Campus Bulletin: Current Students, Faculty and Staff, Parents, ObieSafe

ObieSafe Weekly: April 13, 2021

April 13, 2021 5:45 PM

Office of Communications

Guidelines for starting summer term; post-vaccination protocols

Obie Safe Weekly: Caring for Our Community. (The squirrel mascot is wearing a mask.)

Coronavirus Testing Results
April 6–12
New Tests 358
New Positives 0
% Positive 0.00%
The data reported here reflect Oberlin’s testing protocol only. Cumulative totals and information on testing procedures are available at the ObieSafe website.


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Created for ObieSafe by Boston-based artist Beth Wolfensberger Singer P’19.

Four Ways to Support an Obie Athlete Friend During This Spectatorless Time

A 4-panel illustration.

  1. Send a pre-competition audio message pep talk/meditation that you totally made up. An iPhone with a speech bubble says, “As you breathe in, picture yourself triumphant. Exhale, feeling good vibes from all your supporters, but especially me.”
  2. Sharpie their team number on a piece of scrap cloth. Pin to wherever and make sure they notice. A pair of sneakers has the number 2 sewn on the toes; a pair of jeans has a 47 sewn on the back pocket.
  3. Give them a jar of written representations of the whoops and hollers you would have emitted if at the competition. A jar full of slips of paper is tied up with a "classy shoelace bow option." A few of the papers say Go Yeo!, Yeah! (with a smiley), and You've Got This! (with a heart).
  4. Present them with a homemade calorie replenishment kit (basically just cookies) for after. Recipe: Chocolate chip cookie recipe on any bag of chips, but add extra teaspoon vanilla (for kick) and one and a half cups quick-cooking oats (for making it count as healthy). Pictured: cookies and a chip package.

Closing note: You are a really good fan.

First week of summer term will be remote- accessible

An open, wrought-iron gate between 2 campus buildings.
Photo credit: Tanya Rosen-Jones ’97

The first week of summer semester will be remote-accessible. The following students can attend classes in person:

  • Students who have uploaded vaccine cards to the Student Health portal and are two weeks beyond their final dose.
  • Students who are not vaccinated but have received a negative PCR test upon arrival to campus.

The following students must attend class remotely:

  • Students who have not received the results of their arrival PCR test.
  • Students who traveled internationally and are not vaccinated. These students must quarantine for one week after their arrival to the U.S. They will test on the third to fifth day and must have a negative result prior to leaving quarantine.
  • Students who traveled internationally, are vaccinated, but have not received their negative PCR test on the third to fifth day. These students do not need to quarantine but should wait to attend class until a clear test result is returned.

You're vaccinated—now what?

A masked student reads while sitting on the grass.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

DO: Wear your mask, maintain six feet of physical distance, wash your hands, and keep filling out your daily symptom survey.

DO: Upload your vaccine card to the student health portal! If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, do it right away! If you received a two-dose vaccine, upload your card right after your second dose so you don't forget.

DO: Be hopeful. We need to remain diligent in our efforts, but we are almost there.

DO: Rest, relax, rejuvenate. You may experience some side effects, which is a good sign that the vaccine is working. Side effects are generally mild and last 24 to 72 hours. Symptoms such as low-grade fever, headache, soreness at the site of injection, and muscle aches are all common. You can take Tylenol or ibuprofen to alleviate side effects.

DON'T: Go maskless. Masks are still required on campus.

DON'T: Party. It is exciting to be vaccinated, but you can still transmit the virus to those who may not be fully immune yet. ObieSafe policies regarding parties and gatherings are still in effect.

Find a second-dose appointment

Need to schedule a second-dose appointment? Find clinic dates and second-dose resources on the Lorain County Department of Public Health website.

Process for uploading your vaccine card

Students, faculty and staff who are two weeks post-vaccination (after two doses of Moderna/Pfizer or one dose of Johnson & Johnson) should upload their vaccine card as soon as possible. This documentation will establish the percent of campus herd immunity, which indicates that a large part of the campus is protected. The information facilitates decision-making regarding return to “normal” activities.


  1. Open your Student Health Portal by clicking on the link from the OC Student Health website or through Oberview (Medicat).
  2. Click on the IMMUNIZATION tab, click Enter Dates, and scroll down to Covid-19 vaccine. Enter the date(s) you had the vaccine administered. SUBMIT.
  3. Take a picture of your immunization card given to you at the time of vaccination. Click on the UPLOADS tab, select Immunization record, click Select File and choose the verification of your Covid-19 vaccine to submit. UPLOAD.


  1. Take a picture of your COVID-19 vaccination card and save it to your computer or Android device (Note: You cannot use an iPhone or iPad to submit your card).
  2. Navigate to OberView in Firefox, Chrome, Edge, or Internet Explorer from a computer or Android device and click on the Upload COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card task.
  3. Read the instructions, fill out the form, attach the image of your card, and click Submit.

Once reviewed by Human Resources, you will receive a notification that your card has been accepted or rejected. Rejection reasons may include attaching the incorrect image, the image being unreadable, or entering vaccination information on the form that is different than what is on the card.

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