COVID-19 Update: 9/30/21

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

We hope everyone is feeling healthy as we have settled into the semester and life back on campus. Please be mindful of the campus policies in place to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and continue to do your part!

Please review the following update carefully so that you know what to do if you are exposed to COVID-19, experience symptoms or test positive. Also, please note two new COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites near Oglethorpe.

The COVID-19 dashboard continues to be updated, and we are fortunate to report extremely low case numbers. As of today, there are two known active cases among the Oglethorpe community, both of which are isolating off campus. View the COVID-19 dashboard.

Get your flu vaccine

Maintaining routine vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine, can help prevent illnesses, reduce the stress on the healthcare system, and protect at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Task Force strongly encourages all members of the Oglethorpe community to get the flu vaccine this fall. Retail pharmacies such as Publix, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger and Walmart offer flu shots at no cost with most insurance types.

The Office of Student Wellness is working to secure several flu vaccine vouchers from Costco for students. A request form to pick up one of these vouchers will be available in the coming days.

Protocols for attending Heathers: The Musical

Oglethorpe students, faculty and staff may request one free ticket for Heathers: The Musical. This co-production with Atlanta-based professional theatre company Actor’s Express is set to hit the Conant Performing Arts Center stage this week and runs through October 17. Follow this link for more information on how to claim your ticket.

Please be mindful of the protocols in place for attending this show. All audience members must be fully vaccinated (2 shots +14 days) and be able to show proof of vaccination before attending Heathers. Proof of vaccination will be required to pick up your tickets from the box office. Actor’s Express staff will review a digital or paper copy of your vaccine record to ensure it is dated at least 14 days before the show date. Learn more about these Health & Safety Protocols.

The difference between isolation and quarantine

Please refer to this helpful infographic as a quick reference to distinguish the difference between isolation and quarantine.

Are you experiencing COVID-19 symptoms?

Remember, if you begin to experience symptoms of COVID-19, please inform your instructors or supervisor, and stay home as you monitor your symptoms.

If you do test positive for COVID-19, please follow the reporting instructions below:

  • 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.

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. Residents who relocate to a temporary housing assignment on campus will have access to support services (dining, educational, etc.). Please contact your Resident Advisor (RA) or Campus Life staff for more details.

Campus policies

Face-coverings continue to be required indoors on campus, unless you are alone in your office or room, or while actively eating or drinking. All members of the Oglethorpe community are expected to observe the policies and procedures outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook.

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

COVID-19 testing

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

Any individual who is not currently vaccinated, but later becomes fully vaccinated will then be exempt from these testing protocols. If you have become fully vaccinated and would like to update your status, please do so using the appropriate form below.

Where to get a COVID-19 test

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 note the two new locations near Oglethorpe, at Lenox Mall and Cumberland Mall.

Where to get a COVID-19 vaccine

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be widely available for those not yet vaccinated. Please note the two new locations near Oglethorpe, at Lenox Mall and Cumberland Mall.

Near Oglethorpe:

  • Brookhaven COVID-19 vaccination site: 3371 Buford Hwy, Atlanta, GA 30319. The vaccine is offered every day of the week EXCEPT for Wednesday. View details.
  • On Wednesday only, the Santa Fe Mall off Venture Drive in Gwinnett County is offering the Pfizer vaccine with no appointment and no cost. No insurance is needed. View details.
  • Lenox Mall on the ground floor of the Bloomingdale’s parking garage – request appointment.
  • Cumberland Mall in the parking lot across from Planet Fitness – request appointment.
  • Perimeter Mall – request appointment.

Find a vaccination site near you:

  • Use vaccine.gov to locate a vaccination site near you.

Additional details on all COVID-19 policies can be found in the COVID-19 FAQs and the COVID-19 Handbook.