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COVID-19 DASHBOARD STRONGER TOGETHER

We are committed to the health and safety of our community and are working carefully to adhere to all state and federal guidelines for physical distancing and sanitizing protocols in our classrooms, labs, library, performance spaces, and other common and high traffic areas on our campus.

Below is our COVID-19 Dashboard, which includes the latest details about confirmed cases among our students, faculty and staff, as well as campus communications, the Campus Health & Wellbeing Covenant, Emergency Temporary Standards for Faculty & Staff, and access to the Ferrum College Return to Campus plan approved by the State Council on Higher Education in Virginia. This dashboard is updated as information becomes available. 

COVID-19 Case Reports

Reported Cases

February 2021 Confirmed Cases

  • February 1, 2021: Staff
  • February 2, 2021: Student
  • February 3, 2021: Student
  • February 3, 2021: Student
  • February 4, 2021: Student
  • February 5, 2021: Student
  • February 5, 2021: Staff
  • February 8, 2021: Staff
  • February 10, 2021: Student
  • February 18, 2021: Student
  • February 19, 2021: Staff
  • February 20, 2021: Student

January 2021 Confirmed Cases

  • January 2, 2021: Student
  • January 14, 2021: Student
  • January 17, 2021: Student
  • January 18, 2021: Student
  • January 18, 2021: Student
  • January 21, 2021: Student
  • January 21, 2021: Staff
  • January 22, 2021: Staff
  • January 22, 2021: Staff
  • January 22, 2021: Staff
  • January 28, 2021: Staff
  • January 30, 2021: Student

December 2020 Confirmed Cases

November 2020 Confirmed Cases

  • November 2, 2020: Student
  • November 15, 2020: Employee
  • November 15, 2020: Student
  • November 16, 2020: Student
  • November 17, 2020: Employee
  • November 18, 2020: Employee
  • November 19, 2020: Employee

October 2020 Confirmed Cases

  • October 1, 2020: Student
  • October 1, 2020: Student
  • October 2, 2020: Student
  • October 2, 2020: Student
  • October 2, 2020: Student
  • October 2, 2020: Student
  • October 2, 2020: Student
  • October 3, 2020: Student
  • October 7, 2020: Student
  • October 7, 2020: Employee
  • October 20, 2020: Student
  • October 25, 2020: Employee
  • October 29, 2020: Employee
  • October 29, 2020: Employee

September 2020 Confirmed Cases

  • September 1, 2020: Employee
  • September 2, 2020: Student
  • September 2, 2020: Student
  • September 3, 2020: Student
  • September 3, 2020: Student
  • September 4, 2020: Student
  • September 7, 2020: Student
  • September 11, 2020: Student
  • September 14, 2020: Student
  • September 14, 2020: Student
  • September 15, 2020: Student
  • September 15, 2020: Student
  • September 18, 2020: Student
  • September 21, 2020: Student
  • September 21, 2020: Student
  • September 22, 2020: Student
  • September 23, 2020: Employee
  • September 23, 2020: Student
  • September 25, 2020: Student
  • September 25, 2020: Student
  • September 26, 2020: Student
  • September 27, 2020: Student
  • September 28, 2020: Student
  • September 28, 2020: Student
  • September 28, 2020: Student
  • September 28, 2020: Student
  • September 29, 2020: Student

August 2020 Confirmed Cases

  • August 12, 2020: Employee
  • August 27, 2020: Student
  • August 29, 2020: Student
  • August 30, 2020: Student

Daily Snapshot

  • (1,315) Campus Population
  • (3) Active Confirmed Cases
  • (0) Precautionary Isolation

Precautionary Isolation

Precautionary isolation is used by the College for those who have symptoms similar to COVID-19 but who have not been confirmed positive cases.

Precautionary Quarantine

In addition to precautionary isolation, there are also individuals who are in precautionary quarantine. These are students, faculty, and staff who are not showing symptoms but who have been in contact with an individual(s) who has tested positive.

COVID-19 Weekly Trends (updated each Monday morning to reflect real-time data)

  • Active Confirmed Cases
  • Precautionary Isolation

Precautionary Isolation

Precautionary isolation is used by the College for those who have symptoms similar to COVID-19 but who have not been confirmed positive cases.

Precautionary Quarantine

In addition to precautionary isolation, there are also individuals who are in precautionary quarantine. These are students, faculty, and staff who are not showing symptoms but who have been in contact with an individual(s) who has tested positive.

Campus Communications

Ferrum College began communicating with the campus community about the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) on March 6, 2020. To view the communications archive, please click here.

More recent communications posted since August 1, 2020, appear below.

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

February 9, 2021 12:25 p.m.

