Campus Updates

Emory & Henry College is constantly monitoring this evolving situation and the latest COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) updates will be posted here.

  • April 6, 2021-UPDATED On-Campus COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

    Emory & Henry College Community,

    This morning, the CDC paused the administration of all Johnson and Johnson vaccinations. Please see an official message from the Virginia Department of Health at the bottom of this email.

    We will still be offering a vaccination clinic tomorrow, April 14th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM, and will be offering the Pfizer vaccine. There will be a required second shot, and we have scheduled this clinic for May 5th.

    If you had originally signed up to receive the vaccine tomorrow at our clinic, your appointment is still valid. If this announcement changes your plans, or if you have any questions about how this impacts your appointment, please reach out to me.

    For individuals that are already signed up, I will be sending a follow up email directly to you later this morning with additional details.

    For anyone who is still seeking to be vaccinated, please use this link to register for the vaccination clinic. You must register in advance so that the health department knows how much vaccination to bring.

    We appreciate your flexibility and understanding. If you have any questions or concerns at all, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

    Sincerely, Ryan


    Dear Emory & Henry College Community,

    In partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, we are excited to announce an on-campus vaccination clinic next Wednesday, April 14th from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM at the McGlothlin Center for the Arts. Currently, we are anticipating that this will be the one shot Johnson and Johnson (JNJ) vaccine.
    Please use this link to register for the vaccination clinic. You must register in advance so that the health department knows how much vaccination to bring.
    Anyone (students, faculty, and staff) can sign up for this clinic.
    Vaccinations are the quickest way we fully open campus up and return to some level of normal. Further, as the CDC has indicated, if members of the E&H community are fully vaccinated, direct contact with a positive case will not require quarantining.
    If you have any questions, please let me know.
    Sincerely,
    Ryan
  • March 8, 2021-COVID-19 Student Vaccination Records

    Good afternoon,

    I hope this email finds each of you well. As vaccines become more readily available, the College needs to begin tracking who has and has not been vaccinated.

    As you begin to receive doses of the vaccine (or, in the case of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine, your single dose), please fill out the following form. This is a confidential form and your information will only be shared with Student Health Services so that charts in the Student Health Center can be updated.

    Please let me know if you have any questions.

    Sincerely,

    Ryan Bowyer, Dean of Students Susan
    Stanley, Director of Health Services

  • March 1, 2021-Revised Attendance Policy for Outdoor Sports

    The Emory & Henry College Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the College’s COVID-19 task force, has announced a revised attendance policy starting Monday, March 1 for all home outdoor sporting events during the 2021 spring semester. These limited attendance policies affect baseball, softball, men’s and women’s soccer, and men’s and women’s tennis home athletic events.

    Fred Selfe Stadium, Porterfield-DeVault Field, the Richardson Tennis Courts, and the Wasp Softball Field will all have a limited capacity in an effort of promoting and prioritizing the health and safety of student-athletes and game day personnel in light of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

    No visiting fans will be allowed. The number of spectators will be limited by the venue’s capacity - which might be lower than the number currently allowed by the governor of Virginia. Each team will be responsible for assigning approved spectators at each contest and will put selected individuals on a pass list. Priority will be given to student-athlete parents and students.

    For football home games, attendance will be capped at 1,000. General public tickets will be released after allotments are given to parents and students, and the number of tickets will be announced and made available the day before each game. All spectators will be given a QR code to access their ticket, which will be required for admittance.

    There will be two entrances for football games. Students will enter at the gate near Martin Brock Student Center. All other spectators will use the home sideline gate near the Brooks Field House.

    Proof of identity will be required upon entering all venues. Permitted attendees will be allowed to enter 1 hour before a football game and 30-minutes before any other contest. There will be no re-entry allowed once a spectator leaves the venue. All spectators will be asked to leave the venue within 30-minutes of the completion of the contest. There will be no field access for spectators at any time.

