COVID-19 Update: 4/22/21

The Petrel Pause remains in effect through Wednesday, April 28. The pause will then be lifted, provided that cases have stabilized, daily compliance with the LifeguardRx app has improved, and COVID-19 conduct-related cases have decreased.

While COVID-19 cases have started to stabilize over the past week, the Petrel Pause period of enhanced social distancing for Petrels Authorized for Campus Access (PACAs) is still critical to limiting further spread. Please continue to do your part as we approach the end of the semester!

Please see the notice from last week for additional Petrel Pause details.

Commencement reminder

Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 graduates should have received an email in their OU email last week with details on how to RSVP and request tickets for commencement through Eventbrite. Each graduate can request up to three tickets, and tickets must be secured through the graduate. The deadline to RSVP and request tickets is May 3.

The university’s COVID-19 protocols will be in effect for the ceremony, including required face-coverings for all attendees—regardless of vaccination status. Seating will be arranged to allow for necessary social distancing.

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.

Visit the commencement website for the latest details regarding commencement.

COVID-19 cases

There are currently 13 active cases among campus residents and 10 active cases among commuters. All of these cases are in isolation, with identified close contacts in quarantine. Many of the cases are in their final day of isolation.

Check the COVID-19 dashboard for the latest activity.

Help limit the spread

Help us finish the semester strong! Everyone should continue to practice the Petrel Pledge, abide by the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook, and abide by public health guidelines, regardless of vaccination status.

It is also important to reiterate that the increase in cases experienced over the last two weeks are primarily the result of COVID-19 conduct violations, and further failure to follow public health guidelines such as proper mask-wearing and social distancing. 

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

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

COVID-19 testing

Surveillance testing continues, as well as weekly wastewater testing of residence halls. At this point, 4,540 COVID-19 tests have been conducted on campus since the start of the semester.

Please note that 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 when selected to test. 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 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.