Feb. 11, 2021, Task Force Update

February 11, 2021 | by the Elmhurst University COVID-19 Task Force

Dear Elmhurst University Community:

Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day (February 2nd). It looks like we are in for six more weeks of winter. If the last week of frigid cold temperatures and snow are any indication of the next six weeks, spring cannot come fast enough.

  • Testing
    • February 8, 2021:  106 individuals tested using the saliva test, 0 positives
    • February 9, 2021:  41 individuals tested using the PCR test, 0 positives
    • February 9, 2021:  37 individuals tested using the saliva test, 0 positives
    • February 10, 2021: 53 individuals tested using the PCR test, 1 positive
  • Alert Status
    • Elmhurst University remains at the Yellow Alert level.
    • Elmhurst University has an overall 1% positivity rate so far in 2021 (January and February).
    • The current positivity rate in DuPage County is 4.9%.
  • Vaccines 
    • The COVID-19 Task Force remains encouraged to hear that some of our Bluejays have received the vaccination. Congratulations to all who have received one or both doses to date.
    • If you have a picture of yourself receiving the vaccination, and would like to share with the Task Force, we can make a nice video montage of individuals receiving the vaccine. Please send your picture (without your immunization card) to riordan@elmhurst.edu.
    • A reminder to register for your vaccine using the DuPage County Health Department website and other locations such as Walgreens, CVS, and Jewel Osco. If you live in a county other than DuPage, you should register in your home county. You may register in both the county you work in and the county you live in if they are different counties.
  • Random Testing: Random COVID-19 testing for residential and commuter students continues next week. If you are called for random testing, you must show up to be tested. Testing is not optional.
  • Food and Drink: Reminder: Food and drink are not allowed in Founders Lounge until further notice. Additionally, food and drink are not allowed in the library, the lounge spaces in the residence halls, and the lounges in Circle Hall.

As always, please be safe and healthy. Wear your face mask (double up on face masks for extra protection—the CDC says it can help better protect you). And let’s be kind to each other during these difficult times we live in.

Bluejay Proud,

The COVID-19 Task Force.

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