COVID-19 Update: 2/11/21

Welcome back, Petrels! We hope everyone is adjusting to their first week of classes, whether remote or in person. For those in person, remember to continue practicing enhanced social distancing during the Petrel Pause through February 22. For those who are remote, continue practicing the Petrel Pledge as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDC recently released guidance on more effective mask-wearing, including double masking and knotting ear loops. So, mask up, wash or sanitize your hands regularly, avoid large gatherings and keep social distancing!

Oglethorpe is officially operating in the orange phase of the Campus Protection Guide. Campus is open in a limited capacity to on-campus residents, commuter students attending classes on campus, and authorized personnel. These individuals are referred to as Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs). Remember to review the COVID-19 Handbook for full details on campus protocols and guidelines. 

COVID-19 testing update

There are currently 386 campus residents and 353 commuter students authorized for campus access. Baseline testing of PACAs began over the weekend, and regular testing of student-athletes continues. 984 total COVID-19 tests have been conducted on campus since February 3, resulting in seven positive cases. There are three active cases among campus residents, and four active cases among commuters. All of the individuals who have tested positive are in isolation, with an additional five close contacts in quarantine. Ten are isolating or quarantining off campus, and two individuals are in isolation or quarantine on campus. View the COVID-19 Dashboard.

PACAs should look out for an email from healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu with details regarding surveillance COVID-19 testing next week.

Daily self-health screenings for PACAs

PACAs should now be enrolled in the LifeguardRx mobile app and are required to complete their daily check-ins and report any possible symptoms of COVID-19. The information collected is maintained in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which protects records from disclosure. The app will notify individuals of further actions they need to take based on symptoms reported. Additionally, users can add a Circle of Care in the app so that parents, spouses, relatives and/or other close acquaintances can be updated on how they are feeling. 

If you have questions or are experience issues accessing LifeguardRx, please contact healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu.

Athletics

Fan access to outdoor athletic events on Oglethorpe’s campus will be limited only to PACAs. These members of the campus community are subject to all of the institution’s COVID-19 protocols. At this current time, no outside spectators are allowed at any athletic events on the Oglethorpe campus. Indoor events remain closed entirely to fans, including PACAs. Fans who wish to follow Stormy Petrel athletics can do so through Oglethorpe’s new athletics portal on LocalLive, with links to individual events available on gopetrels.com.

Read more about the SAA and Oglethorpe fan policies regarding COVID-19.

Campus access

The Office of Admission has been approved to begin hosting in-person campus tours for small groups of admitted students and their families beginning February 22, 2021. All groups will be preapproved and prescreened for COVID-19 symptoms. Only students admitted for 2021 start terms may register for campus visits. No self-guided tours are permitted. View additional details regarding campus tours.

Campus remains closed to all other outside visitors, unless preapproved by administration. No visitors are permitted inside the residence halls. 

Facility updates 

Oglethorpe has begun implementing routine wastewater testing on campus in partnership with NOVA Engineering. Wastewater testing can detect the presence of the COVID-19 virus in residence halls and determine a need for targeted COVID-19 testing among campus residents.

A comprehensive listing of campus facilities and their operational status and hours for the spring 2021 semester can be found on the COVID-19 website. Facility access is intended only for PACAs, as these individuals are in the university’s testing protocols and expected to follow the policies and protocols outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook

Help keep our community safe

PACAs must abide by the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook and should be observing a period of enhanced social distancing during the Petrel Pause through February 22. Individuals can report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously at covid19.oglethorpe.edu.