COVID-19 Handbook updated for Fall 2021

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force

COVID-19 Handbook

Please review the COVID-19 Handbook, which has been updated for the Fall 2021 semester and is now published at covid19.oglethorpe.edu. All members of the Oglethorpe community are expected to observe the policies and procedures outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook.

Feeling Sick?

For anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please inform your instructors or supervisor and stay home as you monitor your symptoms. In the event that you test positive for COVID-19, please follow the reporting instructions outlined below.

COVID-19 Testing

Students who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must report their case to healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu. Faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19, regardless of vaccination status, must report their case to HR Director Sandy Butler. Anyone testing positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate (see “Quarantine and Isolation” details below).

Individuals who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated must participate in random COVID-19 testing when requested to do so. Students, faculty and staff will be notified via email when selected for COVID-19 testing and must submit a valid test via the link included in the email as instructed. Students and employees will be responsible for obtaining their own COVID-19 test, and both PCR and antigen tests are accepted.

COVID-19 testing is available through many sources, including private physician offices and pharmacies (where there may be a charge) and county departments of public health (where they are generally free).

Please contact Sandy Butler for questions on COVID-19 testing for faculty and staff. Please contact healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu for questions on COVID-19 testing for students.

Please note, that any individuals who are not currently vaccinated, but become fully vaccinated at a later date will then be exempt from these testing protocols. If you would like to update your vaccination status, please do so using the appropriate form below.

Quarantine and Isolation

Details for isolating and quarantining can be found in the COVID-19 Handbook. Isolation pertains to individuals who test positive for COVID-19, and quarantine pertains to those who have been exposed to someone with COVID-19. 

Any individual testing positive for COVID-19 will need to isolate, regardless of vaccination status. On-campus residents may choose to return home to isolate or isolate on campus. Isolation is observed for 10 days after a positive test in asymptomatic cases. In symptomatic cases, isolation is observed 10 days from the start of symptoms followed by a 24-hour fever-free period without the use of medication and improvement of symptoms.

Unvaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19 should quarantine for 14 days from the time of exposure and monitor their symptoms. In this case, unvaccinated individuals can end their quarantine if they receive a negative COVID-19 test result 7 days from the time of their exposure and continue to remain symptom-free. They should continue to stay masked for a full 14 days from the time of exposure, unless alone in their room or while eating or drinking. 

No quarantine is required for vaccinated individuals who are exposed to someone with COVID-19. However, these individuals should monitor their symptoms and continue to stay masked for a full 14 days from the time of exposure, unless alone in their room or while eating or drinking. A COVID-19 test is suggested 3-5 days from exposure.

COVID-19 Vaccine

For those who have not yet received a COVID-19 vaccine, Oglethorpe will host a second vaccination clinic on Wednesday, September 22 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. This free, walk-up COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be offered in partnership with the DeKalb County Board of Health. No appointment, identification, proof of citizenship or health insurance are needed, and the clinic is open to the entire community. Please bring your COVID-19 vaccine card if you are getting your second dose.

Athletics

In tandem with the Southern Athletic Association, the Oglethorpe University Department of Athletics has determined the COVID-19 policies and procedures that will be in place for the upcoming 2021-22 athletics calendar. For the most up-to-date information on Oglethorpe’s COVID-19 policies and regulations, including spectator guidelines, please visit gopetrels.com/covid-19.

Reporting COVID-19 concerns and violations

Please remember that face-coverings are required indoors on campus, unless you are alone in your office or room, or while actively eating or drinking.

Individuals can and should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns anonymously through this form, which can also be found at covid19.oglethorpe.edu. For students, reports will be addressed through the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, and may result in removal from campus. Reports pertaining to faculty and staff will be addressed through the appropriate human resource guidelines and may result in disciplinary action.