Wittenberg will be operating using the following guidelines in consultation with our COVID Response Team for the upcoming academic year.
The COVID-19 dashboard will now only be updated once a week.
To protect our community, masks are highly encouraged inside all facilities. The University will continue to provide masks to anyone who requests them. KN95 masks are strongly recommended for good protection against COVID-19. Masks are also strongly recommended for those who have chronic health conditions or compromised immune systems.
As a reminder, masks are always required in the Health Center and Excel Physical Therapy. Faculty, staff, and event organizers may also still wish to require masks in their classrooms, at select events, and in health care settings, so please check with the respective area representatives. Students, check with your individual professors and/or review classroom expectations.
- Employees: Masks can be obtained from Wittenberg Dispatch, Human Resources, and/or your building ambassadors.
- Students: Masks can be obtained from Wittenberg Dispatch, the Information Desk in the Student Center or through your Resident Advisor.
Reporting to the University
- Students and employees are encouraged to report positive cases or exposures to the University, as well as report any positive tests to the Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD).
Wittenberg values the in-person experience and feels that it is vital for the growth and development of our students. As of fall 2022, a full semester of remote accommodation will not be available. Moving forward, Wittenberg may consider using remote accommodations temporarily in rare situations.
Any student with specific medical accommodations should contact firstname.lastname@example.org and provide documentation of a disability as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Employees, should contact Mary Beth Walter, director of human resources.
Wittenberg University will continue to serve students registered in online programs, CCP courses, graduate programs, certificate programs, and workforce development programs in the modalities in which those academic courses are typically held.
Testing facilities are available in our community and throughout the state. A full list is available at the link below.
What to Do If You Test Positive
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status:
- Stay home/Isolate for 5 days. Designated isolation housing is available for residential students by request.
- If you have no symptoms or your symptoms are resolving after 5 days, you can leave isolation.
- Wear a well-fitting mask (KN95 preferred) around others for 10 days (5 days in isolation and 5 additional days). If you have a fever, continue to stay home until your fever resolves.
- If you were severely ill with COVID-19, consult your healthcare provider about when to end isolation.
- If you test positive with a home, antigen test, please report your positive test to email@example.com. CCCHD by clicking here.
- Residential Students: If you test positive for COVID-19 and you reside on-campus, we ask that you plan to return home for your 5-day isolation. However, if a student is unable to return home, there will be designated isolation space on-campus available upon request.
If You Were Exposed to Someone with COVID-19
Wear a Mask.
- Wear a mask around other people when you are indoors for the next 10 days.
- Wear a mask regardless of your vaccination status.
- Select a high-quality mask (N95, KN95, KF94, or 3-layer surgical mask).
- Day 1 is the first day after your last exposure to the person who has COVID-19.
- Stay away from people who are more likely to get very sick from COVID-19 (those who are older or immunocompromised) if possible.
- Monitor yourself for symptoms of COVID-19. If you develop symptoms, follow the isolation guidelines immediately.
Get tested for COVID-19.
- Test on day 6 following your most recent exposure to the person who has COVID-19. Day 1 is the first day after your most recent exposure to the person.
- Test regardless of your vaccination status.
- Do not test before day 6. Test even if you don’t have symptoms.
- Use either a rapid antigen test (like an at-home test) or a NAAT (PCR) test from a healthcare provider.
- If you test negative, continue wearing a mask for the next 5 days.
- If you test positive, follow the isolation guidelines immediately.
Click Here For More Info From The CCCHD
If You Have Symptoms of COVID-19
- Get tested immediately and follow quarantine guidance while waiting for results.
- If positive test results see above guidance.
- CDC Guidance for What To Do If You Are Sick
- Includes a quarantine and isolation calculator
- CDC Coronavirus Self-Checker
The most important way to stop viral spreading is for everyone to get vaccinated (and boosted) as soon as possible. Wittenberg University highly recommends everyone that is eligible to stay up to date with COVID-19 vaccinations and booster doses.
COVID-19 vaccinations for residents in our area are managed by Ohio Department of Health (ODH) and Clark County Combined Health District (CCCHD), in accordance with guidance and leadership provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- Scheduling your COVID-19 Vaccination
- Click here to learn more about the ODH Vaccination Program
- Click here to learn more about the CCCHD Vaccination Program
- Click here to learn more about the CDC Vaccination Recommendations
- Click here to learn more about COVID-19 Vaccine Myths vs. Facts
Additional Information and Updates:
Wittenberg University will continue to follow or exceed all CDC, State of Ohio, and Clark County Combined Health District guidelines. Should there be a surge in cases in the Wittenberg University community or the surrounding Clark County area, the University and its partners will respond accordingly.
These updated guidelines inherently rely on trust among fellow employees, students, and visitors to campus. We hope you exercise responsibility with yourself and your peers when making a decision to wear a mask or not. We value our entire community’s safety, and we again urge anyone that can receive a vaccine to schedule one if you have not done so already. This will not only protect you from serious illness, but will also protect the Wittenberg community.
For more information on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy, visit the Ohio Department of Health Covid-19 vaccination website, explore these helpful resources from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or click here to access Wittenberg’s vaccine Q & A from Dr. Dave Hopper ’63.
Our ability to be in community directly reflects the decisions we all make. Thank you for continuing to do your part to keep our campus healthy and safe.