COVID-19 STATUS UPDATE

The health and safety of our students and employees during the COVID-19 pandemic are of paramount importance. Information about COVID-19 active positive cases and Mercyhurst student quarantine and isolation is provided below. Specific details may be limited to preserve health privacy, but we believe it is essential to keep our community as informed as possible during these unprecedented times. Active positive case counts will be updated as quickly as possible after notification, review, and confirmation by the Rapid Response Team. The data presented below represents the best information available to the university at the time of posting.

The COVID-19 dashboard will resume spring semester operations in January 2021.

Positive COVID-19 Cases

Current Active Positive Cases Cumulative Positive Cases*
Student 0131
Employee 014

Last Updated: December 8, 2020, 12:00 p.m.

This dashboard includes active positive cases involving a campus exposure that have been directly reported to the university or have been identified through contact tracing or linkage of students/employees to community testing resources.

*The cumulative number of cases identified in this dashboard represent active positive cases involving a known campus exposure since July 27, 2020.

Narrative Updates

Week of December 1 through December 7, 2020

Active Positive Cases

There were no new active positive student or employee cases during this time period.

Close Contact Quarantine

No students were quarantined due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

Travel-Related Quarantine

One student continued quarantined due to their travel.

Week of November 24 through November 30, 2020

Active Positive Cases

There were no new active positive student or employee cases during this time period. All previous active positive cases have been medically cleared and are no longer designated active positive cases.

Close Contact Quarantine

At the end of this time period, one student was continuing their quarantine due to known close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual. No students were newly quarantined due to close contact with a COVID-19 positive individual.

​​​​​​​Travel-Related Quarantine

One new student was quarantined due to their travel.

Week of November 17 through November 23, 2020

Active Positive Cases

There were five new active positive student cases (all of which were previously reported in the Narrative Updates) and no new active positive employee cases during this time period. Of these five active positive student cases, one has already been medically cleared during this time period. 

Of the 28 active positive student cases from the previous time period, 25 have been medically cleared and are no longer designated active positive cases. Three students continue in isolation.

Of the two active positive employee cases from the previous time period, one has been medically cleared and is no longer designated an active positive case. One employee continutes in isolation.

Close Contact Quarantine

At the end of this time period, 17 students were in quarantine due to known close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual. Of those, four were newly quarantined individuals and 13 were individuals continuing their quarantine from the previous time period.

Hotspot or International Travel-Related Quarantine

One students were quarantined due to hotspot or international travel. The one individual from the previous time period has cleared quarantine

November 20, 2020

Update 1: 5:15 p.m.

The number of active positive student cases decreased from 19 to 13 as a result of one new case being added and 7 previous cases being medically cleared and no longer designated positive cases. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts are underway for this case.​​​​​​

Update 2: 6:35 p.m.

The number of active positive student cases increased from 13 to 14 as a result of one new case being added. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts have been completed for this case.​​​​​

November 19, 2020

The number of active positive student cases decreased from 28 to 19 as a result of three new cases being added and 12 previous cases being medically cleared and no longer designated positive cases. The number of active positive employee cases decreased from three to two as a result of one new case being added and two previous cases being medically cleared and no longer designated positive cases. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts have completed for these cases.​​​​​​

Week of November 10 through November 16, 2020*

Active Positive Cases

There were 31 new active positive cases during this time period, composed of 28 students and three employees. Of these 28 active positive student cases, five have already been medically cleared during this time period. 

Of the 48 active positive student cases from the previous time period, 43 have been medically cleared and are no longer designated active positive cases. Five students continue in isolation. All active positive employee cases from the previous time period have been medically cleared and are no longer designated active positive cases.

Of the 28 new active positive students cases, 15 are active positive cases that were identified in the November 12 update and 13 are active positive cases that have been confirmed since the previous update. Of the three new active positive employee cases, two are active positive cases that were identified in the November 12 update and one is an active positive case that has been confirmed since the previous update. 

Close Contact Quarantine

At the end of this time period, 56 students were in quarantine due to known close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual. Of those, 41 were newly quarantined individuals and 15 were individuals continuing their quarantine from the previous time period.

Hotspot or International Travel-Related Quarantine

No students were quarantined due to hotspot or international travel. The one individual from the previous time period has cleared quarantine.

*To more fully encompass cluster activity, please note that this weekly update includes one extra day (November 16).

