Designated students, faculty set to receive COVID-19 vaccines

University Communication to Faculty, Staff, Campus Laboratory School

Distributed: January 13, 2021

Dear Carlow University Community,

We extend to you best wishes for the new year and hope that your holiday break provided you with some respite and peace-filled moments. We recognize that everyone has been working extremely hard to support the University, our students, and the common good.

Below are several important updates:

Vaccination Update

The state of Pennsylvania has established COVID-19 vaccination phases for purposes of statewide dissemination. They are 1A, 1B, 1C, and 2. The University is actively working with the Allegheny County Health Department to keep abreast of all new developments with this phased approach.

The University is also partnering with Integrated Health 21 (IH21) to deliver the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to Carlow University students, faculty and staff who fall within these categories.

Carlow University students, faculty, and staff who engage in direct contact with patients through clinics or the health care system have been categorized as 1A. They have received an email from IH21 inviting them to register to receive the vaccination, which will be administered in Frances Warde Hall on Friday (January 15), Tuesday (January 18), and Wednesday (January 19). All vaccinations will take place by appointment only. All individuals may opt out.

It remains critically important to remember that vaccinations do not exempt anyone from regular handwashing, social distancing, or masking.

COVID-19 Testing

In December 2020, Carlow University began conducting COVID-19 testing for student athletes and resident students on Mondays and Fridays in Frances Warde Hall. After the University transitions from fully online to hybrid classes on February 1, all students who come on campus will be required to test upon return, ideally prior to entry into the classroom. The Vice President of Student Affairs & Dean of Students is disseminating regular student communications to inform them about this important matter.

Screening Reminder

Self screening among the internal community is critical to mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and supporting the common good. All faculty and staff (both essential on-campus workers and remote workers) must create an account and complete a daily self-screen through the web-based application Mediterranean Wellness. If you have not yet done so, please visit the “Screening Schedule” box on our website for complete instructions. You will need your employee ID to register, and the account takes 24 business hours to activate. Once activated, users will receive a daily email prompt to conduct a self-screening. Only employees coming to campus will be asked to show the GREEN risk screen to their supervisor (either physically or via a screen capture.)

Commitment to the Common Good

Please remember that we are expected to honor our commitment to the Common Good. This includes always wearing a mask other than to eat, maintaining the recommended social distancing of six feet, frequently washing hands with soap for 20 seconds and then rinsing thoroughly, and cleaning common surfaces before and after use with the disinfectant spray provided in common areas throughout campus.

We encourage you to frequently visit the COVID-19 page on the University’s website for ongoing updates regarding re-entry and resiliency.

Stay healthy and be well.

Sincerely,

President Suzanne K. Mellon, PhD

The COVID-19 Re-Entry and Resiliency Implementation Team

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