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December 2, 2021

Reminder of the week 

As predicted, there is an increase in positive COVD-19 cases following travel and holiday gatherings. During this holiday season, please continue to remember the decisions you make related to COVID-19 risk management impact our community.

In addition to vaccination against COVID-19 (and the flu), please get tested before and after travel, wash your hands often, use the COVID-19 Symptoms, Exposure, or Positive Test Reporting Form if appropriate, and continue wearing face coverings indoors to protect fellow Bulldogs.

Today's COVID-19 snapshots

Employee cases 

 

Redlands campus
(# of employees = 683)

Marin campus
(# of employees = 26)

All other campuses
(# of employees = 11)

On-site worker new cases1 in last 7 days

2

0

0

Telecommuter new cases1 in last 7 days

1

0

0

Total cases1
since Aug. 2021

15 (2.2%)

[8 on campus; 7 remote]

0

0

[1] Laboratory confirmed positive cases.

Student cases

 

Redlands campus
(# in residence = 1,485)

Redlands local off-campus4

Marin campus
(# in residence = 18)

Other regional campuses (commuter)4

New cases1 in last 7 days

3

0

0

0

Total cases from Aug. 2021

12 (0.8%)

8

0

0

Currently in isolation2

3

0

0

0

Currently in quarantine3

0

0

0

0

[1] Laboratory confirmed positive cases.
[2] Laboratory confirmed positive cases who are being kept away from others until deemed no longer a risk of spreading the disease.
[3] Students with known exposure to a positive case and/or those showing symptoms but not yet confirmed via laboratory results who are separated from others and restricted in their movements.
[4] Off-campus students accessing a campus for in-person classes.

Vaccination status

 

Vaccinated

Exempted

Unknown

Employees1
[11/30/21]

612 (89.7%)

48 (7%)

22 (3.2%)

College of Arts & Sciences
Undergraduate Students2
[11/30/21]

2,155 (96.8%)

71 (3.2%)

0 (0%)

College of Arts & Sciences
Graduate Students3
[11/30/21]

127 (96.2%)

5 (3.8%)

0 (0%)

School of Business & Society Graduate & Undergraduate Students3
[11/30/21]

73 (98.6%)

1 (1.4%)

0 (0%)

School of Education Students4
[12/1/21]

478 (90.4%)

34 (6.4%)

17 (3.2%)

Graduate School of Theology Students3
[11/30/21]

18 (94.7%)

1 (5.3%)

0 (0%)

[1] Staff and full-time faculty, excluding adjuncts, at all campuses. New hires have 60 days to report vaccination status; those who have not yet provided documentation are included in the “Unknown” category, which is why this number fluctuates.
[2] Almost entirely in-person.
[3] Student numbers include only those who participate in on-campus classes; the vaccination status of online students is not tracked. The School of Continuing Studies is currently holding most classes online.
[4] Numbers include all active students, regardless of their participation in on-campus or online classes, and may include students who are in the process of having their degrees signed off.

News you can use

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expanded eligibility for booster shots to all adults ages 18 years and older who received their Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccination series at least six months ago or Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen shot at least two months ago. According to the CDC, “Everyone ages 18 and older should get a booster shot… You may choose which COVID-19 vaccine you receive as a booster shot. Some people may prefer the vaccine type that they originally received, and others may prefer to get a different booster. CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.” 

Recommended read

Hadas Gold of CNN writes, “What the world could learn from Israel's Covid-19 vaccine booster rollout”; in Israel, people are not considered fully vaccinated until they have received a third dose of the vaccine, once eligible.

Looking for more information on the Omicron variant? Try “New Virus Variant Stokes Concern but Vaccines Still Likely to Work” by Carl Zimmer of The New York Times.

Do you have an article to recommend to others or suggestions for this newsletter? Email urreadybrief@redlands.edu.

 

Additional information on the University’s COVID-19 response—including FAQs, videos, dashboards, and past messages—is available at Redlands.edu/URready