Health and Wellness Update: May 16, 2022

Published:
May 16, 2022

On-Campus COVID-19 Updates

Test Iowa Courier End of Semester Updates

To accommodate the increased demand for PCR testing prior to international travel at the end of the semester, the courier schedule from Wednesday, May 18, through Wednesday, May 25, is as follows:

  • Wednesday, May 18, through Sunday, May 22, 8 a.m.
  • Monday, May 23, through Wednesday, May 25, 10 a.m.

The courier will resume the regular schedule on Thursday, May 26. There will not be a courier on Memorial Day

Number of
positive cases
from 5/8–5/15

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**

16

338

81

1

These numbers are up-to-date as of 9 a.m. 5/16. 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.


Campus cases have improved over the last week but continue to fluctuate. Masking indoors and restrictions on indoor eating remain in place while the campus is in Activity Level Modified Blue.

If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, refer to the student protocols or employee protocols for more information on testing and isolation.

Proposals for events that involve people eating together indoors should be submitted to the Proposal Review Committee for guidance on COVID protocols and assistance with developing alternate plans as needed. Proposals are not required for events that can be held indoors while masked or outdoors.

End of Semester Travel and COVID-19 Testing

As you are planning your travels this summer, remember that different airlines and destinations have different COVID-19 requirements. As a reminder, SHAW does not offer same-day PCR testing.

Students should plan their testing around the College-provided Test Iowa PCR tests. If rapid antigen tests are acceptable, these can be done at the walk-in clinic with results accessible via the portal.

Students in need of help with specific testing can contact SHAW for more information or guidance.

Testing Options

View a list of testing options for faculty, staff, and students. 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.

Free Test Iowa PCR Test Kits are available on campus. Students may pick up kits from Student Affairs or Campus Safety. Employees may pick up kits from human resources, Campus Safety, or the Dean’s office. The dropbox for completed tests is located at the Rosenfield Center information desk.

COVID Resources

To your health,

Terry W. Mason, Ph.D.

Dean for Health and Wellness

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