Elon University / Today at Elon / Community Health Update for November 30

A weekly update from Jon Dooley, Vice President for Student Life, with community health information, important resources, and announcements of any changes to protocols.

Dear students, faculty and staff,

This is the final weekly community health update for the fall 2022 semester. Key health information in this week’s update includes:

  • Changes to expect in the new year
  • Asymptomatic test schedule during Exam Week
  • Community Health Status Update

Changes that can be expected in the new year

The number of reported cases of COVID-19 continues to decline significantly – both on campus and in the region. While we will continue to be vigilant for any increase in the presence of the virus in our community, we are planning some changes to university practices:

  • The of Elon COVID-19 Dashboard will be discontinued at the end of the fall semester. In its place, the Campus Health Status and Alerts page of the HealthEU website will include regular updates from Student Health Services (when classes are in session) about diseases of concern in the university community.
  • The asymptomatic testing location in McCoy Commons 212 (Oaks Neighborhood) will continue operations until Tuesday, January 31st and will be discontinued after that time. Diagnostic tests for those with symptoms will continue to be available at Student Health Services and the Faculty/Staff Health and Wellness Clinic. Individuals interested in asymptomatic home testing after January 31st are encouraged to purchase home antigen tests from local pharmacies or from Fountain Market in Clohan Hall (which may be reimbursed by insurance plans) or to use off-campus testing resources available at the NC. Department of Health and Human Services COVID-19 test tracking page.
  • The university continues to strongly encourage COVID-19 vaccination and boosters for all students, faculty and staff. New incoming students will be required to include the initial COVID-19 vaccine series and any boosters when they upload their vaccination documentation prior to enrollment, or to request a medical or religious exemption.
  • A community health message will be distributed by email at the beginning of each semester, but weekly messages will be discontinued. Instead, periodic updates will be sent from the Vice President for Student Life or the Infectious Disease Response Team as information and notifications to the community are warranted.

The university’s COVID-19 website will continue to be updated as an important source of information.

Asymptomatic test schedule during Exam Week

Asymptomatic testing will be available in McCoy Commons, 212 (Oaks Neighborhood) on the regular weekly schedule throughout exam week:

Monday to Thursday, 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00

Friday, 9 am – noon

Visit the Campus Health Status and Alerts website for other COVID-19 testing options.

Community Health Status Update – no email update next week

Every Tuesday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., the university’s COVID-19 webpage is updated with information about the status of COVID-19 in our community. The site also includes a link to the latest information on the CDC COVID-19 community levels, which are currently at Low in Alamance and Guilford counties. This dashboard will no longer be updated after December 20th.

There will be no weekly Community Health Update email next week. Our next message will be Wednesday, January 4, at 10:45

Best wishes for a successful end of the semester and for a healthy, safe and relaxing Winter Break!

Jon Dooley, Ph.D.

Vice President for Student Life

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