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 vital information about the COVID-19 vaccine.
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 who are important to you safe, and move our campus and community toward a greater sense of normalcy. In addition to protecting yourself and your loved ones, as more people get vaccinated, there is less opportunity for new variants of the virus to develop, and more hope that we can end the pandemic.
I definitely empathize with those that are hesitant to receive any vaccination. I have heard of a myriad of myths associated with receiving the COVID-19 vaccine. I have attached a document that recognizes these myths and supplies the facts that challenge these myths. This document is attached to this email.
All adults (16 and older) are now eligible to receive the vaccine in North Carolina. Here are some opportunities to receive the vaccination in Guilford County:
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
- Has been extended to June 1
- Currently featuring the Pfizer vaccine
- April 21 through May 4
- 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
- Appointments are recommended but not required
- 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 held a testing clinic this week on April 20. Here are the results::
- Total Tests Administered: 115
- Total Positive Tests: 1
- Total Invalid Tests: 0
- Outstanding Tests: 0
- Positive Test Percentage Rate: 0.8%
We have completed our cohort testing for the semester. We appreciate everyone’s willingness to participate in our surveillance testing this semester. I want to send a special thank you to Susan Smith, Kunga Denzongpa, and Madyson Schreiber for their commitment in staffing the cohort testing each week and their dedication in keeping our campus safe.
We are also excited to announce we will provide an end of the year exit testing clinic on May 4, 2021. This clinic will be similar to the exit testing we provided at the end of the fall 2020 semester. Participation will be voluntary, and if we have a positive case we will follow our isolation and quarantine protocols that we currently have in place. You can sign up for this testing clinic through this link.
**NEW TESTING LOCATION** We will now be holding our testing in the Carnegie Room in Hege Library.
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. We are still in the middle of a Pandemic.. Continue to operate with the mindset that everyone has the virus including you. Practice the 3W’s and follow campus protocols. Please be on the lookout for our next weekly communication on May 7. 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.