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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


StayHealthy@Guilford

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Year-to-Date Cases at Guilford

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Actively Managed Cases at Guilford

Positive Cases Reported This Week [April 2, 2021 - April 9, 2021]

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April 9, 2021, Update / Next Update April 16, 2021

Here is this week’s update regarding our ongoing College-wide efforts to safeguard the health of our community. Please note important news regarding the ongoing testing clinics and changes to the vaccination schedule.

Vaccination Update

We are pleased to have held our first COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic today. We had 96 community members receive their vaccinations. As a reminder:

  • All adults (16 and older) are now eligible to receive the vaccine in North Carolina.
  • Guilford County vaccination appointments may be available at the following locations:
    • Mount Zion Baptist Church, 1301 Alamance Church Road, Greensboro, NC 27406
    • High Point University Community Center at Oak Hollow Mall, 921 Eastchester Drive (Suite 1230), High Point, NC 27262
    • Greensboro Coliseum, 1921 W Gate City Blvd., Greensboro, NC 27403
  • Additional COVID-19 vaccination opportunities include:
  • Community members may also visit https://myspot.nc.gov/ to find other vaccination opportunities in their area.
COVID-19 Testing

We held a testing clinic this week on March 9. Here are the results::

  • Total Tests Administered: 318
  • Total Positive Tests: 3
  • Total Invalid Tests: 0
  • Outstanding Tests: 0
  • Positive Test Percentage Rate: .9%  
Upcoming Testing

This week we will have on-campus residents, off-campus students, faculty, staff, and campus contractors who are part of Cohort 2. We will rotate through the cohorts in the following schedule:

  • Cohort 1 - April 27
  • Cohort 2 - April 13
  • Cohort 3 - April 20

Even if you are not a part of Cohort 1 you may also sign up for testing on any other testing day, if you choose.

**NEW TESTING LOCATION** We will now be holding our testing in the Carnegie Room in Hege Library. 

For those community members who have been fully vaccinated, you are still required to test on your scheduled testing date. While the CDC has come out with guidance for those that are fully vaccinated, that guidance is limited and does not apply to our community structure. The risks of a COVID-19 infection in fully vaccinated people cannot be completely eliminated as long as there is continued community transmission of the virus. Vaccinated people could potentially still get COVID-19 and spread it to others.While we celebrate those vaccinated, we want to take a cautious approach and will require this group to remain in the testing pool.

Important Reminder - Please pre-register before you come to the testing site by texting the word COVID to 704-850-6996 or by going to www.starmed.care and clicking the "Register Now" button. Pre-registration takes about 5 minutes. You will need a photo ID and your medical insurance card to complete the registration. This PCR nasal test is free of charge, covered either by medical insurance or the CARES Act.

I will continue to stress that we are still in a pandemic and must not let up when it comes to protecting our campus community. As you know we experienced our first cluster this week and other colleges in the area are also seeing clusters and an uptick in positive cases. The way to overcome this is to continue to follow our protocols including: following the 3 W's, getting vaccinated as soon as you can, and avoiding super spreader events.

Please remain vigilant this next week and do everything you can protect yourself and others while on campus. Please be on the lookout for our next weekly communication on April 16.  Please remember that if you have any questions related to COVID-19 and our efforts to mitigate the pandemic on campus, please call the COVID-19 Hotline at 336.316.2319. We are all in this together.

 

@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.


    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.

    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
    Frank Boyd, former Provost and Academic Dean, current Professor of Political Science
    Erin Brownlee Dell, Chief of Staff
    Roger Degerman, Vice President of Marketing and Enrollment
    Kyle Dell, Associate Academic Dean/Associate Professor of Political Science
    Ben Durant, CFO and VP of Administration
    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
    Alisa Quick, Director of Human Resources and Payroll
    Ara Serjoie, Vice President for Advancement
    Kathryn Shields, Associate Professor of Art/Associate Academic Dean
    Jarrett Stull, Associate Vice President for Philanthropy
    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 this CDC resource for preventing any stigma associated with the virus.