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COVID-19


The health and safety of our students and faculty are our highest priorities.
Below are messages to our campus community, helpful FAQs and links to technology and health resources.

What is Coronavirus?
Coronavirus — or more specifically, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) — continues to evolve in our country and around the world. Albright College’s Pandemic Planning Task Force, formed more than a decade ago to combat avian and swine flu, has been meeting regularly to develop short- and long-term contingency plans based on regularly-updated recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and PA Department of Health. Because the health and safety of all members of our campus community is our top priority, we will continue to monitor and inform the campus about changes stemming from the Coronavirus. Please return to this website regularly for the most current and reliable information from the college.


Campus Updates


Travel Information

Any person who has traveled to or through a country with a Level 3 travel warning must notify the college and remain away from campus for 14 days from the date of departure from the affected area. During this time, you should monitor your health and maintain a daily log, twice daily recording your temperature and presence or absence of cough and shortness of breath. Following this 14-day period, students and employees should contact the Gable Health Center to schedule a phone appointment to review this information and determine your eligibility to return to campus. If you experience symptoms during the 14 days, you will need medical documentation clearing you to return to campus. Any other visitors and/or guests who plan to visit campus are asked to follow the same self-monitoring guidelines if they suspect they have been exposed to the coronavirus.

The coronavirus and information pertaining to travel are constantly evolving. We strongly encourage any individual traveling to personally review the current CDC recommendations and plan accordingly.

  1. Level 3 International Travel:All college-sponsored travel to any Warning Level 3 country is prohibited for the immediate future as we continue to monitor the situation and the progress of the outbreak.

Currently, college-sponsored study abroad programs (short and long term) remain scheduled for summer and fall 2020. These programs will be reviewed on an individual basis by the ELCDC and the Gable Health and Counseling Center.

  1. All other college-related international travel:All future college-related international travel must be requested and approved by the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students, using the forms available here. If you already have travel plans in place you must complete the form so that we are aware of your travel plans.
  2. College-related domestic travel:All college-related domestic travel must be registered with the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students, using the forms available here. If you already have travel plans in place you must complete the form so that we are aware of your travel plans.
  3. Personal international or domestic travel: Any person with plans to travel to or through a Level 3 travel warning country must adhere to the college’s general policies outlined above. For all other personal travel, the college strongly encourages you to register your personal travel with the Office of the Provost for faculty and the Gable Health and Counseling Center for staff and students.

If you are returning to campus after having visited (for personal or college-related travel) an area in or outside of the United States in which a confirmed case of COVID-19 has occurred or where you have had potential exposure, please contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center. Depending on the CDC, PA Department of Health and other guidance for colleges and universities, you may be required to self-monitor away from campus for 14 days in accordance with the college’s general policies.


Frequently Asked Questions

COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus through an outbreak that began in Wuhan, China in December 2019. The disease spreads from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales. Droplets land on objects and surfaces other people come in contact with these objects or surfaces and can catch the virus from touching their eyes, nose or mouth. People are also able to catch COVID-19 if they breathe in droplets from a person with COVID-19 who coughs out or exhales droplets.

According to the World Health Organization, a pandemic is a global outbreak of a serious new illness that requires sustained transmission throughout the world.

Anyone can catch COVID-19, but people with weak or compromised immune systems, particularly older persons and persons with pre-existing medical conditions (such as high blood pressure, heart disease, lung disease, cancer or diabetes) appear to develop serious illness more often than others.

As of March 23, all Albright classes are being instructed online.

Based on Governor Tom Wolf’s order for all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close physical locations until further notice, Albright has moved into the mode of “community food and housing, emergency, and other relief services,” for students who are unable to return home, feel unsafe going home, have no home to go to, or those who have food or shelter insecurities. Students who remain on campus will not be allowed to leave campus and will be held accountable to Community Standards if they do. The college’s dining hall will remain open for these students to carry out three meals a day.

Albrightians are urged to continue taking all precautions recommended by the CDC. Keep a six-foot distance between yourself and other people; avoid contact with those who are sick; wash your hands often for 20 seconds, using soap and water; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; cover coughs and sneezes; and clean and disinfect frequently-touched surfaces on a daily basis.

The CDC says that the symptoms of COVID-19 coronavirus are fever, cough and shortness of breath which can appear 2-14 days after exposure. Please keep in mind that these are also symptoms associated with other types of infections.

  • Keep your immune system healthy by getting plenty of sleep, maintaining good nutrition, finding stress-relief and exercising.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.

Currently, there are no reported or suspected cases at Albright College.

The Albright College Pandemic Planning Task Force, which formed during the avian flu in 2008, has been meeting regularly and is continually monitoring the situation in order to remain nimble in short- and long-term contingency planning. Early on, the team made sure that our facilities crew had the necessary CDC-approved cleaning chemicals (on hand and in use), that essential campus personnel were fit-tested for personal protective equipment, and that our Health Center was prepped and ready to implement the CDC and PA State Department of Health triage and testing protocols.

