Weekly COVID-19 Update - Faculty and Staff

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Tuesday, April 6

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

UPDATED! Guidance for Employee Travel

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recently modified its travel guidance to distinguish between vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. With the university's spring break coming up, we wanted to provide further clarification around expectations for employee travel.

  • There is no distinction between in-state and out-of-state travel.
  • A trip away from and back to the Lexington/Rockbridge area in the same day is not considered "travel" unless attending a large gathering or event such as a wedding or family reunion.
  • People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a two-dose series (such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines), or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson's vaccine. If you don't meet these requirements, you are NOT fully vaccinated. Keep taking all precautions until you are fully vaccinated.
  • People who are fully vaccinated with an FDA-authorized vaccine do not need to get tested before or after travel unless their destination requires it, nor do they need to self-quarantine upon return to the Lexington/Rockbridge area.
  • For unvaccinated individuals, 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 Winter Term, preferably April 13 or April 15.
  • After returning from travel, unvaccinated employees should stay home and self-quarantine for seven days, and get a COVID-19 test three to five days after returning. Employees may return to work on campus after seven days with a negative test result. Employees who choose not to get tested should stay home and self-quarantine for ten days after travel. If you are unable to work remotely during this self-quarantine period, you will be required to use CTO.

Throughout your trip, whether or not you have been vaccinated, protect yourself and others by wearing face coverings, practicing physical distancing, washing your hands, and avoiding crowds, confined or poorly ventilated spaces, and eating in restaurants. You should also self-monitor for symptoms daily, especially if you've been around someone who has COVID-19. If you display symptoms, get tested and stay home and stay away from others.

Additional guidance about traveling during the COVID-19 pandemic can be found on the Virginia Department of Health website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Updates

The Central Shenandoah Health District (CSHD) has now expanded COVID-19 vaccine eligibility to include persons in Phase 1c, which includes Institutions of Higher Education Faculty/Staff. All Virginians, especially those in Phase 1a, Phase 1b, and Phase 1c, should pre-register for the COVID-19 vaccine at vaccinate.virginia.gov or by calling 1-877-829-4682. For other vaccine opportunities within the Central Shenandoah Health District, please visit Augusta Health's website.

COVID-19 Vaccine Info Session

On April 14, 2021 at 11 a.m. Katherine Smith, Health Educator for the Central Shenandoah Health District will be available to answer questions about:

  • Information about all of the vaccines
  • Why the vaccines are safe
  • Side effects
  • Reasons why getting the vaccine is important
  • Vaccine phases/eligibility
  • How to get the vaccine (pre-registration, registration, pharmacies, etc.)
  • Q&A

Register today at https://tinyurl.com/zy9enaha.