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

ObieSafe Weekly: November 17, 2020

November 17, 2020 3:15 PM

Office of Communications

Testing site moves in December; vote for your favorite song parody

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

Coronavirus Testing Results
November 10–16
New Tests 1,172
New Positives 1
% Positive 0.09%
The data reported above reflect Oberlin’s testing protocol only. Cumulative totals and information on testing procedures are available at the ObieSafe website.

ObieSafe gives thanks for reading (Illustration)

Transcription follows.
Created for ObieSafe by the talented Beth Wolfensberger Singer P’19.

ObieSafe Weekly Data Feast

An illustration of food items representing data.

  • Stack of plates
    • 16 issues
    • Average email readership per week: 4,720
  • Wheel of cheese: Average email open rate
    • Campus 59%
    • Parents 46%
  • Bottle of sparkling water with 2 full glasses
    • Most clicked link: Honoring the Community Agreement
    • Campus: 771 clicks
    • Parents: 761 clicks
  • Loaf of bread: Average email opens
    • Campus: 2,825
    • Parents: 1,895
  • ObieSafe Weekly website pageviews for all 16 issues: 12,250.
  • Pageviews for ObieSafe branded web pages: more than 100,000.
  • An apple pie: Reader devices
    • Phone: 48%
    • Computer: 48%
    • Tablet: 4%
  • A pumpkin pie: Reader locations
    • 96% US (one-third in Ohio)
    • Top international readership: Canada, UK, Vietnam
  • Knife and spoon: Mmm...filling. Thank you for reading!
Two women speak into a microphone while holding a script. Black & white photo.
Oberlin College Archives photo, 1975.

Vote for your favorite COVID-19 song parody

Three stellar submissions were offered for consideration. Now, we want the campus community to choose a favorite! Use the Google form to watch the videos and decide the winning entry.

Testing is moving to Hales Gym on December 2

Hales Gym exterior
Photo by Yvonne Gay

Thank you to the Department of Athletics for hosting the College’s COVID-19 testing site at the Williams Fieldhouse this semester. But as the weather turns colder, it is time to allow our athletes to access the fieldhouse and move the testing site to a more central location on campus. Beginning December 2, all COVID-19 testing will take place at Hales Gym (180 W. Lorain Street). Those arriving for their monthly test should enter the building through the main door off of Lorain Street near the Cat in the Cream. For those directed to Hales for symptomatic testing, please enter the main gym doors on the left side of the building. Parking is available for all behind the building and off of Woodland Street.

No walk-in tests permitted

As a reminder, walk-in testing is not permitted at the testing center. Please make every reasonable effort to keep your scheduled testing date and time. Should you need to make an appointment for this week due to late scheduling or other special circumstances, please email with details related to your request.

Coming to campus? Schedule your test for December

Sign indicates "bay number 4 available"
Photo by Yvonne Gay

Staff, faculty, and a small number of students will continue to come to campus between November 25 and the end of the year. Everyone coming to campus needs to remain in Oberlin’s testing protocol and needs to be tested in December. Testing is available December 2 through December 18. You should have received an email with a link in early November to schedule your test. If you did not, please reach out to Read more about testing in December and January.

ObieSafe travel tips to keep everyone safe

An Oberlin street at night
Photo by Yvonne Gay

Members of our Oberlin community will be traveling from November 25 through January 3 for a variety of reasons. Most students will return home. Faculty and staff may travel to see family or to take a vacation. During the pandemic, travel introduces a health risk that can be mitigated by taking appropriate steps. To protect ourselves, as well as those we are traveling with or are going to see, it is important that we reduce the risk of contracting COVID and spreading it to others. Read on for guidelines to help keep everyone safe.

Many packages stacked in a mail room.
Photo by Yvonne Gay

Package delivery in spring semester

For those living on campus in the spring 2021 semester, the Oberlin Student Mailroom will only be accessible to students once they have received negative test results from their entry COVID-19 test. In order to navigate this and assist with the transition back to campus, staff will be pre-delivering essential packages to your individual residential space. Due to volume and staff capacity, only items considered essential will be delivered. Essential items include, but are not limited to, medicine, academic supplies, and bedding. Please see the below information on package deliveries:

  • If you would like to request an essential package delivery, please complete this form in full. All essential packages which you would like delivered must arrive at the Oberlin College Student Mail Room by December 18, 2020.

  • Due to custody issues, we are unable to deliver to any off-campus residence.

  • If you live in a shared housing unit (i.e. village space), your package will be left in a common area.

  • If you have questions about locating your OCMR or T-number, please use the “My Self Service Profile” feature.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Dean of Students Office at 440-775-8462 or

COVID epidemiology explained: Vaccine development

With COVID-19 cases spiking in the United States, there is a clear benefit to mobilize a vaccine as quickly as possible.

Get in touch with the ObieSafe team

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