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1-8-2021

Dear Members of the Agnes Scott Community,


Greetings and happy new year! We hope that you had a wonderful holiday.  On behalf of the COVID-19 Task Force, we are reaching out to provide you with information regarding faculty and employee requirements for returning to campus and general updates about the spring semester..  


Employee Testing

Employees must receive a negative PCR test result within 10 days of returning to campus. For example, if an employee plans to return to campus on January 14th, they must have received a negative test result on or after January 4th. Once test results are received, an employee must complete the COVID-19 Testing Attestation agreement to upload that information. Employees are not permitted to return to campus without a negative test result. 

Medicat Symptoms Checker*

Following the negative test results, everyone who will be working on campus must login to the Medicat Symptoms Checker before leaving home to report symptoms and must receive a GREEN light in order to be permitted on campus for that day. A “Yes'' response to any question in Medicat indicates a “positive” screening. A positive screening does not mean the person is infected with COVID-19. Individuals with a positive screening require further evaluation from a healthcare provider and may need COVID-19 viral PCR testing. Medicat will alert you to contact a healthcare provider for additional screening regarding symptoms, and not to come to campus. Please DO NOT indicate “symptoms” that are an effect of medication you are taking. Only enter symptoms that are not ordinarily related to your medical condition.

Simple Steps to Logging Into Medicat Symptoms Tracker From Your Phone:

  • Go to your internet browser on your phone and search, “Agnes Scott Medicatconnect”

  • Click on, “ASC Community Portal”

  • Log into the portal with your ID and password

  • You will see 3 vertical lines in the middle of the page 

  • Click on those lines

  • Click on COVID-19s

  • Fill out the form and submit 

*Orientation on using Medicat Symptoms Tracker will be provided during the Safe Return to Campus sessions being held at 9 a.m. in Gaines Auditorium every Monday and Wednesday in January 2021 except January 18, the MLK Holiday.

 

On-Campus Testing

PrimaryBio is a system that allows for self-scheduling a COVID19 PCR test at the Wellness Center. ASC Employees should go to www.primarybio.com today to complete their registration in order to begin receiving notifications regarding your COVID19 testing. Once you have registered, you will not need to register again. 

Employees will receive an invitation from PrimaryBio to self-schedule their COVID19 every two weeks according to the days you specified you would be working on-campus to supervisor and/or vice president, and submitted to the Office of People and Culture. Employees are encouraged to also track their testing needs to self-schedule every two weeks by placing a reminder in their calendar. You must pre-register in order to be tested and please bring a copy of your insurance card (front and back) for your first appointment. 

Follow-up communication regarding surveillance testing will be forthcoming from the Wellness Center.

Spring Semester

The spring semester is scheduled to begin on January 19. Students are already arriving on campus, with move-in scheduled January 16-18. In an effort to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff, the first two weeks of classes will be completely virtual. Students will be asked to isolate as much as possible during this two week period. They will also participate in surveillance testing during this period of time as an added precautionary measure. Taking this approach will allow us to identify any positive cases; and treat affected individuals. 

In most cases, this approach will not impact staff work schedules. We encourage employees to speak with their supervisor with related questions or concerns. Faculty who planned to teach in dual mode will be asked to conduct their classes remotely until February 1.

Masks

Masks are required to be worn at all times on campus (inside of all buildings and outside).  The only exception to this requirement is when an employee is able to work in an individual office.


New Cases

The Task Force will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in Fulton and DeKalb counties, with a very close eye on hospital intensive care unit capacities. We believe that the students who are planning to stay on campus will be safe in residence; therefore, a delay with move-in is currently not anticipated. Should hospital capacities require us to adjust the operations/hours of faculty and staff schedules, we will make and announce necessary adjustments.  


Town Hall 

The Task Force will be hosting a town hall for faculty and staff on Friday, January 15 at 11:00 a.m. This meeting will provide an opportunity for you to ask questions that have not been addressed in this, or prior communications. Additional details on the town hall will be shared in The Irvine.


We are excited to begin moving forward with you in this new year. Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts to ensure the health, safety and well-being of our campus community.


Karen Goff and Ken England

COVID-19 Task Force Co-Chairs