Swedish Thanks Seattle U
The Swedish Community COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Seattle U, which began in January, will conclude its operations on our campus this Friday, Feb. 26. With the state focusing more on mass vaccination sites, the Swedish clinic is serving as a model for those efforts.
Of the 75,000 vaccinations Swedish has administered at its clinics, approximately 48,000 have been given at SU, and nearly one-fifth of the volunteers with Swedish are affiliated with SU.
A Ways to Go; Keep up the Good Work
Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top pandemic advisor to President Joe Biden, has cautioned Americans to not get complacent, even as daily COVID-19 infections have dropped significantly in recent days. In an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press," Dr. Fauci said that while the decline in cases is welcome news, infection rates are still very high and “we want to get that baseline really, really, really low before we start thinking that we are out of the woods.”
The coming weeks will test our vigilance in slowing the spread of COVID-19 with the CDC having warned that the more transmissible B117 variant of the virus could spike and become the dominant strain. Additionally, a variant first identified in South Africa has now been detected in King County. For campuses, the risk is higher with many colleges and universities experiencing rises in case rates and implementing tighter restrictions.
Here at SU, the following health and safety protocols will continue to be critical in keeping our numbers down:
- Protect yourself and others by wearing a properly fitted mask
- Stay at least six feet apart and avoid large gatherings
- Wash hands thoroughly and often
- Get tested for COVID-19—once a week for residential students (a sample of 10 percent of commuter students are tested weekly; faculty and staff working on campus can pick up self-tests at HR
- Complete the Safe Start Health Check daily if you plan to visit campus or leave your residence
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In Case You Missed It
- Students are asked to avoid non-essential travel over Spring Break.
- The Washington State Department of Health is your go-to for finding your vaccination phase and locations to receive the vaccine when your time comes.
- Seattle University’s 2021 commencement ceremonies will be virtual.
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