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Information for Students and Families

What You Need to Know

Walk-In Testing Through SHAW Is Available for Students

There are many factors to consider when determining when a COVID test through SHAW may be warranted so please refer to these guidelines before deciding to test:

  • Please use this calculator to determine the appropriate use of testing and the probability of false positives in vaccinated populations with low prevalence of the virus. Example: selecting Poweshiek County, vaccinated, exposure of public transportation, no symptoms, and an antigen test shows that 2 will have incorrectly tested positive. 98 would have correctly tested negative.
  • Students experiencing minor symptoms — such as a runny nose, mild sore throat for longer than a day, and slight cough — can use the SHAW Walk-In COVID Testing Clinic.
  • Students experiencing more significant symptoms — such as fever greater than 100°F, a sore throat that makes it hard to swallow, heavy cough, or loss of taste, or smell — should schedule an appointment with a SHAW nurse immediately. These symptoms may require additional tests and support that the walk-in clinic does not provide.
  • Students with confirmed exposure to a positive case — 15 minutes or more cumulatively in 24 hours at less than 6 feet while unmasked — should contact SHAW for more guidance on follow-up testing.

COVID Testing During Winter Break

SHAW will continue to offer walk-in rapid antigen COVID-19 testing over winter break from 12-1 p.m. for those that are mildly symptomatic. Those that have more severe symptoms should schedule an appointment with a SHAW nurse.

Other testing options include:

COVID-19 Boosters

The CDC has recently updated guidance to permit anyone 16 or older to get a COVID-19 booster shot. Grinnell College will require a COVID-19 booster for all faculty and staff, and students enrolled for spring 2022 to help meet the latest challenge that COVID-19 and its variants pose to our campus community.

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Latest COVID-19 Updates

Action Required: Preparations for Spring 2022

In our transition from a very full fall semester to a most welcome winter break, I write with preparations for our spring semester. I do so with tremendous thanks and admiration for our campus community’s efforts and resolve this fall; they stood us in good stead and can continue to support community health and well-being at Grinnell.

Health and Wellness Update: Dec. 13, 2021

Finals week can be a stressful time for many. We want you to know that there are a number of resources for you if you need support. Need to Talk? SHAW has expanded its mental health services to now offer a 24/7 counseling hotline for Grinnell College students.

Health and Wellness Update: Dec. 7, 2021

As a community and as individuals we need to support our well-being. SHAW is a partner in your well-being and we encourage you to reach out to us. This newsletter includes a list…

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