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Guilford College COVID-19 Hotline — 336.316.2319

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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

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Jan. 15, 2021 Update / Next Update Jan. 22, 2021

Welcome back! We have been very excited to see everyone come back and wanted to give an update on our COVID-19 mitigation efforts. The first full week of classes at Guilford College is in the books and our learning community appears to be doing very well. Please read the full update for vital information on planning considerations for the Spring 2021 semester, including testing and information on vaccinations.

COVID-19 Testing 

Dec 8-12:

  • Participants: 742 Community Members
  • Positive Cases: 10*
  • *Some results still pending
Future Testing Events*
  • Friday, January 22 - 8am-3pm (First randomized testing of the semester)
  • Additional Testing Clinics in Guilford County"
    • The Greensboro COVID-19 testing site is located at Piedmont Hall.  Testing is conducted by StarMed Healthcare and test results for this site will be distributed by StarMed Healthcare. This is an indoor testing event. Extended testing hours are from: Monday – Friday, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM. The location of the testing site is: Piedmont Hall, 2409 West Gate City Boulevard, Greensboro, NC  27403. For pre-registration, please text the word “COVID” to 704-850-6996.  You may also register online at https://unityphm.com/campaigns/starmed.
  • We have over 30 members who have been close contacts to positive cases.
  • All community members in isolation or quarantine are doing well
  • We currently have not experienced any deaths or hospitalizations due to COVID-19.
Staying Safe During the Spring Semester

Earlier this week an announcement went out to faculty, staff and students regarding the extension of the “remote-only” restrictions for all college classes for an additional week. The cabinet with the recommendations from the Instructional Working Group, the Health & Safety Task Force and other offices on campus, took the totality of the circumstances which included increasing percentage of positive cases, the level of community spread in our county and allowing our community members that either have tested positive or are in quarantine time to finish their respective periods and rejoin everyone else on campus. We are learning more about the infectious period and have found that many that have tested positive from a symptomatic patient are exposed 48 hours prior to the symptomatic patient first showing symptoms. That means that anyone can walk into an exposure at any time. That is why we will continue to stress that each of our mindsets needs to be that everyone has the virus including ourselves. Please continue to protect yourself and your community by following the 3 W’s:

  • Wear a face covering when you are indoors. If you are in your own room or office with the door closed and by yourself, you can remove it, but have it with you in case another person joins you. Wear a face covering outside when you can’t social distance (6 feet or more apart). Face coverings are not just one of the best tools we have to fight the spread of COVID-19, they are mandatory for everyone on campus. Do not go to class, meetings, indoor spaces, or any place where people gather without one. Based on guidance of health authorities, the following are not acceptable face coverings: neck gaiters, open-chin triangle bandanas, and face coverings containing valves, mesh material or holes of any kind. 
  • Wash your hands frequently and properly. Use soap. Take 20 seconds. Do it right to help promote good hygiene.
  • Wait: Keep your distance. Stay at least 6 feet apart whenever possible. Close, prolonged contact is a proven way to spread COVID-19, so avoid it as much as possible.
  • Monitor yourself for symptoms. If you feel ill, do not come to campus. Call the COVID-19 Hotline or your personal health care provider to ask if you need to be tested. 
Governor’s Modified Stay at Home Order

Governor Cooper extended North Carolina’s Modified Stay At Home Order that requires people to be at home from 10 pm – 5 am to last through at least Friday, January 29. We have communicated with our community that we are following the mandates under this order. There are some exemptions. Individuals may leave home during the Stay at Home Period to: 

  • travel to or from a place of work; 
  • perform work at their workplace when the worker’s presence is required by the worker’s employer; 
  • travel for work purposes; 
  • obtain food, medical care, fuel or social services; 
  • travel from a business that closed at or after 10 p.m.; 
  • travel to a business that will open at 5 a.m.; 
  • travel to take care of a family member, friend or pet in another household; travel to or from a religious service; 
  • travel necessary for personal safety; and travel into or out of the state.
COVID-19 Vaccine

The Health and Safety Task Force is shifting our attention to developing a vaccination strategy for Guilford College. We understand that there are a lot of unknowns and questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. To that end Guilford College is working on producing some programming that aims to educate our community about the COVID-19 vaccine.

The Intercultural Engagement Center in the Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, in collaboration with multiple offices on campus and in the community, are hosting a Let’s Talk COVID-19 VACCINE! forum on Thursday January 21, from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Bring your questions, concerns and affirmations about the COVID-19 VACCINE. They will have experts to discuss the vaccines and how they impact health & diverse communities. The Panelist for the forum will be: 

  • Dr. Zoe Stallings (Family Medicine/Cone Health), 
  • Dr. Aleks Babić (Public Health/Guilford College), and 
  • Dr. Michele Malotky (Immunology/Biology Guilford College)

 Please use this link to register for this event: https://tinyurl.com/IECSpring.

Here is the recording of today’s COVID-19 briefing:
https://guilford.zoom.us/rec/share/6xkTeXToyCHeHRLzpesymKOezMmzCYeK0QjObEMzO8FVZ5RAKj99Io7GY9i-Wcrh.LxofW1rXaOy1mqGO Passcode: 9101Yv^W

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 Jan 22.  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!

Sincerely,
Jermaine Thomas
Director of Public Safety
Health and Safety Task Force Chair

 

  • 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.