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Spring Term COVID-19 Testing Information for Undergraduates

January 14, 2022
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​Dear Full-time Undergraduate Students:

(The entire Whitworth community is receiving this message in order to keep everyone updated on this important information.)

Thank you for all of your extraordinary efforts in protecting our community from COVID-19 through the Fall and Jan terms. As we look forward to Spring Term, we ask that all students, staff and faculty remain vigilant in their efforts to protect one another as the COVID-19 case count continues to rise in our region due to the omicron variant.

The following policies and procedures will be in effect for the Spring Term. Our ability to manage these factors is directly related to our desire to continue to hold in-person classes on campus.

RE-ENTRY TESTING*
  • Required COVID-19 Testing for All Vaccination-Exempt Students: All vaccination-exempt students (both on and off campus) will need to go through re-entry testing. Testing details:
    • ​Tuesday, Feb. 1, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in Hixson Union Building Multipurpose Room (HUB MPR)
    • Wednesday, Feb. 2, 10:30 a.m-4:30 p.m., in HUB MPR
    • Thursday, Feb. 3, 12:30-3:30 p.m., in HUB MPR
  • Required COVID-19 Testing for All On-Campus Students Who Have Not Yet Received a Booster: All on-campus students who have not yet received a booster shot will need to go through re-entry testing. See details above.
Please note, if students in the above groups are able to acquire a negative COVID-19 test result within 48 hours before arriving on campus (Feb. 1, 2 or 3) and upload an image of their negative COVID-19 test here, they will NOT need to participate in this campus testing.

*Testing for vaccination-exempt and non-boostered students is contingent upon the university being able to procure enough tests for these dates.

BOOSTERS

Whitworth strongly encourages students to receive a booster to their vaccinations. Click here to upload your booster/vaccination information. Having a booster will exempt you from the re-entry testing described above.

The university plans to hold a clinic in February for those who want a booster. The date of this clinic, however, will be after the required testing described above.

MASKING

Masking will continue to be required for indoor spaces. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends face masks that have multiple layers of material. For extra protection, a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask is recommended (double masking). Wash your cloth masks between uses, and be sure to only wear disposable masks once. The CDC recommends against single-layer masks and masks that do not form a proper leak-free fit over your mouth and nose. For optimal protection, you'll want to look for an N95 mask, designed to filter at least 95 percent of all airborne particles. (KN95 masks offer a similar level of protection.)

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

We encourage full-time undergraduate students who are experiencing symptoms to contact the student health center at 507.777.3259 for medical guidance. After hours or on weekends, contact the CHAS Nurse Advice Hotline at 509.444.8200.

We look forward to seeing you back on campus. If you have questions about testing, symptoms or other COVID-related issues, please contact the COVID Care Team at covidcareteam@whitworth.edu or visit our COVID-19 webpage for answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Thank you for your cooperation. We look forward to seeing you this spring.