Here is this week’s update regarding the 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.
Earlier this week, Public Safety sent an email out to our community regarding changes to the vaccination eligibility schedule. Here is the updated schedule as announced by Governor Cooper yesterday:
- All adults (16 and older) are now eligible to receive the vaccine in Guilford County.
A limited number of Guilford County COVID-19 vaccine appointments are available for April 5, and April 6 for anyone ages 16 and up. County officials note that next week’s appointment allocations, and those moving forward, will continue to be open to everyone.
- Registration is available online only at www.healthyguilford.com, until filled.
- Walk-Ins are not accepted.
- More appointments scheduled to open next week.
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:
- Cone Health
- FEMA Mass Vaccination Site
- Pharmacies like CVS and Walgreen’s
- TAPM (Triad Adult and Pediatric Medicine)
Community members may also visit https://myspot.nc.gov/ to find other vaccination opportunities in their area.
We are still working with Starmed to provide an On-Campus Vaccination Clinic for students. More information will be communicated on that initiative later.
We held a testing clinic this week on March 29. Here are the results:
- Tests Administered: 286
- Total Positive Tests: 2
- Total Invalid Tests: 1
- Outstanding Tests: 1
- Positive Test Percentage Rate: 0.6%
We were also notified of two additional positive cases that were tested outside of our testing clinics.
This week we will have on-campus residents, off-campus students, faculty, staff, and campus contractors who are part of Cohort 3. We will rotate through the cohorts in the following schedule:
- Cohort 1 - April 6, 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.
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 9. 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.