COVID-19: Keeping our campus safe

Earlham College is committed to keeping our campus and surrounding community safe as we continue to carry out our educational mission. Here, you can find information about how we are protecting our students, faculty, staff and visitors, current COVID-19 policies and procedures, and more.

The information within these webpages is updated as new developments arise. Major changes are announced to students and employees via email in addition to being added to this page. 

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1/15/22 FAQ for return to campus spring 2022

Is there still a mask mandate?

Yes—with a change. After careful consultation with Reid Health and the Indiana State Health Department, cloth masks are no longer an acceptable option as they are not sufficient in prevention nor protection from the omicron variant of COVID-19. As such, we are requiring all students and employees to use a surgical mask, KN95, KN94, or approved equivalents in all indoor public, campus locations. This includes all academic spaces, public common spaces in residence halls, the dining hall, administrative offices, Runyan Center, Athletic and Wellness Center and Libraries.

Given the airborne delivery of this variant and speed of infection, we encourage students in residence to be particularly mindful of shared spaces without masks.

Why are new masks being required?

Use of a surgical mask, KN95, KN94, or approved equivalents are proven to be much more effective at viral filtration, are betting fitting, and will be much more helpful to our mitigation efforts than cloth masks. (While disposable surgical masks are acceptable, N95 and KN95 masks are preferred because of they allow fewer particles in or out when worn properly.)

Will the College provide masks? Do I need to order more of my own? 

We will provide several masks to students upon arrival for the first week and will continue to have them available for as long as needed. We will distribute several masks at a time in order to make them available to everyone, as our inventory will be dependent upon our vendors’ abilities to fulfill orders. If you are able to provide your own masks, we encourage you to do so.

Where can I get the masks when I get to campus? 

Masks will be distributed upon arrival at residence check-in. 

Do I still need to test if I had COVID over the break?

No. Please report your information to our Contact Tracing team or Health Services so they can be in touch with you about your status and future testing. 

If I get a positive result from my pre-arrival test, can I still come to campus? 

No. You should remain at home for the 10-day quarantine period. Students who test positive will be required to have a negative rapid antigen test before they can come to campus. Please make sure you report any positive test results via the online test reporting form so the College can assist you in the timeline for a safe arrival on campus. We assist you in communicating with your faculty for a class-materials so you can begin course work while home.

What happens if I test positive when I arrive on campus? 

Students who test positive will be sent to isolation housing for the required period. Please review definitions and time frames at the pdf attached and on the COVID webpage.

Are there required boosters and testing?

We are requiring all students and employees to return to campus for Spring Semester with a booster vaccination and a negative PCR COVID test completed within a week before return. Remember to upload a copy of your booster vaccination record to [email protected]. We recognize that areas with surges are limiting testing to only those who are symptomatic, and that some people may only have access to rapid tests/at-home tests. We also understand that some people don’t have access to boosters. Please send an email to [email protected] if you are unable to attain a negative PCR test or a booster prior to arrival. You will be provided with a rapid test upon arrival and then expected to test at the Wayne County Health Department as soon as possible. We also plan to offer a booster clinic in the third week of the semester (see next answer).

Will there be additional testing on campus?

We will have a required testing and booster clinic week three of the semester. All students are expected to be tested Feb. 16 and 17. We will test first- and second-year students on Wednesday, Feb. 16 and third-year, fourth-year and graduate students on Thursday, Feb. 17 in the Athletic and Wellness Center. More details will be made available after arrival on campus.

Will the dining hall be open?

Our partners in Metz Dining are working closely with us to keep the dining hall open. We will have reduced seating at tables and encourage seating throughout Runyan Center as well. The Comstock Room, May Crossen and lobby areas will be available for those who prefer to eat outside of the Dining Hall. We strongly encourage students to eat meals in a shared space in Runyan Center. There will be additional waste containers to manage efficient collection throughout Runyan.

If I have additional questions, who may I contact?