Hello Ferrum Family!

Just wanted to give you a quick update. CVS will begin taking reservations for the COVID-19 vaccines from people in group 1B on February 12. Their list is not connected to the VDH list.

Sign ups will be at cvs.com.

As a reminder, Group 1B includes:

  • Frontline Essential Workers
  • Police, Fire, and Hazmat
  • Corrections and homeless shelter workers
  • Childcare/PreK-12 Teachers/Staff (public and private)
  • Food and Agriculture (including veterinarians)
  • Manufacturing
  • Grocery store workers
  • Public transit workers
  • Mail carriers (USPS and private)
  • Officials needed to maintain continuity of government (including judges and public-facing judicial workers)
  • People Aged 65 years and older
  • People Aged 16 through 64 years with certain conditions or disabilities that increase their risk of severe illness from COVID-19

Check on your loved ones and neighbors who may fit into these categories but not have the capacity to sign up electronically.

Just as a reminder, if you fit into category 1B, sign up on both the VDH list AND cvs.com (when it is available). Get your vaccine from whoever calls first!

They are expecting the general public will be available in late Spring as vaccine quantities should be increasing in the coming weeks.

Hope everyone is staying healthy!

Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

January 24, 2021 1:32 p.m.

Hello Panthers!

  I hope you had a relaxing weekend. I am writing with a few COVID-19 updates for you.
  • Numbers
    • Franklin County is averaging 31 new cases a day which is beginning to trend downwards but is still very high.
      • Keep social distancing, stay home whenever possible, wash your hands and wear a mask.
      • Keep your social pod small and limit it to those you know are being as safe as you are.
  • Covid – 19 New Variant
    • Many of you have heard there is a new variant of SARS-COV-19 that was first detected in the UK in December. In the United States, 195 cases of B.1.1.7 had been reported in 22 states as of Jan. 22 – most recently in North Carolina.
    • You can follow it in the US here: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/transmission/variant-cases.html
    • We do not know a lot about this variant yet but some early research is suggesting:
      • It is more contagious than the original
      • Reinfections are more likely
      • Wearing one cloth mask may not be enough to prevent the passing/catching of it
        • Some scientists are suggesting people wear some extra protection if they are spending more than a few minutes running into a gas station or store, if they are around people for longer than 10 minutes, and when they are grocery shopping:
          • a cloth mask with at least 3 layers of fabric/filters
          • to layer a disposable surgical mask under a cloth mask with less than 3 layers
        • To test your masks effectiveness, try blowing out a candle with it on.
    • They are tracking two more new variants in South Africa and Brazil as well
  • Vaccine
    • Ferrum College still hopes to have a clinic when the vaccine quantities pick up and are open to the general public, however many in our community may fall into the earlier categories.
    • If you are in 1A or 1B – and live in Franklin County – you should follow the West Piedmont Health District on facebook for information on availability and where you can receive vaccines. West Piedmont Health District also has a website but the website directs to FB for the most current and up to date information.
    • In a press conference Dr. Fauci shared, “If the United States can vaccinate 70 percent to 85 percent of the population by the middle or end of the summer, he predicted that ‘by the time we get to the fall, we will be approaching a degree of normality. It’s not going to be perfectly normal, but one that I think will take a lot of pressure off the American public.’”
  • Changes in Quarantine/Isolation Procedures
    • To comply with the CDC’s new options to reduce close contact quarantine, we will be reducing the quarantine time of faculty, staff, and students who have had close contact with a positive case to ten days from last contact.
    • The CDC also introduced an option to test out but we will NOT be utilizing that as an option at this time on campus.
    • If you are isolating or quarantining on campus, you will receive two hot meals a day. With your dinner Sunday – Thursday, you will receive continental breakfast items (i.e. oatmeal, fruits, cereal, etc…) for the next morning. Saturday and Sunday will be brunch and dinner.
Stay safe Ferrum Family, and reach out if you have any questions!
Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

January 19, 2021 11:22 a.m.

Happy First Day of Classes Panther Family!!!!

We are so glad to have you back! I wanted to send a quick Covid-19 update as we begin this new semester.

Center for Disease Control (CDC):

  • USA total cases are 23,653,919.
    • 1,551,850 were in the last 7 days.
  • They are beginning to see that the highest number of cases are from people aged 18-29. There is also a slight increase in hospitalizations for this age group.
  • What we need to do to slow this has not changed:
    • Keep 6 ft apart from others (10 ft if exercising)
    • Wear a mask whenever you are with someone not in your immediate household
    • Wash your hands A LOT
    • Monitor your symptoms and temperature daily
    • Stay home if you are sick
    • Get the vaccine when you are able

Virginia Department of Health:

  • Numbers in VA are rising steadily.
  • Franklin County is averaging 37 new cases a day over the past 14 days according to the NYT HotSpot Map
  • If you are interested in receiving a vaccine in Virginia – you can fill out this form from VDH. It will tell you what category you are in and will notify you when it’s time to sign up for an appointment (scroll to the bottom and fill in your contact info after receiving your group). This will also help VDH plan for how many vaccines we will need for each group.

