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Timely and important information related to COVID-19 and the campus community

How to register your vaccination status
Mask required

Jan. 26, 2022

Spring semester information

The Centers for Disease Control has updated its definitions regarding boosters and initial vaccination. 

Up to date means a person has received all recommended COVID-19 vaccines, including any booster dose(s) when eligible.

Fully vaccinated means a person has received their primary series of COVID-19 vaccines.

Your role and responsibilities will depend on your vaccination status.

→ If you are up-to-date on vaccinations

Most important next step: Make sure your vaccination card, with booster shot information, has been uploaded to the college registration system (if you haven’t already). You will not be required to participate in surveillance testing and the college will not charge you for the costs of off-campus quarantine or isolation.

→ Vaccinated not boosted (fully vaccinated)

Most important next step: Get boosted, and/or determine when you can receive a booster shot.  

If you are eligible for a booster, but not boosted

You will be required to participate in surveillance testing on Feb. 1 in the PepsiCo Center, starting at 1 p.m.

You will be required to quarantine if you are a close contact (as defined by public health). If you do not go home or make other arrangements, you will be required to pay the hotel fees associated with quarantine and isolation as they are not reimbursable to the college through FEMA.

If you are not yet eligible for a booster

You should determine what day you become eligible for the booster shot. 

On the day you become eligible for the booster, you should get boosted, or you will be subject to the details outlined above. 

If you are currently positive for COVID and are unable to get boosted, contact Public Safety, 309-794-7711 to inform the college.

→ Not vaccinated

Most important next steps: You will be required to:

• Participate in surveillance testing on Feb. 1 in PepsiCo between 1-6 p.m.

• Continue to take part in weekly surveillance testing.

• You will be subject to fees associated with quarantine and isolation.

The BIG 3: Advice on COVID-19

1. Keep your pod small. When you keep your social group small you lessen your chances of contracting COVID, you decrease your odds of spreading it, and you narrow the number of close contacts when a positive case arises. 

2. Go to COVIDtests.gov to order your free at-home COVID tests provided by the federal government. These can be sent to your residence hall address if you so choose. 

3. Wear a well-fitted mask. Find one that best fits to cover your nose, mouth and chin, without gaps. Check out "Your Guide to Masks" from the CDC.

More about masks 

A properly worn and fitted mask:

• Covers the nose AND chin.

• Fits snugly around your face with NO gaps.

• Should NOT be pulled under your chin.

• On campus, wear a mask indoors, in public spaces.

If your mask is uncomfortable, adjust it or wear a different mask.

You can get another free N95 mask. They are available for pick up in:

• Dean of Students Office, Founders Hall - first floor

• Office of Student Life (OSL), Gerber Center – near the Brew

The college will provide KN95 masks in February.

Updated quarantine and isolation policy

Jan. 14, 2022

As our knowledge of COVID improves, along with available vaccines, treatments and therapies, public health guidance and the college’s disease mitigation procedures will be modified to reflect our broader understanding. This does not mean that case counts will always go down. We expect, and have already seen, that certain variants will cause surges in cases, and the Augustana College community will not be immune to these fluctuations.

As a result of our careful monitoring of COVID-19, and after consideration of updated public health guidance in certain areas, we are providing several updates to our COVID-19 policies and procedures.

Effective Jan. 14, 2022, Augustana is updating isolation requirements for students, faculty and staff who test positive for COVID-19. In accordance with federal, state and local public health guidance for schools, isolation requirements are now 5 full days from the start of symptoms or a positive test for those who are asymptomatic, as long as the individual has been fever-free for at least 24 hours without medication and other symptoms are improving.

More information about the isolation requirements, which include requirements such as wearing a tight-fitting mask on days 6-10, is available from the Centers for Disease Control.

Augustana will implement new quarantine requirements on Jan. 28, 2022, the beginning of the spring semester. The quarantine requirements for the spring semester will require students, faculty and staff who are determined to be close contacts to quarantine for a 5-day period, unless the individual falls in one of the two following categories:

• They are up to date on COVID vaccinations, including boosters as defined by the CDC, or

• They have had COVID-19 in the past 90 days.

Individuals who are considered close contacts, whether or not they have to quarantine, have other requirements as outlined by the Centers for Disease Control, which include wearing a tight-fitting mask for 10 days.

On Jan. 28, 2022, we also will change our policies regarding providing lodging and food to students who must isolate or quarantine. Students who are up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations, including all eligible boosters, will be provided food and lodging by the college to meet isolation requirements and will not be charged for this service.

Students who are not up-to-date on their COVID vaccinations will be required to isolate or quarantine off campus at their own expense. Students may choose to take advantage of a special rate negotiated by the college with the Holiday Inn in Rock Island, but also may choose to arrange for isolation and quarantine lodging and food at another hotel or location, including returning home to isolate or quarantine where feasible.

Students with a documented medical condition that prevents them from receiving the COVID vaccination or booster will be exempted from the requirement to pay for quarantine or isolation housing.

Students residing in TLAs or private housing who are able to meet isolation or quarantine requirements within their housing arrangement may do so.

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The college is operating under the COVID-19 mitigation plans of the Augustana Strong Task Force.

The college will operate under one of four alert levels:

Level 1 Low Alert/New Normal
Level 2 Moderate Alert
Level 3 High Alert
Level 4 Very High Alert

Movement between these alert levels will be guided by the a number of factors, including the positivity rate on campus and in Rock Island County. Currently, the college is operating at Level 2. (See Augustana College COVID Alert Levels)

Augustana's COVID-19 Testing Dashboard will be updated every week when classes are in session.

Make a virtual appointment

Virtual appointments now are available at many campus offices when classes are in session. When possible, students and families should use this service instead of going into offices in person.

Information for visitors

Campus is open to visitors and welcomes organizations interested in using Augustana’s campus to host an event.

Masking is required in all indoor public areas for all visitors, regardless of vaccination status. Face coverings must be worn correctly, with both mouth and nose fully covered (chin to bridge of nose).

Admissions group tours and visit days have resumed. Visitors now have access to all facilities, including indoor tours, the dining hall and residence halls.

Camps, conferences and meetings resumed at full capacity as of July 1, 2021. For scheduling, contact Rita Gustafson, campus scheduling coordinator, 309-794-7322.

Notification

The college will not automatically send a campus notice if a student or employee is diagnosed with COVID-19.

Augustana will provide information as required by legal and health authorities, and will work closely with the Rock Island County Health Department.