Student Health Service is committed to safeguard the health of our students in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidelines below are designed to help you navigate these complex circumstances.

COVID-19 Guidelines

LLU Student Return-to-Campus/Clinical Criteria

Students with Symptoms and/or Exposures

Student Health Service provides care for students who are located in the state of California.  Students currently located outside the state, should consult their primary care provider in their home state. 

Symptoms:

Student Health Service serves as your primary care location to manage any COVID-like symptoms. Call the office at  909-558-8770 for a video visit.  Do not come in person for symptom assessment. Be sure to proactively limit your contact with others until you have contacted Student Health Service for determination of whether isolation is needed. 

  • Mild symptoms - call our office during regular weekday hours to be scheduled for a video visit.
  • Severe symptoms - Call 911 or go to emergency services to be evaluated. If possible, notify them ahead of time of possible COVID-19 infection.

Required Notification for a Suspected COVID-19 Infection:

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued new guidance on reporting suspected COVID-19 infections for students enrolled in clinical rotations. We are required to report this information daily to CDPH.

  • If you are isolating because of a suspected COVID-19 infection that has not yet been confirmed, please email Student Health Service at COVID19_student_health@llu.edu.
  • Please include the location where you complete your clinical rotation/field work.

Exposures*:

If you suspect you have been exposed* but have no symptoms, please call Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 to schedule a video visit with a medical provider.  A same day appointment is preferred, but if the exposure is over the weekend, make sure you proactively limit your contact with others until you have contacted Student Health Service for determination of whether quarantine is needed.

  • Clinical rotations - if appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is worn while interacting with a COVID-19 positive individual, this does not constitute an exposure and typically does not require quarantine or testing. If there is a failure or breach of PPE, please contact Student Health Service for a video visit with a provider.
  • Classes/Community - if you were exposed* to a confirmed COVID-19 case in class or community, please contact Student Health Service for a video visit with a provider. If the exposure occurs on an evening or weekend, limit your contact with others and follow up with Student Health Service on the next business day.

* Close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient.

Exposed or Not Exposed?

- If you have been exposed to an asymptomatic individual who had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 positive case, you are not considered exposed.

- If you are living with a person who has been quarantined (without symptoms), you are not considered exposed.

View the COVID-19 exposure flowchart (PDF) for clinical and non-clinical settings.

Clearance to Return to Academic and Clinical Rotations

The COVID Self-Assessment Tool can be used to obtain a clearance note to return to academic and clinical rotations. This process is designed for students who have completed COVID testing and know their results. If you do not meet the criteria or you have had a COVID exposure, please call Student Health Service for a video visit at (909) 558-8770.

Please complete the tool that matches your clinical/field work rotation. If you are not enrolled in a clinical course, please complete the San Bernardino County tool.

Non-Clinical or Clinical Rotations in San Bernardino County

https://go.lluh.org/StudentSBclearance 

Non-Clinical or Clinical Rotations in San Bernardino County QR Code

Clinical Rotations in Riverside County

https://go.lluh.org/StudentRIVclearance 

Clinical Rotations in Riverside County QR Code 

Before Arriving on Campus for ALL Students

All students are required to complete the COVID-19 self-screening before arriving on campus.

The daily self-screening can be accessed via the following link or QR code:

https://go.lluh.org/dailyscreening

QR code for Daily Screening

If you answer “yes” to any of the following questions, call Student Health Service at 909-558-8770 for next steps and to get clearance to begin academic activities or clinical rotations (this may include testing depending on timeline of symptoms or exposures).

Student Self-Screening

In the past 20 days, have you had (not including a chronic medical condition such as migraines, allergies, asthma, IBS/colitis, or premenstrual syndrome): 

  • Temperature ≥ 100.0˚F
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Headache 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Soft stool
  • Close contact* with a known/suspected COVID-19 case

* Close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period of 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient.

 

In the past 20 days have you:

  • Personally been suspected to have or received testing for COVID-19?
  • Had close contact with someone who was known or suspected to have COVID-19, including 48 hours prior to symptom development?

 

Do you have any of the following high risk conditions:

  • Cancer
  • Chronic lung disease (moderate to severe asthma, COPD)
  • Serious heart conditions (heart failure, CAD, cardiomyopathies)
  • Cerebrovascular Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Hypertension
  • Neurologic conditions, such as dementia
  • Chronic Kidney Disease
  • Liver Disease
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Smoking
  • Thalassemia
  • Pregnancy
  • Obesity, specifically a BMI 30 or greater
  • Diabetes (Type 1 or Type 2)
  • Immunocompromised
    • including cancer treatment, smoking, bone marrow or organ transplantation, immune deficiencies, poorly controlled HIV or AIDS, and prolonged use of corticosteroids and other immune weakening medications.
  • Any other reason to believe you are at elevated risk due to underlying health conditions

* Close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient.

Before Arriving on Campus for International Students

Travel during the COVID-19 Pandemic
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html?_ga=2.133940109.260146334.1598272317-1339891309.1597421424

  • International Students (meaning non-citizens on LLU-sponsored student visas) should inform the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) (at intlstdsrv@llu.edu or phone 909-558-4955) of their arrival date in the U.S. as soon as their travel itinerary has finalized.
  • International travelers living on-campus in the residence halls should contact their facility dean and inform {or provide a copy of their flight itinerary} of their arrival date to the U.S.

