Weekly COVID-19 Update - Undergraduate Students

To: W&L Undergraduate Students
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Tuesday, April 6

Below is this week's COVID-related update. 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 Student 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 student travel.

  • 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.
  • Students 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. Students should continue to participate in on-campus weekly screening testing even if they are fully vaccinated.
  • For unvaccinated students:
    • Self-schedule a COVID-19 test at the on-campus clinic 1-3 days before and 3-5 days after travel, as long as they remain without symptoms.
    • After their return to the Lexington/Rockbridge area, they should stay home until receipt of a negative test result.
    • If their post-travel test result is negative and they remain without symptoms, then they can attend in-person classes and resume other essential activities.
  • Close monitoring should still occur for 14 days upon return to Lexington, and assuming no symptoms are present, a student can participate in all activities after 7 days.

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.

Caught You! (doing the right thing, that is!)

Public Safety and Residential Life continue their weekly recognition raffle program to "catch" students doing the right things (e.g., physical distancing, wearing face coverings). Public safety officers, CAs, and RAs are recognizing students on the spot for COVID-safe behaviors, and handing out raffle tickets for great prizes! Follow this program on social media: WLUPubSafe on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Here are the recent raffle winners:

  • Ryan Aljader (24U)
  • Carter Chandler (23U)
  • Carlyle Cunningham (24U)
  • Kess Dardani (24U)
  • Bella Frazier-Pool (22U)
  • Amanda Gallop (24U)
  • Bami Getachew (23U)
  • Brianna Hatch (23U)
  • David Honig (24U)
  • Maria Kisker (21U)
  • Nicholas Konovalchik (21U)
  • Karel Koon (21U)
  • Amelia Lancaster (22U)
  • Cochran Lee (22U)
  • Kaelan McCabe (21U)
  • Connor Liam McNamara (24U)
  • Jane Murphy (24U)
  • Peyton Quimby (24U)
  • Chris Ruiz (24U)
  • Carly Snyder (24U)
  • Pamela Steimel (22U)
  • Maddie Weber (21U)