Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have followed the guidelines of the CDC. The latest CDC recommendation advises that indoor masking is only necessary in areas experiencing high-risk levels COVID-19. Based on the CDC Guidelines and latest data, Washington, Clarion, Venango and Erie counties are not in the high-risk category.
Effective immediately, California, Clarion and Edinboro will no longer require the use of masks inside campus buildings, with the following exceptions:
- When visiting university health and counseling centers;
- When visiting on-campus COVID-19 testing areas;
- While riding on university or public transportation;
- Students involved in educational experiences outside campus, such as internships, clinical and school placements, need to abide by the guidelines of each facility;
- Student-athletes will continue to follow their athletic department, PSAC and NCAA guidelines.
We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 positive cases within the campus community. If a rise in cases on campus occurs, or if the CDC moves one of the counties to Red, a mask requirement may be reinstituted.
Please remember that at all community levels, individuals may still wear a mask based on personal preference, or informed by their personal level or risk. Those with COVID-19 symptoms, those who have received a positive test result in the past 10 days, or those exposed to someone with COVID-19 are still required to wear a mask.
This page seeks to keep the campus community informed, healthy and safe. Here you'll find the most recent information and resources for students, parents, faculty and staff. This page also offers steps for COVID-19 screening and testing and what people should do if they've tested positive for COVID-19. Please use this information to your benefit and be diligent in the fight against COVID-19.
At Clarion, if you are symptom free, you can get tested at Eagle Commons 107/108 from 7-11:30AM (PCR) and 12PM-2:00PM (Rapid/Antigen) on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you experience symptoms, visit MyHealth Clarion Scheduling (office365.com) to make an appointment, or call the Health Center at 814-393-2121 for additional information.
Employees that feel they may have symptoms of COVID-19 should follow the COVID-19 employee decision tree.
Information and resources for students & parents.
Information and resources for faculty & staff.
COVID-19 SCREENING AND TESTING INFORMATION
- Students, faculty and staff must self-assess for symptoms daily by using the CDC COVID-19 Self-screening Tool App on a mobile device or at CDC.gov. The tool is also available on the LiveSafe App which we encourage all students to download.
- Daily temperature checks are required prior to coming to campus or leaving your residence hall room. If a student in the Clarion area has a temperature of 100.4°F or greater they should quarantine themselves and call the Center for Wellness (814 393 2121) for further assessment. Employees should follow the guidelines set by Human Resources.
- Students are advised to inform the Center for Wellness or Student Affairs of a positive COVID-19 test result or an illness that could be COVID-19 related.
The Center for Wellness will ensure that students exhibiting symptoms are:
- Quarantined and/or isolated if needed.
- Monitored for physical and mental health status.
- Provided services and referrals as needed.
LiveSafe provides all of the tools necessary to keep you informed and safe whether it's physical safety and security risks, mental health, sexual harassment and assault, or COVID-19 health risks.
Access the CDC’s COVID19 self-symptom checker directly through the app!
IF A STUDENT TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID-19 THEY SHOULD:
- If you were tested by someone outside of PennWest Clarion, call the Center for Wellness at 814-393-2121 to notify them of your positive results.
- You will need to isolate for at least 10 days.
- You will possibly need to relocate (temporarily) to a designated area. Each case will be decided individually between the student, the PA Department of Health, and PennWest Clarion.
- If possible, stay away from others, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
- Watch for fever (100.4°F), cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19.
- Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.
- Someone from the University will check in on you regularly by phone, email, or text.
- Stay in a separate room from other household members.
- Use a separate bathroom.
- Avoid contact with other members of the household, including pets.
- Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
- Wear a cloth face covering when around other people.
IF AN EMPLOYEE TESTS POSITIVE THEY SHOULD:
Inform a supervisor or Human Resources of the positive COVID-19 test result or an illness that could be COVID-19 related. Employees who report symptoms consistent with COVID-19 will be required to provide appropriate documentation from a physician prior to returning to the workplace.
COVID-19 ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE INFORMATION
Isolation is used to separate 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 should remain at home or in a designated residence until it’s safe for them to be around others. In the home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others by staying in a specific “sick room” or area and using a separate bathroom (if available).
Quarantine is used to keep 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 should stay in their current residence or go home and separate themselves from others, monitor their health, and follow directions from the Center for Wellness or their state or local health department.
Services currently available to students:
- Whether you are living on the PennWest Clarion campus, in Clarion or at home, the Center for Wellness is available to provide services for your health care and counseling needs.
- We remain open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and are closed for lunch from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and on weekends.
- For questions and/or to schedule an appointment please call 814 393 2121. If needed, a staff member will assist you in scheduling either a HIPAA-compliant telehealth appointment or a face-to-face appointment depending on your circumstances.
- There is a $5 fee per health care visit. Additional costs may be added for certain equipment, testing, exams (Women’s health/physicals) or in-house medications, which will only be done with your consent. Any charge is billed to your student account and is kept confidential. Prescriptions for medications can also be sent to your local pharmacy.
- There is no charge for a counseling visit.
- Due to COVID-19 and our goal of trying to maintain the health and safety of everyone, our online scheduling is currently not available. Please call 814-393-1949 if you are not feeling well.
- For any concerns regarding COVID-19, please contact the health center at 814 393 2121. A medical provider can answer questions and assist you.
- Free thermometers are available to any student that needs one.
- For medical emergencies during evening or weekends please call 911 or go to your local emergency department.
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19
In addition to periodically checking the Spring 2021 page for updates related to the university’s operational plan, parents and supporters of PennWest Clarion students are strongly encouraged to join the PennWest Clarion Parent 2 Parent Portal.
You can register in the portal and create an account by using an email, Facebook, or Linkedin account. Once your account is created, you can sign up for “Communities” that interest you. All new members are automatically included in the “PennWest Clarion News” Community, so you never miss out on an important University updates.
Questions about the portal can be directed to the Parent & Family Services staff at firstname.lastname@example.org
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