COVID-19 Update: 12/2/20

We hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing break, and that you are feeling healthy and staying safe!

Students who have returned to campus since the holiday are now in a Petrel Pause period of enhanced isolation and social distancing as a precaution before being tested for COVID-19 this Friday. This period will account for some incubation time so that the mass testing conducted on Friday will result in a greater likelihood of identifying any positive cases. As usual, the COVID-19 Dashboard will be updated as testing is conducted. Some students elected to move out at Thanksgiving Break, so there are now 179 students living on campus.

Campus continues to operate in the red phase of the Campus Protection Guide. If you observe any violations of safety protocols on campus or have concerns, please report them via the Campus Incident Reporting Form. Submissions can be made anonymously. 

Remember to continue practicing the Petrel Pledge, abide by the latest public health guidelines, and get your flu shot if you haven’t done so already!

Athletics

The SAA presidents are scheduled to meet this evening and next Monday, December 7 to assess COVID-19 conditions and make decisions pertaining to moving forward with a return to play for athletics this spring. Updates are expected to follow early next week. Any updates will be shared with student-athletes and in the COVID-19 weekly updates.

Academics

Wednesday, December 9 is the deadline for individual course withdrawal. Please check your email for details regarding withdrawal from Fall 2020 courses.

There are still open seats in several J-Term courses, so students interested in earning credits toward their degree this January still have an opportunity to register. Check your email for courses with current openings.

Flu vaccination reminder

As mentioned in previous updates, 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.