April 14: Weekly COVID Update

The Situation

One positive test since March 25. Thank you! Keep it up! 

112 students have submitted their vaccination information through the student health portal and are fully vaccinated, which will exempt them from weekly testing once they receive a confirmation message from the testing team. 

935 students have registered as having started the vaccination process, meaning they got the first of two shots. 

400 employees have reported that they are fully vaccinated.

The Vaccine

We emailed information on Monday regarding the federal government’s pause in using the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. If you have questions, please contact the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. These articles in Axios and The New York Times also offer some helpful context.

The Campus

Some of you have asked whether we can resume parties at Armfield as more students get vaccinated. 

Parties and outdoor consumption areas remain prohibited. Here’s why: The biggest risk factors for infection are the number of people with whom you come in contact, the duration of that contact and your proximity to them. Parties mean lots of people, longer conversations and less distance because you’re talking over the music. 

What we are doing: 

  • Weekly food trucks and events
  • Live Thursday has returned and actually is live and in person
  • Battle of the Bands
  • Trivia
  • Cardio Dance block party
  • Basketball courts and volleyball nets reopened
  • PCC Week
  • Semi-formals for organizations (outdoors, no more than 50 people, no alcohol)
  • Senior class party
  • Commencement will be on campus

Here's a link to other FAQs about testing, vaccines and the fall semester.

Thank you for the masks, the distance, the handwashing, staying on campus over the mini-breaks and everything else you are doing to protect and support each other. 

Core COVID Response Team

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April 13: Johnson & Johnson COVID Vaccine

Message to Davidson Students, Faculty and Staff: 

You likely have seen news reports today regarding the decision by the Food & Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, which was the vaccine administered at both of the vaccine clinics held on campus and has been used by other providers.

This action is the result of six cases of blood clots out of nearly 7 million administered doses. 

The joint statement by the agencies said that the cases appear to be “extremely rare” and that they are taking this step out of an abundance of caution and partly to ensure that health care providers are aware of the potential for these cases and how to handle them.  

Anyone who has received the J&J vaccine who develops severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider or the Center for Student Health & Well-Being. If you have questions, you can contact the Center for Student Health & Well-Being.  

Core COVID Response Team

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April 7: Weekly COVID Update

The Situation

One active case on campus. Thank you. Please keep at it. Masks and all of other safety precautions are what is keeping the virus in check. 

The Testing

Testing continues. Please show up for your assigned days, even if you received a shot. Students are expected to continue testing until they are fully vaccinated and receive an official exemption notification from the testing team.

Fully vaccinated is defined as beginning two weeks following the final dose of a vaccine. Submit your documentation of vaccination to the Student Health Portal. This step is required in order to receive an exemption from testing once you meet the definition of being fully vaccinated.

The Masks

Keep wearing them. Keep social distancing. Keep washing your hands. Here’s what the CDC says:

We’re still learning how vaccines will affect the spread of COVID-19. After you’ve been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, you should keep taking precautions—like wearing a mask, staying 6 feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces—in public places until we know more.

Stay safe,

Core COVID Response Team

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