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ObieSafe Weekly: May 18, 2021

May 18, 2021 4:45 PM

Office of Communications

Changes to campus COVID-19 protocols; update to international travel policy

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

Coronavirus Testing Results
May 11–17
New Tests 169
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.

Vaccination Progress—Go the distance!

Yeobie mascot with arms outstretched. A graphical bar stretches between his hands.
Goal: 80%

As of May 18: 1,374 vaccine cards have been uploaded and approved for the summer term campus population. Remember to upload your card after you’ve had your final dose. View the vaccination progress tracker on the ObieSafe website.

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

A 3-panel illustration, each featuring 2 or 3 albino squirrels at a campus landmark.

  1. Squirrels atop the observatory hold up balloons that say "Last issue of ObieSafe Weekly." The stars in the sky spell out "Wow."
  2. Squirrels slide down the curving Bound Tetrahedron sculpture outside the Science Center as if it's a playground slide, saying "Eek," "Wee," and "It's been quite a ride this year."
  3. Squirrels arrange letters on the marque of the Apollor Theater to say, "Thanks for reading the emails." One squirrel says, "And for hanging in there with us," and another adds, "Safety is a group effort. Great job group efforting!"

Read ObieSafe news in the campus digest

This is the final issue of ObieSafe Weekly. After this week, watch for ObieSafe content in the daily campus digest under the red “ObieSafe” banner. Testing and vaccination data will continue to be reported each Tuesday of the week. Questions and comments can still be directed to

Changes to campus COVID-19 policies

As we enter the summer period, and a campus vaccination rate that will likely be over 80% based on current survey data and response rates, we are confident that our campus is now prepared to take appropriate safety measures without mandates. On Monday, an email was sent to the campus community outlining the changes to COVID-19 protocols. Read the full bulletin here.

Update to international travel policy

The Centers for Disease Control has updated its COVID-19 guidelines for international travel. If you arrive from an international destination prior to your arrival on campus for the summer term, you must complete this questionnaire. Once you complete the survey, you will be contacted personally to finalize the details of your arrival.

1. Those who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after the second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or after the only dose of J&J):

  • Must test at Hales Gym three to five days after arrival in the U.S.
  • Results of PCR test must be submitted to Student Health for students.
  • You do NOT need to quarantine after arriving in the United States.
  • Must attend the first week of class remotely until the PCR result is returned as clear.

2. Those who are not fully vaccinated must follow the current policy:

  • Go to Campus Safety upon arrival to campus if arriving after normal business hours. Check in with Res Ed during normal business hours.
  • Quarantine for seven days.
  • Test on day 5 after arrival in the United States. Student Health will clear students from quarantine once the student forwards their test result.
  • Must attend the first week of class remotely until the PCR result is returned as clear and completed seven days in quarantine.

3. All travelers should continue to follow CDC’s recommendations for traveling safely

  • Maintain 6 feet of social distance.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Wear a mask while traveling.

Process for uploading your vaccine card

Mascot Yeobie holds up his vaccination card.
Photo courtesy of Creg Jantz

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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