Shift to Modified Green Activity Level Effective Tuesday, May 31

Published:
May 27, 2022

Dear Grinnellians, 

I write today to announce a shift to Modified Green Activity Level and provide updates to activities and mask requirements. Thank you for being so vigilant in response to increased case counts on campus this spring and for helping our students successfully complete the academic year. According to the CDC, the COVID-19 Community Level for Poweshiek County has now been downgraded to low, supporting this shift to Modified Green. 

Effective Tuesday, May 31, 2022:   

PPE

Masks are now optional indoors, except in the following situations: 

  • In the SHAW Clinic and the Athletic Training Suite 
  • If experiencing COVID-19 symptoms 
  • If you have recently tested positive and are returning to campus following 5 full days of isolation (5 days of isolation + 5 days of masking). 

Masks are recommended for: 

  • People who have a known exposure* to a COVID positive individual 
  • People who are high risk 
  • Visitors to campus from areas/regions of high transmission
  • Anyone is welcome to wear a mask in any setting, and campus community members are encouraged to respect the choices of those around them. 

Masks are a highly effective option for the wearer to limit their exposures. KN95 masks are available to any campus community member that would like to continue using them. They may be picked up at the following locations: 

Students 

Student Affairs Suite JRC 3rd Floor 

Employees and Emeriti 

HSSC Support Office A1234, Noyce Support Office 1232, Burling Circulation Desk, Bear Athletic Center Equipment Room F024, Bucksbaum Support Office 162, HR and Campus Safety in Mears Cottage. 

Indoor Eating:

  • Faculty, staff, students, and visitors are welcome to eat together. Room-specific food or beverage restrictions may remain in place; please refer to posted signs. 

Meetings and Events

  • Meetings and events with faculty, staff, students, and guests may occur indoors and in person.  

  • Faculty, staff, or students planning events are no longer required to submit an event proposal for review but are welcome to do so if they are seeking guidance. 

Off-Campus College-Sponsored Events and Activities 

  • Masks are not required at College-sponsored meals or events hosted in Poweshiek County when the CDC COVID-19 Community Level is medium or low. 

  • When planning events, activities, or travel outside of Poweshiek County, faculty, staff, and students should refer to COVID-19 Community Levels at their destination before determining if masking indoors is recommended. Discretion should be used to determine if dining out or unmasked indoor activities are appropriate in areas designated as “high” risk level by the CDC. 

* Exposed/Exposure = within 6 feet or less of a confirmed positive for 15 or more minutes cumulative within a 24 hour period and both individuals are unmasked. 

Safety and Community  

Grinnell College has students, faculty, and staff who continue to be considered part of a vulnerable population by the CDC. The shift to Modified Green may impact vulnerable members of our community in different ways. Faculty, staff or students seeking an accommodation based on a disability or chronic health condition should refer to the Accessibility and Disability Resources page for more information. 

Campus community members experiencing COVID-19 symptoms should refer to the student protocols or employee protocols for more information on testing and isolation requirements.  We recommend that anyone who tests positive notify people who have an exposure*, and those on campus should follow our protocols for exposure for faculty, staff and students.     

We will continue to monitor the community level and campus cases. There may be times when increased precautions could become necessary again. If that happens you will receive an email with additional information.   We will continue the isolation guidelines for people who test positive while we assess the campus and local COVID trends. 

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out via email at covid19@grinnell.edu.  

 

Thank you,   
  
Heather Cox  

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