COVID-19 Update: 11/18/20

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

Thanksgiving is next week, and during this season of increased travel and family gatherings, it is vital that we practice the Petrel Pledge to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread in our communities. Small gatherings with friends and family are playing a significant role in COVID-19 transmission. Increases in COVID-19 cases are being seen across the country and in Georgia, so please do your part to keep yourself and others as healthy as possible. Remember to wear your mask, wash and sanitize your hands regularly, avoid large gatherings, social distance and get your flu shot!

Testing

Another round of random COVID-19 tests took place last week, resulting in no new positive tests. Previous cases are all past their quarantine period, and there are currently no known active cases on campus. A total of 359 tests have been conducted by the university since the start of the semester, resulting in eight total positive test results since move-in.

View the latest updates on the COVID-19 Dashboard.

For campus residents

If you are currently a campus resident choosing to travel away from campus for the Thanksgiving Break, you will be required to take a COVID-19 test on November 30 upon your return. Campus residents also have the choice of staying on campus through the break or can move out early at the break and receive a $500 credit on your spring housing bill. Dining services will remain open during the break.

Students choosing to move out at Thanksgiving Break must communicate with their RA and schedule a check-out time prior to Wednesday, November 25 at noon.

Flu vaccinations

As mentioned last week, all members of the Oglethorpe community who plan to be in person this spring will need to get a flu vaccine as part of the Petrel Pledge initiative. All residents will need a flu vaccination by the start of classes on February 8, 2021. Those who need religious and/or medical exemptions or those who are studying remotely and will not be accessing campus for the entire spring 2021 academic semester are exempt.

Maintaining routine vaccinations can help prevent illnesses, reduce the stress on the healthcare system, and protect at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail pharmacies such as Publix, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger, and Walmart offer flu shots at no cost with most insurance types.

Academic planning

Registration for J-Term and Spring 2021 is now open. The J-Term will be delivered remotely as the campus continues to operate in the red phase under the COVID-19 Task Force’s Campus Protection Guide. View the academic calendars and last week’s COVID-19 update for the latest details on 2021 academic planning.