COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions – Spring 2022
Yes—with a change. After careful consultation with Reid Health and the Indiana State Health Department, we have determined that cloth masks are no longer an acceptable option as they do not sufficiently protect wearers from the Omicron variant of COVID-19. As such, we are requiring all students and employees to use a surgical mask, N95, KN95, KF94, or approved equivalents in all indoor public locations on campus. This includes all academic spaces, public common spaces in residence halls, the dining hall, shared spaces in 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.
Surgical masks, N95, KN95, KF94, and other options are proven to be much more effective at viral filtration, are better-fitting, and will be much more helpful to our mitigation efforts than cloth masks. Please note that we may revisit this requirement as employee and student testing results become available and if public health guidance changes.
The CDC recommends that the masks we are requiring can be reused up to five times, but should not be washed.
For students: 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.
For employees: We will have a starter pack of masks available to employees who need one. If you are able to provide your own masks, we encourage you to do so.
For students: Masks will be distributed upon arrival at residence check-in.
Yes. Please report your information to our Contact Tracing team or Health Services (students) or Human Resources (employees) so they can be in touch with you about your status and future testing.
For students: No. You should remain at home for the 10-day isolation 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.
For employees: No. You should remain at home for the 5-day isolation period as outlined in the CDC’s revised guidelines. Employees who test positive will be required to have a negative rapid antigen test before they can return 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.
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.
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. Students: Remember to upload a copy of your booster vaccination record to [email protected]. Employees: Please upload a copy of your booster vaccination and test results here.
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. Students should send an email to [email protected] if they are unable to attain a negative PCR test or a booster prior to arrival. Employees should email [email protected] if they are unable to attain a negative PCR test or a booster prior Monday, Jan. 24.
Students 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).
Students: 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.
Employees: We will have a testing window early in the spring semester, as we have done in prior semesters. As in past semesters, employees will be asked to test off-campus and we will have an on-campus testing site for students.
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.
Find a vaccination site
Vaccines.gov helps you find locations that carry COVID-19 vaccines and their contact information. Find the vaccination site closest to you.
Earlham has received federal funding made available to institutions of higher education to be awarded directly to students as emergency financial aid grants.
Employee vaccination and test result submission
Earlham employees may submit a copy of their vaccination card or COVID testing results online. Flu vaccination records should also be submitted through this page.
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:
- 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:
- 877-826-0011 (available 24/7)
- [email protected].
Campus health services information hotline:
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.
If the screening determines you have symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you’ll be instructed what to do next.