Updates from Aquinas College about COVID-19 are at aquinas.edu/coronavirus.  Updates on our plan for Fall 2020 are at aquinas.edu/saintstogether.

COVID-19 Dashboard

Aquinas College's COVID-19 Dashboard provides data to inform and support the community about the number of reported cases on campus. Information will be updated daily.

The information shared in this dashboard includes the number of positive diagnostic tests or probable cases for COVID-19 confirmed by the health department as well as information about quarantine/isolation.

The data collected is for individuals who have been identified as being affiliated with the College (i.e., residential students, commuter students, student-workers, faculty and staff that have begun the 2020-21 academic year), unless otherwise noted, and only includes cases that have been confirmed by the health department and that the College has been made aware of. 

Confidentiality laws prohibit the College from disclosing identifying information about affected individuals.

October 24, 2020 (updated daily)

Active Cases
Number of persons who are currently in isolation (on or off campus) or who have not yet submitted clearance documentation.

6

Cumulative Cases
Cumulative number of persons who have received positive diagnostic tests or are probable cases for COVID-19 confirmed by the health department since August 1, 2020. This includes residential students, commuter students, student-workers, faculty and staff that have begun the 2020-21 academic year.

27

Persons in Quarantine / Isolation on Campus

Number of persons who are currently in quarantine/isolation spaces on campus under the guidance of the health department or CDC recommendations (e.g., travel quarantine).

9

COVID-19 Case Reports

  • On October 24, 2020, the College learned that one student tested positive for COVID-19. The student is isolating on campus.
  • On October 20, 2020, the College learned that one student tested positive for COVID-19. The student is isolating off campus.
  • On October 17, 2020, the College learned that one student tested positive for COVID-19. The student is isolating off campus.
  • On October 15, 2020, the College learned that one employee tested positive for COVID-19.
  • On October 12, 2020, the College learned that one student tested positive for COVID-19. The student is isolating off campus.
  • On October 2, 2020, the College learned that one student tested positive for COVID-19. The student is isolating off campus. It is believed that there is low risk of exposure to the campus community. (Note: This report was mistakenly listed as October 1. It has been now been corrected to October 2.)

>Previous Case Reports

Contact Tracing and Notification

When notified of a confirmed case of COVID-19, the College will collaborate with health department officials to begin contact tracing protocols and notification to those who are identified as close contacts (as defined below), cleaning/disinfecting protocols and quarantine/isolation protocols.

Information about self-screen (Healthy Roster), testing, contact tracing and notification can be found on the Saints Together: A Plan for Fall 2020 web page.

Definitions

Source: MDHHS and KCHD

Close Contact

A person who was within 6 feet (2 meters) of a person infected with COVID-19 for more than 15 minutes (cumulative time) with or without a mask. 

Examples of close contacts include individuals who were close to a person who is infected with COVID-19 by providing care to them at home, sharing a living space, having direct physical contact with them (touched, hugged or kissed them), and sharing eating or drinking utensils. People may also be close contacts if they were somehow exposed to droplets from an infected person (sneezed or coughed on). 

Coronavirus

Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) is an illness caused by a virus that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a new coronavirus that has spread throughout the world.

Contact Tracing

A strategy for slowing the spread of disease in which public health workers communicate with infectious people to identify their contacts. They then follow up with those contacts to provide guidance on how to quarantine themselves and what to do if they develop symptoms of disease. 

Isolation

The practice of separating people infected with the virus (those who are sick with COVID-19 and those with no symptoms) from people who are not infected. People who are in isolation (usually for 10 days) must stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected must separate themselves from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).

Outbreak

Generally defined as two or more cases with a link by place and time indicating a shared exposure outside of a household.

Quarantine

The practice of keeping someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. Quarantine helps prevent spread of disease that can occur before a person knows they are sick or if they are infected with the virus without feeling symptoms. People in quarantine must stay home (usually 14 days), separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from their state or local health department. 

Case Classifications

Confirmed Case

Confirmed cases include individuals with a positive diagnostic test for COVID-19.

Probable Case

Probable cases include individuals with COVID-19 symptoms and an epidemiologic link to confirmed COVID-19, but no diagnostic test.

Recovered Case

A recovered case is a person with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis who is alive 30 days post-onset (or referral date if onset is not available).

Health and Safety Reminders

In order to minimize transmission of the virus, please follow all campus health and safety protocols outlined on the Saints Together website, including wearing a cloth face covering, practicing social distancing, practicing good hygiene and monitoring symptoms.

Local, State and National Updates

Please visit the Kent County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more information about the coronavirus.