Health and Wellness Update, Oct. 4, 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. We have listed a set of resources to help support you through this revitalized weekly newsletter.
Be Well at Grinnell
Featuring topics related to the pandemic, mental health, nutrition, physical health, exercise and movement, and community to support your overall wellbeing.
What’s Good for COVID Prevention Is Good for Flu Prevention
As we head into the season of crisp leaves and campfires, we’re also headed into what is typically flu season in the Midwest. Last year, the rates of flu infection, hospitalizations, and deaths were significantly lower in Iowa than in years past. Why? Because the same layered protections we use to prevent COVID-19 also protect against the flu, as they are both contagious respiratory diseases.
Behaviors that are critical in preventing both COVID-19 and the flu:
- Vaccination - Getting your flu vaccine is important to prevent infection and/or severe disease. Like with COVID, getting vaccinated will also help protect the vulnerable people in your life and lessen the likelihood of getting sick.
- Staying home when you are ill - It is very important to stay away from others when ill and many supervisors, faculty, and coaches are better able to support this critical public health strategy.
- Cover your cough/sneeze - This is important for flu prevention as well, as flu droplets can spread far on the strength of one cough or sneeze!
- Wash your hands - For at least 20 sec. in warm water with lots of friction. This helps prevent the spread of all kinds of illnesses and should remain a priority even when the flu season is over, and the pandemic subsides.
- Wear a well-fitted mask - While this is a COVID-specific measure on our campus, proper mask-wearing has been credited with significantly limiting the spread of the flu last winter.
On-Campus Flu Vaccine Clinics
Additional information about the on-campus flu clinics and FAQs.
- Student Clinic - (Students are required to get a flu vaccine)
- Tuesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101
- Registration has closed through the Hy-Vee link for the student clinic.
- Students can also obtain a flu shot from a doctor’s office, pharmacy, or other flu clinics and can then upload documentation of the vaccination into the student health portal.
- Employee Clinic (recommended)
- Tuesday, Oct. 12. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rosenfield Center, Room 101
- Registration for employees closes Saturday, Oct. 9.
On-Campus COVID-19 Updates
Voluntary Reporting of Positives
If you are utilizing a COVID testing service that is not through SHAW (i.e. urgent care, Test Iowa, or over the counter) and test positive we encourage you to self-report so the College can better monitor cases on campus.
To Report a Positive Test Result
- Students call SHAW: 641-269-3230
- Staff contact Human Resources: 641-269-4818 or email@example.com
- Faculty contact Office of the Dean of the College: 641-269-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Test Iowa Home PCR Kit Testing Option
- The College is a Test Iowa home PCR kit pick-up site for our students, employees, preschool families, and household members. For more information, view the full Test Iowa Home PRC Kit message.
- Activity Level Blue allows for a wide range of activities and events while staying within current public health guidelines. Submit event proposals for larger events (40 or more), events that include off-campus participants, and events involving food; they are then reviewed by the Proposal Review Committee.
COVID Protocols for Faculty, Staff, and Students
- Faculty and staff guidance and protocols for employees who test positive for COVID, who have been exposed to a person who has tested positive, or who have a household member who has tested positive.
- Protocol for faculty and staff who are experiencing COVID symptoms
- Student guidance and protocols for students who are experiencing COVID symptoms or believe they have been exposed to COVID.
In the News | Resources
- The Grinnell College COVID-19 Dashboard is now being updated regularly.
- This Test calculator can help us to better understand what test results mean in a number of different situations.
- Pfizer and BioNTech Submit Data Backing Vaccine for Children ages 5 to 11 - NYT
Need to Talk?
- SHAW has expanded its mental health services to now offer 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