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An Update From The COVID-19 Task Force

Double Masks

Recently, there have been reports about more contagious strains of the coronavirus spreading in the United States, and COVID-19 cases are still high in many places. Consequently, we urge you to follow the guidance of public health experts who recommend upgrading to double masks or wearing a two-layer mask with a pocket for a filter. The outer layers should be made of a tight-weave fabric. The Wellness Center recently sent a community message encouraging double masking, out of an abundance of caution. Please refer to some of the examples provided. 

Dashboard Update

The Agnes Scott College COVID-19 Test dashboard will go live for our campus community on Monday, February 8th. The dashboard will be posted on our “Engaging the Challenge Together” webpage and will be updated on a weekly basis. The dashboard data will primarily represent the testing occurring on campus.  The data will also include the results of positive tests for members of our community who received a test off-campus and self-reported it to Agnes Scott. Individuals who receive a positive test result off-campus should NOT come to campus, for any reason, until they are cleared by their medical provider.

Vaccination Site

Agnes Scott has been approved as a vaccination distribution hub. However, we currently do NOT have any vaccines, nor do we have a timeline for their arrival. Upon receipt, we will notify the campus community accordingly. The current plan is a phased approach, starting with our internal ASC community (including alumnae), who meet the IA vaccination criteria for the State of Georgia, then making a decision whether or not to open up to the larger community, based upon vaccine availability and quantity.

In preparation for the administration of the vaccine, we will be reaching out to Agnes Scott community members who meet the State’s guidelines and criteria for Phase IA, which include:

  • Healthcare workers (physicians, nurses, laboratory technicians, EMS personnel, environmental services, etc.) 

  • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities

  • Adults aged 65+ and their caregivers

  • Law enforcement, firefighters, first responders 

(COVID Vaccine | Georgia Department of Public Health) This will help us to determine interest in receiving the vaccine on campus. 

Food Service Update

The food service associate who tested positive for COVID-19 is recovering well. Once the case was identified, appropriate contact tracing protocols were implemented. Individuals who had been in immediate contact with this colleague self-quarantined. The self-quarantining protocols created a staffing shortage, which caused us to temporarily close both Mollie’s and the Black Cat Cafe. Those who self-quarantined have since tested negative. All protocols have been carefully followed and Mollie’s and the Black Cat Cafe reopened on Wednesday.

College Sponsored Travel

College sponsored travel for faculty and staff remains suspended for the Spring 2021 semester, with exception of very specific requests that have been approved by divisional vice presidents. Information regarding Spring Break travel for students will be forthcoming in a future update.

If you travel for other reasons, we are asking that you follow CDC After You Travel guidelines and take a viral test 3-5 days after travel, and to self-quarantine for a full 7 days, before returning to campus. The initial test after travel should be taken off-campus (PCR test ONLY is permissible), and your results uploaded using the COVID-19 Testing Attestation form. 

Please continue to review the “Engaging the Challenges Together” website, and The Irvine for additional updates. Please also reach out to us via the COVID-19 email