category: Advisory

Community Update: We Continue to Protect our “Bubble”

When we all returned to campus in January, the University tested a total of 1,455 individuals and found only 18 positives, a rate of 1.23%. This is a very low percentage. The good news is we now have a “bubble” we can protect!

Protecting the bubble means keeping up the healthy practices we learned last year:  wear your mask, maintain safe physical distancing and wash your hands. We’re all in this together!

Statewide Curfew

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper has extended the statewide curfew again, this time 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.

Campus

It is very important to remember that if you have symptomsyou must report them immediately.  Do NOT come to campus 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).

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.

Current Data

As of today, January 29, Gardner-Webb has one positive case of COVID-19 among residential undergraduate students in isolation on campus. We have one residential undergraduate student who has tested positive and is in isolation at home. We have two residential undergraduate students in quarantine on campus and four residential undergraduate students in quarantine at home.  

There are seven commuter/graduate students with COVID-19 in isolation at home, and there are 10 in quarantine at home.

Students with questions regarding classroom or online attendance 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 at home.  We have one staff member positive with COVID-19 in isolation at home. We have four faculty/staff members in quarantine at home.

Stay healthy and mask on, Bulldogs!

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