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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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Oct. 30, 2020 Update / Next Update Nov. 6, 2020

This week we have received encouraging news in our testing efforts, but we are mindful of the troubling surges in reported COVID-19 cases in our region and throughout the country. It remains absolutely imperative that everyone take personal responsibility in safeguarding your health and the wellbeing of our entire community. 

COVID Testing

On Oct. 27, our random testing clinic involved 233 community members and other people who chose to be tested. We are pleased to share that no new positive cases have been revealed to this point, with only five test results still outstanding.

We were notified of one additional positive case from an off-campus community member who was self-tested outside of our testing clinics. This community member is isolating off campus and doing well. 

Here are our current COVID-19 statistics at the time of this email:

  • We have had 29 identified positive cases since move-in day, Thursday,  Aug. 13.
  • We have had 19 positive cases since the beginning of classes, Wednesday, Aug. 19.
  • We are currently managing 3 active positive cases. All 3 cases should finish their isolation period by the beginning of next week. Active cases are the positive cases that were reported within the past 7 days, and who were on campus within the prior 14 days. 
  • We have 11 students who have been identified as close contacts to a positive case and are quarantining for a mandatory 14 days.
  • Since we began our testing clinics we have conducted 3988 tests, with 22 positive cases from those testing clinics. 
Testing Next Week

We will have two testing clinics next week on Thursday, Nov. 5, and Friday, Nov. 6. Those who are selected for the random testing will be notified on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The testing will occur from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the gym area of Ragan Brown Field House. If you are not selected but would still like to be tested, there will be a link in the Wednesday and Thursday Guilford Buzz to sign up for a timeslot.

Stay Safe During Halloween

Halloween comes at a time where most are eager to unwind after months of Zoom calls and remote learning. I understand that you want to celebrate, and I also want you to, but it needs to be in a way that prioritizes the health and safety of yourself and others. Here are some tips to keep in mind while we celebrate Halloween in the midst of a pandemic:

  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask. A costume mask should not be used unless it is made of two or more layers of breathable fabric that covers the mouth and nose and doesn’t leave gaps around the face. Second, do not wear a costume mask over a protective cloth mask because it can be dangerous if the costume mask makes it hard to breathe. Instead, consider using a Halloween-themed cloth mask.
  • The CDC has provided several alternative ways to participate in Halloween while mitigating the spread of COVID-19. These and other Halloween activity recommendations can be found in the CDC's Holiday Celebration Guidance Document. Some of these alternative activities are:
    • Carving or decorating pumpkins with members of your household and displaying them
    • Carving or decorating pumpkins outside, at a safe distance, with neighbors or friends
    • Decorating your house, apartment, or living space
    • Having a virtual Halloween costume contest
    • Having a Halloween movie night with people you live with
    • Having a scavenger hunt-style trick-or-treat search with your household members in or around your home rather than going house to house
  • I also understand that despite our recommendations, some may choose to attend Halloween gatherings. Such gatherings are totally irresponsible and dangerous — the type of activities that we have tragically seen lead to “Super Spreader Events” nationwide. If anyone should see or hear anything that needs to be addressed please call the COVID-19 hotline (336.316.2319) or submit an Anonymous Report.

We conducted our third COVID-19 Town Hall Meeting this afternoon. We were pleased to hear from two of our Public Health Interns, Hannah Preston and Savannah Henry, who did a fantastic job with providing information about COVID-19 and prevention methods to help mitigate the spread of the virus. Here is the link to the Zoom recording: 

Be on the lookout for our next weekly update to be posted online Nov. 7. Please remember that if you have any questions related to COVID-19 and our efforts to mitigate the pandemic on campus, 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.