Weekly COVID-19 Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Tuesday, February 16

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

Current COVID-19 Cases

COVID-19 cases on our campus remain low this week, with 7 current active cases. Thank you to our faculty, staff, and students for working hard to slow the spread! Please keep up the great work, being especially vigilant around masking and distancing, and limiting close contacts and gathering sizes. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to make this semester a success!

Quarantine Protocol for Individuals Who Have Been Vaccinated

According to the CDC's Quarantine Guidelines, updated Feb. 11, individuals who have been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19 are not required to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated against the disease within the last three months and show no symptoms. Fully vaccinated means that it has been at least two weeks since your second dose of approved COVID-19 vaccine.

If you are identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19 and have recently completed vaccination, inform the Human Resources (HR) contact tracing personnel. If documentation is available that you have been fully vaccinated within the last three months, and you are showing no COVID-19 symptoms, you will not be required to quarantine after possible exposure. Please make sure your primary care provider has documentation of any/all doses of COVID-19 vaccination and have your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination card available to discuss vaccination dates with HR if you are identified as a close contact.

Statewide COVID-19 Vaccine Pre-Registration System

Virginia launched a new Statewide Vaccine Pre-Registration System today to provide a unified and comprehensive process for people in Virginia to pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine. The site replaces the previous Central Shenandoah Health District registration site. All individuals who previously filled out a survey or form or signed up for a waitlist to be vaccinated through the local health district will be automatically imported into the new statewide system, so there is no need to register again if you previously registered through the CSHD site. Individuals will maintain their current status in the queue, and will be able to search to make sure that they are in the new system.