Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Nov. 30

Published:
November 30, 2020

Dear Grinnellians,

NOTICE:  Very Important!

Even as I hope that Thanksgiving was restorative for everyone, I must underscore that the state of Iowa continues to be at a public health crisis point. The number of COVID-19 cases continues to grow with no sign of slowing down. Our hospitals are reaching capacity and more and more is being asked of our amazing health care workers. It is vital that we all exercise extra vigilance and take preventive actions recommended by the CDC to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19

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. 

SHAW cares deeply about your health and the health of our community. To this end, I write each week to provide the latest update of our COVID-19 testing clinic and health information that we hope will help all of us mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. The feedback I’ve received indicates that this information is very helpful. However, I did receive feedback that the Update is getting a bit long. In response to this feedback, I will send out two mailings each week. On Mondays, the Update will focus primarily on testing clinic results and notices or information particular to COVID-19 testing and mitigation of spread. On Thursdays, my mailing will focus on health information and tips, and the Grinnell Health Heroes. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe!

Testing Clinic Results for the Week of Nov.  23 - 25, 2020

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
295 295 0 0% 2

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
248 246 2 0.81% 1

Total Since Testing Began (Aug. 24, 2020)

Number of Unique
Students Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
387 382 5 1.29% 3

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
308 288 20 6.49% 7

*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 Nov. 23, 2020, 295 unique students were tested with 295 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 248 faculty and staff were tested with 246 being negative and 2 positives resulting in a 0.81% positivity rate. Due to this being the week of Thanksgiving, testing only occurred on Monday and Tuesday.

Since the inception of the testing clinic on Aug. 24, 387 unique students have been tested; 382 were negative and 5 were positive, yielding a 1.29% positivity rate. A total of 308 unique faculty and staff were tested; 288 were negative and 20 were positive, resulting in a 6.49% positivity rate.

Sustaining Community Health Actions

As community spread of COVID-19 continues to expand in Poweshiek County and the city of Grinnell, please exercise extra vigilance and take preventative actions to help mitigate this spread: wear a mask, keep gatherings small and do not meet indoors, maintain physical distancing, wash your hands, and stay home if you are sick. If you are a staff member, we have put in place several safety nets should you need to miss work (including additional sick leave). Please contact HR if you are ill to explore options to keep you and your household safe.

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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