Student walks through central campus during springtime

COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Meeting the Challenge

In what will forever be a defining moment in each of our lives, Grinnellians rose to meet unprecedented challenges and changes together. It is now time to shift our focus to what is next.

Grinnell’s leadership, faculty, and staff are committed to providing the very best Grinnell educational opportunities possible for our students. Decisions about the coming academic year will require the creativity, compassion, and consideration for community that are the hallmarks of Grinnell College.

Current Campus Operations Status

At this time, the remote work requirements (with only critical operations on campus) and College restrictions and advisories for domestic and international travel remain in place until further notice.

PPE Requirements for Campus

All College faculty, staff, and student employees are required to wear face coverings (mask and face shield) when working around others or in shared workspaces on campus. Additional PPE may be required by individual departments based on specific work activities.

Testing Clinic Results for the Week of Nov. 16–20, 2020

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
319 319 0 0% 0

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
254 252 2 0.79% 1

Total Since Testing Began (Aug. 24, 2020)

Number of Unique
Students Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
387 382 5 1.29% 1

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
303 285 18 5.94% 6

*The State’s testing program does not report results to the college. The number in this column reflects reports by students, faculty, or staff to SHAW and is not included in the positivity rate of the on-campus testing clinic.

Photo of COVID-19 virus under microscope, public image from CDC

Interactive Tools

See the latest COVID-19 data for Iowa and the Grinnell area or use an interactive risk calculator to help you determine how risky various activities and their combination of factors might be.

Latest Updates

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 23

For the week of Nov. 16, 2020, 319 unique students were tested with 319 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 254 faculty and staff were tested with 252 being negative and 2 positives resulting in a 0.79% positivity rate.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 16

For the week of Nov. 9, 2020, 316 unique students were tested with 316 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 243 faculty and staff were tested with 240 being negative and 3 positives resulting in a 1.23% positivity rate.

Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 9

For the week of Nov. 2, 2020, 315 unique students were tested with 312 being negative and 3 positive resulting in a 0.95% positivity rate. A total of 242 faculty and staff were tested with 239 being negative and 3 positive resulting in a 1.24% positivity rate.
COVID-19: Meeting the Challenge

Building Resilience and Virtual Community

Grinnell College President Anne Harris describes the unique opportunities that the 2020-21 academic year could offer students who actively engage in this historic moment.

Still image from web conference, Schvalla Rivera

The On-Campus Grinnell Experience: Living and Learning in a Low Density Community

Online panel about the on-campus student experience during the first term of fall 2020, recorded July 23, 2020

Still image from web conference, Anne Harris

The Online Grinnell Experience: Living and Learning in a Virtual Community

Online panel about the remote-learning student experience during the first term of fall 2020, recorded July 23, 2020

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