COVID-19 Update: 12/9/20

The end of the semester is nearly here. The final day of classes is this Friday, December 11, with final exams taking place next week, December 14-18. Let’s finish the semester strong!

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. 

COVID-19 testing

Last Friday, on-campus residents who traveled over Thanksgiving Break and returned to campus were tested for COVID-19. This testing took place nearing the end of a Petrel Pause period of enhanced isolation and social distancing. We are fortunate to report that no positive cases were identified out of 165 tests conducted. Thus, there are no known active cases of COVID-19 among on-campus residents. View the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Athletics

The Southern Athletic Association presidents voted unanimously to return to play for athletics in January 2021. The SAA COVID-19 Task Force continues to create procedures and policies for returning to athletic competition based on public health guidelines, including COVID-19 testing and contact tracing procedures. Read more in the announcement from the SAA.

Academics

There are still open seats in J-Term courses this January. Students interested in earning credits toward their degree this January still have an opportunity to register. Students can register for J-Term through the end of add/drop, which is Friday, January 5, 2021. View academic calendars for J-Term and Spring 2021.

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.