Together Safely

Creating a safe and healthy campus for our students, faculty, staff and community members.

The black squirrel wearing Together Safely mask.In March 2021, Albion College announced plans to return to 100% in-person instruction for the Fall 2021 academic semester. Our Together Safely plan for Fall 2021 prioritizes face-to-face instruction, increased opportunities for community dining and a rich and active menu of in-person activities, including in-person athletic schedules, while striving to create a safe and healthy environment for our whole community. To this end, the College is requiring that all students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 unless a medical or religious waiver is approved.

Our COVID-19 team has worked closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) to monitor coronavirus developments in our region and are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

 

Weekly COVID-19 Update

Last updated: Friday, October 22, 2021. For the Fall 2021 semester, we will share a summary of positive cases and policies in place at the end of each week.

  • *Active COVID-19 Positive Cases: 0
  • Total COVID-19 Positive Cases since August 30, 2021: 69
  • **Number of students in quarantine: 0

*All active COVID-19 positive cases are in isolation.
**Quarantined students are those who are unvaccinated close contacts to positive cases.

  • CDC Level of Transmission for Calhoun County: High

Albion College Policies in Place: 

  1. Masks required for all students/faculty/staff/visitors in College buildings.
  2. Limit on-campus dining in Lower Baldwin to students/faculty/staff only.
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Together Safely Policy Dashboard

For Fall 2021, our COVID-19 mitigation strategy is responsive to the transmission rate status assigned to Calhoun County by the CDC. Our policy dashboard demonstrates how policies will be implemented or relaxed based on the transmission rate in the county and our vaccination rates on campus.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Albion College’s COVID-19 mitigation strategy for Fall 2021? Toggle Accordion

Our COVID-19 team has worked closely with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and the Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD) to monitor coronavirus developments in our region and are following guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Our COVID-19 mitigation strategy is designed to be responsive to the transmission rate status assigned to Calhoun County by the CDC. Our Together Safely COVID-19 Policy Dashboard demonstrates how policies will be implemented or relaxed based on the transmission rate in the county and our vaccination rates on campus. Requirements from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) and Calhoun County Public Health Department will supersede the dashboard.

Is Albion requiring students, faculty and staff to be immunized against COVID-19? Toggle Accordion

Yes. For the Fall 2021 semester, Albion is requiring all students, faculty and staff who are learning, living, teaching or working on campus to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and present proof of vaccination unless a medical or religious waiver is approved.

Will College-sponsored domestic travel be allowed? Toggle Accordion

Yes.

Will students need approval to travel or work off campus? Toggle Accordion

No.

Can students move freely between residence halls? Toggle Accordion

Yes.

Can students visit local businesses freely? Toggle Accordion

Yes.

Will I be required to wear a mask this Fall? Toggle Accordion

Albion College will require all unvaccinated students, faculty, staff and visitors to wear a mask inside College buildings for Fall 2021.

In addition, when Calhoun County is in the Substantial or High Transmission category as defined by the CDC, all students, faculty, staff and visitors will be required to wear a mask when entering College buildings regardless of vaccination status.

Will Albion College be performing surveillance testing this Fall? Toggle Accordion

Yes, we will continue to perform weekly wastewater testing in order to assess the possibility of infection on campus and inform our COVID-19 mitigation strategy. We will also follow NCAA and Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) COVID-19 testing guidelines for student-athletes.

What should I do if I feel ill this Fall? Toggle Accordion

To support students in maintaining the greatest degree of wellness possible, Albion College has partnered with Oaklawn Hospital to provide health care to students. Oaklawn Medical Group-Albion and the Express Care clinic are available from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week during term time, and can be contacted at (517) 654-1020.

The following symptoms are associated with COVID-19:

  • Fever or chills
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headache
  • New loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat
  • Congestion or runny nose
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea

If you experience any of these symptoms between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, contact Albion’s COVID-19 team at (517) 629-0220 or covidteam@albion.edu, or seek medical care at the Oaklawn Medical Group-Albion and the Express Care clinic, located at 302 N Monroe St Suite A, Albion, MI 49224.

If you experience any of these symptoms after hours or on weekends, call Campus Safety at (517) 629-1234.

If you have a health issue not related to COVID-19, call Oaklawn Medical Group-Albion and the Express Care for guidance during their open hours, 11 a.m to 8 p.m., seven days a week, or schedule a telehealth appointment using AlbionCare.

Express Care Albion is a walk-in clinic that sees clients on a first-come, first-served basis and can be contacted at (517) 654-1020.

For after-hours care, AlbionCare is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

If you need assistance with any of the above, or with transportation, contact Campus Safety at (517) 629-1234.

What percentage of students are in compliance with Albion's COVID-19 vaccine policy? Toggle Accordion

As of September 2021, 100% of students are in compliance with Albion College’s COVID-19 vaccine policy, which requires students, faculty and staff who are returning to campus to receive the COVID-19 vaccine unless a medical or religious waiver is approved. Approximately 85% of students are vaccinated.

Will students who test positive for COVID-19 need to be isolated? Toggle Accordion

Yes, the College has set aside isolation housing for students who test positive for COVID-19. Accommodations will be made to allow students in isolation to continue to access academic support and campus resources.

If I am identified as a close contact, will I need to quarantine? Toggle Accordion

All unvaccinated students, faculty and staff members who are identified as a close contact will be placed in quarantine in accordance with CCPHD requirements. Vaccinated students, faculty and staff members who are identified as close contacts will not need to quarantine but will be asked to mask for 14 days and report any COVID-19 symptoms they experience during that time to the COVID-19 team.

If I test positive for COVID-19 or I am notified that I am a close contact, what should I do? Toggle Accordion

Students, faculty and staff members who test positive or are a close contact must notify the COVID-19 team by contacting at (517) 629-0220 or covidteam@albion.edu. Our COVID-19 team will provide additional instructions.

Will COVID-19 testing be available to me this Fall? Toggle Accordion

Yes, students, faculty and staff can access free community testing in Washington Gardner. The testing is sponsored by the State of Michigan, is free and is available Monday and Wednesday, noon to 7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

How can I get vaccinated? Toggle Accordion

Albion College will be offering a drive-through clinic on campus on Saturday, September 11, with a clinic for the second dose on Saturday, October 2. In the coming weeks, the State of Michigan will also be offering vaccinations in the Washington Gardner COVID-19 testing center every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.

If you need assistance finding other vaccination options in Albion, please contact the COVID-19 Response Team (covidteam@albion.edu).

Will Albion College be reporting COVID-19 data this Fall? Toggle Accordion

Yes, Albion will report the number of active cases on campus and the number of students in isolation and quarantine on a testing dashboard.


Questions?

If you have further questions about our Together Safely plan for Fall 2021, contact our COVID-19 Response Team: (517) 629-0220 or covidteam@albion.edu

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