Safe practices for voting; using the Access Pass feature
An Oberlin student with a face mask is waiting to be tested for COVID-19.
National Voter Education Week: Keeping yourself safe and knowing the issues
ObieSafe is collaborating with Oberlin College’s Voter Friendly Campus Coalition this week as we observe National Voter Education Week, October 5 through October 9. Each daily “Day of Action” will focus on a key area that is important to observe leading up to Election Day on November 3, and precautionary COVID-19 safe practices that are applicable to that area. Check out the Campus Digest for more details on each day.
- Monday: #VoteReady—Last day to register to vote
- Tuesday: #MailReady—Request your mail-in ballot
- Wednesday: #VotePlanReady—Make a plan to vote
- Thursday: #BallotReady—Learn what’s on your ballot
- Friday: #WeReady2020—Level up your voting engagement
Reminder to download Access Pass
As part of Oberlin’s COVID-19 strategy, our campus community has already been completing a daily symptom survey. Members of our campus community will now begin to receive a daily access pass after completing their symptom survey each day. The pass can be added to a mobile wallet on Apple or Android, or users can elect to receive their pass via email.
The implementation of these campus access passes allows the college to ensure students, faculty, and staff have taken the time each day to assess their overall health and are healthy enough to be on campus. Such passes also help when contact tracing is needed, particularly when they are scanned for entry or access to a particular part of campus.
COVID epidemiology explained
Throughout most of 2020, we have been getting daily updates on the progression of the COVID-19 pandemic. During the past 10 months, we have seen the number of cases and deaths increase. This reporting gives us a limited outlook on the virus development and the rationale for the public health response. Watch this space in upcoming ObieSafe issues for a deep dive into the COVID numbers.
Approved travel: What happens when you return to campus
In cases where students have been approved for a temporary travel request, they are expected to adhere to protocols upon their return.
When returning to campus, students must first check in with Campus Safety. Campus Safety will escort students to their housing assignment to pack anything needed during their time in the quarantine dorm. Your quarantine dorm room will have sheets on the bed, a blanket, pillow case, towels, washcloths, a welcome kit and a cold kit. Please bring your pillow and additional bedding for comfort as the weather is turning chilly. Campus Safety will initiate the protocol concerning meal delivery and other necessary information to be shared. Your ESA is welcome to quarantine with you, of course!
Students will quarantine for at least seven days, perhaps more, in the quarantine dorm upon their return from travel. A PCR test must be taken after five days (or 120 hours) in quarantine and the student must remain in the quarantine dorm until they receive a clear test result. Once the student receives a clear test result, they may then return to their assigned housing. Please contact the Dean of Students office at 440-775-8462 in advance of approved travel if you have questions concerning quarantine.
Tip of the week: Use Zoom’s chat feature to virtually drop in on a coworker
Did you know that you can “drop in” on a colleague remotely? Rather than visiting a faculty or staff member’s physical office, members of the campus community are strongly encouraged to contact a colleague through the Zoom app from your phone or computer—no scheduling necessary!
Free one-day PCR testing for community members will be held Friday
Lorain County Health & Dentistry will work with the Ohio National Guard, Lorain County Public Health, and the City of Oberlin to conduct a free, one-day COVID-19 testing event in Oberlin. This service is independent of the Oberlin College testing protocol.
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