PNW and Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Ready to return—and ready to roar! Purdue University Northwest has plans in place to stay safe as we welcome faculty, staff and students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester.

We are excited to be Uniting the Pride once more, with all of the events, activities and hand-on learning that make PNW memorable. We are also committed to keeping our campus community safe and have worked hard to build the best framework for a safe return.

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What To Expect

  • Classrooms, common areas and events are returning to normal capacity.
  • PNW will continue its COVID reporting policy and offer free testing for PNW faculty, staff and students.
  • Face coverings are required in all indoor spaces for everyone on the Purdue University Northwest campuses, regardless of vaccination status.

See the Fall 2021 Guidelines

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Vaccine Incentive Program

PNW students, faculty and staff who choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter drawings for prizes including a $2,000 tuition credit for students or a $2,000 Visa gift card for faculty and staff!

PNW Active COVID-19 Cases

Updated weekly.

Active cases as of Sept. 24, 2021
Students8
Faculty/Staff5
Total13

Active cases reflect positive results for on-campus and remote individuals. Cases are removed from the count after individuals remain home in isolation for at least 10 days from the date symptoms began AND are 24 hours fever-free without fever-reducing medications and improvement of respiratory symptoms.

PNW COVID-19 News

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Covid-19 Vaccine Survey

The Safe Return to Campus Task Force needs your help. As we plan for the safety of the university community, we’d like to know how many members of the PNW community have received a COVID vaccine. 

A PNW student is vaccinated for COVID-19 at an on-campus clinic.

Enter to Win with PNW’s Vaccine Incentive Program!

Purdue University Northwest students, faculty and staff who choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter drawings for prizes including a $2,000 tuition credit for students or a $2,000 Visa gift card for faculty and staff!

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Purdue University Northwest Fall 2021 COVID-19 Update

Purdue University Northwest is looking forward to welcoming faculty, staff and students back to campus for the Fall 2021 semester. PNW has established a set of guidelines as we begin the semester.

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Life

Face coverings will again be required in all indoor spaces for everyone on the Purdue University Northwest campuses, including students, employees and visitors, regardless of vaccination status. The full PNW face covering protocol is available online.

See the Latest Announcement

Classes, labs, advising and faculty office hours have returned to regular operations. This means the majority are being held in person.

We are planning normal programming on the campuses, with health and safety precautions in place for all events. Large events will be held outdoors whenever possible. We will continue to track the transmission rates for our counties and make adjustments to on campus events and large gatherings if necessary.

PNW continues to disinfect public areas including classrooms and labs nightly, as well as wiping down surfaces in public areas and entranceways with disinfectant daily as we conduct our cleaning and servicing. Disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizers are available in all those areas as well. These practices have become part of our PNW cleaning standards.

Procurement Services will work with campus stakeholders and vendor partners to identify and locate essential COVID-19 related supplies, such as hand sanitizer, face coverings, disinfecting wipes and surface disinfectant.

Colleges and departments should complete the information below to submit a purchase request for these essential supply orders instead of purchasing items on their own. This applies to branded and unbranded items.

If your department is considering purchasing any PPE materials that include the university name, symbol, marks, logo or phrases that represent Purdue Northwest, a university licensed vendor must be used. Please see the licensing guidelines or contact Marketing and Communications with questions about proper branding of items.

Order COVID-Related Supplies

Vaccinations

Individuals ages 12 and older are now eligible to be vaccinated across the state of Indiana. The COVID-19 vaccine is NOT mandatory, but health officials strongly encourage those who are eligible to receive the vaccine. The best way to end the pandemic and return to normal operations is for all to get vaccinated if they can do so.

Purdue Northwest students who choose to get vaccinated against COVID-19 can enter a drawing to win a credit toward your PNW tuition!

See Details and Submit Your Entry

Students of the College of Nursing should be aware that some clinic settings and facilities are requiring student nurses to be vaccinated or to have frequent COVID-19 testing. The College of Nursing continues to assess clinical compliance requirements.

Purdue University Northwest recognizes the following COVID-19 vaccinations, which have gained Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and/or have been approved by the World Health Organization (WHO). Should other vaccines receive such FDA authorization or WHO approval, they will be added to this list at that time. Please note that if you receive a two-dose vaccine, in most cases, both doses must be from the same manufacturer.