Upon Arrival to Campus- Expectations for ALL Students

  • Wear masks when in all public spaces or in spaces used by multiple people (cloth acceptable when in academic/non-clinical areas, surgical masks and/or other appropriate PPE for level of interaction when in clinical areas).
  • Practice frequent and appropriate hand hygiene
  • Practice physical distancing of at least 6 feet
  • Utilize proper cough/sneeze etiquette
  • Self-screen daily for symptoms and exposures
  • Assist with frequent disinfection of common and high traffic areas and surfaces

Upon Arrival to Campus- Guidelines for Dormitory students

At this time, the CDC is not mandating a quarantine for high-risk or international travel. For specific questions/concerns regarding your travel, please contact the Student Health Service office directly.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/travel-during-covid19.html

Upon Arrival to Campus- Daily Self-Screening Requirements

Stay home if you have any of the following symptoms or exposures: 

  • Temperature ≥ 100.0˚F
  • Chills
  • Muscle pains
  • Headache 
  • Loss of taste or smell 
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue
  • Soft stool
  • Stomach cramps 
  • Close contact* with a known/suspected COVID-19 case

*Close contact is defined as being near someone greater than 15 minutes and at a distance less than 6 feet. This includes interaction during the time period 48 hours prior to symptom development in the suspected/confirmed patient. If this occurs, you must contact Student Health Service immediately, quarantine and follow CDC criteria at: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html

If you have symptoms or have been exposed, contact Student Health Service at 909-558-8770.  If you have severe symptoms, go directly to the emergency department or call 911. 

Travel and Quarantine

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has published the following guidance regarding travel: (April 2, 2021)

CDPH and the CDC recommend delaying travel until persons are fully vaccinated, because travel increases the chance of getting and spreading COVID-19. Travel threatens to exacerbate community spread within and beyond California —particularly because travel itself (especially the use of shared conveyances in air, bus, or rail travel) can increase a person's chance of spreading and getting COVID-19, including Sars-CoV2 variants of concern.


With over 18 million vaccine doses administered statewide, vaccines have made a difference and overall disease trends have improved dramatically over the past ten weeks. Case rates, test positivity, transmission rate, hospitalizations and ICU admissions have all declined since the winter surge. While we have made great progress, many states and countries are experiencing increasing levels of transmission, and it is imperative that California continue to take steps necessary to curb the spread of COVID-19 and contain new sources of infection until we can achieve higher levels of vaccination in California and beyond. The State is issuing the following recommendations, which supersede the Travel Advisory issued on April 1, 2021

  • All travelers arriving in or returning to California from other states or countries should follow CDC travel guidance
  • All travelers who test positive or develop symptoms of COVID-19 should isolate and follow public health recommendations.
  • Fully vaccinated travelers:
    • are less likely to get and spread COVID-19, and can travel safely within the United States and California 
    • should follow CDC travel guidance, and are not required to test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have symptoms concerning for COVID-19 disease.

 

Non-Essential Travel of unvaccinated persons [i]

  1. Except in connection with essential travel[ii], Californians should avoid non-essential travel outside of California, to other states or countries unless they are fully vaccinated. Avoiding travel reduces the risk of virus transmission, including by reducing the risk that new sources of infection and, potentially, new virus strains will be introduced to California.
  2. Non-essential travelers from other states or countries, are strongly discouraged from entering California, and should adhere to the quarantine procedures set forth below.
  3. Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated should get tested with a viral test 1-3 days before travel, and get tested 3-5 days upon arrival to their destination. They should stay home and self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel, even if their test is negative.
  4. Non-essential travelers who are not fully vaccinated and don't get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for 10 days after travel.

A Local Health Officer may determine if and when the situation within the Local Health Officer's jurisdiction warrants measures that are more restrictive than this statewide advisory, and retains authority to implement such measures.


CDPH will update these recommendations as more people are vaccinated, as rates of COVID-19 change, and as additional scientific evidence becomes available.

For full details: https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Travel-Advisory.aspx

We ask that you exercise appropriate precautions and professionalism in your travel related decision-making. At this time, you do not have to be cleared for return-to-work or return-to-campus, if you travel. This is a dynamic situation and the CDPH travel advisory could change to become more or less restrictive at any time. We encourage you to use caution and thoughtfully consider the impact of any possible disruptions to education or work.

COVID Vaccinations

LLU Students who are interested in receiving a COVID-19 vaccination should check with their school/dean regarding eligibility and how to schedule when eligible.

Please note:

  • TB testing can be done before or at the same time as a COVID-19 vaccination, or otherwise delayed for ≥4 weeks after the completion of a COVID-19 vaccination.
  • The COVID vaccine series should routinely be administered alone, with a minimum interval of 14 days before or after administration of any other vaccine.
  • If your PPD and/or other vaccines required for a clinical rotation had to be delayed due to the administration of your COVID-19 vaccine, please email studenthealth@llu.edu

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/info-by-product/clinical-considerations.html

For comprehensive details on Loma Linda University's COVID-19 pandemic response, please view our full COVID-19 prevention plan (PDF).