2.12.21: Limiting Interactions to Household- On- & Off-Campus Students

A message sent to all undergraduate students.

Dear Undergraduate Students,

As a follow-up to the message sent from the COVID Response Team this morning, we are writing with further guidance and clarification about how we are asking students to limit their close contacts.

First, we ask that until further notice, you limit your interactions to those within your immediate “household.”

For on-campus students, this means your residence hall suite or wing of your floor (those with whom you share a bathroom), and for off-campus students, this means your residence. Interactions within these groups should still be limited and occur only when wearing a mask. Avoid unnecessary outings, such as trips to the store or dining in restaurants. As we look ahead to the Valentine’s Day weekend, this includes eliminating trips into town for dining or shopping, unless for emergency reasons or health-related trips such as to pick up a prescription or to visit a testing center as described below. On-campus students should not visit off-campus residences, including formal or informal student organization meetings or social functions.

Second, continue practicing social distancing within your hall or residence. For example, avoid using the bathroom at the same time as others and congregating in shared spaces or using shared items such as kitchen utensils. Before and after using the bathroom, wipe down surfaces and high-touch areas (in addition to the cleaning that occurs regularly, for on-campus students).

Over the weekend when the Health and Wellness Center is closed, there will be transportation available for students who call the Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) 24/7 nurse triage line (1-888-402-LVHN) to be tested. Transportation to the Coordinated Health OnDemand Walk-in Center will be available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by using the TransLoc COVID Shuttle Service. Follow the instructions at the bottom of this message to request a ride through the TransLoc app. When in transit and in public, be sure to wear a face-covering (double-masking is now recommended) and stay six feet away from others. If you are experiencing a true medical emergency and need to visit the hospital or emergency department, you should call 9-1-1.

Counseling services are available from University Counseling and Psychological Services for students who may be experiencing stress or require additional support. Further information will also be shared early next week about a live discussion hosted by counseling and student affairs staff. We will provide information on the services and resources available to bolster your mental health and well-being while you navigate these necessary measures. Stay tuned, be safe, and thank you for doing your part to support the overall health and well-being of our community.


Ricardo Hall

Vice President for Student Affairs

Katherine Lavinder

Dean of Students


The TransLoc app is free from the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.

To create an account on the TransLoc apps:

1. Download the TransLoc MicroTransit app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store

2. Open the TransLoc app

3. Tap "Settings"

4. Tap "Log In"


6. Tap "Lehigh University"

7. Log in using your Lehigh log on.

8. Complete the TransLoc account setup screen and tap "CREATE ACCOUNT"


To request a ride:

1. Open the TransLoc app

2. Tap the "OnDemand" icon (bottom row, 2nd from left)

3. Swipe left or right to the orange "COVID Shuttle" service.

4. Tap the "Booking Available" button

5. Tap on "Set Pickup Address" and select your location from the dropdown list

6. Tap on "Set Dropoff Address" and select your location from the dropdown list