July 21, 2020 12:00 PM
Office of Communications

Introducing ObieSafe Weekly, your resource for health and safety on campus.

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

What is the ObieSafe Weekly?

The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing change to our lives, and to life at Oberlin, at a furious pace. ObieSafe is the college’s comprehensive campaign to give you the information you need to stay healthy, adapt to changes large and small, and help your fellow Obies thrive. 

The ObieSafe Weekly gathers the most important news of the week in one place and makes it easy for you to stay up to date and pursue the information you most need. ObieSafe Weekly will bring you the latest COVID-19 test results on campus; provide practical news and tips for your daily life; connect you with deeper campus and public resources; feature student, academic and leadership voices; and give you a peek at the way other Obies are helping the college and the world grapple with this historic challenge.

It’s safer than a hug, more fun than a facemask, and as close as the nearest screen.

Protect yourself and others. Wear a mask. Stay six feet from others. Wash your hands often.

Take a sneak peek at ObieSafe campus signage

The Office of Communications has created a suite of safety and informational signage to complement the ObieSafe campaign. Soon, these signs will be posted campus-wide to encourage safe and healthy behaviors.

Take a look at the signage you’ll be seeing

PALs discuss keeping one another safe

As students return to campus this fall, keeping one another safe will be a community effort. Hear from PALs about how Oberlin students are well-positioned to unite and help keep the campus safe. PAL director Nathan Carpenter ’20 leads a discussion with seniors Julia Rohde, Zareen Kang, and Khalid McCalla. Watch the conversation below ⬇︎

What will COVID-19 testing look like?

A medical provider explains a test to a patient.As part of the safety measures in place for the campus reopening as well as the academic year, members of the college community will be tested for COVID-19 each month. Testing will take place in the field house, and the schedule of appointments for testing will be released shortly. Mercy Allen will administer the program in conjunction with Tempus, a testing laboratory based in Chicago. This video from Tempus takes you step-by-step through the testing process.

Watch the Tempus video now

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.


ObieSafe Weekly provides the news, information — and the occasional smile — we all need to navigate the pandemic and help our community thrive. Find the tools you need in your inbox every Tuesday at noon.