COVID-19 Update: 11/4/21

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

Thank you for continuing to observe the policies in the COVID-19 Handbook. The COVID-19 Task Force urges the entire community to continue educating themselves on the risks surrounding COVID-19. Everyone should exercise personal responsibility in practicing recommended public health guidance to help keep yourself and others healthy throughout the pandemic. Refer to the following resources from the Centers for Disease Control to stay up to date on the latest news and public health best practices.

Additionally, these weekly updates continue to provide instructions for those who are exposed to COVID-19, experience symptoms or test positive on campus. Also, please note the several COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites near campus if you need access to a test or vaccine.

COVID-19 dashboard

There are currently no known active cases among the Oglethorpe community. View the latest on the COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 vaccine clinic

Oglethorpe University is providing additional access to anyone seeking a COVID-19 vaccine by hosting a vaccine clinic on Monday, November 15, 2021 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the roundabout outside the TLCC.

This free, walk-up vaccination clinic is offered in partnership with the DeKalb County Board of Health. No appointment, identification, proof of citizenship or health insurance are needed, and the clinics are open to the entire community.

A parent or guardian must accompany anyone ages 12-17, and boosters will be available by request for those who qualify. For more information or questions please email healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu or dekalb.covid19@dph.ga.gov.

J-Term and Spring 2022

Registration for J-Term and the 2022 spring semester begins next week. At this time, it is expected that the policies outlined in the COVID-19 Handbook for fall 2021 will carry over to J-Term. The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to monitor local COVID-19 activity to inform planning for the spring 2022 semester.

Oglethorpe’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate will continue to be in effect this spring. An individual is considered fully vaccinated once two or more weeks have passed after receiving the second dose of a two-dose vaccine, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or once two weeks have passed after receiving the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine. While booster shots are not required, the CDC recommends them for some individuals. View more information on booster shots from the CDC.

Boar’s Head Concert and Celebration

Plans for the annual Boar’s Head celebration are underway. The event will return to its in-person format on campus on Friday, December 3, 2021, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Please stay tuned for further event details as they become available.

Flu vaccine

The COVID-19 Task Force continues to strongly encourage faculty, staff and student to prioritize the health and well-being of the entire community by getting the flu vaccine this fall. Maintaining routine vaccinations, such as the flu vaccine, can help prevent illnesses, reduce stress on the healthcare system, and protect at-risk populations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Retail pharmacies such as Publix, Costco, CVS, Walgreens, Target, Kroger and Walmart offer flu shots at no cost with most insurance types.

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?

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.

Reporting COVID-19 violations and concerns

Individuals should report COVID-19 violations, incidents or concerns 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

Those who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated 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.

COVID-19 testing sites

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).

COVID-19 vaccination sites

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be widely available for those not yet vaccinated. Many sites are now offering the COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and older.

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.