COVID-19 Update: 4/1/21

Congratulations on making it to the midpoint of the semester! 

Thank you to our PACAs for your continued compliance with your daily self-health screenings in LifeguardRx. These daily check-ins are an important part of minimizing COVID-19 spread in our community, and we want to finish the semester strong. If you are a PACA, please remember that you are required to complete daily health screenings through the LifeguardRx mobile app, including weekends and days not on campus. If you have issues with LifeguardRx, please contact healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu

As allergy season continues, please be mindful that the symptoms of spring allergies are often similar to those of COVID-19. If you typically experience 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

There are currently 4 active cases of COVID-19 among commuters in our PACA community, and 1 active case among on-campus residents. All cases are isolating off campus. A total of 3,434 COVID-19 tests have been administered on campus since the start of the spring semester, and weekly wastewater testing of residence halls continues.

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

Surveillance testing for PACAs

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!

Off-campus testing for PACAs

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. 

Commencement update

Commencement ceremonies for both the Class of 2021 and the Class of 2020 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.

Initial details have been shared with the participating classes, and additional information will continue to be shared as plans are finalized. Visit commencement.oglethorpe.edu for more.

Approved film production on campus

A production crew has been approved to access campus beginning Wednesday, April 7 through Thursday, April 8. 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:

  • Wednesday, April 7 

Signage will be placed on campus to keep production staff separate from the campus community. Few disruptions are expected, as filming will take place in the Dorough Fieldhouse. The film crew will also be using parking lots by the Dorough Fieldhouse, Goodman Hall and Hearst Hall. 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.

COVID vaccine

Last week, Georgia expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility 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. All PACAs are expected to continue following the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook, regardless of vaccination status, until further notice.

Report a concern or violation

It is important for everyone to follow the university‚Äôs 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.