Dear Marietta College Campus Community and The Long Blue Line,

Several good items were discussed in today’s COVID-19 Recovery Task Force meeting that are worth sharing.

Campus numbers for quarantine and isolation are very low, and those who are currently being monitored are expected to be released from restriction by week’s end. This does not include any positive test results that we may receive from yesterday’s Ohio National Guard sampling of 531 students and employees — but our current numbers are very good. You can track Marietta College’s COVID-19 numbers daily on our site — www.marietta.edu/covid-19-cases-reporting. Another important number we learned in today’s meeting is that Washington County’s COVID-19 numbers are falling, with a daily average of 13.3 new cases per day. That is the lowest average since November. We anticipate the results from Tuesday’s sampling by Friday, and I will continue to encourage students and employees to sign up for these volunteer tests as often as they would like. We encourage you to register for the tests in advance by using the links below, and testing runs from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Tuesdays in the Dyson Baudo Recreation Center. However, if you arrive on Tuesday and have not registered, you can register on your phone/tablet/computer via a QR code that is provided. We are grateful to the Ohio National Guard, as well as the many employee volunteers, who coordinate these important services to our campus.

Students - https://mako.exchange/covid19-ereq/?account_number=15150&account_name=ODH-DBRC-STUDENTS&provider_fname=Steven&provider_lname=Howe&provider_npi=1053388066
Employees - https://mako.exchange/covid19-ereq/?account_number=15151&account_name=ODH-DBRC-STAFF&provider_fname=Michael&provider_lname=Brockett&provider_npi=1366419343

The changes made over winter break by the Office of Academic Affairs, Information Technology, Physical Plant and the Office of Student Life have also made a difference. The new classroom layout, which includes taped spacing on the floors, has resulted in no classroom-related quarantines so far this semester. Many thanks to those faculty and staff who worked hard over the winter break to help improve our safety protocols. The spacing in the classrooms and labs and the adherence to the Marietta College Cocktail (facemasks, hand washing, physical distancing, and monitoring and reporting symptoms) will continue to be stressed throughout the semester.

The Center for Health and Wellness reports that students are utilizing the campus health services and some are presenting with symptoms of upper respiratory infection, which are similar to COVID-19 (headache, sinus pressure and congestion), but are not positive for COVID-19. This is exactly what we want our students to do: monitor and report symptoms of illness. Also, our Campus Police Department secured a grant last year for PPE, and has 32-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer available to offices on campus that are in need. Please connect with CPD if you need additional supplies.

The Office of Student Life and our campus health officials continue to meet with the local health department on a regular basis to learn about potential new guidelines regarding COVID-19. We will update our campus community on any changes or additions being made at the local, state and federal level.

This morning, I sent the task force the current list of pharmacies that are supposed to be included in the February 11, 2021, vaccine rollout. Here are the locations in our area:

  • Walgreens
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Walmart
  • Sam’s Club
  • Rite Aid
  • Kroger
  • Costco Wholesale
  • Giant Eagle

Our local hospital wants to remind everyone who wants to be vaccinated to sign up so they can receive the vaccine as soon as it is available to them. Below are a few links to register for the vaccine locally:

West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources:
https://dhhr.wv.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Vaccine.aspx

Washington County//Marietta/Belpre Health Department:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScf1Sn7V3J-c8m_g4UaQcsS4zs8mSZMz8IyGuQaipQW3hld-g/viewform

Marietta Memorial Hospital:
https://mhsystem.org/coronavirus/#anchor-covid-19vaccinewaitlist

Kroger:
https://www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated

Giant Eagle:
https://www.gianteagle.com/covidvaccine

Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to continue to focus on the actions we are taking and the progress we are making on campus and in our community to stem the spread of COVID-19. I know it is difficult not to extend your bubble for special events — including this weekend’s Super Bowl Sunday — but our priority needs to remain the same: for our community to get through this pandemic and the academic year successfully and healthy.

Bring Forth a Pioneer!

Bill Ruud
President and Professor of Management