    Approved spectators will not be allowed to attend if more than 5% of a participating team tests positive. Communications of fans not being allowed attendance will be made through the GoWasps.com website and on the social media accounts for Emory & Henry Athletics.

    Masks/face coverings must be worn at all times while inside or at an athletic facility and during any contest. Any individual who does not comply with this policy will be asked to leave the facility immediately. The physical distancing of six feet or more is required between individuals not sharing a household. Gatherings of multiple individuals near highly-trafficked areas will not be permissible.

    There will be no tailgating allowed. No concessions will be available at games, but fans will be allowed to bring food and drink into the venue; however, no coolers will be allowed. The restroom facilities at Fred Selfe Stadium will be open for all sports competitions. Gameday parking will only be allowed in the King Center gravel lot.

  • December 15, 2020: COVID-19 Return to Campus Update: Spring 2021 Return Testing Requirement

    Emory & Henry College Students,

    I hope that each of you had a relaxing Thanksgiving and are enjoying your holiday break. This email contains important information regarding the College’s response to the novel COVID-19 Coronavirus. Please review carefully. As you know by now, we are all in this together and wish to remain a strong and safe campus through the pandemic. To do so, we must all do our part to remain on campus while preventing the spread of the virus. The general understanding that we must protect ourselves as well as each other, faculty and staff is paramount to a successful Spring semester. We can do this. Please return healthy by limiting your exposure while home.

    Notification of Positive Diagnosis
    If at any point you test positive or demonstrate positive symptoms during the course of the holiday break, please notify Susan Stanley, Director of Health Services, at stanlesm@ehc.edu. Having this information will be critically important as we look towards both mandatory testing for student-athletes in the Spring and a more robust testing strategy for non student-athletes in the Spring.

    Notification of Return Testing Requirement
    In order to move into campus housing, all students will be required to submit a negative test that is no older than 72 hours. Please review your calendars to make this happen. If you do not have a test result, you will be placed into quarantine for two weeks to await test results that you will have to get near Emory, VA. Please note that all commuters will be required to submit a negative test to access campus.

    **Please submit your test results at this link in order to move into campus housing or access campus.

    *** Please note that those who have tested positive in the 90 days prior to returning to campus will not need to be tested again. We will have those records. If you have specific questions regarding whether or not you fall into this category, please contact me by responding to this email.

    All members of the E&H community should practice appropriate safety measures throughout the break, but it is highly recommended that you pay special attention to your safety and wellness 10 days prior to returning to campus. This will vary by certain groups and athletes move in dates but please look at your calendar before your return. We want you to come back well rested and healthy to kick off the Spring semester.

    Helpful Resources & Tips:

    • State of Virginia offers the COVID-Wise tracing app - please sign up here
    • Stay up to date by visiting the E&H COVID web page
    • Bring hand sanitizer and wipes for your personal use. There are many locations on campus but you can never have enough. Make sure you have a good mask rotation.
    • Bring a COVID TO GO bag - should you have to move into quarantine after being exposed or are waiting for a test result, you will be moved out of your room. Pack a backpack of clothes and supplies such as medicines and snacks to grab and go.

    Please let me know if you have any questions. We’re in this together and together we can see successful results for an engaged Spring semester.

    Sincerely,
    Ryan Bowyer,
    Associate Provost and Dean of Students; Covid-19 Coordinator, Emory & Henry College

  • November 13, 2020-Information for Students and Staff from Colleges and Universities who are Returning Home for Holidays or Extended Breaks

    November 13, 2020

    Guidance for Institutions of Higher Education and Local Health Districts Considerations for Students and Staff who are Returning Home for Holidays or Extended Breaks

    Background
    Students and staff attending institutions of higher education (IHEs) (e.g., colleges, universities) may be planning to return home to spend time with their families during holidays or extended breaks. This guidance provides local health districts and IHE administrators with considerations for how IHE students and staff can return home safely and protect family members who may be at increased risk for severe COVID-19.

    • Considerations about the Risk of COVID-19
      COVID-19 spreads from person to person and transmission can occur even if the infected person does not have symptoms or before symptoms develop.
    • Students and staff of IHEs may be at risk of exposure to COVID-19 in a number of ways and therefore may pose greater risk of spreading it to family members and others at home.
      • Some IHEs might be experiencing a COVID-19 outbreak or have higher levels of spread of COVID-19 than areas where students’ families live.
      • To get home, students and staff might be exposed during short- or long-distance travel.
      • While home, students and staff may want to socialize with friends from other areas or IHEs and other family members during holiday gatherings.
    • The student/staff member or family members may be at increased risk of severe COVID-19. These include older adults, people of any age with an underlying medical condition, such as chronic kidney disease, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity.
    • Although IHE students are typically younger adults who are generally considered to have lower risk of developing severe COVID-19, severe disease can occur in people of any age.

    Minimize Exposure Risk Before Leaving the IHE
    Students and staff should minimize their interactions with others as much as possible in the 14 days before leaving the IHE. Students and staff should also minimize the risk of exposure during travel home. Traveling alone in a private vehicle is the safest option. Students and staff who are unable to limit interactions with others at the IHE may consider quarantining themselves for 14 days after they arrive home.

    COVID-19 Testing

    VDH continues to recommend COVID-19 testing for any individual with signs/symptoms of COVID-19 or individuals with known close contact to a person with COVID-19.

    IHE students and staff returning home may consider getting tested before leaving the IHE. This is particularly important for students and staff who attend IHEs with ongoing outbreaks, or if the IHE is located in a community with increased community transmission. An alternate strategy for students staying home for a longer period is to be tested about one week after travel.

    There are certain caveats to consider regarding testing:

    • RT-PCR is the preferred test to diagnose COVID-19 infections, but antigen tests may also be considered. For more information on antigen testing see here.
    • False positive or false negative test results are possible with any test, particularly if the person being tested has a low likelihood of having COVID-19 (e.g., does not have symptoms or has not had close contact to a person with COVID-19).
    • Individuals should limit interactions and avoid travel while awaiting COVID-19 test results.
    • Individuals who test positive for COVID-19 should self-isolate for 10 days. This might mean staying on campus longer than planned.
    • Individuals who test negative for COVID-19 and have not had known contact with someone with COVID-19 should continue to follow the core COVID-19 prevention steps (listed below). Exposure and infection could still occur after the negative result and before arriving at home.
    • Individuals who had close contact with someone with COVID-19 and test negative must still quarantine for 14 days after last exposure. If travel would involve public transportation, this might mean staying on campus longer than planned.

    Travel

    • Students/staff travel home by multiple means, including personal vehicle or commercial/public transportation by airplane, bus, or rideshare.
    • Students/staff should not use commercial/public transportation if they are in isolation or quarantine.
    • Exposures can happen during travel and would negate a pre-travel negative test for COVID-19.
    • To minimize the risk of exposure, students/staff should always (during travel, while at home, before getting tested, while waiting for test results, after getting test results) follow the core prevention steps (e.g., physical distancing, mask, handwashing) and the VDH recommendations for travelers here.

    Activities While at Home

    These activities are especially important if the student/staff member does not limit interactions with others or get tested before travel or if the student/staff member is engaging in risky behaviors (large gatherings, not distancing, not wearing a mask) while home:

    • If possible, use a separate bedroom and bathroom for the first two weeks.
    • Limit the size, frequency, and duration of social interactions. In general, crowds should be avoided and smaller groups are safer than larger groups; fewer interactions are safer than many interactions; and shorter gatherings are safer than longer interactions. Other factors should also be considered, such as the location of the gathering (outdoor gatherings are generally safer than indoor gatherings) and the behavior of people at the gathering. For more information, see here.
    • Be particularly conscientious about following the core COVID-19 prevention steps when around persons who are older, have underlying health conditions, or are otherwise vulnerable to severe illness with COVID-19.
    • Everyone (students/staff and family members) should get tested and monitor their health for COVID-19 symptoms for 14 days after being potentially exposed to COVID-19.
    • Anyone who develops any COVID-19 symptoms, even if symptoms are very mild, should isolate from others and get tested as soon as possible.

    Core COVID-19 Prevention Steps for Everyone to ALWAYS Take, Regardless of Setting

    • Everyone should maintain a safe distance between themselves and others. This means staying out of crowded places and keeping at least six feet away from others when possible. Even when staying six feet apart, everyone should limit the amount of time spent with people other than those in their household
    • Everyone should wear a mask (also known as a cloth face covering) in public settings whenever possible, even when distancing.
    • Everyone should wash their hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol can be used.
    • Frequently touched surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected often.
    • Everyone should stay home when any of the following are met: o They are sick (even if symptoms are very mild)
      • They have tested positive for COVID-19 on a viral test
      • They are waiting for COVID-19 test results
      • They have had close contact with someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days
      • Prevention of influenza (flu) is also important this time of year. The best way to prevent flu is with a flu vaccine. A flu vaccine is recommended for everyone six months old and older, every year, if possible by the end of October. Because it takes the body about two weeks after getting a flu vaccine to develop protection, students are recommended to get the flu vaccine now or at least two weeks before returning home.

    Table. Summary of considerations for students/staff returning home from institutions of higher education by risk of spreading or getting COVID-19.

      Lowest Risk Highest Risk
    Limit Interactions Limit interactions for 14 days either before or after arriving home Do not limit interactions with others for 14 days before or after arriving home
    COVID-19 Testing Tested for COVID-19 before returning home or shortly after arriving (about 1 week after travel) Not tested for COVID-19 before returning home or shortly after arriving (about 1 week after travel)
    Travel Travel alone by private vehicle Travel by public transportation
    Activities while Home Always minimize social interactions - e.g., limit the number of people interacting with and the frequency and duration of interactions Attend large gatherings, especially if not distancing and not wearing masks
    Following “Core” Prevention Steps Always follow Never follow

     

    Additional Resources

    If you are planning to return home to spend time with your family or friends during the holidays or for an extended break, please consider taking these steps to help keep you and those around you who may be at risk for severe COVID-19 safe.

    Step 1: Minimize your risk before you leave and while traveling home

    • Limit interaction with others for 14 days before departure.
    • Wear a mask (also known as a cloth face covering) whenever you interact with
    • another person, especially if you are less than six feet apart, even if you are outside.
    • Consider getting tested for COVID-19 before you leave and wait until you have the results before traveling home. Ideally, this testing would be done as close to your date of departure as possible and no longer than 10-14 days before leaving your school.
    • Get a flu vaccine at least 2 weeks before returning home.
    • Always follow the COVID-19 core prevention steps (e.g., distancing, mask,
    • handwashing) and the VDH recommendations for travelers here to minimize the risk of exposure during travel (whether by personal vehicle or public transportation).

    Step 2: Minimize your risk to your family and friends at home

    • Consider getting tested about 1 week after returning home to help identify any exposures or illness you may have picked up while traveling.
    • Wear a mask as noted above.
    • Minimize interactions with others by spending short periods of time with smaller groups of people, outside if possible, and avoiding long, indoor gatherings.
    • These recommendations are important all of the time, but ESPECIALLY if you will be seeing older relatives or family members with underlying medical conditions.
    • Anyone (you, your family, or friends) who develops any COVID-19 symptoms, even if symptoms are very mild, should isolate from others and get tested as soon as possible.
    • Symptoms of COVID-19 include fever or chills, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, and diarrhea.

    Step 3: Check with your college or university before returning

    • Many schools will have return protocols (such as quarantining and getting tested) that you should follow at the end of the holiday or break.

    • Continue to monitor for any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Isolate from others and get tested if you develop any symptoms.

    If you have more questions about COVID-19, contaact 877-ASK-VDH3 (877-275-8343). If you are having a medical emergency, call 911.

