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Guilford College COVID-19 Hotline — 336.316.2319

Learn more about how to use the hotline on the College's COVID-19 Information page.

StayHealthy@Guilford: COVID-19 Information


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StayHealthy@Guilford

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158

Year-to-Date Cases at Guilford

4

Actively Managed Cases at Guilford

Positive Cases Reported This Week [April 19, 2021 - April 23, 2021]

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Current Status

 

Final Academic Year Update: May 7, 2021

Here is the final update regarding our ongoing College-wide efforts to safeguard the health of our community for the 2020-2021 academic year. 

COVID-19 Testing

We held a testing clinic this week on May 4. Here are the results::

  • Total Tests Administered: 46
  • Total Positive Tests: 0
  • Total Invalid Tests: 0
  • Outstanding Tests: 0
  • Positive Test Percentage Rate: 0%  

Our final statistics for the spring 2021 semester are:

  • Total Positive Cases: 123
  • Total Hospitalizations: 0
  • Total Deaths: 0

Our final statistics for the 2020-21 academic year are:

  • Total Positive Cases: 159
  • Total Hospitalizations: 0
  • Total Deaths: 0

I am so proud of our community’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. You all have shown resilience and persistence during a time of unpredictability and uncertainty. With a virus as contagious and unsuspecting as the coronavirus, it took a sustained determination to protect yourselves and your community. You all rose up to the challenge and really showed what it means to be a Guilfordian. It has been an honor to serve you all this year and I am blessed to be part of such a caring community.

I wish I could list everyone that has played a role in keeping our campus safe but that list would be endless. So for every organization, department, or individual that advocated and followed our protocols I would like to say thank you. You all are the rock stars!!

As we end every communication, please remain vigilant as you depart campus for the summer, and do everything you can to protect yourself and those you are returning to over the next few days. Continue to operate with the mindset that everyone has the virus, including you. Take the same care and concern you had for our campus community back to your respective home communities. Practice the 3W’s and sign up to receive the COVID-19 vaccine if you have not done so. Getting the safe, effective, and tested COVID-19 vaccine is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself, keep your family and others safe, and move our campus and community toward a greater sense of normalcy in the fall 2021 semester. We are all in this together.

Sincerely,
Jermaine Thomas
Health and Safety Task Force Chair

 

@StayHealthyatGuilford Timeline
  • On July 30, the task force announced StayHealthy@Guilford, the College’s comprehensive health and safety plan, which outlines details for safely reopening campus in fall 2020.
  • On. Aug. 11, 2020, the College published the Notice of Steps Taken to Protect Against the Spread of COVID-19, which is also posted across campus.
  • Students moved back to campus starting Thursday, Aug. 13. They signed up for a check-in time slot to minimize the number of students who are moving in a particular spot at one time and to allow orderly processing through initial COVID testing.
  • Fall classes started Aug. 19 and consist of a combination of remote learning, hybrid courses, and face-to-face instruction.
  • Students will remain on campus until Thanksgiving break, after which they will remain home to complete the semester online.
  • The Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) postponed conference competition and championships for fall and winter sports through the end of the 2020 calendar year (December 31).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the State of North Carolina, and the Guilford County Department of Health continue to provide up-to-date information on COVID-19 numbers.


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    Resources

    Please see the links below for updates and informative materials for faculty, staff, and students. More details will be added as they become available.

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    Messages from the President, Task Force

    Guilford College's Health and Safety Task Force and the President of Guilford College are committed to providing timely updates to the entire College community throughout the course of this pandemic.


    GC COVID Hotline — 336.316.2319

    Excerpted from the StayHealthy@Guilford plan. 

    Guilford College is creating a hotline (336.316.2319) that would act as a centralized COVID-19 support to all Guilford College Community members. The hotline (336.316.2319) will be housed at the Milner Counseling Center and operated by Public Health interns who will be trained to respond to FAQs with information about proper procedures and points of contact if there is a possible COVID case on campus. Interns and designated personnel staffing the hotline will receive contact tracing training available free through a Johns Hopkins Contact Tracing Course.

    Information available through the hotline (336.316.2319) will include but is not limited to:

    1. General information about transmission and common COVID symptoms manifest
    2. Appropriate steps for presumptive cases (showing symptoms or contact with others testing positive)
    3. Collection of information on activities and contacts over the previous 48 hours for contact tracing
    4. Appropriate measures for returning to campus/classes

    All Contact Tracing data collected will be shared with the Greensboro Public Health department/North Carolina Department of Health (NCDH) for coordinated reporting to the Centers for Disease control and Prevention.
     


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    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    Who makes up the Health and Safety Task Force?

    • Chair: Jermaine Thomas, Director of Public Safety
    • Suzanne Bartels, Director of Hege Library and Learning Technologies
    • Roger Degerman, Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment
    • Kyle Dell, Associate Academic Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science
    • Stephanie Flamini, Assistant Athletic Director/Senior Women's Administrator
    • Brett Hacker, Associate Vice President of Facilities Management
    • Shmeika King, Office Administrator
    • Abby Langston, Director of Marketing
    • Barbara Lawrence, Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion/Title IX Coordinator
    • Michele Malotky, Professor of Biology/Director of Public Health
    • Steve Mencarini, Dean of Students
    • Alfred Moore, Registrar
    • Kathryn Shields, Associate Professor of Art/Associate Academic Dean
    • Gloria Thornton, Interim Director of IT&S
    • Kristie Wyatt, Assistant Director of Accessibility Resource Center

    What is essential to know about coronavirus (COVID-19) and how to protect myself, others?

    Guilford College recommends all members of our community get their information on COVID-19 from official public health organizations and health information sources. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is a reliable source of information that the College is using to respond to the challenges of the virus. 

    Prevention
    The CDC says that older adults and those with serious medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes and lung disease are at the greatest risk of experiencing serious illness from COVID-19. However, everyone should be diligent in following these best everyday health practices, as recommended by the CDC, to minimize the risk of contracting or spreading the virus, which include:

    • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
    • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. See here for more on frequent and effective hand washing.

    Symptoms
    According to the CDC, the following symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure:

    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

    If you are experiencing these symptoms and believe you may have been exposed to the virus, you should contact a medical provider immediately.
     

    How is Guilford coordinating with other local public health officials, organizations and government agencies?

    Guilford College has been seeking information from official public health and government agencies on best practices associated with preparing our campus for disruptions associated with the virus. Officials from Guilford have been partnering with official local public health professionals, attending meetings to coordinate efforts, and sharing information on our own Task Force.

    I’m a faculty member — how can I learn more about preparing my courses should there emerge a need to deliver them online?

    The COVID-19 Task Force is working with partners in Hege Library, IT&S, and Faculty Development to support the continuity of instruction in light of possible disruptions and restrictions associated with the virus.

    I’m concerned about an incident that I have experienced that reflects personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the COVID-19 virus. What should I do?

    At Guilford College, diversity and inclusion is grounded in our core values. Guilford’s perspective on diversity is broad-based that requires affirming and emphasizing the identity and experiences of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education, and encompassing race, religion and spirituality, age, class, culture, disability, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, sex and sexual orientation, immigration status and national origin.As a community, we join with the efforts of those around the world that seek to challenge any personal or institutional bias, racism or xenophobia associated with the virus. 

    Guilford College supports any member of our community in reporting any bias incident using this resource. Additional support and programming is available through the Intercultural Engagement Center at Guilford College. Please also consult the CDC resource for preventing any stigma associated with the virus.