COVID-19 Update: 3/25/21

Spring is officially here, and so is allergy season! Please be mindful that the symptoms of spring allergies are often similar to those of COVID-19. Our case management team has seen the effects of allergy season, as reported symptoms in the LifeguardRx app have increased while our positivity rate remains low. If you are an individual who typically experiences such allergies, you may consider consulting with your physician on starting an antihistamine or other treatment to discern between allergy symptoms and the need for COVID-19 testing.

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. Non-PACAs are able to request temporary access to campus through the request options on the home page of the COVID-19 website.

COVID-19 testing update

There are currently four active cases of COVID-19 among commuters in our PACA community, and no known active cases among on-campus residents. A total of 3,065 COVID-19 tests have been administered on campus since the start of the spring semester, along with weekly wastewater testing of residence halls.

PACAs are selected to participate in surveillance testing multiple times throughout the semester and should receive a notification email from healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu when selected to test. Please note that this on campus testing is mandatory!

PACAs tested for COVID-19 off campus must follow public health guidance and remain in quarantine until their test result is known. If you test positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus testing site, please report your case to healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu so that the proper contact tracing can take place. 

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

COVID-19 vaccine eligibility expands in Georgia

Georgia recently expanded eligibility requirements for receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to all individuals 16 and older. Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for those who are 16 and 17 years old. View additional information on the Georgia Department of Public Health website. As CDC guidance regarding vaccinated individuals remains limited, all PACAs are expected to follow the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook regardless of vaccination status until further notice.

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 registration begins April 12

Oglethorpe plans to offer a combination of in-person, hybrid, and remote courses in Summer 2021. The modality of all courses will be indicated in OASIS. Registration for summer courses and for summer housing opens April 12, 2021.

Last week, President Ladany announced the university’s plans to return to campus for the fall semester. In an effort to provide maximum flexibility, a small number of hybrid and remote courses will be retained. Registration for fall courses also opens April 12, 2021.

Updated academic calendars are posted on the HUB for Enrollment Services site.

Commencement

The commencement committee continues to make plans for ceremonies for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020. 

As of now, these ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

  • Class of 2021 Commencement: Saturday, May 22, 2021 at 9 a.m.
  • Class of 2020 Commencement: Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 9 a.m.

Additional details will be shared as plans are finalized, and the latest information for degree candidates can be found at commencement.oglethorpe.edu

Approved film productions on campus

As mentioned previously, a production crew has been approved to access campus from Wednesday, March 24 through Saturday, March 27. The production has intensive COVID-19 policies and procedures. These films provide additional revenue opportunities for the university as the campus continues to operate in a limited capacity. 

Filming will take place:

  • Thursday, March 25
  • Friday, March 26

Signage will be placed on campus to keep production staff separate from the campus community. Few disruptions are expected, as most filming will take place outdoors, including nights, with limited interior access to Hearst Hall and Dorough Fieldhouse. During filming, the production may limit pedestrian traffic in certain areas for a short period of time. As we continue to build these relationships, and privacy is important to both parties, please do not take pictures or post on social media about the filming occurring on campus. Thank you for your cooperation and flexibility!

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 covid19.oglethorpe.edu.