Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Oct. 12

October 12, 2020

Dear Grinnellians,

Welcome to the Weekly Testing Clinic Update. 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. At the request of several members of our campus community, the results have been categorized by students and by faculty/staff. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe!

Results for the Week of Oct. 5 - 9, 2020

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
323 323 0 0% 0

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
204 204 0 0% 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*
345 344 1 0.29% 1

 

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
with Conclusive Results
Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
Sites*
237 232 5 2011% 3

*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 Oct. 5, 2020, 323 unique students were tested with 323 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 204 faculty and staff were tested with 204 being negative and 0 positive also resulting in a 0% positivity rate.

Since the inception of the testing clinic on Aug. 24, 345 unique students have been tested; 344 were negative and 1 was positive, yielding a 0.29% positivity rate. A total of 237 unique faculty and staff were tested; 232 were negative and 5 were positive, resulting in a 2.11% positivity rate.

Recommitting to Physical Distancing: Environmental Approaches

As the weather changes, it can be easy to slide into old habits, as many of us may still be adjusting to daily COVID-19 precautions as we return to seasonal activities.

Physical distancing of at least six feet still remains a primary strategy in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The most common transmission route is through droplets, and the CDC renewed its emphasis on the importance of current strategies. Specifically, “social distancing, use of masks in the community, hand hygiene, and surface cleaning and disinfection, ventilation and avoidance of crowded indoor spaces are especially relevant for enclosed spaces.”  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/more/scientific-brief-sars-cov-2.html 

We naturally to want to move closer to those with whom we are speaking and sharing, and it can be difficult to resist this as we find ourselves deep in conversation. So much about adjusting to COVID-19 can be challenging, so do what you can to make the safer choice the easier choice.

  • Continue to meet outdoors whenever possible and avoid crowded indoor spaces which make appropriate physical distancing more difficult.
  • If you are having friends over for a physically distanced (preferably outdoor) gathering, pre-arrange any furniture to be at least six feet apart—this will help serve as a visual cue for your guests.
  • Move any small indoor gathering to as large a space as possible to allow for easy physical distancing.
  • When meeting someone for a walk, choose routes with broad sidewalks so it is easier to keep space between you and your companion.
  • When sitting with others in a space such as bleachers, place your belongings next to you on the bleachers to create a physical cue so that you and a neighbor don’t unintentionally creep closer to hear one another in a noisy space. The same can be done outdoors on the sidelines of a game.
  • Please avoid moving furniture in residence hall lounges and other campus spaces if it has been specifically set up to encourage physical distancing.
  • Pay attention to visual cues on the floor in places where there may commonly be lines (e.g. dining hall, COVID-19 testing) that are set at least six feet apart.

And remember, even as we stay physically distanced, we can find ways to stay mindfully close!

Grinnell Health Heroes

Each week, we will recognize those students, faculty, and staff who exemplify outstanding health-related behaviors that help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our campus community. The following person is honored as this week’s Grinnell Health Hero:

Vanessa Preast

Vanessa was nominated as a Health Hero for coordinating a talented and enthusiastic group of individuals to make and donate masks for the local hospital and healthcare workers. When those needs were met, she helped shift the group’s focus to other vulnerable individuals within the Grinnell community. The group shared patterns, supplies and had weekly chats about their progress. Her nominator states, “She really stepped up to make something happen early on and has sustained the effort ever since.” Vanessa, ever humble, wanted to give credit to the entire sewing team both in the College as well as the Grinnell community for the hundreds of made and distributed masks.

President Harris commented, “Many, many thanks, Vanessa, for creating community and support for community. You started this work at the very beginning of the pandemic and gave momentum and hope to community work – thank you!”

In the spirit of the season, Vanessa is pictured in her Halloween costume from years past.

How to Nominate Grinnell Health Heroes

To nominate someone to be a Grinnell Health Hero, complete the Health Hero survey.

For more updates from SHAW, follow us on Instagram @grinnellcollegeshaw.

To Your Health,

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

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