  • November 5, 2020-Regional effort to combat COVID-19

    November 5, 2020

    Emory & Henry College supports the regional effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. President Wells, along with several other community leaders, signed a statement urging the community to take action and help our frontline healthcare workers in the fight against coronavirus.

    Read more at WCYB

  • October 27, 2020-Resumption of on Emory Campus Activities

    October 27, 2020

    In-person classes (or resumption of hybrid classes) and normal operations such as rehearsals and athletic practices on the Emory campus, will resume tomorrow, Wednesday, Oct. 28. During the time away, we have deep cleaned larger common space areas around campus. Please know that cases of COVID-19 in the region continue to rise. As we hear in the news daily - the most important thing everyone can do is to wear their masks, wash their hands, social distance, and avoid large crowds or gatherings. Students who are not following these procedures will meet with Student Affairs to determine the next steps that could include leaving campus for the safety of others.

    Emory & Henry is following its COVID-19 policy and testing guidelines on campus and as well as NCAA and ODAC guidelines. We understand, like most colleges, we will be seeing starts and stops to our daily operations to ensure utmost safety is taking place on campus. We have solid plans and operations in place to ensure the safest environment for our campus community. There are no cases specifically attributed to any particular group at this time. It appears individuals are being exposed to COVID-19 from various sources or locations within the general population. It’s imperative that all faculty, staff and students stay vigilant with their personal safe practices at all times - especially as cases are rising in the region and the nation.

    Emory & Henry’s COVID-19 Task Force, comprised of professionals from across campus will continue to work diligently to monitor and respond to the rapidly changing global and national situation as it pertains to the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak. For continued updates and the E&H dashboard, please visit www.ehc.edu/covid19/.

    Please report any questions or concerns to:

    LEAD CONTACT:

    Greg Steiner
    Associate VP for Process and Effectiveness; Policy Owner
    gsteiner@ehc.edu
    276.944.6763

    BACK-UP CONTACT:

    Ryan Bowyer, Associate Provost & Dean of Students
    rbowyer@ehc.edu
    276.944.6528

  • October 23, 2020-Results of campus-wide testing this week on Emory Campus

    October 23, 2020

    To: Members of the Emory & Henry Community
    From: COVID-19 Task Force

    This letter is to inform the campus community of the next steps following the testing that took place this week. There were 616 tests conducted and currently 34 persons testing positive. Those persons testing positive have been notified of their results. If you have not been called at this point you can assume your test is negative. Most of those tested were asymptomatic and not showing signs of symptoms. We are taking the results seriously however and hitting a pause button to take proper measures per our policy. In reality, this could be our new normal of operations as we continue to test more on campus.

    As a temporary result we are enacting the following steps for the Emory Campus:

    • All Emory Campus classes will move to remote learning immediately beginning today, Friday, Oct. 23 through Tuesday, October 27. Classes will resume their previous delivery on Wednesday, October 28.

    • Students are asked to remain on campus (if not positive or discussed with Student Affairs) and are permitted to move about campus but not go home during this period or leave campus unless an emergency. Now through Tuesday, Oct. 27.

    • Contact tracing will take place starting today through the Virginia Department of Health. Please pay attention to your phone and answer if you don’t recognize the number. If you have been in contact with a positive person you will be asked to move into quarantine living on campus or stay home to work remotely.

    • All staff, where possible, should telecommute and work remotely. Now through Tuesday, Oct. 27.

    • Deep cleaning will take place in significant common spaces and may be closed during this time such as the Library, Van Dyke, etc.

    • Dining will be carry-out effective immediately.

    • Athletic activities remain temporarily suspended.

    We will assess the situation and hope to resume operations as soon as possible. Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines, wash your hands, and wear masks. By following the policies and procedures outlined, we will continue to remain vigilant.

    The student affairs staff team remains diligent with students in quarantine and isolation to safely deliver meals and see to their needs. Please know the safety of faculty, staff and students are of utmost importance.

    Please follow www.ehc.edu/covid19 for updated information and adherence to the policies set forth.