Mask Up in the KC & Other Reminders

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Dear Students,

The Covid-19 pandemic is not over. In its 19th month, the pandemic is still a health threat to us all, regardless of our age. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently said it’s going to take humans working together to end the pandemic. “We are battling with one another and not battling with the common foe, which is the virus itself,” she said.

What can we do? We can adhere to the current OC requirement to wear a mask in indoor public spaces. We can educate ourselves on the benefits of the COVID-19 vaccine. We can monitor our health and take seriously any COVID-like symptoms. We can demonstrate Individual and Social Responsibility by considering how our actions may impact the health and well-being of all members of our campus community. We can be kind, patient and flexible.

This week’s OC CARES communication addresses a few important topics:

  1. Flu, Cold, Allergies or COVID-19?
  2. OC Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, Oct. 20
  3. Headed to the KC? Mask Up!
  4. Reminder: Medical Excuse Form Must Be Submitted to ALL Your Instructors
  5. Stay Connected Even if You are in Quarantine or Isolation
Flu, Cold, Allergies or COVID-19?

Flu, cold, allergies and COVID-19 share similar symptoms, which can make it difficult to know what to do if you’re not feeling well.

If you have symptoms, but are not sure if you have COVID-19, the flu, allergies or a cold, return to your residence and contact Campus Safety immediately at 269-794-7911 for assistance and instructions. Employees should contact human resources.

Even if you test negative for COVID-19, if you have flu or cold symptoms, please stay home for your health and safety and the health and safety of others. Just like COVID-19, every time you sneeze or cough you release germ-filled droplets into the air and risk spreading the flu or cold to other people. Like COVID-19, the flu and colds are contagious and can spread easily.

OC Flu and COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic, Oct. 20
  • Students and employees are encouraged to attend the OC Flu Vaccine Clinic, Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Health and Wellness Center (HWC), Mott Room 212A.
  • Flu vaccines are covered by many insurance plans. If your insurance plan does not cover the flu shot, you may still receive the vaccination for $23.
  • The FREE COVID-19 Moderna vaccination will also be available at the HWC. If you have not received your COVID-19 vaccine, we encourage you to attend the Oct. 20 vaccination clinic.
  • Be sure to wear clothing that allows access to the upper arm.
  • Check the OC app and watch for emails from Jason Meadows for more details.
  • Walk-ins are welcome. If you have questions, or if you’d like to make an appointment, email Kathy Hunnewell or call 269-749-6678.
Headed to the KC? Mask Up!

Masks are required to be worn properly (covering the nose and mouth) in all indoor public spaces, including the KC. Please wear your mask at the following times while in the KC:

  • As you enter the building.
  • While in line to have your card swiped.
  • While making your way to and from food and beverage stations.
  • When you leave your table to return to a food or beverage station or when you clear your table.
  • As you exit the building.

Masks are not required to be worn once you are seated and eating.

Thank you for masking up in the KC!

Reminder: Medical Excuse Form Must Be Submitted to ALL Your Instructors

If you receive a medical excuse from the Department of Residence Life for COVID-19 related isolation or quarantine, you are required to give the excuse to ALL of your instructors as soon as possible to ensure any absences from class are excused. Instructors are not required to accept the excuse weeks or months after your illness.

Stay Connected Even if You are in Quarantine or Isolation

If you are quarantined or in isolation due to COVID-19, we encourage you to stay connected as much as possible. We’re here for you.

  1. Communicate with your instructors, all of them, to ensure your absences are excused and to make arrangements to complete required class work.
  2. If you are well enough, stay on top of your class assignments; don’t wait until the end of your quarantine or isolation period.
  3. Answer any call from the 269 area code. Members of the student engagement and residence life teams will be calling to check in with you to see how you are doing and asking how they can help.
  4. Monitor your OC email to ensure you don’t miss any important communications, such as spring registration details.

“You will be remembered, in the long haul, for the quality of your work, not the quantity of your work. No one evaluates Picasso based on the number of paintings he churned out.”Tom Peters, American writer on business management practices


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