Weekly COVID-19 Update - Law Students

To: W&L Law Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Friday, January 29

Below is this week's COVID-related update. Please continue to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages and resources, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.

Environment Level is Red - Testing Results and Reminders

As President Dudley stated in his Jan. 27 communication to the campus community, W&L's COVID-19 environment level is now Red, with new restrictions in place until further notice. Most notably, gathering sizes are limited to 6 people, indoors and outdoors. These latest restrictions are not intended to be punitive, but simply part of what we must do to slow the virus and fulfill our intention of being on campus for the Spring Semester.

We currently have 40 active student cases, with 5 of these individuals being law students. The positive cases involved a large number of close contacts, which has resulted in 157 total students now isolating or in quarantine. Thankfully, there is no evidence of the virus spreading in our classrooms, and faculty may continue to teach in person.

Please continue to be vigilant in following all current guidelines and restrictions, limiting your close contacts as much as possible, and complying with all testing and contact tracing requirements. President Dudley noted that KN95 masks have been ordered for all students, faculty, and staff, and further information about their distribution will be provided soon. We appreciate all you are doing to make this term successful and ask for your continued efforts as we work to contain the spread of the virus as much as possible.

COVID-19 Committee Office Hours

The COVID-19 Committee will hold office hours again this semester. You can use the Zoom links provided below to drop in. We look forward to seeing you! As always, please reach out with your concerns if you cannot attend one of these office hours.

Important Information About COVID-19 Vaccination Availability

The Student Health Center (SHC) has received a number of questions this week about availability of the COVID-19 vaccination on our campus. W&L is actively working with the Virginia Department of Health (VDH) and the Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) to obtain vaccinations to be distributed to our students as soon as we can get them. Because most of our students fall into the general population that will not qualify for the vaccine until a later phase, and a limited availability of the vaccine in our district, it may be several months before we are able to obtain vaccines for on-campus distribution.

Getting our campus community vaccinated as early as possible remains a priority and we will keep you apprised of progress as we continue to work to schedule on-campus vaccinations. In the meantime, some students who qualify because of underlying health conditions may be able to get the vaccine sooner, and we encourage you to do so at your earliest opportunity.

If you are able to get your first dose of COVID-19 vaccine outside the Central Shenandoah Health District, please be aware that you will need to complete your vaccination series at the same location. CSHD cannot provide your second dose of vaccine at this time if your first dose is given elsewhere. If you must travel outside the health district to get your second dose of vaccine, you must follow all recommended precautions during and after travel.

CSHD has a number of resources to help you know when the vaccine will be available to you: