February 10, 2022
We are getting excited to head into the spring season. This means longer days, more sunshine and most importantly, more time spent outdoors! Spending time outside and getting more sunshine is a natural disease and infection fighter. It boosts both our immune system and vitamin D production, which is a good thing in the fight against COVID-19.
As predicted, COVID-19 infections continue to decline in Walker County and on campus, but the community transmission rate is still high. Yes, we are all wary from COVID at this point. But, if we’ve learned anything over the past two years, we know COVID-19 is very unpredictable. So, let’s just keep up the great work and continue to do what we know works to protect ourselves and our fellow Bearkats.
Staying Home When Sick and Getting Tested
Students, faculty, and staff who have symptoms of infectious illness, such as influenza (flu) or COVID-19, should stay home and be referred to their healthcare provider for testing and care, regardless of vaccination status. Staying home when sick with COVID-19 is essential to keep COVID-19 infections out of campus and prevent spread to others. Your fellow Bearkats will thank you!
Get Ready for Spring Break
With Spring Break one month away, get in the habit of performing daily health screenings for infectious illnesses, including COVID-19. Whether you’re planning a trip or a staycation, use a COVID-19 self-checker to help decide when to take a COVID-19 home test or receive medical care. COVID-19 is still here. Remember, crowded settings still present a greater risk of transmission among people who are not up to date with their vaccines, especially when they bring together people of unknown vaccination status from different communities where community transmission is high. People who are not up to date with their vaccines should continue to avoid large gatherings, but if they choose to attend, wear well-fitting masks that cover the mouth and nose, maintain physical distancing, and practice good hand hygiene.
Community Transmission Rate: High
During high rates of community transmission, the CDC advises all people, regardless of vaccination status, to mask up in areas reporting “substantial” or “high” transmission of the virus.
To see the current number of cases, visit Dashboard Updates.
If you received a COVID vaccine, don’t forget to add that information to your Patient Portal for your records.
At-home COVID-19 test kits are available for all students, faculty and staff at the Student Health Center. You must present your Sam ID to receive one test kit per week.
The federal government is offering free test kits that can be delivered to your home (as long as it’s not an on-campus mailbox). Visit COVIDtests.gov for more information.
Work Group Members
|Erica Bumpurs (Chair)||Health Center|
|Rhonda Beassie||Human Resources|
|Lonnie Booker||Emergency Management|
|Mary-Katherine Breen||Academic Success Center|
|Anne Gaillard||Office of the Provost|
|Weslie Gray||College of Arts & Media|
|Stephanie Knific||Marketing & Communications|
|Drew Miller||Student Affairs|
|Matt Roberts||Facilities Services|
|Rachel Shorter||Client Services|
|Joellen Tipton||Residence Life|
|Candace Walkley||College of Osteopathic Medicine|
|Robert Williams||Health Center|