of isolation.

We are wishing our PLU family member a safe, speedy return to campus!

What happened after the diagnosis?

The Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) was informed immediately, and, with assistance from the PLU Health Center, managed all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. All close contacts have been identified.

High touchpoints in Hong Hall are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety

At this start of the fall semester, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. We are all wearing masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status,and with the exception of your own residence hall room. Though physical distancing is no longer required, please also consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces as an added layer of protection. Continue being conscientious about hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces, especially if you are recovering from a non-COVID illness; self-monitoring for symptoms; and communicating any concerns about symptoms to the Health Center. These preventative measures become especially important as more community members are vaccinated and some individuals may choose to travel. If you have not yet had the opportunity to secure a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to do so. Appointments and vaccination centers are available in the 253 and can be found at findyourcovidshot.com. At this point in time, vaccination is the best method to protect your health and the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Should any concerns or questions arise, students should call the Health Center, utilize LuteTeleHealth when away from campus or when the Health Center is closed, and, in case of testing positive for COVID-19 after hours, contact Campus Safety for support. (In that case, Campus Safety will notify one of our Health Center providers, who will get in touch with you.) Employees should communicate with their healthcare providers for guidance, and notify PLU Human Resources about suspected or positive cases. The Washington Department of Health also has detailed information about what to do if you suspect or have confirmed that you have COVID-19, might have been exposed to it, or are showing symptoms of the virus but haven’t been around a positive case.

The PLU Health Center’s well-established partnership with TPCHD has been strengthened over the past years. They were invaluable in assisting with the management of this case, as well as with arranging transportation, medical evaluation, and safe housing off-campus for our students, and we have their assurance that they will continue to assist us in any way they can. The PLU COVID-19 Webpage will also be updated on Fridays with information on any newly confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are overjoyed to see everyone back on campus, meeting old friends, and making new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with since the beginning of the pandemic. The coronavirus is unpredictable, stealthy, and serious, which means that we need to be conscientious about staying as healthy as possible, keeping up our consideration for one another—especially those more vulnerable to COVID-19—and developing the daily practice of care that’s inherent in the PLU mission.

Stay informed, and stay safe!

In community,

Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Health Services

For questions, please contact PLU Health Services, at health@plu.edu, or the Washington State Department of Health at (800) 525-0127. If you need someone to talk to now, please connect with LuteTelehealth for support.

Kreidler Hall

Ordal Hall

Important announcement for Ordal Hall residents – October 14

Dear Ordal Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a first floor room has tested positive for COVID-19. The student had been identified as a close contact of a positive case and subsequently tested positive. They are well, and have moved off campus for their period of isolation.

We are wishing our PLU family member a safe, speedy return to campus!

What happened after the diagnosis?
The Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) was informed immediately, and, with assistance from the PLU Health Center, managed all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. All close contacts have been identified and communicated with.

High touchpoints in South Hall are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety
As we continue into the fall semester, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. We are all wearing masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status,and with the exception of your own residence hall room. Though physical distancing is no longer required, please also consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces as an added layer of protection. Continue being conscientious about hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces, especially if you are recovering from a non-COVID illness; self-monitoring for symptoms; and promptly communicating any concerns about symptoms to the Health Center. These preventative measures become especially important as more community members are vaccinated and some individuals may choose to travel. If you have not yet had the opportunity to secure a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to do so. Appointments and vaccination centers are available in the 253 and can be found at findyourcovidshot.com. At this point in time, vaccination is the best method to protect your health and the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Should any concerns or questions arise, students should call the Health Center, utilize LuteTeleHealth when away from campus or when the Health Center is closed, and, in case of testing positive for COVID-19 after hours, contact Campus Safety for support. (In that case, Campus Safety will notify one of our Health Center providers, who will get in touch with you.) Employees should communicate with their healthcare providers for guidance, and notify PLU Human Resources about suspected or positive cases. The Washington Department of Health also has detailed information about what to do if you suspect or have confirmed that you have COVID-19, might have been exposed to it, or are showing symptoms of the virus but haven’t been around a positive case.