For additional information on testing, contact [email protected] or 765-983-1369 or [email protected] or 765-983-1311.

Earlham College Special Policies for Spring 2022 as informed by the COVID-19 pandemic

  1. Surgical or N95/KN95 masks are required in all indoor public/common spaces on campus. Cloth masks and masks with vents are no longer sufficient alone, but can be worn over a surgical mask. Masks will be provided on arrival.
  2. All students are to be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot, unless approved for an exemption through Health Services. Some new students who were unable to receive vaccinations in their home countries will be in process of getting vaccinated in the opening weeks of the semester. All who are not fully vaccinated upon arrival are expected to wear surgical or N95/KN95 masks covering nose and mouth in public spaces and maintain social distancing. Seating in the dining hall is limited to those who are fully vaccinated, and all unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated students can get their meals to-go and take them to another location.
  3. Students will not be limited as they were last year in regard to the number of helpers to assist on campus with the move-in process. However, all visitors who assist on move-in day who are not fully vaccinated are expected to practice social distancing and wear masks in all public spaces on campus, along with all students, who should always be masked when outside of their rooms.
  4. All should continue to wash hands frequently with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. Also, individuals should avoid touching their face (eyes, mouth, nose) with unwashed hands. When soap and water are not available, use hand sanitizer, particularly following contact with shared surfaces that may have been used by others (door handles, countertops, light switches, phones, keyboards, etc.). All should cover their mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, with a tissue or into your elbow. Students should be especially diligent in following hand washing protocols when using shared kitchen and bathroom areas.
  5. The campus grounds will be open to non-student visitors, but not in residential spaces. Residents are expected to only have guests in their rooms who are current students living on campus. Guests in all residence halls, apartments and houses are limited to on-campus students (and Earlham employees for approved programs or official College business). Visitation in residential spaces does not extend to non-students or to off-campus students. Overnight guests from another on-campus assignment should be approved and noted by the Residence Life staff so that the student may be contacted or accounted for in case of emergency. It remains important for students be considerate of their roommate and neighbors. Students who wish to have guests from another room and/or on-campus facility in their room must have the permission of their roommate(s).
  6. Residents will have key card access to their assigned building and are expected to accompany any guests from another building who they invite to visit. Students are responsible for providing access and escorting their guests for safety purposes. Doors that remain locked should never be propped open for the safety of students and security of the building. Residents should expect to be held responsible for the behavior of their guests from another floor, building, or other on-campus facility.
  7. Apartments and houses can host events in approved areas as scheduled and approved through the Event Registration process.
  8. Community members will respect limitations on the number of students in lounges, kitchens, and shared bathrooms based on occupancy numbers where posted. Residence Life and Public Safety personnel may impose further limitations on occupancy of residential spaces as deemed appropriate.
  9. Programs and Events: Gatherings of any kind on campus are not to exceed posted or Events Office approved occupancy numbers.

Questions can be sent to [email protected] or asked by phone: 765-983-1317.

Definition of Vaccination Status

  • Unvaccinated: has not received the vaccine or only has received one dose of Pfizer or Moderna
  • Fully vaccinated and eligible: has received one dose of J&J or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna. Eligible to receive a booster.
  • Fully vaccinated and up to date: has received one dose of J&J or two doses of Pfizer or Moderna and received booster.
  • If you are 90 days post-COVID infection (whether or not you have received a COVID vaccine or booster) you are considered fully vaccinated.

 

Schedule of Testing

Unvaccinated 

  • Weekly PCR testing

 

Fully vaccinated and eligible

  • Testing only required if the person is displaying symptoms of COVID or is considered a high-risk close contact of a positive COVID case.

 

Fully vaccinated and up to date

  • Testing only required if the person is displaying symptoms of COVID or is considered a high-risk close contact of a positive COVID case. If close contact, test after day five.

