Salus University continuously updates its COVID-19 guidelines to inform and assist the University community.
Updated 8/7/2020, 9:20 a.m.
Summary of Update History
Salus Safety Strategy
Protocols extended for balance of the summer semester and updated to include on-campus printing
Fit testing of N95 masks
COVID-19 symptom check
Fall semester on campus operations
Yellow Phase operations
PA program protocols
Essential personnel screening and protocol
CARES Act student funds
Prospective student letters
Spring commencement details update
Clinics assisting emergency patients
Spring commencement details update
Per Governor Wolf’s mandate, Salus campus and clinics closed until further notice
Food pantries in the region for students in need
Spring Commencement will be held virtually on May 22
Externships cancelled/continued as notified by individual program
March 12 (p.m.)
Per Governor Wolf’s mandate, Salus campus and clinics closed effective March 13
March 12 (a.m.)
Didactic instruction moved online effective March 16
University-related travel and meeting restrictions enacted
Salus University’s initial COVID-19 Guidelines announced
Effective June 8, 2020, we are:
- CONTINUING to hold all didactic instruction virtually for the balance of the summer semester.
- RESUMING selective face-to-face laboratory instruction.
- RESUMING limited student instruction at Salus-operated clinics.
- RESUMING limited business operations. During the summer, those faculty and staff that can perform the essential functions of their jobs from home are being encouraged to do so. Those whose essential functions require them to be on site are returning to campus and our clinics.
- RESUMING patient appointments at our clinics.
- CONTINUING enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures for its campus and clinics.
- All students, faculty, staff, scheduled patients and invited guests to our campus and clinics will be screened and their entrance and use of the campus are subject to these protocols, which include physical distancing and wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Salus Sign On to expedite their screening.
Salus Safety Strategy: COVID-19
Effective August 24, 2020, we are planning to resume the majority of our on campus operations in accordance with the Salus Safety Strategy. Highlights of our strategy include:
- Didactic classroom instruction (lectures) conducted in alternative formats with individual programs and their students selecting from a variety of modalities including, face-to-face, remote (live and on-demand) and blended offerings.
- Laboratory and clinical instruction conducted face-to-face either on campus, at our clinical facilities or at externship sites.
- Operating our clinics at reduced patient capacities.
- Daily screening and temperature checks upon entrance to our facilities. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to complete the Salus Sign On to expedite their screening. The requirement to wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth when at our facilities.
- De-densifying our facilities to allow for physical distancing. Providing personal protective equipment to our students and faculty engaged in laboratory and clinical instruction where physical distancing is not possible.
- Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting procedures.
- Limiting the size of on campus events.
- The suspension of all university-sponsored travel by any means of transportation (please note that this restriction does not include commuting).
Sources of Information
Our protocols are designed to reduce the risk of exposure, but the contagious nature of COVID-19 means we cannot eliminate all risk of infection. Everyone must also do their part and follow the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19.
We want to implore that if you or a family member is sick, or has been exposed to someone who is sick, STAY HOME and contact your health provider. Any absence that is related to illness (including as a care taker or child care) will be excused for students and excused and paid for faculty and staff.
Any individual with a confirmed case of COVID-19 is asked to report this information to Human Resources (faculty/staff) or Student Affairs (students).
COVID-19 Symptom Check
If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms and would like to speak to a health care provider, we have arranged for you to be able to do so through Jefferson Health’s JeffConnect. You can either download the app from the App Store (Apple) or on Google Play (android) or access it from your web browser at JeffConnect. After your register, you can schedule a telehealth appointment. If warranted, the Jefferson provider will arrange for you to be tested at one of Jefferson’s mobile test sites. Subject to applicable co-pays, the health insurance coverage (students, faculty and staff) offered by Salus University covers the telehealth visit and any ordered testing. If you maintain other health insurance coverage, please check with your carrier.
CARES Act Student Funds
Through the CARES Act, the Department of Education (DOE) made a limited amount of funds available for Title IV eligible (US residents, enrolled in on-campus degree-granting program) students to reimburse them for expenses related to disruptions to your educations due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The deadline for any eligible student who had incurred expenses related to our campus closure and transition to online instruction to submit a request for funds was May 31, 2020. After reviewing all submissions and taking into account the limited amount of total funds received by the university for distribution, the university’s grant committee determined to distribute an award to all eligible students who submitted a request by the deadline. Awards were also made to certain class of 2020 students who had their expected graduation delayed. All grantees received an email detailing the amount of their award and how to access it. Additional funds may be made available by the DOE in the future. Full details regarding the university’s grant distribution can be found here. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Please direct any questions or concerns to Brian Zuckerman
, Pandemic Safety Officer, 215.780.1281 (office), 267.879.8597 (mobile). The University’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak is being coordinated by President Mittelman and our Crisis Management Team.