Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Wednesday, October 14

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.

Encourage Your Students to Complete the Daily Attestation

In order to achieve accurate contact tracing and help prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus, the Student Health Center (SHC) would like to have 100% student participation in the Daily Attestation. The SHC is asking faculty and work study supervisors to help increase compliance by holding their students accountable for completing the Daily Attestation. As a reminder, to check others' attestation status, log into the attestation webpage at attest.wlu.edu. Click on the Faculty/Staff link at the top of the application and review each individuals' status in the Attest column. For more information and detailed instructions, visit the Daily Attestation How-To Website.

Staff Town Hall Meetings with COVID-19 Committee Members

A Staff Town Hall will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 20 from 9:00 to 10:00am., to provide opportunities for staff to ask questions of, and share their thoughts with, the COVID-19 Committee. Please register in advance using the link below, and submit questions ahead of time.

Click the following link to register: https://wlu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0qc-irpzorHtDAWoLqSuXiqCCjihPzKYCm

Local COVID-19 Testing Opportunity

The Central Shenandoah Health District is holding a free COVID-19 testing event in our area on Thursday, Oct. 15 from 7:30am - 10:30am at the Rockbridge Regional Communication Center in Buena Vista. No appointment is needed. Those who wish to be tested must either be symptomatic and/or be a close contact to a known COVID-19 case.

Flu Vaccines

Thursday, Oct. 15 is the last chance this year for employees to get an on-campus flu shot. CVS will be administering flu vaccinations for W&L employees on Thursday, Oct. 15 from noon to 4pm, in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room. Schedule your appointment by emailing a preferred time to wellness@wlu.edu.

Carilion Stonewall Jackson Hospital, in partnership with VDH, Rockbridge County and the Cities of Lexington and Buena Vista, is offering a free drive-through flu shot clinic on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 8:00am until 1:00pm. Registration is not required. Vaccines will be administered to adults only. Contact Holly Ostby (540-458-3595 or haostby@carilionclinic.org) at Carilion with questions.

Reminder: Student Conduct Data

COVID-related student conduct data are being made available to interested faculty and staff. The data, along with information about how COVID-related charges are being handled, will be updated regularly and can be found on Box in the file: Student Conduct at W&L During COVID. For questions, please contact Tammi Simpson.

Recent Communications (as information)

  • On Oct. 12, the COVID-19 Committee sent an update to W&L students, faculty and staff, and parents regarding a change to the COVID-19 Environment Level and easing of restrictions.
  • On Oct. 9, the Assistant Dean of Law Student Affairs sent an email to law students with information on current COVID-19 cases, registration for an upcoming town hall with COVID-19 Committee Members, and the availability of flu vaccinations on campus.
  • On Oct. 7, the COVID-19 Committee sent an email to undergraduate students with information about current COVID-19 cases, an activities brainstorming forum, current student programming, and the availability of flu vaccinations on campus.