The PLU Health Center’s well-established partnership with TPCHD has been further strengthened over the past two years. They were invaluable in assisting with the management of this case, as well as with arranging transportation, medical evaluation, and safe housing off-campus for our students, and we have their assurance that they will continue to assist us in any way they can. The PLU COVID-19 Webpage will also be updated on Fridays with information on any newly confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are overjoyed to see everyone back on campus, meeting old friends, and making new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with since the beginning of the pandemic. The coronavirus is unpredictable, stealthy, and serious, which means that we need to be conscientious about staying as healthy as possible, keeping up our consideration for one another—especially those more vulnerable to COVID-19—and developing the daily practice of care that’s inherent in the PLU mission.

Stay informed, and stay safe!

In community,

Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Health Services

For questions, please contact PLU Health Services, at health@plu.edu, or the Washington State Department of Health at (800) 525-0127. If you need someone to talk to now, please connect with LuteTelehealth for support.

Pflueger Hall

Important announcement for Pflueger Hall residents – September 24

Dear Pflueger Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a second floor room has tested positive for COVID-19. The student completed a campus screening test, they are well, and moving off campus for their period of isolation.

We are wishing our PLU family member a safe, speedy return to campus!

What happened after the diagnosis?
The Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) was informed immediately, and, with assistance from the PLU Health Center, managed all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. All close contacts have been identified and communicated with.

High touchpoints in Pflueger Hall are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety
At this start of the fall semester, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. We are all wearing masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status,and with the exception of your own residence hall room. Though physical distancing is no longer required, please also consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces as an added layer of protection. Continue being conscientious about hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces, especially if you are recovering from a non-COVID illness; self-monitoring for symptoms; and communicating any concerns about symptoms to the Health Center. These preventative measures become especially important as more community members are vaccinated and some individuals may choose to travel. If you have not yet had the opportunity to secure a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to do so. Appointments and vaccination centers are available in the 253 and can be found at findyourcovidshot.com. At this point in time, vaccination is the best method to protect your health and the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Should any concerns or questions arise, students should call the Health Center, utilize LuteTeleHealth when away from campus or when the Health Center is closed, and, in case of testing positive for COVID-19 after hours, contact Campus Safety for support. (In that case, Campus Safety will notify one of our Health Center providers, who will get in touch with you.) Employees should communicate with their healthcare providers for guidance, and notify PLU Human Resources about suspected or positive cases. The Washington Department of Health also has detailed information about what to do if you suspect or have confirmed that you have COVID-19, might have been exposed to it, or are showing symptoms of the virus but haven’t been around a positive case.

The PLU Health Center’s well-established partnership with TPCHD has been further strengthened over the past two years. They were invaluable in assisting with the management of this case, as well as with arranging transportation, medical evaluation, and safe housing off-campus for our students, and we have their assurance that they will continue to assist us in any way they can. The PLU COVID-19 Webpage will also be updated on Fridays with information on any newly confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are overjoyed to see everyone back on campus, meeting old friends, and making new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with since the beginning of the pandemic. The coronavirus is unpredictable, stealthy, and serious, which means that we need to be conscientious about staying as healthy as possible, keeping up our consideration for one another—especially those more vulnerable to COVID-19—and developing the daily practice of care that’s inherent in the PLU mission.

Stay informed, and stay safe!

In community,

Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Health Services

For questions, please contact PLU Health Services, at health@plu.edu, or the Washington State Department of Health at (800) 525-0127. If you need someone to talk to now, please connect with LuteTelehealth for support.

South Hall

Important Message for South Hall Residents – October 19

Dear South Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a fourth floor apartment has tested positive for COVID-19. The student had been having mild symptoms and obtained a test off campus. They are improving, and have moved off campus for their period of isolation.

