Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, November 11

Below is this week's update on the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please remember to check the COVID-19 Resources website for the latest campus messages, resources, and FAQs that are being updated regularly, and to submit your questions to covid19@wlu.edu.

W&L's End of Term Pre-Departure Testing

There are still a limited number of spots available for optional end of term/pre-departure COVID-19 testing on Nov. 16 and 17 for faculty and staff who will be in close contact with high-risk individuals at the start of the break and would like to get tested. E-mail Covid19Testing@wlu.edu to schedule an end of term test.

Additional Local Testing Options

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) will be conducting a free drive-through COVID testing clinic for those with symptoms and/or close contacts of a known COVID-19 case on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. at 100 Baner Lane in Buena Vista. No appointment is needed.

VMI and VDH are hosting two free drive-through COVID testing clinics. The clinics, which are open to the public, will be held in the Marshall Hall parking lot on VMI post on Monday, Nov. 16 from 7 - 11 a.m. and Thursday, Nov. 19 from 2 - 6 p.m. Pre-registration is highly encouraged and can be completed at https://www.doineedacovid19test.com. Participants need to be at least 17 years old and do not need to be symptomatic to be tested. Results will be provided in an online portal, typically within 3-5 days. Visitors should access VMI post via Letcher Ave. and follow signage to the testing site.

Reminder: January Winter Term Arrival Testing and Testing Exemptions

Mandatory re-arrival COVID-19 testing for employees will take place Jan. 11-15, 2021. If you do not plan to work on campus in January 2021 and believe you should be exempt from January arrival testing, please notify Anne Remington (aremington@wlu.edu) by Dec. 4.

Reminder: Daily Attestation in November and December

Please continue to complete your Daily Attestation through Sunday, Dec. 20. You will not need to complete the attestation during the university's winter break. Employees will receive details about community expectations and the daily attestation for Winter Term in December.

Reminder: Student Conduct Data

COVID-related student conduct data are being made available to interested faculty and staff and can be found on Box in the file: Student Conduct at W&L During COVID.

Recent Communications (as information)

  • On Nov. 11, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to undergraduate students with information about campus activities, COVID-19 Committee office hours, pre-departure testing, and the university shuttle.
  • On Nov. 10, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to faculty, staff, students and parents about a change to the COVID-19 Environment Level.
  • On Nov. 6, President Dudley sent a message to the W&L faculty, staff and students about the university's plans for the Winter/Spring Term.