COVID-19 Update: 11/18/21

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

Everyone should take on the personal responsibility of educating themselves on the risks surrounding COVID-19 as we aim to keep ourselves and others healthy throughout the pandemic – especially during the holidays. The following resources from the Centers for Disease Control will help you stay up to date on the latest news and public health best practices.

As many of you depart from campus next week for a well-deserved break, it is important to continue practicing recommended public health guidelines as you travel to your destinations. There are several testing sites near campus for anyone seeking a COVID-19 test prior to traveling (listed below). Please be mindful of travel guidance from the CDC to help guard against COVID-19 spread and ensure a healthy return to campus for the remainder of the semester.

These weekly updates continue to provide instructions for anyone in the campus community who is exposed to COVID-19, experiences symptoms or tests positive. 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 four active cases among the Oglethorpe community. Two are isolating on campus, and two off campus. View the latest on the COVID-19 dashboard.

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).

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.

COVID-19 violations and concerns

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

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 at the Conant Performing Arts Center, with COVID-19 precautions in place. Livestreaming will be available at additional locations on campus and online due to limited capacity in Conant. Please stay tuned for further event details as they become available.

J-Term and Spring 2022

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.

Flu vaccine

The COVID-19 Task Force encourages everyone to get the flu vaccine. 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

Are you confused about the difference between isolation and quarantine? Refer to this helpful infographic as a quick reference to distinguish the two terms!

COVID-19 testing fall 2021

Those who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated must participate in COVID-19 testing when requested to do so throughout the fall. Students, faculty and staff continue to be 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 Those who are unvaccinated or not yet fully vaccinated must participate in COVID-19 testing when requested to do so throughout the fall. Students, faculty and staff continue to be 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 (see testing sites listed above). 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 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. While booster shots are not required, the CDC recommends them for some individuals. View more information on booster shots from the CDC.

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.