category: Advisory

Community Update: Statewide Curfew, Current Data and Vaccinations

The Gardner-Webb family is staying strong as we near the end of February. Our numbers are down this week on campus and that’s because you’re doing your part!

Mask on, hands washed and keeping a safe social distance. Let’s stay together and strong through the spring, Bulldogs!

Current Data

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

There are no commuter/graduate students with COVID-19, and there are only three 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].

Among our faculty there is one positive case of COVID-19 in isolation.  We currently have no staff members positive with COVID-19. We have two 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] 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] 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]  or (704-297-6988).

Statewide Curfew

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper extended the statewide curfew through February 28, 2021. This curfew remains in effect from 10:00 pm until 5:00 am. Residential students will need to be in their own residence halls by 10:00 pm and remain there until 5:00 am, or they will be in violation of the Governor’s curfew.

Commencement

A decision will be made March 1 on whether the May 2021 Commencement events will return to a traditional in-person format or if, instead, virtual ceremonies will continue. This decision will be based on the status of the Governor’s Executive Order in North Carolina regarding indoor and outdoor events.

Vaccinations

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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