Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Feb. 8, 2021

Published:
February 09, 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. Please continue to practice pandemic precautions. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe!

Critical Alert!

The Center for Disease Control has confirmed three different variants of COVID-19 have been found in the United States. These strains include B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1 and can spread more easily than the original strain of COVID-19. It is imperative that we all follow Center for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines and Grinnell College pandemic precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and its variants.

The CDC Shares Three Important Ways to Slow the Spread

  • Wear a mask to protect yourself and others and stop the spread of COVID-19 and variants. Here at Grinnell, we ask that our students, faculty and staff wear a shield in addition to a mask when out in public for extra protection.
  • Stay at least 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) from others who don’t live with you.
  • Avoid crowds. The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

Testing Clinic Results

Results for the week of Feb. 1–5, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
with Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites*

599

596

3

0.50%

0

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites*

330

330

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*

638

627

11

1.72%

0

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites*

427

417 **

10

2.34%

1

*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 Feb. 1, 2021, 599 unique students were tested with 596 being negative and 3 positive resulting in a 0.50% positivity rate. A total of 330 faculty and staff were tested with 330 being negative and 0 being positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday through Wednesday.

For 2021, 638 unique students have been tested; 627 were negative and 11 were positive, yielding a 1.72% positivity rate. A total of 427 unique faculty and staff were tested; 417** were negative and 10 were positive, resulting in a 2.34% positivity rate.

Two Ways to be Tested for COVID-19

On Campus Testing Clinic

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 to ensure safety and well-being of our testing clinic staff.

Test Iowa Higher Education Site

The test site is located at the Grinnell Public Health building and is available to Grinnell College faculty, staff, students, and members of their direct households.

To schedule an appointment:

  • Complete the online higher-education TestIowa assessment to receive a unique test QR code. At the end of the assessment, select Grinnell College from the list of schools.
  • Then call (641) 236-2385 to schedule a test 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

** The total number of unique faculty/staff testing negative since Jan. 4 was listed as 401 in the original message. It was 417. The chart and text on this page have been updated to reflect this.

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