Shift in COVID-19 Related Protocols on Campus Effective June 2

Published:
June 02, 2021

COVID-19 public health conditions as tracked on our COVID-19 Dashboard continue to improve across our county and state, which has led us to make the decision to modify some of the public health measures we have had in place throughout the pandemic, effective June 2, 2021. This shift does not modify existing return to workplace plans, only our on-campus precautions.

Activity Changes

  • Masks are still required indoors. You do not need to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Students who are living together do not need to wear masks in their home, with their housemates.
  • Meetings may occur indoors.
  • Dining with others outside is now an option.
  • Visitors remain by appointment only and must be coordinated by a host at the College.

Changes in Testing

Beginning June 2, the College will no longer require COVID-19 tests on a regular basis (surveillance testing). Onboarding for summer students who are not vaccinated will still require 2 negative tests. Students who are symptomatic may obtain appropriate testing and medical attention via SHAW. Employees may obtain a test and medical attention through their regular care provider. Additionally, testing is available through Hy-Vee and at-home rapid antigen tests are available through retailers such as Walmart.

Safety and Community

As we have done throughout the pandemic, we continue to respond to changing circumstances and new evidence. Scientific evidence now indicates that these changes are safe for our community. Additionally, COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, free, and provide a very high degree of protection from serious illness. We encourage you to speak with your healthcare provider if you have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The CDC has provided helpful information about returning to the workplace on their website.

Our public health team will continue to monitor and review several factors to determine campus and institutional activity levels. There may be times when increased precautions could become necessary again. If that happens you will receive an email with additional information.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email at coxheath@grinnell.edu.

Thank you,

Kaitlin Wilcox, Heather Cox, Ahon Gooptu, Nora Leahy, Elaine Marzluff, Ben Newhouse, Angela Voos, and Mattia Wells.

Activity Level Review Committee

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