Covid Memorial Service:
There is a Nationwide Memorial being held tonight at 5:30pm for those who are interested. It is a part of the inauguration programming but is a non-partisan event to remember the lives lost during this pandemic. People are invited to place a light in their windows, ring a bell at 5:30pm, and participate in the program that will be streamed via facebook, youtube, online, etc. Click this link for more information.

We will need to be incredibly diligent over these first few weeks to keep our campus community as protected as possible. I know this is not the campus experience any of us dreamed of, but it is necessary to keep us safe. We were so proud of what we were able to accomplish last semester and know that with our focus on “Not Self, But Others” – we have faith that we will be able to do it again!

Stay safe, Panthers! And wash your hands! 🙂
Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

January 12, 2021 5:14 p.m.

Hello Ferrum Family!

It has been so exciting to begin seeing each other again as we slowly arrive back on campus! We had a lot of hope that things would have settled down by the Spring semester around the pandemic but that unfortunately is not the case.

We are averaging 4000+ new cases a day in the commonwealth (per VDH) and Franklin County’s 14 day average of new cases per day is 41 (according to the NYT).

It will be imperative as we arrive back to our community to be diligent.

  • If you are sick, at all, do not come to campus – wait for a test result or until you feel better
  • Wash your hands
  • Keeping 6 ft of distance between us and others
  • Wear our masks
  • Check for symptoms and fever daily
  • Be mindful of travel and time spent off campus
  • Be extra careful the first few weeks

Overall, keep being great stewards of health both on campus, and in our community -in the classroom and at our jobs – in the drive-thrus and internships. You were incredible in Fall and I have no doubt you will be incredible in Spring.

Some good news for those of you hoping to get a vaccine! The Virginia Department of Health released a website that can help you see what phase you can expect to get the vaccine, and it will text you when that time is near! If you are interested in getting a vaccine, I encourage you to fill it out. It will also help our health officials plan. We are hopeful for an inoculation center on campus when the vaccine gets to 1C in Spring so those who are interested can have easy access to vaccinations.

I will see you soon Panthers! Stay healthy!

Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

December 21, 2020 3:01 p.m.

Hello Ferrum Family,

I hope you are all enjoying a well-deserved restorative break. This fall semester we have seen challenges like never before, and I hope that rest and relaxation are on the schedule for you during this winter time away. We have much to celebrate, and yet still, much reason for caution.

As many of you know, the COVID-19 has not slowed. In fact, numbers are higher than ever before with our death tolls rising (+19% in the last two weeks). The approval of two vaccines is hopeful but it will likely still be months before enough people are vaccinated to get this under control. Please be smart this holiday season and protect your loved ones. You all know what this virus can do, talk with family and friends about good choices and safe get-togethers. Use everything you have learned to help your favorite people stay healthy. Download this a helpful guide from the Virginia Health Department around safe holiday celebrations. Stay healthy and stay safe!

While I wish the Office of Student Life & Engagement could give you definitive dates for move-in, we will need to see how the virus spreads over the holidays and what restrictions are imposed in the Commonwealth and country as a result. At this time, we hope to use January 14-18 for a staggered return with classes beginning on the 19th. We will announce definite plans for move in, including how to sign up for a date/time on January 5. Save the date but remember at this time it is tentative.

In the meantime – rest and eat well, avoid gatherings and crowds, wash your hands, and wear your mask! If you need anything, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at studentlife@ferrum.edu.

Sending lots of love from campus,
Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez & Director of Human Resources Chris Chandler

November 19, 2020 12:58 p.m.

Dear Ferrum College Family,

This is a challenging time for responding to COVID-19 issues and for following the continuously improving CDC guidelines.  To help our faculty and staff, and, especially, those who are supervisors, the following current information is provided for your use:

1. “Close contacts” are those individuals who have come into direct contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19. “Close contacts” are defined as any unmasked individual within six (6) feet of an infected person (positive or probable) for a total of fifteen (15) minutes or more.  Close contact individuals are no longer cleared by simply receiving a negative test result.  During this time, it is strongly advised that close contact individuals cancel or postpone plans that involve social gatherings, vacations, or other planned travel until cleared for these activities by public health officials.

