Details about Mercyhurst COVID-19 active positive cases, student quarantine, and vaccination rates are provided below. The cases reported below involve campus exposures that have been directly reported to the university or have been identified through contact tracing or linkage of students/employees to community testing resources. Specific information is limited to protect health privacy. Case information will be updated daily after notification, review, and confirmation by The COVID-19 Response Team. Vaccination rate data will be updated periodically. 

Last Updated: October 22, 2021, 2:45 p.m.

Current Positive COVID-19 Cases

Students Employees
7 2

Total Fall 2021 Positive COVID-19 Cases

Students Employees
85 10

Quarantined Students

Close Contact International Travel
1 0

"Fall 2021 Positive COVID-19 Cases" includes positive cases involving a campus exposure since August 16, 2021. 

New Positive Cases by Day

October 18 to 24, 2021 Student Employee
Monday, October 18
2 0
Tuesday, October 19
0 0
Wednesday, October 20
1 2
Thursday, October 21
1 0
Friday, October 22
1 0
Saturday, October 23
- -
Sunday, October 24
- -
5 2

Mercyhurst Community COVID-19 Vaccination Rates


of students are fully vaccinated


of employees are fully vaccinated


of students have received at least one vaccine dose

Note: Individuals are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose series (e.g., Pfizer or Moderna) or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (e.g., Johnson & Johnson). Percentages may fluctuate based on the size of the Mercyhurst community and documentation review. "Employees" represents regular full- and part-time Mercyhurst employees, including adjuncts, and does not include third-party vendors/contractors. "Students" represents individuals who are currently enrolled and matriculating in a non-web-based degree or certificate program.

Important Definitions

Positive Case

A positive case refers to a person who currently meets the case criteria adopted by the CDC for the diagnosis of COVID-19.

Campus Exposure

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.

Close Contact

A Close Contact is defined as any individual who was within 6 feet of an infected person for at least 15 minutes starting from two days before illness 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 the person with Confirmed COVID-19 in the same time periods listed above. A person who is identified as a Close or Direct contact will be considered “exposed." Presence or absence of mask is not determinative of status as a Close Contact. 


Isolation keeps someone who is currently ill with COVID-19, or someone who tested positive for it even though no symptoms are present, 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 for number of days considered, along with the degree to which fever and other symptoms have resolved.


Quarantine refers to the practice of separating individuals who have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 to determine if they develop symptoms or test positive for the disease. Quarantine also reduces the risk of spreading the disease. The time frame for self-quarantine is determined by first assessing the last day of exposure to a patient with COVID-19. Length of quarantine is consistent with Erie County Department of Health policy.

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. All data above represents the best information known at the time of posting. The information provided should not be relied on to determine risk of exposure on campus at any given time, as asymptomatic cases are common, accurate reporting requires dependence on self-reporting, and the data is backwards-facing for a period of time that has already passed. 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. At any given time, Mercyhurst employees might be quarantining off campus upon advice from their own medical providers or as required under university policy. 

Contact Us

The phone number 814-824-3600 serves as a 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. This line offers a 24/7 response from someone who will direct you on how to proceed, including coordinating a COVID-19 test. You can also call the hotline for non-health reasons if you need a new face covering, notice an empty sanitizing station, or have any other COVID concerns. Inquiries can also be emailed to