 

Fully vaccinated/90 days post-infection

  • No testing required 

High Risk Close Contacts:  roommates, relationships, within small spaces for over an hour

(There is no specific definition of a high-risk close contact. Each contact tracing team must define.)

 

Quarantine and isolation standards

All positive cases are required to go into isolation for 10 days; vaccination status is not a factor.

 

Quarantine for close contacts

Unvaccinated

  • 10 days of quarantine, testing preformed after day 6-7. Those who test negative and are symptom free can leave quarantine at day 10.

Vaccinated and eligible

  • 5 days of quarantine for a close contact who has had vaccination but not booster

Vaccinated and up to date

  • No quarantine required

Vaccinated/90 days post-infection

  • No quarantine required

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Earlham Community,

Given the recent uptick of COVID cases among employees and students on campus, Earlham will move to remote work effective tomorrow, Jan. 5, with the exception of essential employees. Earlham School of Religion is in the middle of January Intensive classes, most of which are being held remotely, and this shift should not affect those classes.

If you’re wondering whether your position is considered essential — or if you need to make arrangements to work in the office during this period — please reach out to your supervisor. IT Helpdesk staff will be on call to assist on-campus and remote workers during this time (765-973-2000). Additionally, IT Services offers a comprehensive resource list to support those working remotely. You can access it through this link in The Heart. If you need access to your office or files during this period, please be in touch with your supervisor and Public Safety (765-983-1400).

If conditions are favorable, we will return to in-person work on Monday, Jan. 24. At that time, employees should plan to submit a negative COVID test result, taken within five days of their return. Results can be uploaded here. We are requiring COVID boosters by the beginning of the semester. Vaccination records should be submitted here by Jan. 31. Previous exemptions apply.

Campus will be closed to visitors, including prospective students and athletics spectators, until Jan. 24.

My top priority is to keep the Earlham community healthy and ensure a return to fully in-person living and learning at the start of the spring semester. This temporary shift to remote work is a preventative measure to help make that possible. We are fortunate to have such a high percentage of vaccinated and boosted students and employees, so we anticipate that most of these cases will be mild and that we will start the new year — and the new semester — on a happy note.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we navigate this ever-changing pandemic landscape. I will provide updates as the situation changes.

Anne

As we prepare for the extended winter break, here are five things you need to know about the COVID situation on and off campus.

1.      We are prepared to meet the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently issued a declaration requiring employers with 100 or more employees to develop policies that require COVID vaccinations or weekly testing in the workplace. This is currently being contested by several states, but we are already in compliance with this mandate should it come to pass. You can learn more about the OSHA standard here.

2.      Over the semester break, individuals with exemptions will continue their weekly testing off campus. During the break, the College will not provide provide weekly testing on campus for those with exemptions. Reid Health, area pharmacies and the Wayne County Department of Health offer testing at several locations in the region. Free testing is available at the former Elder-Beerman building Monday through Saturday. Those with exemptions are encouraged to discuss plans for off-campus testing with their supervisors.

3.      Four employees have reported positive cases in the last week and are isolating off campus. Visit our public dashboard to see our cases in real time. Please note: The dashboard will not be updated for the remainder of the calendar year. Reporting will resume in January.

4.      We are hopeful — yet cautious — about plans for the spring term. The Crisis Management Team will recommend a plan to Anne Houtman before in-person classes resume in February, including policies related to mask-wearing and testing. It is our hope and expectation that we will move to a mask-optional policy in the spring. Of course, this will depend on our numbers on campus and in Wayne County staying favorable. As I mentioned in last week’s email, I recommend that any community members working or living on campus during the winter break get tested after travel that is outside of normal routine. Individuals working or living on campus during the break who test positive should continue to submit those results using our COVID reporting form. Community members who are not working or living on campus and test positive over the break do not need to submit test results to us.

5.      Thank you again for all that you do! I mentioned this earlier in this message, but everyone’s commitment to maintaining a safe and healthy campus this term has been nothing short of extraordinary. If you are one of the few community members who have yet to submit documentation for flu shots, please do so immediately. Students should contact Health Services at extension 1328. Employees can upload a screenshot of their documentation here.

