COVID-19 Update: 5/27/21
The COVID-19 Task Force is currently reviewing updated CDC guidance for vaccinated individuals. In the meantime, masks and social distancing continue to be required in group settings on campus, regardless of vaccination status.
Heading into the summer term, Oglethorpe plans to move into the yellow phase of its campus protection guide. In the yellow phase, campus will be generally open for those working, living or taking classes on campus, with some restrictions. As mentioned, masks continue to be required in group settings/classes.
Due to the current low levels of community spread, and such few residents on campus this summer, COVID-19 testing will not take place. However, wastewater testing will continue on campus. In the event that wastewater testing detects the presence of COVID-19, residents in the corresponding residence hall will be quarantined and subsequently tested for COVID-19.
Reporting a positive COVID-19 test
If a need arises for an individual to be tested off campus, they should follow public health guidance and remain in quarantine until the result of their test is known. If residents, commuter students, faculty or staff regularly accessing campus tests positive for COVID-19 at an off-campus testing site, they should report that case to firstname.lastname@example.org so that the proper contact tracing can take place.
The COVID-19 Task Force continues to plan for a full return to campus for the fall semester. The COVID-19 Handbook and Campus Protection Guide will also be updated to reflect policies and plans for faculty, staff and students for the fall semester. As these plans become finalized, they will be shared with the Oglethorpe community.