Weekly COVID-19 Testing Clinic Update: Sept. 8

September 08, 2020

Testing Clinic Results

Results for the week of Aug. 31 – Sept. 4, 2020

Number Received Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
444 442 2 0.45% 1

Total since testing began (Aug. 24, 2020)

Number Received Negative Positive Percent Positive Self-Reported
Positive Results
From Other Test
444 442 2 0.45% 1

For the week of Aug. 31, 2020, 444 students, faculty, and staff were tested. Testing does not occur on Fridays and did not occur on Tuesday, Sept. 1 due to capacity issues at Corteva. The number of tests administered the week of August 31 to September 4 was from three days of testing. Of the 444 tests, 442 were negative and 2 were positive, resulting in a 0.45% positivity rate. As I communicated last Thursday, one person did self-report that they had been notified of a positive test result from the Test Iowa site in Marshalltown.

Since the inception of the testing clinic on Aug. 24, 846 tests have been given; 844 were negative and 2 were positive, yielding a 0.24% positivity rate.

Change in Testing Program: Enrolled students living in Grinnell now included in testing program

We will now be offering weekly COVID-19 testing for all enrolled students who currently live in Grinnell. A student who is enrolled in the testing program whether they were approved to live off campus or not will now be eligible to live on campus this academic year appointed during their invited term; this is a reversal of our previous decision, and is a public health response to the reality of Grinnell students living in the city of Grinnell.  As we have said since March, the health and wellness of our students, faculty, staff, and community are the leading consideration in making decisions during this pandemic.  The change to inclusion of all enrolled students in the testing program reflects this priority. Students now eligible for testing should contact Leah Reuber to enter the testing program. Thank you to everyone for making community health a priority

How to Find Your Testing Results

Faculty, staff, and students will receive an email once lab results are posted to their Client/Student Portal. The email will come from Student Health and Wellness (SHAW) with the subject line: You have new lab results. The body of the email will read: "You have new lab results. To access your results, browse to https://shacscom.grinnell.edu/ and log in with your Student Health Services university username and password.".

To access your results, go to https://shacscom.grinnell.edu/. You will be prompted to sign in using your Grinnell College single sign-in credentials. (Email address then 20+ character password).

Sign into DUO and confirm your identity by entering your birthdate (Month/Day/Year).

When at the home page, scroll down the menu on the left side then press the Medical Records link. On the right side of the page, you’ll see Medical Records Menu with 5 tabs (Visits, Allergies/Meds, Radiology, Labs, Procedures). Press the Labs tab. The information on this tab is as follows:

  • Coll. Date: Collection Date (This is the date that you were tested at the Natatorium).
  • Test Name: Name of the test that was performed. Tests that are currently performed at the natatorium are COVID-19 (Saliva).
  • Result: Negative or Positive.
    • Individuals with positive test results will be notified via a phone call.
    • Individuals with negative test results will be notified by email to check the portal for test results.
    • The lab result email will be sent after you have been notified.
    • To view the report from the lab, press View Report.

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 are honored as this week’s Grinnell Health Heroes:


The first positive test result of which the College was officially notified did not come from the Grinnell College testing clinic. It was self-reported to the College from an individual who was tested at a regional Test Iowa site. In order to protect the privacy of the self-reporting person, their identity will remain anonymous. We are so grateful for this transparency and care for the community, and we are appreciative of any individual who self-reports a positive test result as this is an important part of keeping our Grinnell community safe. Reporting the positive test result provided an opportunity to support the individual in their recovery from COVID-19, and engaged the contact tracing process conducted by the Iowa Department of Public Health to inform individuals who might have had contact with the person, so that they can be part of the quarantine protocol designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. To the anonymous self-reporting individual, you are a true Health Hero!

Facilities Management

Rick Whitney and his staff did an amazing job of building all of the stations at the testing clinic and provided the signage. One of the biggest challenges of creating a testing clinic is how to provide the maximum amount of protection to minimize the chance of exposure to COVID-19 for those staffing the clinic. Since Grinnell College was on the cutting edge of designing and building a testing clinic, there were no plans that already existed that would provide a functional setup at the College. Rick and his staff built the structures of the clinic to the specifications of SHAW and the infectious disease experts who have been consulting with the College administration. To quote Rick, “The entire FM team rose to the needs that both the pandemic and derecho posed. Two of my immediate staff members really stepped up to the enormous operational tasks that our department faced with extraordinary leadership and decision-making: Corey Hammond and Mike Burt.” 

President Harris had this to say about Rick and his team, “Your unflappable calm and steadfast expertise provide both certitude and shelter, in every sense of the word (a living environment, protection, security, more). Many thanks to your team for their valor and presence, and to you for your generous and collaborative leadership – it gets things done!” Angela Voos offered, “Your team came together and created a built environment to reduce transmission of a pandemic. You rearranged schedules and responsibilities to become a pandemic prevention team. Thank you for building us the support for a testing clinic and work spaces and tent spaces. And then the wind blew us over and you made it possible for us to keep working. Thank you for your extraordinary leadership.”

Thank you, Rick, Corey, Mike, and the rest of FM for being great health heroes! 

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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