We are wishing our PLU family member a safe, speedy return to campus!

What happened after the diagnosis?
The Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) was informed immediately, and, with assistance from the PLU Health Center and COVID Testing Team, is managing all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. All close contacts now have been identified and communicated with as of this afternoon.

High touchpoints in South Hall are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety
As we continue into the fall semester, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. We are all wearing masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status,and with the exception of your own residence hall room. Though physical distancing is no longer required, please also consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces as an added layer of protection. Continue being conscientious about hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces, especially if you are recovering from a non-COVID illness; self-monitoring for symptoms; and promptly communicating any concerns about symptoms to the Health Center. These preventative measures become especially important as more community members are vaccinated and some individuals may choose to travel. If you have not yet had the opportunity to secure a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to do so. Appointments and vaccination centers are available in the 253 and can be found at findyourcovidshot.com. At this point in time, vaccination is the best method to protect your health and the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Should any concerns or questions arise, students should call the Health Center, utilize LuteTeleHealth when away from campus or when the Health Center is closed, and, in case of testing positive for COVID-19 after hours, contact Campus Safety for support. (In that case, Campus Safety will notify one of our Health Center providers, who will get in touch with you.) Employees should communicate with their healthcare providers for guidance, and notify PLU Human Resources about suspected or positive cases. The Washington Department of Health also has detailed information about what to do if you suspect or have confirmed that you have COVID-19, might have been exposed to it, or are showing symptoms of the virus but haven’t been around a positive case.

The PLU Health Center’s well-established partnership with TPCHD has been further strengthened over the past two years. They were invaluable in assisting with the management of this case, as well as with arranging transportation, medical evaluation, and safe housing off-campus for our students, and we have their assurance that they will continue to assist us in any way they can. The PLU COVID-19 Webpage will also be updated on Fridays with information on any newly confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are overjoyed to see everyone back on campus, meeting old friends, and making new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with since the beginning of the pandemic. The coronavirus is unpredictable, stealthy, and serious, which means that we need to be conscientious about staying as healthy as possible, keeping up our consideration for one another—especially those more vulnerable to COVID-19—and developing the daily practice of care that’s inherent in the PLU mission.

Stay informed, and stay safe!

In community,

Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Health Services

For questions, please contact PLU Health Services, at health@plu.edu, or the Washington State Department of Health at (800) 525-0127. If you need someone to talk to now, please connect with LuteTelehealth for support.

Important announcement for South Hall residents – October 14

Dear South Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a third floor apartment has tested positive for COVID-19. The student had been having mild symptoms and obtained a test off campus. They are improving, and have moved off campus for their period of isolation.

We are wishing our PLU family member a safe, speedy return to campus!

What happened after the diagnosis?
The Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) was informed immediately, and, with assistance from the PLU Health Center, managed all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. All close contacts have been identified and communicated with.

High touchpoints in South Hall are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety
As we continue into the fall semester, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. We are all wearing masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status,and with the exception of your own residence hall room. Though physical distancing is no longer required, please also consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces as an added layer of protection. Continue being conscientious about hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces, especially if you are recovering from a non-COVID illness; self-monitoring for symptoms; and promptly communicating any concerns about symptoms to the Health Center. These preventative measures become especially important as more community members are vaccinated and some individuals may choose to travel. If you have not yet had the opportunity to secure a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to do so. Appointments and vaccination centers are available in the 253 and can be found at findyourcovidshot.com. At this point in time, vaccination is the best method to protect your health and the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Should any concerns or questions arise, students should call the Health Center, utilize LuteTeleHealth when away from campus or when the Health Center is closed, and, in case of testing positive for COVID-19 after hours, contact Campus Safety for support. (In that case, Campus Safety will notify one of our Health Center providers, who will get in touch with you.) Employees should communicate with their healthcare providers for guidance, and notify PLU Human Resources about suspected or positive cases. The Washington Department of Health also has detailed information about what to do if you suspect or have confirmed that you have COVID-19, might have been exposed to it, or are showing symptoms of the virus but haven’t been around a positive case.

