Together Safely

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

Our Together Safely plan for Spring 2022 prioritizes face-to-face instruction and as many opportunities for in-person dining and socializing as possible while striving to maintain 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, December 17, 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: 4
  • Total COVID-19 Positive Cases since August 30, 2021: 111
  • **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 Spring 2022? 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. Beginning Fall 2021, 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 I be required to wear a mask this Spring? Toggle Accordion

Yes. Effective January 22 to February 11, masking will be required in all indoor spaces. The CDC has updated masking recommendations and encourages the use of KN95 masks. As a result, the College has purchased enough KN95 masks for each student, faculty, and staff member to receive four.

Can students move freely between residence halls? Toggle Accordion

Yes. However, effective January 22 to February 11, no outside visitors will be allowed in residential buildings. This means access to residential buildings will be limited to Albion College students and appropriate staff only.

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

Albion College, under the guidance of the Calhoun County Health Department and in accordance with the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention guidance issued on January 4, 2022, has updated its COVID-19 Quarantine and
Isolation Policies. These policies will remain in effect until further notice.

If you are determined to be a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and have:

  • Been fully vaccinated and received a booster shot; or
  • Received your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 5 months; or
  • Received your single dose of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months

Then:

  • You do not need to quarantine, but you must wear a mask at all times for 10 days.
  • If you develop COVID-19 symptoms, stay home or in your college residence and contact covidteam@albion.edu
    for testing options.

If you are determined to be a close contact to someone with COVID-19 and have:

  • Received your 2nd dose of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 5 months ago and have not received a
    booster shot; or
  • Received your single dose of J&J vaccine over 2 months ago and have not received a booster shot; or
  • Have not been fully vaccinated (unvaccinated)

Then:

  • You will be placed in quarantine for five (5) days.
  • If you continue to be asymptomatic, you will be released from quarantine on day 6. Individuals must
    continue to mask at all times days 6-10.
  • Those that develop symptoms at any time during quarantine must test. Contact covidteam@albion.edu
    for testing options.

    • If positive, you must follow isolation guidelines
    • If negative, you will remain in quarantine and follow guidance from the COVID Team which will include additional COVID-19 tests while symptoms exist. Release date will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

If I test positive for COVID-19, what should I do? Toggle Accordion

If you are an employee:

  • Begin isolation immediately
  • Stay home except to get medical care
  • You MUST contact Melissa Sommers or email covidteam@albion.edu to review next steps, identify potential
    close contacts, and determine appropriate timelines for return to work.

If you are a student:

  • If your test was not conducted by a college employee, you MUST report all positive test results to
    covidteam@albion.edu immediately.
  • Normally, you will be required to go to your off campus home for isolation. If that is not possible, isolation space will be provided on campus while available.
  • You must remain in isolation until your release date.
  • You must report all individuals you had contact with 48 hours prior to your positive test or the onset
    of symptoms (whichever came first)

Isolation guidelines for all Albion College Students regardless of vaccination status:

  • You will be contacted by a member of the Albion College COVID Team on day five (5) of isolation.
    • You will be asked if you have been fever free without medication for 24 hours or longer and if other
      symptoms are gone or *resolving.

      • If yes, you will be required to take an antigen test and if negative you will be allowed to end
        isolation and return to normal activities on day 6. You must remain masked at all times
        through day 10 including when you are around household members/roommates. If the
        antigen COVID-19 test is positive, you will be returned to isolation until day 10.
      • If no, you will remain in isolation through day 10 from the onset of symptoms or the date
        of the positive COVID-19 test. If you still have a fever on day 10, you must remain in isolation
        until you are fever-free. If your symptoms are not improving or worsening, seek medical care.

Isolation guidelines for all Albion College Faculty and Staff regardless of vaccination status:

  • You will be contacted by a member of the Albion College COVID Team on day five (5) of isolation.
    • You will be asked if you have been fever free without medication for 24 hours or longer and if other
      symptoms are gone or *resolving.

      • If yes, you will be allowed to end isolation and return to normal activities on day 6. You must
        remain masked at all times through day 10 including when you are around household
        members/roommates.

        • Employees can take the extra step of receiving an antigen COVID-19 test on day 6.
          If positive, employees are to return to isolation until day 10
      • If no, you will remain in isolation through day 10 from the onset of symptoms or the date of the positive COVID-19 test. If you still have a fever on day 10, you must remain in isolation until you are fever-free. If your symptoms are not improving or worsening, seek medical care.

*“Resolving Symptoms” means your symptoms have gotten noticeably better.

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

Yes. We will continue to conduct wastewater testing twice per week and to perform surveillance testing of students on campus throughout the semester. 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 Spring? 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.

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

Yes, alongside our surveillance testing, all 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

The following options are available for vaccinations and boosters in the Albion area:

  • Family Fare Pharmacy – Offering Pfizer & Moderna Boosters by appointment
  • Washington Gardner –   Monday and Wednesday 12 pm-7 pm, Friday 9 am-5 pm Walk-In (Pfizer)
  • Calhoun County Health Dept – Walk-In Clinic on Fridays from 8:30-10:30.  For other available times please call (517) 629-9434.  (Pfizer & Moderna)
  • Hemmingsens Pharmacy – Located in Marshall, MI.  Pfizer and Moderna by appointment only.

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

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 visit local businesses freely? Toggle Accordion

Yes.

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 Albion College be reporting COVID-19 data this Spring? 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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