COVID-19 Update: 4/15/21

An update from the COVID-19 Task Force

We have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in our Oglethorpe community dating back to last week. While we are confident the spread has been contained, a Petrel Pause was put into effect earlier this week. This period of enhanced social distancing for Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs) will be lifted on Wednesday, April 28, provided that cases have stabilized, daily compliance with the LifeguardRx app among PACAs has improved, and COVID-19 conduct-related cases have been reduced. Please see the email from earlier this week for additional Petrel Pause details.

Current COVID-19 cases

There are currently 11 active cases among campus residents and 18 active cases among commuters. All of these cases are in isolation, with identified close contacts in quarantine. The COVID-19 dashboard continues to be updated.

Report a violation

Many of the current cases have been the result of COVID-19 conduct violations, and further failure to abide by public health guidelines such as proper mask-wearing and social distancing. It is important for all PACAs to continue observing the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook, regardless of vaccination status. 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.

Everyone shares a commitment to the health and well-being of all members of our Oglethorpe community!

COVID-19 testing

Oglethorpe is now using a new testing partner, so PACAs being tested should bring a photo ID and insurance card. 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. 

COVID-19 vaccine

All individuals 16 and older are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Georgia. Additional information can be found 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.

Please note that the Pfizer vaccine is the only COVID-19 vaccine currently approved for those who are 16 and 17 years old.