Nov. 19: COVID Update

Message from the Core COVID Response Team:

The good news: Your care and work continue to help us keep COVID contained. 

The bad news: The flu is here and getting around. 

In the past week, 30 students have tested positive for the flu. Many of you already took the step of getting a flu shot – thank you – but we need your help. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot, please do. They are available at Student Health and Well-Being and at CVS and Harris Teeter. Please boost your safety steps that were helping prevent COVID and, now, will pull double duty and help fend off the flu. 

  • Wear your mask.
  • Wash your hands – a lot. 
  • Use sanitizer. 
  • Keep distance from others. 

Thank you for continuing to protect each other. 

COVID Cases

We have two active cases among students. 

Vaccinations

Employees remain at 98.5 percent vaccinated. Students remain at 99 percent. 

Boosters

Booster shots now are readily available at many retail outlets, including the CVS on Main Street. We encourage everyone to get a booster shot, and students and employees all are eligible. 

This webpage from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services synopsizes your options of what shot to get and includes a search function for finding a provider. 

Tests

We continue to test the same group of exempt students. Testing is available to all students seven days a week. Students need to contact Student Health and Well-Being between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to arrange a test. On weekends, students should go to the Tomlinson conference room between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Symptom Tracker

We have heard from employees who are weary of using the symptom tracker, and want you to know that it is still helping us stop the spread of COVID on our campus. Employees who thought they were fine (“it’s just a cold, it’s just allergy, it’s just sinuses”) but stayed off campus and got tested because of a symptom tracker response have found they were positive for COVID. We’ve limited a lot of spread with the symptom tracker this semester, and that’s still the case now. We know of 20 (mostly breakthrough) cases among employees including four positives in a recent four-day period. The symptom tracker is still serving an important role, and we appreciate your patience and diligence in using it each day you will be on campus. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Nov. 12: COVID Update

Message from the Core COVID Response Team:

The two critical pieces of keeping COVID in check on campus this semester have been vaccinations and masks. Thank you! We know that masks protect those around us by preventing spread of the virus. Mecklenburg County is approaching the statistical criteria that county commissioners set for lifting the county’s mask mandate. We will keep the existing campus mask mandate in place through the end of the semester, given that many in our community are expected to travel over Thanksgiving before returning to campus. In January, we will examine the circumstances and determine guidelines for the spring semester.

Booster shots now are readily available at many retail outlets, including the CVS on Main Street. We encourage everyone to get a booster shot, and students and employees all are eligible. 

This webpage from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services synopsizes your options of what shot to get and includes a search function for finding a provider. 

Federal and state health officials have advised that you can receive any brand of booster shot, but they also suggest that those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may receive a greater benefit from a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot. 

If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. 

Cases

We have zero active cases among students. 

Vaccinations

Employees remain at 98.5 percent vaccinated. Students remain at 99 percent. 

Tests

We continue to test the same group of exempt students. Testing is available to all students seven days a week. Students need to contact Student Health and Well-Being between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to arrange a test. On weekends, students should go to the Tomlinson conference room between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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Nov. 5: COVID Update

Message from the Core COVID Response Team:

Beginning last spring, you did an amazing job of getting vaccinated against COVID-19, of protecting others in the community. As you know, booster shots are available, and federal health officials have emphasized that immunity from your original vaccination diminishes over time and that booster shots are important for continued protection against the virus. 

We encourage all of you please to get a booster shot.

This webpage from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services explains who is eligible, synopsizes your options of what shot to get and includes a search function for finding a provider. 

For students, you are eligible because you reside in a place where many people live together.

Employees are eligible because you are in a profession in which you come in contact with a lot of people. 

Federal and state health officials have advised that you can receive any brand of booster shot, but they also suggest that those who received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine may receive a greater benefit from a Pfizer or Moderna booster shot. 

Please take this step to continue protecting each other.

If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. 

Cases

We have three active cases among students. 

Vaccinations

Employees are at 98.5 percent vaccinated. Students remain at 99 percent. 

Tests

We continue to test the same group of exempt students. Testing is available to all students seven days a week. Students need to contact Student Health and Well-Being between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, to arrange a test. On weekends, students should go to the Tomlinson conference room between 10 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

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