Platform Vaccine Name Manufacturer
mRNABNT162b2/Tozinameran/COMIRNATY®Pfizer-BioNTech
mRNAmRNA-1273Moderna
Ad26Ad26.COV2.SJohnson&Johnson
ChAdOx1Azd1222AstraZeneca; MFDS Korea
ChAdOx1Covishield (ChAdOx1_nCoV-19) Serum Institute India
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvantSinopharmBeijing Bio-Institute of Biological Products Co Ltd
Inactivated virus/aluminum adjuvantCoronaVac (formerly PiCoVacc)Sinovac Biotech

COVID Symptoms and Positive Test Results

If you test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, take the following steps to protect others regardless of your COVID-19 vaccination status:

  •  Isolate at home and isolate away from others for at least 10 days. (If you do not have any symptoms, you should still isolate at home for at least 10 days.)
  • If you develop symptoms, continue to isolate for at least 10 days after symptoms began as long as symptoms have improved, and no fever is present for at least 24 hours without use of fever-reducing medications.
  • Most people have mild COVID-19 illness and can recover at home without medical care.
  • Contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible if you are more likely to get very sick because of being an older adult or having underlying medical conditionsor if your symptoms get worse.

Positive cases should be reported to the relevant office below. These numbers will be reflected in a dashboard on the website.

COVID Exposure

If a fully vaccinated individual comes into close contact* with someone with confirmed or suspected Covid-19 –

  • Get tested 3-5 days after the date of exposure (even if asymptomatic) and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure OR until a negative test result is received. There is no need to quarantine if fully vaccinated after exposure.
  • If individual tests negative for Covid-19 continue regular activities while masking in indoor public settings
  • If individual tests positive** for Covid-19 they must isolate for 10 days from the date of Covid-19 test
  • Repeat testing is not recommended for making decisions about when people can return to work or school

COVID Symptoms

If a fully vaccinated individual is experiencing Covid-19 symptoms, isolate and get tested –

  • If individual tests negative for Covid-19 continue regular activities while masking in indoor public settings
  • If individual tests positive** for Covid-19 they must isolate for 10 days from the date of their first symptom. If the date of first symptom is not known, they must isolate for 10 days from the date of their Covid-19 test.
  • Repeat testing is not recommended for making decisions about when people can return to work or school

Reference: CDC (2021, August 19). Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People.

*Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness [meaning suspicious symptoms] for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Reference: CDC (2021, August 5). Definition of Close Contact.

**Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will receive a text message from (877) 548-3444 and a call from a contract tracer asking information about any close contacts you may have exposed to Covid-19 to prevent further spread. The number on the caller ID will show as (833) 670-0067 or may display as “IN Health Covid” if your carrier allows it. Answer the call from a contact tracer!

If individual experiences COVID-19 symptoms or comes into close contact* with someone with confirmed or suspected Covid-19, and/or takes part in activities that put them at higher risk for Covid-19, such as attending large social or mass gatherings or being in crowded indoor settings, they should quarantine and determine plan for testing (see below for further guidelines related to testing).

If the Exposed Individual Decides NOT to Test for COVID-19

  • The individual is advised to quarantine for 10 days** if not testing and experiences no symptoms during daily symptom monitoring.
    • Individual may return to work or school upon 10- day** quarantine completion as long as symptoms do not arise.
  • If symptoms present, patient must isolate for 10 days** from the first day of symptoms.
    • A symptomatic individual must isolate at home for at least 10 days** since the first symptoms began and be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours and with improvement in symptoms prior to return to work or school

If the Individual Is Tested and Negative for Covid-19

  • A quarantined individual who is not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can get tested at day 5 of the recommended 10-day quarantine.
  • If the individual tests negative, they must finish the full 7 days** of quarantine and can discontinue quarantine after day 7* as long as no symptoms arise
  • Repeat testing is not recommended for making decisions about when people can return to work or school

If the Individual Is Tested and Positive*** for Covid-19

  • An individual must isolate at home for at least 10 days since the first symptoms began and be fever free without the use of fever-reducing medications for 24 hours and with improvement in symptoms
  • If the individual is asymptomatic but tests positive***, they must isolate for at least 10 days from the day the test sample was collected
  • Repeat testing is not recommended for making decisions about when people can return to work and school

Reference: CDC (2021, July 29). Quarantine and Isolation

*Close contact is defined as someone who was within 6 feet of an infected person (laboratory-confirmed or a clinically compatible illness [meaning suspicious symptoms] for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. Reference: CDC (2021, August 5). Definition of Close Contact.

**Continued symptom monitoring is strongly recommended through day 14

***Individuals who test positive for Covid-19 will receive a text message from (877) 548-3444 and a call from a contract tracer asking information about any close contacts you may have exposed to Covid-19 to prevent further spread. The number on the caller ID will show as (833) 670-0067 or may display as “IN Health Covid” if your carrier allows it. Answer the call from a contact tracer!

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COVID FAQs for the Classroom

Faculty, find answers to frequently asked questions about teaching at PNW as we look forward to welcoming faculty and students back to campus this fall.

Explore the Faculty FAQs