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March 5, 2021 | Campus Communication
In this “Year of Community” and in an effort to provide continuous communication surrounding the ever-changing dynamics of the pandemic, we wanted to take an opportunity to reach out to you with some important information for the remainder of the spring semester. We have also provided some important resources related to COVID vaccination that you may find beneficial. We continue to look forward and plan for a return to campus in summer/fall 2021. We will provide an updated communication on or before May 31, 2021.
UPDATE - RETURN TO CAMPUS AFTER March 20, 2021
At the start of the spring semester, we asked all non-student facing faculty and staff or non-operational departments to remain in a remote working environment in order to mitigate further exposure to the COVID-19 virus. In an attempt to ensure our community remains safe and healthy during the continued rollout of the vaccination plan, we ask that we continue as we have for the remainder of the semester. Our plan is, by continuing these safety measures within our community and allowing time for the vaccination plan to be available for all, we will be able to come together in person for summer 2021.
COVID Recovery Team:
It is time where we shift our focus from response to recovery. We have transitioned to a COVID Recovery Team which is charged with addressing the needs to safely bring the campus community back from our mostly virtual environment. As part of the Recovery Team the COVID Campus Operations team; led by Bryan Goodwin will continue meeting in order to provide operational insight and recommendations to the Recovery Team. Our testing and contact tracing efforts will continue to be led by Nate VanRaden who will also be adding “vaccination resources” to this portfolio. Bryan and Nate will be meeting weekly with University leadership and our advisor Dr. Susan Cheng to update and organize our efforts to bring our campus community back.
A Few Friendly Reminders:
Campus Sign in:
Please remember if you are not on campus regularly you will need to sign in with University Police which is located on the first level of the parking garage.
On-Campus Tracking Form:
For us to continue to reduce the spread, we are asking that on a daily basis those that come to campus to perform their essential job functions please complete the form in this link: https://benu.formstack.com/forms/on_campus_reporting.
In the event you become exposed to or test positive for COVID, we can use this as a tracking mechanism to share with our county health departments for their contact tracing efforts, as well as conduct a thorough cleaning of the location in which you visited and ensure the proper measures are conducted to reduce the spread.
Reports and information from the Center for Disease Control (CDC), Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), and county public health departments regarding the distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine have been made available through the media and online. We wanted to take a moment to provide you an update and specific resources about the vaccine. As you may know, each county in the state of Illinois controls, oversees, and administers COVID – 19 vaccinations. As we all navigate the complex logistics and procedures for distributing the vaccine, the University can assist in sharing vaccination information with our community.
The Lisle campus is subject to the DuPage County Health Department’s vaccination program. Therefore, we will primarily focus on the details of the DuPage County plan in this email.
If you are not a resident of DuPage County, we urge you to check with your county public health department for COVID-19 vaccination information as plans may vary from county to county.
As DuPage County’s rollout will be subject to change based on public health planning and vaccine availability, we urge all students, faculty, and staff to sign up for updates through the DuPage County Health Department’s vaccine page at: https://www.dupagehealth.org/590/Coronavirus-Disease-2019-COVID-19-Inform
Registering for Updates:
DuPage County Health Department is urging everyone to sign up for Vaccine Registration. Once you are signed up you will receive confirmation from DCHD, and you can expect to receive emails from DCHD or local healthcare providers as you become eligible for a COVID-19 vaccination appointment. You can also expect to receive a weekly update from DCHD to keep you informed on the process as you wait to become eligible.
DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) – click the link to get appointment notifications for the COVID-19 vaccine: https://dupagehealth.jotform.com/200694254415049
Current DuPage County Health Department Distribution Phases and Planning in DuPage County:
DuPage County Health Department’s COVID-19 vaccine clinics will continue to focus on providing vaccine to Phase 1a healthcare personnel, by appointment only. As vaccine supplies increase over time and additional vaccination sites become available, the Health Department expects the rate of vaccination will increase and more information will be available about the specific locations people will be able to contact to schedule appointments for vaccine.
(Source; DCHD Website) https://www.dupagehealth.org/687/COVID-19-Vaccine-Vaccine-Distribution-Ph
DuPage County is starting to transition COVID-19 vaccine distribution from Phase 1a to Phase 1b. Hospitals and outpatient sites enrolled as COVID-19 vaccine providers will continue to prioritize healthcare workers, especially non-hospital based healthcare workers in Phase1a, for vaccination. This transition began on January 25, as individuals in Phase 1b began being vaccinated including those over 65 years old and frontline essential workers who live or work in DuPage County.
Below are links to resources to locate a vaccination site in your area and other valuable information on COVID-19 and the vaccine. We encourage you to seek additional guidance from your personal physician.
Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) – https://coronavirus.illinois.gov/s/vaccination-location
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/index.html
Walmart - https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302
CVS (select state option) - https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine
Jewel/Albertsons - https://mhealthcheckin.com/covidappt
Mariano’s (Kroger; enter zip & choose “all vaccines”) - https://www.kroger.com/rx/guest/get-vaccinated
Rite Aid - https://www.riteaid.com/covid-19
Vaccine Finder - http://www.vaccinefinder.org/
The COVID Recovery Team