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Community Update: Let’s have a successful semester

It’s the middle of February and the number of COVID-19 cases in the GWU family remains low. In fact, in Cleveland County the number of new cases, positivity rate, and hospitalizations are all down. This is good news for all of us on campus and for our nearby communities, too…but we can’t let up.

Just do it:  wear that mask, wash those hands, and give everybody at least six feet of distance.

We can all have a successful semester right here in The Springs…if we keep up the good work!

Current Data

As of today, February 12, Gardner-Webb has three positive cases of COVID-19 among residential undergraduate students in isolation on campus. We have five residential undergraduate students who have tested positive and are in isolation at home. We have six residential undergraduate students in quarantine on campus and 16 residential undergraduate students in quarantine at home.  

There is one commuter/graduate student with COVID-19 in isolation at home, and there is one in quarantine at home.

Students with questions regarding classroom attendance or other student support while in isolation or quarantine should contact Dean of Students, Lesley Villarose, at [email protected]create new email.

Among our faculty there is one positive case of COVID-19 in isolation.  We have one staff member positive with COVID-19 in isolation at home. We have 10 faculty/staff members in quarantine at home.


It is very important to remember that if you have symptoms you must report them immediately.  Do NOT come to campus or go to class or work with symptoms.

Faculty and staff with active symptoms, or actual/potential exposure to COVID-19, should notify their supervisor immediately, and their supervisor will then notify David Wacaster (704-406-3235), Barry Lane (704-406-2266) and Human Resources—Eric Plemmons (704-406-4259). Faculty may also use [email protected]create new email for any questions or concerns you may have regarding quarantine dates for your students.

Remember that all employees are allowed a maximum of 10 days of paid leave if they are confirmed to have COVID-19 or are required to quarantine or isolate due to contact tracing or while awaiting test results.

If you are a residential student and develop any COVID symptoms, contact [email protected]create new email or call (610-322-7265). If you are a commuter, graduate or doctoral student and you develop COVID symptoms, you can contact Barry Lane [email protected]create new email  or (704-297-6988).


Vaccinations are being handled primarily through insurance providers or county health organizations. The University is not involved in determining those processes. However, when the University receives updates about vaccine events or scheduling, we will share the information with our faculty, staff and students.

To make sure you receive the information, you need to have current emergency contact information on file. Please take a moment to review or update your contact information via WebbConnect. To update your communications preferences, please utilize the Update Emergency Contact Information link found under the Maintain Information folder.

Information on vaccination can be found at hospital or medial organization websites such as  Atrium or Novant county health sites such as Cleveland County or Gaston County or by contacting your healthcare provider.

Stay healthy and mask on, Bulldogs!

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