Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Feb. 22, 2021

Published:
February 22, 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. Please continue to practice pandemic precautions. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe!

Testing Clinic Results

Results for the week of Feb. 15–19, 2021

Number of Unique
Students Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

580

580

0

0%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

308

308

0

0%

1

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*

664

652

12

1.81%

1

Number of Unique
Faculty/Staff Tested
With Conclusive Results

Negative

Positive

Percent Positive

Self-Reported
Positive Results From
Other Test Sites*

443

431

12

2.71%

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 Feb. 15, 2021, 580 unique students were tested with 580 being negative and 0 positive resulting in a 0% positivity rate. A total of 308 faculty and staff were tested with 308 being negative and 0 being positive also resulting in a 0% positivity rate. Testing occurred on Monday through Wednesday.

For 2021, 664 unique students have been tested; 652 were negative and 12 were positive, yielding a 1.81% positivity rate. A total of 443 unique faculty and staff were tested; 431 were negative and 12 were positive, resulting in a 2.71% positivity rate.

Fun Week at the Testing Clinic

This week, the testing clinic is having some fun! Warm beverages and sweet treats will be given out each day of testing this week (Monday-Wednesday). In addition, people are encouraged to dress up in a fun theme on their testing day. Those choosing to participate can have their picture taken and be entered to win a gift card from the college bookstore!

COVID-19 Variant Update

The Center for Disease Control has confirmed three different variants of COVID-19 have been found in the United States. These strains include B.1.1.7, B.1.351 and P.1 which can spread more easily than the original strain of COVID-19. As of Feb. 21, Iowa has 10 confirmed cases of the B.1.1.7 variant. As of yet, there hasn’t been any confirmed cases of B.1.351 and P.1. It is imperative that we all follow the Grinnell College guidelines to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and its variants:

  • practice frequent hand washing
  • maintain physical distancing
  • wear a mask and shield while on campus
  • avoid meeting indoors
  • 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.)

Two Ways to be Tested for COVID-19

On Campus Testing Clinic

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. 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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