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ObieSafe Weekly: November 24, 2020

November 24, 2020 2:15 PM

Office of Communications

Find out who won the song parody contest; important reminders about testing

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

Coronavirus Testing Results
November 17–23
New Tests 718
New Positives 4
% Positive 0.56%
The data reported above reflect Oberlin’s testing protocol only. Cumulative totals and information on testing procedures are available at the ObieSafe website.

Grid of pet portraits includes 3 dogs, a cat, a horse, and a pig.

Paws up for pet pictures

Your four-legged and aquatic friends have missed you. One perk of remote learning is the opportunity to reunite with a faithful companion. Share the love and send your pet pics to We’ll publish them in a future ObieSafe Weekly.

A clear winner emerges in the COVID-19 song parody contest

A YouTube screen covered in question marks. Link goes to the winning video.
Guess who?

This submission captured the most votes in last week's poll. Each participant in the winning team will receive a $100 gift certificate from a local business of their choosing (up to $500 per team). Find out the winning team.

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.

Travel safely to reduce the risk of spread

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.

Reminder about testing in December

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.

COVID epidemiology explained: Promising news about vaccines

Public acceptance of a vaccine is critical for achieving herd immunity. Learn more about how vaccines work.

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