January 21, 2022, Task Force Update

January 21, 2022 | by the Elmhurst University COVID-19 Task Force

Dear Elmhurst University Community:

As a campus community, we are starting to see a significant decrease in the number of reported positive cases from the Omicron variant. Still, we are certainly not yet out of the woods at this point. Please continue to follow the very important mitigation strategies listed below:

  • Wear a well-fitting mask (non-cloth masks, such as KN95 and surgical masks, are recommended) in all University-owned and -operated facilities. Your mask should cover both your nose and mouth.
  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly.
  • Use hand sanitizer.
  • Get a COVID-19 vaccine booster if you are eligible and have not done so already.
  • Get vaccinated if you have not done so.

Here are the number of reported positive cases from January 1 – January 21, 2022.

  • Total Positive Cases Reported: 170
  • Total Positive Cases Reported this week (January 17–21): 5

More Updates:

  • If you are not vaccinated, you must get tested weekly.
  • Rapid tests are available in the Faganel Lobby on Tuesdays and Thursdays from noon–3:00 p.m.
  • PCR tests are available every Wednesday during J-Term from noon–3:00 p.m. in the Faganel Lobby. You must register 24 hours prior to PCR testing. Please submit your request only once, and make sure that all fields on the form are accurate and complete before sending. Weekly registration will be available for the next test date only. No registration is necessary for those who are required to test weekly.
  • Elmhurst University is now following the 5-day isolation period that is recommended by the CDC for those who test positive. In general, the University will not require a negative test to return to the University unless you are directed to do so by your assigned contact tracer.
  • If you have any symptoms or a fever, please stay home and remain home until you are symptom- and fever-free for at least 24 hours.
  • Our contact tracers have been extremely busy. Please be patient with them as they are overloaded with cases. The goal of our contact tracers is to make contact within 24 hours of a report. If you test and report yourself as positive for COVID-19, please self-isolate and limit exposure to other people until your contact tracer is able to speak with you and advise you on next steps.
  • Contact covid19questions@elmhurst.edu with any questions.

Please be safe and stay healthy!

Bluejay Proud!

The COVID-19 Task Force

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