Time to Buckle Down
As we know from recent reports, a new, more highly contagious, strain of COVID-19 has reached our nation and could already be in Washington state. This means it is incumbent upon us all to take every possible precaution, including:
- Always wearing a face covering when around those not in your household
- Maintaining six feet or more of physical distancing
- Avoiding in-person and particularly large gatherings
- Washing hands often and thoroughly
- Regularly disinfecting spaces, particularly common areas
There is nothing new about these practices, but the ante has been raised on how critical it is to follow them. The next weeks and months will likely be the most important phase in this pandemic. Let’s all keep ourselves and each other healthy and safe, and do all we can to support our health care workers!
Swedish COVID-19 Vaccination Center: Volunteer Opportunities for Campus Community
As President Sundborg announced Friday, the Swedish COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic at Seattle U launches tomorrow. The Swedish-run clinic will utilize our Campion Ballroom to administer COVID-19 vaccines to members of the wider community in accordance with Department of Health guidance.
For students, faculty and staff interested in volunteering at the clinic, please note the following:
- Volunteer sign-up is first come, first served. The number of volunteers needed can vary by week and slots fill up fast.
- If slots are full for the coming week, please be sure to check the Swedish volunteer sign-up page for future volunteer opportunities. As the clinic will be in place for several months, additional volunteer slots will need to be filled over this extended period of time. Volunteer opportunities at the clinic are open to all, not just members of our university community.
- The purpose and focus of the clinic is to get vaccines into the arms of people who fall within the priority categories identified by the Department of Health, currently health care workers in group 1A. Volunteers, including SU students, faculty and staff, are also eligible to receive the vaccine after a shift.
- Swedish manages the volunteers and all available information is on its website.
Governor Announces “Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery”
Washington Governor Jay Inslee last week announced a regionally based reopening plan, which goes into effect today. To move from one phase of reopening to the next, each of the state’s eight regions will need to meet specific metrics for rates of COVID-19 cases, hospital admissions, ICU occupancy and test positivity. Read more at Healthy Washington–Roadmap to Recovery.
“I’ve already had COVID. Doesn’t that mean I’m immune?”
As current public health guidance indicates, re-infection with COVID-19 is possible. “At this time,” the CDC explains, “experts do not know how long someone is protected from getting sick again after recovering from COVID-19. The immunity someone gains from having an infection, called natural immunity, varies from person to person. Some early evidence suggests natural immunity may not last very long.”
YES, you can still get COVID-19 again and infect others. DON’T assume you’re immune. DO keep taking all the necessary precautions to stop the spread.
Quarantine Requirements Related to Travel
As previously announced, residential students and students coming to campus are required to observe a 14 day in-room quarantine. Similarly, all faculty, staff and students who are returning to Washington after being out of state or out of the country should be aware of Governor Jay Inslee’s travel advisory and guidance on a 14-day quarantine period.
Residential Student Surveillance Testing
A reminder that students residing on campus and at Vi Hilbert and the Douglas will have mandatory weekly COVID-19 surveillance testing throughout Winter and Spring Quarter. In addition, 10 percent of commuter students will be tested weekly.
COVID-19 Self-test Kits Available for Faculty and Staff Working on Campus
Seattle University is now providing COVID-19 self-test kits to faculty and staff who regularly work on campus. Seattle University will pay for the cost of the kit, but the administration and results are private—no information is shared with the university. To receive a testing kit, please use this link to set an appointment for pick-up at the Human Resources office located at Rianna 200, 718 12th St (between Columbia and Cherry). By scheduling an appointment, HR staff will be able to follow all safety protocols. Upon arrival please ring for entrance and provide your SU ID as identification.
ACHA Provides New Guidance to Colleges and Universities
The American College Health Association has released a new document to provide updated considerations and guidance for institutions of higher education as they prepare for the upcoming academic term.
Campus Activities This Week
Students…while you may be physically separated, there are many ways to connect, get to know each other and build community. This week and beyond, there’s an abundance of virtual activities and opportunities to socialize, get fit, worship and more. Check out all the many ways to engage in SU life with other Redhawks at ConnectSU.
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