COVID-19 Update: 2/25/21

Oglethorpe continues to operate in the orange phase of the Campus Protection Guide and is open to Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs). This group includes campus residents, commuter students and authorized personnel. Campus remains closed to outside visitors unless preapproved by administration.

Transition to Petrel Pods for residents

The Petrel Pause was lifted on February 22, which has led to the introduction of Petrel Pods. Petrel Pods allow campus residents to expand their social circle to a small group of other campus residents. Details for forming these residential pods have been shared with campus residents via Residence Life.

Requesting access to campus for non-PACAs

As mentioned, campus remains closed to outside visitors unless preapproved by administration. However, there may be cases where non-PACAs need temporary access to campus. For those cases, non-PACAs can now request temporary access to campus. Visit the home page of the COVID-19 site and select the request option that best suits your needs. If a visit is approved, please note that the university’s COVID-19 protocols must be followed, and a face covering is required at all times.

COVID-19 testing

There are currently 386 campus residents and 340 commuters authorized for campus access, and two active cases, both of which are commuters. There has been a total of 14 cases identified this semester.

Surveillance testing details:

  • Weekly surveillance testing of PACA began last week and continues this week.
  • PACAs selected to participate in surveillance testing will receive a prior notification email from with further details.

For the latest on testing and COVID-19 activity on campus, view the COVID-19 Dashboard.

Daily health screenings

PACAs should be enrolled in the LifeguardRx mobile app to complete their daily check-ins and report any possible symptoms of COVID-19. Individuals are expected to complete these daily check-ins even on days when they do not come to campus. The app will notify individuals of further actions they need to take based on symptoms reported. If you have questions or are experience issues accessing LifeguardRx, please contact

Campus tours

The Office of Admission was approved to host in-person campus tours for small groups of admitted students and their families, which began this week. All groups are preapproved and prescreened for COVID-19 symptoms. Only admitted students may register for campus visits. No self-guided tours are permitted, and no visitors are permitted inside the residence halls. View additional details regarding campus tours.

Report a concern or violation

It is important for everyone to follow the university’s policies to reduce the spread of COVID-19 on campus. Violating any of the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook can result in conduct violations, and ultimately, removal from campus. Individuals can and should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously at