COVID-19 Update: 12/9/21

The latest update from the COVID-19 Task Force:

As the fall semester ends, we wish everyone well on final exams and thank you for your commitment to our COVID-19 policies. Let’s finish the semester strong!

As another break approaches, please continue to observe recommended public health guidelines, especially when traveling this holiday season. There are several testing sites nearby for anyone seeking a COVID-19 test prior to leaving campus at the conclusion of the semester (listed below).

Please be aware of the latest news regarding COVID-19, as well as the risks surrounding the new Omicron variant. Review the following resources from the Centers for Disease Control as you prepare for the holidays.

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 channels and may result in disciplinary action.

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 known active cases of COVID-19 among the Oglethorpe community. View the latest on the COVID-19 dashboard.

COVID-19 booster

The CDC recommends a booster shot for anyone over the age of 18. Additionally, the COVID-19 Task Force encourages everyone to get a booster prior to the holiday season, which should offer improved protection against COVID-19 and its variants.  View details surrounding booster shots, and a list of vaccination sites below.

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 continues to monitor local COVID-19 activity to inform planning, and will reconvene in January to determine policies for the spring 2022 semester.

COVID-19 vaccination sites

The COVID-19 vaccine continues to be widely available for those not yet vaccinated or those seeking a booster shot.

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.

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. Students who reside on campus and test positive before returning and are unable to isolate at the location where they spent the holiday should report their case to healthinfo@oglethorpe.edu as described above. You will then be instructed on next steps regarding isolating on campus.

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!

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.

Fall 2021 COVID-19 vaccine policy

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

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