August 18, 2020 4:00 PM
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An Obie guide to move-in and quarantine

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


COVID-19 Weekly Test Results
For tests conducted from August 5 to August 12, 2020
Tests Administered 626
Positive Tests 0
% Positive 0.00%
Visit the ObieSafe website for more information about testing.

Launch of Full Measure app

Full Measure is the daily symptoms monitoring tool, part of Oberlin’s layered health care strategy. Students, faculty, and staff are asked to use this self-assessment before going to class, work, or other places on campus.

Read more about Full Measure

A lounge with the furniture spaced far apart.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

A handy guide to the move-in process

We’ve put together a reference guide that summarizes the steps for Fall 2020 move-in.

View the infographic

Oberlin statement on “pods”

Out of a strong commitment to the health of our campus community and our neighbors in Lorain County, Oberlin is taking every precaution and has adopted a very conservative approach to our return to campus. While we recognize that quarantine pods offer certain benefits, we do not feel that they outweigh the risks.

Read Oberlin’s statement on pods

A medical worker administers a nasal swab test to President Ambar.
Photo credit: Yvonne Gay

President Ambar shares her COVID-19 test experience, and it’s really just a walk in the park

Walk along with President Ambar as she reports for her nasasl swab test at Williams Field House.

Watch the video

Paperwork for COVID-19 test: What to expect

A consent form is a common requirement for medical appointments and tests. The form is brief and will not take long to complete. You can download the PDF file to read the entire form. On the back of the form, you’ll be asked a short list of health and demographic questions.

Read about what questions to expect

An Obie guide to quarantine

We know you have lots of questions about what to do after move-in, like What can I do in my dorm room during quarantine? or When can I get food?

Check out the Obie Guide to Quarantine infographic

How to shop local in Oberlin

Downtown retail shops, restaurants, and service providers are tailoring their operations for COVID-19 protocols. Get the scoop on downtown shopping from the Oberlin Business Partnership website.

Questions we’ve been asked

Q. What happens if I test positive for COVID-19? Who will take care of me?

A. If a student tests positive for COVID-19, they will be transported to the hotel, where they will have a room with their own bathroom. Students will be provided information on what to pack for their stay, which could be for up to 10 days or more, how to monitor their symptoms and who to call if symptoms worsen. Medical professionals from Student Health Services will check in with students daily to monitor symptoms and make sure they have everything they need. Food will be delivered three times a day to the student's room. Students will be able to access their classes online.

Read more in the Health: COVID-19 Monitoring, Testing, and Response section of the Reopening FAQs.

Tip of the week: How to effectively wear masks

You will be issued five reusable masks. Wear the mask with the white lining side against your face. The mask must cover your nose, mouth, and chin. Should your masks be lost or become damaged, please contact the Environmental Health and Safety Office at ehs@oberlin.edu for replacements.

Get in touch with the ObieSafe team

Have something to share in a future issue of ObieSafe Weekly? Email obiesafe@oberlin.edu with story ideas or information you’d like to have considered for publication.


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