  1. You only need to request a religious exemption once. There have been some crossed wires about how long medical and religious exemptions are valid. Once the College has approved your religious exemption, you will not need to request one in the future. Medical exemptions may need to be revisited annually depending on your unique situation. Please contact Human Resources or read our FAQ if you have any questions. Less than 1 percent of the campus community has been granted an exemption for the COVID vaccine or the flu shot.
  2. Our overall mitigation efforts have been outstanding, but concerns remain. After reviewing our records, 99.7 percent of our students participated in COVID testing last month and 97.5 percent received flu shots. Students who have not completed these required actions should contact Health Services immediately.
  3. We have received COVID testing results from about 95 percent of employees, but only 80 percent of our workforce has submitted flu shot documentation. Employees who have not submitted the required documentation should do so immediately at this link.
  4. We continue to see low numbers of confirmed COVID cases on campus. We currently have two cases on campus: one from an Earlham employee and the second from a contracted employee. Isolation and quarantine housing for students remains empty. We are prepared for additional cases the deeper we get into cold and flu season, but we remain in excellent shape heading into the winter break.
  5. White House: 900,000 children have already received the first dose vaccine. Many Earlham community members have begun vaccinating their children age 5-11 in the first week of eligibility. Thank you! Your swift action will offer them full protection by the two-week holiday shutdown at the end of December. Reid Health also reached a milestone earlier this week: Reid has administered 50,000 vaccine doses to date. Even with this recent surge in activity, Indiana’s population is still only about 50 percent vaccinated, 8 percentage points below the national vaccination rate.
  6. Free vaccines are available at several sites in our region. Reid Health continues to offer free vaccines, including booster shots, at Reid Plaza, 2300 National Road W. Click here to make an appointment at Reid or another vaccination center that is convenient for you and your family.

With less than one month to go in the fall term, we continue to see promising signs in the Richmond community and on campus that will enable us to finish the first half of the academic term on a positive note. Infection rates and hospitalizations across Wayne County continue to decrease. On campus, our isolation and quarantine housing remain empty. Please read the following five things you need to know this week to help us fulfill our commitment to care for the entire campus community.

1.      Mask-wearing will remain in effect — at least for the rest of the fall term. Even though the results of our campus-wide COVID testing have been outstanding, many of us on the College’s Crisis Management Team believe there are considerable risks to relaxing this policy with only three weeks remaining in the fall term. Here’s why we are not recommending a change to the mask policy right now: two employees remain in isolation protocols this week after testing positive during our testing window last month. About 50 students are also unaccounted for and did not participate in the on-campus clinic last month. For a campus of our size, that is not a small number. If you are one of these students, please contact health services at extension 1328 immediately.

2.      If you test positive for COVID, please adhere to our reporting procedures. We were notified earlier this week of a student who tested positive for COVID at an urgent care location off campus. While this student notified their professors and isolated off campus until they were free of symptoms, they did not contact health services or submit their test result to the contact tracing team. Failing to notify the college in a timely manner puts our community at further risk for infection and delays the response time of our contact tracing team. Employees who test positive should immediately fill out this form. Students who test positive at an off-campus location should notify health services.

3.      Flu shot documentation is now overdue. We are still missing documentation from about 25 percent of our employees and 10 percent of our students. If you did not respond to the email I sent earlier this week, please contact me immediately or submit your information here. Proof of flu vaccination should include your full name, flu vaccine type, and the date the vaccination was administered. Those who were vaccinated at one of the on-campus flu shot clinics do not need to submit a flu vaccination record.

4.      Additional personnel will be in place to enforce our mask policy during this weekend’s volleyball tournament. We are hosting the 2021 Heartland Collegiate Athletics Conference’s post-season tournament this weekend in Druley Performance Gym. All fans are expected to wear masks during the competitions. Click here to read about our volleyball team’s outstanding season!

