Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Jan. 19

January 19, 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. We are heartened by the compassion and support that members of this community give each other. Positivity rates locally and regionally continue to be high; please continue to practice pandemic precautions.Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe!

Testing Clinic Results for the Week of Jan. 11-15, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
85 85 0 0% 0

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
273 272 1 0.37% 0

Total for 2021 (Since Jan. 4, 2021)

Number of Unique
Students Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
93 92 1 1.08% 0

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
273 265 8 2.93% 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 Jan. 11, 2021, 85 unique students were tested with 85 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 273 faculty and staff were tested with 272 being negative and 1 positive resulting in a 0.37% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday and Wednesday.

For 2021, 93 unique students have been tested; 92 were negative and 1 was positive, yielding a 1.08% positivity rate. A total of 273 unique faculty and staff were tested; 265 were negative and 8 were positive, resulting in a 2.93% positivity rate.

On-Campus Testing Compared to Test Iowa Higher Education Site

On-Campus COVID-19 Testing 

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

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