Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: April 26, 2021

Published:
April 26, 2021

Dear Grinnellians,

SHAW cares deeply about your health and the health of our community. We are proud of the commitment our students, faculty, and staff are making every day to prevent transmission.

Campus leaders request supervisors and faculty to accommodate appointments and immune response time off. Employees may remain clocked in for vaccine appointments and utilize their COVID time-off for missed days due to immune response. Please see below for important information about our second dose vaccine clinic this Thursday.

Testing Clinic Results

Results for the week of April 19, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

566

566

0

0%

0

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

316

316

0

0%

0

Total for 2021 (since January 4, 2021)

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

916

900

16

1.75%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

497

479

18

3.62%

2

*The State’s testing program does not report results to the College. The number in this column reflects reports by students, faculty or staff to SHAW and is not included in the positivity rate of the on-campus testing clinic.

For the week of April 19, 2021, 566 unique students were tested with 566 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 316 faculty and staff were tested with 316 being negative and 0 being positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday and Thursday.

For 2021, 916 unique students have been tested; 900 were negative and 16 were positive, yielding a 1.75% positivity rate. A total of 497 unique faculty and staff were tested; 479 were negative and 18 were positive, resulting in a 3.62% positivity rate.

Second Dose COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic on April 29

Grinnell College is hosting a second dose COVID-19 vaccine clinic for individuals who got their initial vaccination at the first campus clinic. Individuals will be asked to present their vaccine cards from the first clinic at the check-in table.

  • Who: Only those who got their first dose at the April 7 or 8 campus vaccine clinic. If you forwarded information to off-campus contacts who then attended the first vaccine clinic, forward this information to them so they can register for their second dose.
  • When: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29
  • Where: Darby Gymnasium in the Bear Athletic Center

At the clinic, wear a mask and clothing that will allow your upper arm to be exposed.

When fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second dose), the CDC recommends you should continue taking precautions in public places, such as wearing a mask, staying six feet apart, and avoiding crowded and poorly ventilated spaces.

If you have questions, contact SHAW or call 641-269-3230.

Helpful Information to Consider Before Your Second Dose of Vaccine

Prior to Your Vaccination Appointment

  • We encourage you to stay well hydrated and nourish your body prior to your vaccine appointment.
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing with easy access to your upper arm for vaccination.
  • Remember: Don’t forget to bring your COVID vaccine card along with you for the on-campus vaccine clinic being held on April 29, as this will be needed at check-in.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) does not recommend taking over-the-counter medications or antihistamines prior to receiving the COVID vaccination.

After the Vaccination

  • The CDC recommends that people talk to their doctors about taking over-the-counter medicines like ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines for any pain and discomfort after getting vaccinated.
  • For students: communicate with your professors if you experience side-effects that keep you from attending classes or other academic obligations. For those with campus jobs, let your supervisor know if you are not able to work.

Good to Know

  • According to the CDC, pain, redness and swelling are all common immune responses (also referred to as side effects) on the arm where you got the shot. Throughout the rest of your body, you may also experience fatigue, headache, muscle pain, chills, fever, and nausea.
  • Remember, immune responses after your second shot may be more intense than the ones you experienced after your first shot. These immune responses are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a day or two.
  • The CDC recommends applying a clean, cool, wet washcloth over the area where you got the shot. The CDC also suggests using or exercising your arm. To reduce comfort from fever, drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.
  • Visit the CDC site for more information about immune responses and helpful tips.

A Message From Dining

Should you feel ill after your second COVID vaccination, please contact SHAW on Thursday or Friday, or the on-call Dean (Megan Baldree) or the on-call RLC (Abby Meert) on the weekend.

SHAW, on-call Dean or on-call RLC will send your name, residence hall, room number, and meal preference/medical diet information to Dining Services (dietary information necessary should Dining package meal, see below). Please try and contact one of the above when you become ill as after 10:30 a.m. or 4 p.m. special arrangements will be necessary for lunch or dinner, respectively, for your first meal.

Please have a friend come to the Marketplace to pick up your meal for you. Your friend will need to know what food options you desire unless you have indicated a medical diet in which Dining will prepackage your meal for you. You can find meal options by clicking on this link to NetNutrition.

