Health and Wellness Update: April 4, 2022

Published:
April 04, 2022

On-Campus COVID-19 Updates

Number of
positive cases
from 3/27 - 4/2
Number of
positive cases
from 3/1 - 4/4
Total number of
on-campus positive cases
since Jan. 1, 2022
Self-reported
positive tests
while away from Grinnell
from Jan. 1, 2022
Number of students in
isolation* or

quarantine**

4

64

136

81

4

These numbers are up-to-date as of 9 a.m. 4/4. The dashboard numbers may be delayed by a few hours.

*Isolation separates sick people with a contagious disease from people who are not sick.

**Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of unvaccinated or under-vaccinated people who were exposed to a contagious disease to see if they become sick.

On-Campus Influenza and Strep Updates

Total number of  on-campus Influenza
(A or B) positive cases from 3/1-4/4

Total number of on-campus positive
Strep cases from 3/1-4/4

43 

38 

These numbers are up-to-date as of 9 a.m. 4/4/22.

COVID-19 Testing Process After Spring Break

The College is not requiring COVID-19 testing for all students after spring break but we continue to encourage anyone with known exposures or those experiencing symptoms to utilize the available testing options.

Test Iowa PCR Tests

The Test Iowa home PCR kit pick-up and drop-off is the best option to use 3–5 days after a known or suspected exposure.  Our courier transports kits to the State Hygienic Lab in Coralville daily. This service greatly reduces the turnaround time for test results and makes PCR tests a more convenient and timely option for our campus community. The secure drop box is available at the Rosenfield Center Information Desk. 

To pick up a kit from the College for yourself or members of your household:

  • Staff: Contact HR (641-269-4818)
  • Faculty: Contact the Dean’s office (641-269-3100)
  • Students: Visit Student Affairs, third floor Rosenfield Center (JRC), Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. or Campus Safety (641-269-4600) after hours and on weekends

SHAW Walk-In Clinic

Students experiencing mild symptoms can visit the SHAW walk-in clinic Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Those with more severe symptoms should contact SHAW 641-269-3230 to schedule an appointment. After hours contact Campus Safety.

Illness Prevention Tips

Masking is a highly effective way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 influenza, strep throat, and other illnesses. The College continues to make available high quality KN95 masks to those who want to wear them.

Another important way to mitigate the spread of viruses is to washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

COVID Resources

Need to Talk?

  • SHAW offers a 24/7 counseling hotline for Grinnell College students to have immediate access to counseling services. Call 641-269-4404.
  • Counseling services are available through the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) (Employee and Family Resources) for faculty and staff by phone at 800-327-4692 or TTY: 877-542-6488.

To your health,

Terry W. Mason, Ph.D.
Dean for Health and Wellness

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