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COVID-19 Update - August 12, 2021

Thank you for your patience with the constant changes regarding the COVID pandemic management and operations. Please review the updates on the CU COVID site frequently as the information changes often. This briefing is the most current information.
 
Based on the evolving body of knowledge and understanding of the virus and variants, individuals should get vaccinated to minimize the significant adverse effects of the virus.  In fact, the odds of being hospitalized or dying from the virus are significantly less than one percent for fully vaccinated individuals.
 
Vaccinations
Earlier communication stated that student athletes, those affiliated with athletics, and those affiliated with the Student Health Center were all required to be vaccinated. That requirement has changed. Although the university does not mandate COVID vaccinations of employees or students, such vaccinations are strongly encouraged as the best method for protecting oneself and others.
 
Safety Precautions
Being fully vaccinated is the priority and primary defense against the COVID virus, and particularly the Delta variant. At this time, 79% of Concord University employees are fully vaccinated.  Faculty lead the way with over 85% of core faculty being fully vaccinated. That is wonderful but we can do even better.

The use of other safety precautions such as masking, distancing, sanitizing, and hygiene are not nearly as effective as vaccinations with the new variants. That does not mean that we should stop being attentive or seeking to do the things that will help protect others.

After being vaccinated, the next most important thing one can do is monitor for symptoms of COVID and not report to work or school when symptomatic. If symptomatic, whether vaccinated or not, you need to quarantine and get tested. If you test positive, then you need to isolate and are urged to seek medical treatment without delay.

Please email positive test results, or close contact to individuals who tested positive, to the following:
Students: sbeasley@concord.edu
Faculty/Staff: dfitzpatrick@concord.edu

Quarantine

Individuals who have been fully vaccinated are not required to quarantine unless they exhibit symptoms of COVID. If you exhitit symptoms and have had close contact with positivie individuals, you are required to quarantine and can be released after day 10 without testing, or after day 7 if you receive a negative test result on day 5 or later.
 
Close Contact
With the Delta variant, transmission is more likely the closer the proximity of the infected person with other individuals. For example, contact of less than five minutes with a Delta infected individual may result in exposure greater than 15 minutes would have with earlier COVID-19 variants. Therefore, anyone near an affected individual should quarantine and be tested unless fully vaccinated. Symptoms may appear within 24 hours of exposure. The CDC recommends testing 4-5 days after exposure for all individuals.
 
Face Masks or Face Coverings
Face masks or face coverings are required for all individuals while in University facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

Course Syllabi
Syllabi have been posted and may contain out-of-date information. Students should check with their instructors for current class practices and pay close attention to class announcements for guidance about expectations in individual classes.   
 
Pre-Semester Testing
Individuals who are not fully vaccinated are expected to provide evidence of a negative test before participating in university activities, i.e., reporting to campus. 

Students, Employees and on-campus contractors who are FULLY Vaccinated
If you are fully vaccinated, and received your vaccination at a location other than Concord, upload your records to: https://www.concord.edu/vaccine. By verifying your records prior to August 16, 2021, you will not be required to undergo pre-semester COVID testing.

Employees and on-campus contractors who are NOT FULLY Vaccinated
If you are not fully vaccinated, you are required to submit a valid COVID-19 test (PCR or Rapid Antigen) result at https://www.concord.edu/vaccine. Pre-semester testing must be completed after August 9th and the results must be uploaded by 8:00 AM Monday, August 16, 2021.

Students who are NOT FULLY Vaccinated


Student tests MUST be administered within 72 hours prior to move-in for residential students or the first day of class for commuter students. 

Test results must be received no later than August 16, 2021 for commuter students.


The testing may be performed at the venue of the individual’s choice.
Local COVID-19 Testing is available at
MedExpress Urgent Care - Princeton 
Bluestone Health Center - Princeton 
Princeton Community Hospital 
Mercer County Health Department 
 
Surveillance Testing
Concord University will continue to require and/or conduct random sample testing among certain groups of students, faculty, and staff who are on campus and have not been vaccinated or have not verified their vaccination status with the university.

  • If you have verified your vaccination records, you are exempt from the random sample testing.
  • Certain groups may be asked to complete testing on a weekly basis based on their potential exposure to COVID-19 and vaccination status.

This guidance is current as of date and time of issue but may change at any time and without warning.

 

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