5.      The Pfizer vaccine has been approved for younger children. Last week the U.S. Food and Drug Administered authorized the emergency use of the Pfizer vaccine to include children 5-11 years old. Reid Health has published an FAQ that addresses concerns parents might have about getting their child vaccinated.

  • Our campus-wide testing results are outstanding. As I write this email, we have zero students in isolation and quarantine housing. Two employees have tested positive and are isolating away from campus. Thank you to the Office of Health Services for administering hundreds of COVID tests and flu shots during the last two weeks.
  • If you haven’t submitted your COVID test results, we need to hear from you immediately. Reporting your tests results in a timely manner helps us better understand our risk as a community, and many employees are still unaccounted for. Please share your negative test results here. If you tested positive, please submit your information here so the contact tracing team can be in contact with you. We are only aware of a small number of employees who have requested extensions to our testing requirement due to travel plans.
  • Please consider signing up to volunteer. Even though there are no students in isolation or quarantine housing, we need to be prepared to deliver meals if that situation changes. You can sign up to deliver meals by contacting Wendy Stonecash in Student Life at extension 1311 or by emailing her at [email protected]. Volunteers will not have direct contact with infected students.
  • Free COVID testing will be available through the Wayne County Health Department for at least the remainder of the fall term. Even though we are not requiring additional testing, I recommend that community members get tested routinely throughout flu season. Free testing is available Monday through Saturday at the former Elder-Beerman building at 601 E. Main St. You can make an appointment here or simply walk in. Hours for walk-in appointments are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Monday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
  • We’re discussing the future of our mask policy. Many of you have asked if it is still necessary to wear masks in shared, indoor spaces in light of our successful COVID mitigation efforts. In consultation with senior leadership, the College’s Crisis Management Team is discussing potential changes to our policy. We will know more in the coming days, but please stay the course for now.

  1. The deadline to get a flu shot is Nov. 1. For employees who missed last week’s on-campus clinic, free flu shots are still available through Health Services by appointment only. Please call extension 1328 or make an appointment at an off-campus provider. If you get your flu shot from an off-campus provider, please upload your documentation here.

    Flu shots are required for all students and employees – unless you have a medical or religious exemption. Please contact the Office of Human Resources at extension 1393 if you have any questions. Nearly 150 employees have already received flu shots. (Students received flu shots and COVID testing at a separate on-campus clinic earlier this week.)
  2. COVID testing must be completed by Friday, Oct. 22. Many employees have already been tested this week and are awaiting results. If you have not been tested, please visit an off-campus testing center before Friday. We have separate portals where you can upload positive and negative results. If you test positive, a member of the College’s contact tracing team will contact you. A list of locations offering free testing can be found on the Wayne County Health Department’s website. Though we have heard differing reports about the need to make a reservation for testing at the former Elder-Beerman building, you will be able to receive a test either way. We highly recommend filling out the attached form that Bobbi Cayard-Roberts created. Thank you, Bobbi!
  3. Four students are isolating after testing positive during the last week. Each of these students has experienced mild symptoms. An additional 29 students were identified as close contacts. These close contacts are all fully vaccinated and will be tested after five days of exposure. They do not need to quarantine unless they start exhibiting symptoms, per CDC guidance.
  4. Our county’s seven-day positivity rate is now below 8 percent. For the last several weeks, Wayne County has reported steady declines in the percentage of individuals testing positive for COVID. To hear the latest about the pandemic’s impact on Wayne County, tune in to Whitewater Community Television on Thursday, Oct. 21, for a special edition of its live “IN Focus” program. The topic is COVID-19 and vaccinations. Several area doctors from Reid Health will be guests on the show. “IN Focus” airs at 6 p.m. on WGTV, Channel 11 on Comcast cable in Wayne County. Those who live outside Wayne County or who don’t have Comcast can watch the show live on WCTV’s Facebook page as well as on WGTV Online.
  5. As testing continues this week, we may see additional cases. As I’ve said in past emails, this isn’t cause for worry. Nearly everyone on campus is fully vaccinated and we continue to see favorable conditions for in-person living and learning.

