September 16, 2021

EmmanuelForward Update: September 16, 2021

We are pleased to report that, since the first day of classes on September 8th, COVID-19 cases on campus have remained low, particularly in comparison to the numbers being reported at other colleges in and around the City of Boston. It is a testament to our community-wide commitment to health and safety and to everyone’s attentiveness to COVID protocols. For recent testing data, please visit the Testing Dashboard.

While we have had a successful start, it is vital that we do not grow complacent. Our goal is to keep our community healthy and vibrant while continuing in-person classes and on-campus activities, such as the Welcome Week activities so many Emmanuel students participated in last week. This requires a full commitment to Halo’s Pledge and adherence to current guidelines related to indoor masking, guest policies, daily symptom checking and regular COVID-19 testing.

Symptom Monitoring & Evaluation

As we have learned from other institutions with outbreaks, symptom monitoring is critical. We encourage students experiencing new symptoms such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, aches, congestion, or headache to contact Health Services for guidance on next steps including testing. Health Services is open Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Please call ahead to make an appointment at (617) 264-7678. Faculty and staff should consult with their primary care physician.

Testing Updates & Compliance

The Testing Center is open Monday-Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. As a reminder, fully vaccinated members of the community are required to test once per week with no more than seven (7) days between tests. Student-athletes, those in the process of becoming fully vaccinated, and those with an approved COVID-19 vaccine exemption must test twice per week on non-consecutive days. Not complying with these guidelines will result in a restricted status within CoVerified.

Below you will find tips to help reduce your wait time in the Testing Center:

  • Only come to the Testing Center at your appointment time unless directed by Health Services or Testing Center staff. Appointments can be made in the CoVerified app.
  • Change your preferred test date to a less busy day. Just be sure to stay within the seven-day window. For example, if you tested on Monday but would like to test on Wednesdays going forward, then repeat the test as needed to stay compliant. Available times are viewable in the CoVerified app.

Any questions on COVID-19 testing should be sent to covidupdates@emmanuel.edu.

Planning in the Event of Increased Cases

While we are trending in the right direction, we also know that conditions can change quickly, and we must be prepared. If the College does experience an outbreak, measures will be put into place to mitigate spread and risk. Depending on the numbers and locations of cases, these measures would include moving to grab-and-go dining only, transitioning to fully remote instruction, limiting campus access and tightening of guest restrictions. Our goal is to not have to take these measures, but any necessary changes will be clearly communicated.

Thank you for continuing to prioritize the health and safety of yourself and others. Please visit the FAQ section of the EmmanuelForward website for the latest COVID-related information and send questions to emmanuelforward@emmanuel.edu.

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