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Important announcement for Kreidler Hall residents

Posted by:
February 20, 2021

Dear Kreidler Hall students,

We have received notification that a resident in a second-floor room of your residence hall has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was tested as part of the proactive community testing process on Thursday, February 18th. They are feeling well, have no illness symptoms, and are 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, we are managing all contact tracing and notification of close contacts. Known close contacts have been identified and moved into quarantine.

High touch points in Kreidler are disinfected and cleaned several times a day, including a concentration on doors and other shared spaces.

Health and safety
As we proceed into the spring, the best way for us to keep our PLU community healthy is to continue to fully participate in preventative practices together. These practices include wearing face masks, physical distancing at least six feet, frequently washing hands and disinfecting surfaces, self-quarantining in case of exposure, and participating in regular surveillance testing. Self-monitoring for symptoms, participating in the daily Wellness Check-In, and communicating any concerns about symptoms are also important precautions.

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 year. 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 web page will also be kept updated with information on any new confirmed cases at PLU, as well as general information about cases for community members who are interested.

We are eager for everyone to return to campus, meet old friends, and make new ones—all the while continuing the public-health precautions we have been learning to live with over the past several months. 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.