  1. Employees can get their flu shot on campus tomorrow (Thursday, Oct. 14)! Health Services is offering a flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Comstock Room for all Earlham employees and our neighbors at Bethany Theological Seminary. (Please note: We do not have any flu vaccines that are recommended for individuals who are 65 years of age and older.)If you cannot make tomorrow’s clinic, please email [email protected] to make an appointment at a later date. If you are not getting your flu shot on campus, please make plans to receive one at a location of your choosing before the Nov. 1 deadline.
  2. COVID testing procedures are changing at the former Elder-Beerman location. We have been informed by the Wayne County Health Department that they have contracted with a private company to facilitate testing at the former Elder-Beerman building nearby campus. All appointments are now walk-in only — even if you made an appointment for next week. Employees are required to have a PCR test the week of Oct. 18 (students are being tested on campus). Rapid test results will not be accepted. Testing should be completed by Friday, Oct. 22, and results should be submitted here.
  3. Attention students: Please read this before showing up for your COVID test next week.  Students will participate in COVID testing on campus Oct. 19-20 at the Athletics and Wellness Center. Students will be given a saliva test and should not eat or drink for 30 minutes prior to getting tested. Students also must bring their health insurance card to the clinic. Flu shots also will be available to students at the same time. The Student Life Division will send additional details via email, which will include a form for students to complete prior to arriving.
  4. There are four confirmed positive cases on campus. Three students and one employee have tested positive in the last week and are following our COVID protocols. While this represents a larger number of positive cases than we’re accustomed to seeing, this isn’t reason for panic.

    As we begin mandatory testing next week, we may see additional cases and will respond accordingly. Remember: testing is an important step in our overall mitigation efforts and is an opportunity to assess our risk of future cases, especially as we enter flu season. If you test positive, a member of the College’s contact tracing team will get in touch with you.
  5. The region’s seven-day positivity rate continues to drop. The Wayne County Health Department is reporting an 8 percent, seven-day positivity rate this week, which is down substantially from the previous month. Reid Health also has seen fewer COVID patients, but unvaccinated individuals continue to represent the majority of those receiving care.

  1. Please, don’t wait to schedule your COVID test! As I’ve mentioned in previous emails, COVID testing will be required for all Earlham community members during the week of Oct. 18. Employees can schedule their test through the Wayne County Department of Health or another location of their choosing. The WCDH is offering free testing clinics across our area, but some sites are not taking walk-ins. Testing must be completed before Friday, Oct. 22, and results can be submitted here. Students will be tested on campus on either Oct. 19 or 20 in the Athletics and Wellness Center
  2. After testing, be prepared for an uptick in cases on campus. This isn’t reason for panic. Mandatory testing is an important step in our overall mitigation efforts and an opportunity to assess our risk of future cases, especially as we enter flu season. If you test positive, a member of the College’s contact tracing team will get in touch with you. This team has been responding to cases since the onset of the pandemic and is doing a wonderful job. Since the start of the academic year, we have had 10 cases, or about one case per week. No cases have been reported since the start of the second fall term.
  3. Employees can get a flu shot on campus as early as next week. Health services is offering an employee flu shot clinic from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, in Comstock Room located in Runyan Center. Students and employees can also get a flu shot from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on either Oct. 19 or 20 in the Athletics and Wellness Center. This is the same clinic that will be administering COVID testing to students. Please contact Health Services at [email protected] if you need to make an appointment for a flu shot at a different time. Please note: We do not have any flu vaccines that are recommended for individuals who are 65 years of age and older. 
  4. Health services still needs our help! Volunteers are still needed to assist at our flu shot and COVID testing clinics on Oct. 19 and 20. Click here and add your name to a list of volunteers who are willing to help. Thank you to the students and employees who have already signed on to help us make this important community event a success!
  5. Hospitalizations and confirmed COVID cases continue to drop in our region. Wayne County’s seven-day positivity rate now stands at just under 11 percent, continuing a downward trend for in our region and nation in recent weeks. Reid Health also reports a decrease in hospitalizations due to the virus. Nearly all of those receiving treatment in containment areas are unvaccinated individuals. Visit Reid health’s “Safe Pathways to Care” website for the latest information and advice related to the pandemic.

