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Oglethorpe University implements new COVID-19 guidelines this semester

Sophie-Ann McCulloch

ATLANTA, GA - Oglethorpe University is adapting new COVID-19 plans for the new semester. The decision was made based on the students, staff, and faculty vaccination rate, which is over 91%.

The university's health consultant is taking input from CDC, local and state departments of health guidelines during the making of the rules.

Students, staff, and faculty are expected to be fully vaccinated by Fall. Students and employees will be asked to confirm their vaccination status and will have the opportunity to apply for medical or religious accommodation. Staff is back to working at the university at the beginning of August.

Students and employees must wear face masks in all indoor spaces regardless of their vaccination status unless they are eating, drinking, or alone away from everyone. They also have to immediately stay at home and contact their primary care provider for assistance if they are feeling ill or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

In-person classes will continue according to the original plan, a mask should be intact in all classrooms. And due to the limited of their effectiveness, face shields are prohibited as face covering, anyone who chooses to wear one, must also wear a mask underneath.

Oglethorpe will host vaccination clinics on campus, to assist everyone involved in the campus operation. These free, COVID-19 vaccine clinics are a partnership program with the DeKalb County Board of Health. No appointment, proof of citizenship, or health insurance are needed, and the clinics are open for everyone.

Visitors and guests at the campus must wear a face mask while indoors and follow other COVID-19 guidelines. It is also strongly recommended that all student-sponsored events should be held virtually. All social gatherings must be approved by the faculty first.

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