Weekly COVID-19 Committee Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Tuesday, September 22

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.

Ask Your COVID Questions

Members of the COVID-19 Committee will be on Cannan Green this Thursday from 2:30-4:30 to talk with faculty, staff and students and answer questions about the university's COVID-19 response. Be sure to stop by!

Rockbridge Area Health Center COVID-19 Testing

The Rockbridge Area Health Center (RAHC) is now offering COVID-19 testing. If you are not experiencing symptoms, you do not have to be an established patient of the RAHC to be tested. Individuals without symptoms can call 540-464-8700 to speak with RAHC's COVID Testing Coordinator to schedule testing. Insurance will be billed, and test result turnaround time is 2-5 days.

Individuals with possible COVID-19 symptoms should schedule an appointment with their primary care physician, or register as an RAHC patient. Registration, as well as signing releases to get records from previous providers, should be done on the RAHC's website before scheduling a medical visit and testing appointment.

Reminder: Travel

All personal travel is strongly discouraged. Inform your supervisor or department head of all travel plans, regardless of location. Given the current spread of COVID-19, you should expect a 14-day self-quarantine requirement upon your return.

Reminder: Reviewing Students' and Employees' Daily Attestations

In addition to doing one's own daily attestation, it's an important safety measure for faculty and supervisors to check their students' and employees' attestations daily. 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.

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 Sept. 18, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students with information about rising positive cases, contact tracing, student conduct sanctions, and current pandemic restrictions.
  • On Sept. 18, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to law students with information about rising positive cases, contact tracing, student conduct sanctions, current pandemic restrictions, mental health resources, and ongoing COVID-19 testing.
  • On Sept. 16, the Office of Student Affairs sent an email to undergraduate students with information about adjusted restrictions due to rising positive cases, mental health resources, and ongoing COVID-19 testing.