This fall, LMU is requiring individuals with campus access who are not fully vaccinated to get tested twice a week. However, vaccinated individuals still have access to testing at the Burns Recreation Center for free by making an appointment.
Appointments can be scheduled through the Rave Guardian app or by visiting lmu.edu/covidappointments. The testing center is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and in the evenings from 9:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Some COVID-19 tests offered at the testing center are self-administered. “People coming to our center for a COVID-19 test self-administer their tests with the direction and observation of a COVID[-19] testing center staff member who has been trained in the administration of the test,” said Gracie Bruess, a senior biology and Spanish double major who works at the COVID-19 testing center.
Bruess said that the test, which includes the “opening of a swab, collection of specimen through the swabbing of both nostrils, transfer of specimen to a testing tube, closure of the tube and placement in the tube receptacle,” takes “about two or three minutes, depending on how familiar the tester is with the test itself.”
Results can be expected 24 to 48 hours after the test. Bruess finds that if she gets her test done in the morning, her results are often back the next morning.
Jordan Fray, a sophomore political science and peace and justice studies double major who also works at the COVID-19 testing center, said, “There are signs posted all around the front of the clinic [that say] to not enter if you are experiencing symptoms.”
If a student is experiencing symptoms, “[they] must email the center and get what we call a targeted test,” which “lessen exposure for the staff and other students/faculty members getting tested,” said Fray.
Instead of visiting the center, it is asked that students begin self-isolation if they are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or if they know they have been exposed to someone who has COVID-19.
Like many other universities across the country, LMU has created an online COVID-19 dashboard. This dashboard shows how many students are currently isolated, quarantined and how many “lab-confirmed COVID-19 cases” occur each month at the University. On the website, these statistics are divided into students, employees, contractors and visitors.
Nearby universities in Southern California, such as Chapman University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), also provide information for their communities through similar dashboards.
Chapman’s COVID-19 dashboard includes information showing what percent of Chapman’s population is vaccinated and the positivity rate for Chapman-administered testing, as well as how many people were tested. Chapman’s dashboard notes if the students who tested positive live on or off campus. Their website also lists all of the classes that received potential and low exposure notices.
UCLA’s dashboard lists similar statistics as Chapman, including positivity rate, vaccination rate and where the students who tested positive live.
LMU's dashboard does not publish many of these elements, such as the vaccination rate of the community, the positivity rate or the location status of those who have tested positive. As of Sept. 23, the dashboard indicates that 13 students are currently isolating.
An LMU alert sent out via email on Sept. 22 disclosed the University "has recently recorded three or more positive related (epidemiologically linked) cases of COVID-19 within 14 days." The message stated those who had been in close contact with COVID-19 positive persons had already been contacted. "Exposure is defined as being within 6 feet of an infected person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period," said the alert.
The message instructed students who have "tested for COVID-19 due to exposure to a positive case or the presence of symptoms, or have been exposed to an individual who is positive for COVID-19" not to come to campus or leave their on-campus housing and to "contact the COVID Support Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 310.568.6868."