Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: June 1, 2021

Published:
June 01, 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. 

Testing Clinic Results

Results for the week of May 24, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

136

136

0

0%

0

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

133

132

1

0.75%

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
*

930

913

17

1.82%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

524

505

19

3.63%

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 May 24, 2021, 136 unique students were tested with 136 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 133 faculty and staff were tested with 132 being negative and 1 being positive resulting in a 0.75% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday and Thursday.

For 2021, 930 unique students have been tested; 913 were negative and 17 were positive, yielding a 1.82% positivity rate. A total of 524 unique faculty and staff were tested; 505 were negative and 19 were positive, resulting in a 3.63% positivity rate.

Vaccine and Immunization Progress Tracker (As of 6/1/2021)

  • 486 employees have reported that they are vaccinated. This is about 55% of employees.
  • 531 students have reported that they are vaccinated.
  • Approximately 47% of the county has been vaccinated.

The immunity projection is typically updated once weekly but is still reporting approximately 63% of Iowa as having some degree of immunity (by virtue of vaccination or past infection). The overall immunity rate for the United States is projected at 65% currently.

Shifting COVID-19 Related Protocols on Campus

COVID-19 public health conditions as tracked on our COVID-19 Dashboard continue to improve across our county and state, which has led us to make the decision to modify some of the public health measures we have had in place throughout the pandemic, effective June 2, 2021. This shift does not modify existing return to workplace plans, only our on-campus precautions.

Activity Changes

  • Masks are still required indoors. You do not need to wear a mask when outdoors.
  • Students who are living together do not need to wear masks in their home, with their housemates.
  • Meetings may occur indoors.
  • Dining with others outside is now an option.  
  • Visitors remain by appointment only and must be coordinated by a host at the College.

Changes in Testing

Beginning June 2, the College will no longer require COVID-19 tests on a regular basis (surveillance testing). Onboarding for summer students who are not vaccinated will still require 2 negative tests. Students who are symptomatic may obtain appropriate testing and medical attention via SHAW. Employees may obtain a test and medical attention through their regular care provider. Additionally, testing is available through HyVee and at-home rapid antigen tests are available through retailers such as Walmart.

How to Make Appointments to Get the Vaccine

You can use the Iowa COVID-19 Vaccine Spotter site to quickly find pharmacies that offer appointments for the vaccine. Hy-Vee has been administering vaccines at their pharmacies. Click on the following to sign up online for an appointment at a HyVee.

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 Mason

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