November 12, 2020

The number of active positive student cases decreased from 67 to 57 cases. This is a result of 25 active positive student cases from the previous time period being medically cleared and no longer designated active positive cases and 15 new active positive student cases. The number of active positive employee cases remained at 3 cases. This is a result of two employee cases from the previous time period being medically cleared and no longer designated active postiive cases and two new active positive employee cases. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts are completed for all cases. In total, 27 cases were medically cleared and removed and 17 were confirmed active positive and added.​​​​​​

Week of November 2 through November 9, 2020*

Active Positive Cases

There were 50 new active positive cases during this time period, composed of 48 students and two employees — all previously reported below. Of the 32 active positive student cases from the previous time period, 14 have been medically cleared and are no longer designated active positive cases. 18 students continue in isolation. Of the six active positive employee cases from the previous time period, five have been medically cleared and are no longer designated active positive cases. One employee continues in isolation.

Close Contact Quarantine

At the end of this time period, 51 students were in quarantine due to known close contact with a COVID-19-positive individual. Of those, 29 were newly quarantined individuals and 22 were individuals continuing their quarantine from the previous time period.

Hotspot or International Travel-Related Quarantine

One student was quarantined due to hotspot or international travel. This individual was continuing quarantine from the previous time period.

*To more fully encompass cluster activity, please note that this weekly update includes one extra day (November 9).

November 9, 2020

The number of active positive student cases decreased from 68 to 67 student cases. This is a result of 14 active positive cases from the previous time period being medically cleared and no longer designated active positive cases and 13 new active positive student cases being confirmed. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts are underway for these cases.​​​​​​

November 6, 2020

The number of active positive cases increased from 54 to 55 student cases and five to six employee cases. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts are underway for these cases.​​​​​​ These additional cases appear to be unrelated to each other, as well as either cluster.

November 5, 2020

The number of active positive cases increased from 32 to 34 student cases and four to five employee cases. Contact tracing and secondary tracing efforts are underway for these cases.​​​​​​ These additional cases appear to be unrelated to each other, as well as either cluster.

Important Definitions

Active Positive Case

An active positive case is an individual who appears to meet the criteria defined by the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists and adopted by the CDC or has been identified as such by the Erie County Department of Health or other applicable county or state health department.

Campus Exposure

Under an April 15, 2020, Pennsylvania Department of Health Order, actions must be taken if the university was exposed to a Probable or Confirmed case. Campus Exposure will be determined to have occurred when an individual with a Probable or Confirmed case was physically present on a university campus or in a university-occupied building within two days prior to illness onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days prior to positive specimen collection). Mercyhurst reports any cases suspected to be positive to the Erie County Department of Health, which makes the official designation of a Probable or Confirmed case.

Close Contact

For COVID-19, a Close Contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an active positive case for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before symptom onset (or, for asymptomatic individuals, two days prior to positive specimen collection) until the time the individual is isolated. It may also include an individual who had unprotected, direct contact with infectious secretions or excretions of a person with Confirmed COVID-19 in the same time periods listed above.

Hotspot State

A hotspot state is defined as any state that is designated on Pennsylvania's COVID-19 travel advisory. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania recommends that individuals coming from these states quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania.

Isolation

Isolation keeps someone who is currently ill with COVID-19, or someone who is asymptomatic but tested positive for it, away from others, even in their own home. It serves much of the same function as quarantine. The time frame for remaining in isolation is determined by current CDC guidance.

Quarantine

Quarantine refers to the practice of separating individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 or have been present in a hotspot state or international destination to determine if they develop symptoms or test positive for the disease.

Important Note

The information on this page focuses on active positive cases involving a campus exposure that have been directly reported to the university or have been identified through contact tracing or linkage of students/employees to community testing resources. At any given time, Mercyhurst employees may be quarantining off campus upon advice from their own medical providers or as required under university policy. Active positive cases involving a campus exposure are being managed in accordance with the university's policies and procedures; for more information, please review our Policies and Procedures webpage.

Contact Us

The phone number 814-824-3600 will serve as a 24-hour hotline to which you can report potential exposure, as well as direct all COVID-related questions and requests. It is critical you call the hotline immediately if you suspect you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19, or you begin exhibiting symptoms. When you call, you will be connected to someone, available 24/7, who will direct you on how to proceed. You can also call the hotline if you would like to request a COVID-19 test, need a new face covering, notice an empty sanitizing station, or have any other COVID concerns.
You may also email your inquiries to covid19@mercyhurst.edu.