With an abundance of caution, all college-led Spring Break trips (both abroad and domestic) were canceled and students studying abroad were advised to return home. Admission tours and events such as Alumni Weekend were also canceled, in order to keep visitors away from campus.

On March 21, Albright moved into the mode of “community food and housing, emergency, and other relief services,” for students who are unable to return home, feel unsafe going home, have no home to go to, or those who have food or shelter insecurities. Students who remain on campus will not be allowed to leave campus and will be held accountable to Community Standards if they do. The college’s dining hall will remain open for these students to carry out three meals a day.

If you are a member of Albright’s campus community and answer “yes” to any of the following conditions, please contact the Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532.

  • Have had a known direct exposure to a confirmed case of COVID-19
  • Have been instructed to isolate or self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms
  • Have been notified by someone that you might have been exposed to COVID-19 directly
  • Have a fever, cough or shortness of breath
  • Have visited a travel warning Level 3 country

Currently, the U.S. Department of State is under a level 4 Global Health Advisory and is advising U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. This advisory is unlikely to change soon. To ensure the health and safety of our students, the college has suspended all study abroad prior to August 1. Students who have applied for study abroad in summer or fall, should keep in contact with the study abroad program, and will be contacted as necessary by Kim Justeson, director of experiential learning, with specific information.

We understand some Albright College community members may feel anxious about this evolving public health situation or have concerns about friends and family living in areas currently experiencing the outbreak.
Students may contact: Gable Health and Counseling Center at 610-921-7532; College Chaplains: Rev. Dr. Mel Sensenig, msensenig@albright.edu, Rev. Ibrahim Bangura, ibangura@albright.edu, Rev. Dr. Sudha Allitt, sallitt@albright.edu
Faculty and staff may consult the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) or contact Human Resources for additional guidance.

On March 21, Albright moved into the mode of “community food and housing, emergency, and other relief services,” for students who are unable to return home, feel unsafe going home, have no home to go to, or those who have food or shelter insecurities. Students who remain on campus will not be allowed to leave campus and will be held accountable to Community Standards if they do. The college’s dining hall will remain open for these students to carry out three meals a day.

Because SPS students do not live on campus and are working in classes under different conditions, specific arrangements are being made on a class-by-class basis.

In order to limit the number of people on our campus and the spread of the Coronavirus, all in-person student-sponsored, club-sponsored and college-sponsored events have been canceled or postponed until a later date. This includes events sponsored by the college, individual departments or offices, athletic teams, as well as student-sponsored events. This does not include virtual events.

On Thursday, March 19, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close physical locations until further notice. Therefore, Albright classes will take place online until further notice. Because the situation is changing greatly each day, the college’s Pandemic Planning Task Force will continue to monitor CDC and government information, reevaluate. Albright’s next steps will continue to be communicated through campus email and this website.

If students are on campus and are experiencing a fever accompanied by symptoms of lower respiratory illness (cough, shortness of breath), they should call the Gable Health Center at (610)-921-7532. To help stop the spread of the Coronavirus, students must call first before stopping by.

Albright is fully prepared to test for Coronavirus on campus, and to quarantine or isolate affected students, if necessary.

Essential personnel on campus have been fit-tested for safety equipment and have completed a step-by-step walk through — from students scheduling flu-testing appointments, through quarantine, isolation, room cleaning in the residence hall and personal material gathering, to food delivery, technology capability and trash removal.

Students who are tested and exhibit positive signs of the virus will not return to their room in the residence hall. Roommates of affected students will be immediately notified and quarantined. Their rooms in the residence hall will be fumigated and personal effects will be brought to them. Their meals will be delivered on disposable plates so that nothing is brought back to the dining area.

Yes. Albright successfully isolated seven students on campus during the H1N1 Pandemic Swine Flu virus in 2009.

COVID-19 is spread through direct contact or respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. Although the virus is not airborne, Rockland Hall’s first floor has been chosen, in part, because it does not share air with the rest of the building. Multiple daily checks will be made on quarantined and/or isolated students, and emergency palm devices will be available in each room.

Students who are tested and exhibit positive signs of the virus will not return to their residence hall. Roommates of affected students will be immediately notified and quarantined. Their room in the residence hall – will be deep-cleaned by fit-tested essential campus staff and personal effects will be brought to them. Their meals will be delivered on disposable plates so that nothing is brought back to the dining area.

Gable Health Center

Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

  • Please call (610)-921-7532 before visiting the Health Center.

Dining Hall (Daily)
Breakfast 8-10 a.m.

Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Dinner 4-6 p.m.

  • Meals are take out only

Only essential personnel necessary for the minimum maintenance of our physical plant will be allowed on campus. Online classes and telework for those who are able to work from home will continue as planned. Details regarding other workers, whom we are working to support through this, will be shared by their vice presidents or their supervisors.


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Health Resources

Albright College Gable Health Center
Center for Disease Control (CDC)
CDC: Enhanced Screening Procedures
CDC: COVID-19 Symptoms
World Health Organization (WHO) 
US State Department
PA State Department


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