Weekly COVID-19 Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Friday, March 12

Below is this week's update on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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

Daily Attestation for Those Experiencing COVID Vaccination Side Effects

If you are experiencing side effects within 48 hours of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, you do not need to answer yes to the question related to symptoms on your Daily Attestation. Please do answer yes if you are still experiencing any symptoms more than 48 hours after your vaccine.

Update on Vaccination Availability and Local Clinic Site

Thank you to everyone who completed the vaccination intent survey through the Daily Attestation app. We were encouraged by both the number of people who have already received the vaccine, as well as the high percentage of those who intend to get it when available.

Getting our campus community vaccinated as early as possible remains a priority, and the university will continue to attempt to secure access to vaccines to deliver to students in the Student Health Center, and through potential on-campus clinics for employees. In the meantime, students and employees will most likely be able to get the vaccine sooner by registering through Virginia's statewide vaccination registration system. We strongly encourage anyone who hasn't already done so to register as soon as possible, as we are beginning to see promising signs of increased availability of the vaccine.

Just this week, Rockbridge County officials signed a lease to use the unoccupied Peebles/Gordmans building at 770 N. Lee Highway in the College Square Shopping Center as a community vaccination site in anticipation of increasing quantities of vaccines being available in our area. Multiple providers, such as Central Shenandoah Health District, Rockbridge Area Health Clinic, Carilion, and commercial pharmacies (e.g., Walmart, CVS), will use the site to administer vaccines to area residents by appointment only, including W&L faculty, staff, and students as they become eligible through Virginia's statewide vaccination registration system.

Looking Ahead to Undergraduate Spring Break/Spring Term

COVID-19 testing one to three days before departure is recommended for anyone who is traveling. We encourage employees who are planning to leave the area for Spring Break to get tested once during the last week of this term, preferably on a Tuesday or Thursday, and again 3 to 5 days after returning. Spring Term arrival testing for undergraduate students will take place April 25-27. There is no scheduled arrival testing for employees at the start of Spring Term. Employees are asked to continue with their normal testing routine through the break and throughout the term.

The Employee Statement of Community Values that you reviewed and signed at the beginning of Winter Term remains in place for Spring Term; you will not need to sign the statement again. The COVID-19 Committee will continue to monitor the university's operational indicators and guidance from national, regional, and local health officials in order to make recommendations on the Environment Level and in adjusting guidelines and safety measures as needed for the duration of Spring Term. While we anticipate warmer weather in the spring allowing for more outdoor opportunities, we expect guidance around face coverings, distancing, and hygiene to remain in place. The COVID-19 Resources website will continue to provide updated information during Spring Term.