Your friend will need to notify the cashier that they are picking up the meal for you by giving the cashier your name. The cashier will identify your name on the list provided by SHAW, Dean, or RLC, and will also ask for your friend’s name so that meal pickup can be verified. The meal will be charged to your account the next business day.

If your friend is on a meal plan, they can swipe their card for a meal for themselves and talk to the cashier about your meal at the same time. This will allow your friend to pick up both meals without having to make two passes through the line. If your friend does not have a meal plan, the cashier will call a supervisor and the supervisor will learn of the food options you have chosen, will package and bring your meal to the front of the marketplace and give it to your friend.

Should 160 or more students require this service, the Marketplace will change to another mode of meal delivery, packaging meals for all students and delivering meals to the first-floor lounges of each residence hall. You would pick up the meal bag with your room number on it from your first-floor lounge. Should this meal service method be necessary to implement, Dining will send a notice to all students.

Taking Time off from Work to Get Vaccinated or as a Result of Side Effects

Campus leaders support your choice to be vaccinated and empower supervisors to provide flexibility in scheduling to accommodate appointments. Employees may also utilize their COVID time-off allocation for vaccine appointments or for missed days due to side effects. To better understand how many members of our community are vaccinated and to inform campus safety practices we now have a voluntary, confidential vaccination reporting form. Those who have begun the vaccination process may access the reporting form here. You do not have to have completed your vaccine series to report. Those who wish to do so may remain anonymous when reporting their vaccine status. The information collected in this form will be used, on aggregate, to help inform any changes in safety practices on campus and to better understand potential risk of viral spread in our population.

Testing Clinic Information

  • Due to the Vaccine Clinic on Thursday, April 29, testing will occur on Monday as usual and Tuesday (for those who normally are tested on Thursdays).
  • Enter through the south door of the natatorium.
  • The type of test used is anterior nasal swabs. This is the shallow nasal swab and is not the painful posterior nasal swab. It is an RT-PCR test.
  • Results received within 24-48 hours post collection.
  • Results can be accessed through your portal. Anyone with a positive or inconclusive test result will be contacted by a member of SHAW to discuss next steps.
  • If you are symptomatic or have been exposed, you will continue to be tested in the outside location.

Grinnell has made tests available to students, staff, and faculty who are not already in the testing pool. To make an appointment, call SHAW at 641-269-3230 and watch for an e-mail confirming your testing time. If you have been identified as being exposed to COVID-19 or if you have symptoms of COVID-19, call SHAW at 641-269-3230 prior to your testing appointment to receive further directions for testing. The turnaround time for results is typically 24–48 hours for tests administered Monday through Thursday.

The Test Iowa Higher Education site is located at the Grinnell Public Health building and is available to Grinnell College faculty, staff, students, and members of their direct households for COVID-19 testing appointments.

To Schedule an Appointment

Complete the online higher-education TestIowa assessment. At the end of the assessment, select Grinnell College from the list of schools, select the Public Health/Unity Point clinic option, then click the red arrow button to receive your QR code. Call 641-236-2385 to schedule your appointment. Note: Do not use the general TestIowa assessment, as Grinnell College will not appear in the list of sites.

A Message From SHAW

The SHAW Testing Clinic team would like to ask all those using the Testing Clinic to please be conscious of the safety of the Testing Team. Before going to your appointment, please answer the following:

  • Do you have any flu-like symptoms or are you feeling ill?
  • Have you been exposed to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19? If you have any questions regarding possible exposure, please call SHAW at 641-269-3230.

If you answer yes to either of these questions:

  • Please do not enter the testing clinic and increase exposure risk to all inside.
  • Call SHAW at 641-269-3230 to set up an OUTSIDE appointment.

Concerned About Those Who Increase Risk Due to Non-Compliance?

Most members of our community do a terrific job of following public health guidelines, but occasionally, some may put the community at risk due to non-compliance. As a reminder, Grinnell College urges you to utilize EthicsPoint to anonymously report observed PPE or other public health policy non-compliance issues. This information will help us understand how to better support our campus community with ongoing education and outreach opportunities.

To Your Health,

Terry

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

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