category: Advisory

COVID-19 Numbers, Testing and Spring Schedules

Campus COVID-19 Numbers

As we begin the month of November, our numbers have risen modestly. This is not what we want to see. We have to stay smart and proactive to keep our numbers low: wear your mask, wash your hands, and follow all social distancing guidelines. We are committed to keeping our campus community safe as we move through the semester. Do your part to protect yourself, your friends, and your families!

As of Friday afternoon, November 6, Gardner-Webb has one confirmed positive case of COVID-19 in isolation on campus. We also have one residential undergraduate student who has tested positive and is in isolation at home.  We have one commuter/graduate student who has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation at home. We have 22 residential undergraduate students in quarantine on campus. Twelve of these are direct contacts of the one positive case on campus, and all of those are asymptomatic at this time.

We currently have one positive case of COVID-19 among our faculty in isolation at home. We have two staff members currently positive for COVID-19 in isolation at home. We have four staff members in quarantine waiting to be tested or waiting for test results.

While the Gardner-Webb campus bubble remains relatively strong and secure, other communities across Cleveland County are not faring as well.  There have been 471 new positive COVID-19 cases in our county in just the last 14 days. There are 23 people hospitalized with the virus, and officials report at least 91 COVID-related deaths in our county. We cannot relax.  We cannot let down our guard.  Let’s commit to doing everything necessary to keep our campus and our community safe and healthy!

Flu Shots

Flu shots administered by CVS Boiling Springs staff will be available for students next week on November 10th in the Tucker Student Center. Students can come by the Student Development Suite ​on the second floor of the Tucker Student Center to complete a Flu Vaccine Consent Form and to get a copy of their insurance card made. Flu shot appointments will not be necessary if all the paperwork is complete in advance. The flu shots are free with medical coverage and insurance. If students have questions about their coverage, they can call the phone number on their insurance card.

COVID-19 Testing

If you need a COVID-19 test, there are several options nearby:

Cleveland County Health Department
COVID-19 Help Line 980-484-5316
Testing is free for uninsured

Atrium Health in Shelby
Rapid Test available

NextCare Urgent Care in Shelby
Rapid Test available

CVS Boiling Springs

Notification Process

As a reminder to faculty and staff, individuals with actual or 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—Scott White (704.406.4259) or Frances Sizemore (704.406.3502). Faculty may also use [email protected] for any questions or concerns you may have regarding quarantine dates for your students.

As a reminder, if you are a residential undergraduate student who has tested positive or who has had exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, contact Interim Vice President of Student Development Brian Arnold (704.406.3552).

If you are a commuter or graduate student who has tested positive or who has had exposure to a positive case of COVID-19, contact the Director of Safety, Barry Lane (704.406.2266).

Spring Schedules and Travel

While we currently expect to conduct the spring semester as usual and according to the normal academic calendar, conditions could force changes (including the Spring Break schedule.) We encourage you to be mindful about the types of reservations you make for Spring Break 2021–be certain that any travel arrangements you make are refundable.

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