Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: May 17, 2021

Published:
May 17, 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 10, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

471

471

0

0%

0

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

239

239

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
*

919

902

17

1.85%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test Sites
*

522

504

18

3.45%

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 10, 2021, 471 unique students were tested with 471 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 239 faculty and staff were tested with 239 being negative and 0 being positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday and Thursday.

For 2021, 919 unique students have been tested; 902 were negative and 17 were positive, yielding a 1.85% positivity rate. A total of 522 unique faculty and staff were tested; 504 were negative and 18 were positive, resulting in a 3.45% positivity rate.

Vaccine and Immunization Progress Tracker (As of 5/17/2021)

  • 447 faculty and staff have reported that they are vaccinated, this represents approximately 51% of employees. Additionally, 480 students have reported being vaccinated.
  • 8,315 people in our county have had at least 1 vaccine (6950 completed 2 dose series, another 308 had a single dose series). This represents about 45% of our total county population, and about 56% of all adults in the county.
  • The immunity projection is updated once weekly and 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.

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

Testing Clinic

  • Testing is held on Mondays and Thursdays.
  • The entrance is 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.
  • This is a 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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