  1. We have had our first confirmed, positive case of COVID in three weeks. One student tested positive last Friday and was immediately placed in isolation housing at campus village apartments. This student was fully vaccinated and has experienced mild symptoms. The Office or Residence Life will be delivering meals to this student every day and Health Services will also be in regular contact to ensure they are receiving care, as needed.
  2. With mandatory testing approaching, it’s likely that we’ll see additional positive cases. As students and employees participate in mandatory COVID testing during the week of Oct. 18, we are preparing to see a higher volume of cases than we’ve experienced at other points of the academic year. Mandatory testing is an important step in our overall mitigation efforts and has become a regular practice for our campus community during transitions in the academic year. Please complete testing before Friday, Oct. 22 so we can quickly process test results and complete contact tracing, if necessary. This is the last time we will require testing during the fall portion of the academic year, with the exception of those with exemptions, who will continue to test weekly.
  3. Don’t wait to schedule your COVID test. As I’ve mentioned in previous emails, the Wayne County Department of Health continues to offer free testing clinics in the local area. Some sites are not taking walk-ins, so employees should schedule an appointment between Oct. 18 and Oct. 21 to ensure that you are able to complete testing on time. Students will be tested on campus on either Oct. 19 or 20. Employees must submit their results here. There are separate portals to upload positive and negative tests so please read instructions on this page carefully. If you test positive, a member of the College’s contact tracing team will get in touch with you.
  4. It’s flu season. Please help us have a successful flu shot clinic on campus. In addition to mandatory COVID testing, we are also requiring all members of our community to get a flu shot before Nov. 1. Employees can get their flu shot on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 14, in Comstock Room (located in Runyan Center).Students and employees also can get a flu shot from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on either Oct. 19 or 20 in the Athletics and Wellness Center. This is the same clinic that will be administering COVID testing to students. Please contact Health Services at [email protected] if you need to make an appointment for a flu shot at a different time. Please note: Health Services does not have any flu vaccines that are recommended for individuals who are 65 years of age and older.Finally, Health Services is looking for volunteers to assist at the student clinics on Oct. 19 and 20. Click here and add your name to a list of volunteers who are willing to help.
  5. Reid Health is moving its vaccine clinic to a new location one mile west of campus. Reid Health announced this week that it is anticipating high demand for COVID vaccine booster shots now that they have been approved by the FDA and the CDC. Booster shots are recommended for individuals who received their initial series of vaccines six months ago, are 65 and up or have underlying health conditions. The new clinic is located at Reid Plaza, one door down from the PACE Center at 2300 National Road W. This location uses the Pfizer vaccine, which has been approved for individuals 12 and up.

Prevention and care

Get vaccinated! Find a vaccination site nearest you.

The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • 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.

Be mindful of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath

For more information about symptoms, please visit the CDC COVID-19 Symptoms page.

Need to talk to a medical professional?

Indiana State Department of Health COVID-19 Call Center:

Campus health services information hotline:

  • 756-983-1328

Reid Health virtual screenings

Reid Health offers a free virtual COVID-19 screening tool available through its “Reid HealthNOW” urgent care app, so you can connect with a nurse via your smartphone or computer.

Download the free app through Google Play or Apple’s App Store or enroll on your computer through the reidhealthnow.org site.

If the screening determines you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you’ll be instructed what to do next.

Next steps