Health and Wellness Update: May 9, 2022

Published:
May 09, 2022

On-Campus COVID-19 Updates

Number of
positive cases
from 5/1-5/8

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**

38

323

81

9

These numbers are up-to-date as of 3 p.m. May 9, 2022. 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.

Cases on campus have begun to rise again and cases across Iowa and the nation are increasing as well. The protocols put in place under Modified Blue Activity Level have helped reduce exposures on campus but it is important to consider masking in off-campus settings. As the highly transmissible Omicron BA.2 and BA.2.12.1 variants become more prevalent in the community, masking indoors, particularly in crowded settings, can help slow the spread of the virus.

Masking remains highly effective at preventing infection. Continue to mask and stay home if you are ill. In addition to COVID-19, flu and strep throat are being reported in many Iowa communities. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, refer to the student protocols or employee protocols for more information on testing and isolation.

As the semester comes to a close, many groups are planning events involving students, faculty, and staff. 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 & COVID-19 Testing

As you are planning your return trip home, 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.

If you have had COVID-19 and need a letter of recovery, you must contact SHAW by May 16 and have documentation at SHAW of COVID history to receive this.

Testing Options

A list of testing options for faculty, staff, and students can be found at Testing. 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 at 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. The drop box for completed tests is located at the Rosenfield Center information desk.

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, Monday, May 30.

COVID Resources

Healthcare After College

Students, SHAW invites you to a workshop that will help you learn about basic health insurance info, tips on how to find a doctor, and how to advocate for yourself in health appointments. This workshop is open to all but is specifically designed for students graduating.

Thursday, May 12, 6–7 p.m.
Rosenfield Center, Room 209

To your health,

Terry W. Mason, Ph.D.

Dean for Health and Wellness

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