The PLU Health Center’s well-established partnership with TPCHD has been further strengthened over the past two years. They were invaluable in assisting with the management of this case, as well as with arranging transportation, medical evaluation, and safe housing off-campus for our students, and we have their assurance that they will continue to assist us in any way they can. The PLU COVID-19 Webpage will also be updated on Fridays with information on any newly confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are overjoyed to see everyone back on campus, meeting old friends, and making new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with since the beginning of the pandemic. The coronavirus is unpredictable, stealthy, and serious, which means that we need to be conscientious about staying as healthy as possible, keeping up our consideration for one another—especially those more vulnerable to COVID-19—and developing the daily practice of care that’s inherent in the PLU mission.

Stay informed, and stay safe!

In community,

Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Health Services

For questions, please contact PLU Health Services, at health@plu.edu, or the Washington State Department of Health at (800) 525-0127. If you need someone to talk to now, please connect with LuteTelehealth for support.

Stuen Hall

Tingelstad Hall

Important announcement for Tingelstad Hall residents – September 14

Dear Tingelstad Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a fourth floor room has tested positive for COVID-19. The student completed an off-campus screening test, they are well, and moving off campus for their period of isolation.

We are wishing our PLU family member a safe, speedy return to campus!

What happened after the diagnosis?
The Tacoma–Pierce County Health Department (TPCHD) was informed immediately, and, with assistance from the PLU Health Center, managed all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. All close contacts have been identified.

High touchpoints in Tingelstad Hall are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety
At this start of the fall semester, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. We are all wearing masks in all indoor settings, regardless of vaccination status,and with the exception of your own residence hall room. Though physical distancing is no longer required, please also consider wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces as an added layer of protection. Continue being conscientious about hand-washing and disinfecting surfaces, especially if you are recovering from a non-COVID illness; self-monitoring for symptoms; and communicating any concerns about symptoms to the Health Center. These preventative measures become especially important as more community members are vaccinated and some individuals may choose to travel. If you have not yet had the opportunity to secure a vaccine appointment, we encourage you to do so. Appointments and vaccination centers are available in the 253 and can be found at findyourcovidshot.com. At this point in time, vaccination is the best method to protect your health and the overall health and wellbeing of our community.

Should any concerns or questions arise, students should call the Health Center, utilize LuteTeleHealth when away from campus or when the Health Center is closed, and, in case of testing positive for COVID-19 after hours, contact Campus Safety for support. (In that case, Campus Safety will notify one of our Health Center providers, who will get in touch with you.) Employees should communicate with their healthcare providers for guidance, and notify PLU Human Resources about suspected or positive cases. The Washington Department of Health also has detailed information about what to do if you suspect or have confirmed that you have COVID-19, might have been exposed to it, or are showing symptoms of the virus but haven’t been around a positive case.

The PLU Health Center’s well-established partnership with TPCHD has been further strengthened over the past two years. They were invaluable in assisting with the management of this case, as well as with arranging transportation, medical evaluation, and safe housing off-campus for our students, and we have their assurance that they will continue to assist us in any way they can. The PLU COVID-19 Webpage will also be updated on Fridays with information on any newly confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are overjoyed to see everyone back on campus, meeting old friends, and making new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with since the beginning of the pandemic. The coronavirus is unpredictable, stealthy, and serious, which means that we need to be conscientious about staying as healthy as possible, keeping up our consideration for one another—especially those more vulnerable to COVID-19—and developing the daily practice of care that’s inherent in the PLU mission.

Stay informed, and stay safe!

In community,

Joanna Royce-Davis
Vice President for Student Life

Elizabeth Hopper
Director of Health Services

For questions, please contact PLU Health Services, at health@plu.edu, or the Washington State Department of Health at (800) 525-0127. If you need someone to talk to now, please connect with LuteTelehealth for support.