  • If such close contact individuals have no symptoms, they must self-quarantine for a fourteen- (14-) day period from their last potential exposure to the positive or probable case.  Close contacts can also be referred for testing if they haven’t already been tested. A negative result would not exempt them from quarantine, but a positive result could prove immunity for at least three (3) months, should there be a subsequent close contact with another positive case.
  • If such close contact individuals have symptoms, they must immediately self-isolate for ten (10) days after the onset of the symptoms and be referred for testing and medical care.
  • If such close contact individuals were previously diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last ninety (90) days, by virtue of a positive test result or by a healthcare provider based upon the individuals’ symptoms, and ninety (90) days or less have passed since the symptoms began, then:
    • those close contact individuals with no current symptoms of COVID-19 do not have to quarantine, and re-testing is not recommended, OR
    • those close contact individuals with symptoms should begin self-isolation immediately for ten (10) days after the onset of such symptoms and consult with a medical provider to determine if they may have been re-infected with COVID-19 or if their symptoms are caused by another disease or condition.

2. A secondary contact, i.e., an individual who wasn’t a close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, who chose to be tested anyway and received a negative test result, DOES NOT need to quarantine.

As we receive updates we will inform the campus accordingly.

Best regards,

Nicole Lenez
Dean of Students and
Pandemic Coordinator

Chris Chandler
Director of Human Resources

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

November 13, 2020 12:11 p.m.

Ferrum Family,

I’ve said it before but wow! Way to go! We are doing incredibly well keeping the number of cases on campus low – even when others weren’t sure we would be able to! I am so proud. Let’s keep it up as we get closer to break!

County/Commonwealth Update:

  • Though we are doing well on campus, Franklin County is still seeing an incredibly high number of cases.
  • On Wednesday, November 11:
    • our 7 day average was 19 new cases a day
    • our rate per 100,000 people was almost double that of the commonwealth
    • though numbers are beginning to decline, it is doing so very slowly.
  • Remain careful as we travel about the county and southwest Virginia
  • Public safety shared that most of the cases can be contact-traced back to get togethers around watching sports and family gatherings of 3+ households

Click here to view the travel advisory that was issued last week by the Virginia Department of Health. This is a great document to review around safely traveling home for break and limiting any potential exposure to friends or family upon arrival.

All students must have plans to leave campus 24 hours after their last exam or by noon on Wednesday November 25. Please reach out to housing@ferrum.edu with any questions.

Thanks so much Panther Family! I wish you all a healthy last few weeks of the semester!

Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

October 30, 2020 2:50 p.m.

Panthers,

I am so proud of us – look at all we accomplished this semester!

Over the last two weeks we have seen an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Southwest Virginia. The Virginia Department of Health has attributed most of this to complacency at small gatherings of multiple households where masks and 6ft of social distancing were not happening.

This has not been the case on campus! Our partners in Franklin County have been so impressed with you all, and the work we are doing on campus to keep our numbers down.

We must continue this good work though the end of the semester, and especially as temptations like Halloween approach. We must continue to follow our health and safety protocols, wear masks, maintain physical distance, and avoid unapproved gatherings. Letting down our guard now would expose our community to the risk of COVID-19 transmission and jeopardize our collective health.

Here is what we are asking you to do to protect our Ferrum Family and enable us to finish this semester in person:

  • Avoid attending parties or social gatherings, other than approved events happening on campus;
  • Do not go to bars, restaurants, other college campuses, or off-campus houses to celebrate Halloween; and
  • Avoid using alcohol or drugs, which can cloud judgement and increase risky behaviors.

As always, please contact the Office of Student Life & Engagement (540-365-4461 or studentlife@ferrum.edu) as soon as possible if you are feeling unwell or are prompted to do so by LiveSafe.

We know that so many of you are really trying to keep our campus safe, and we are deeply grateful, but we need everyone to recommit to this effort.

We are now into the final stretch before Thanksgiving. I know you are tired. I’m tired, too, which makes me all the more proud of our work together thus far. Let’s keep up our good work this weekend and throughout the remaining weeks on campus this fall.

Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

October 22, 2020 8:40 a.m.

Ferrum Family,

Thank you! I was on a call with Franklin County public officials yesterday and they are just thrilled with how well we are all doing on campus to keep our covid numbers under control! There is no doubt in my mind, the sacrifices we are all making have saved at least one life, if not many. Keep up the amazing work!

I also wanted to let you know that while numbers on campus are low, numbers in the county are still high.

Our Total Cases in Franklin County (as of yesterday): 706 (to put into perspective we only had 325 cases on September 23)

Hospitalized: 29

Deaths: 5

We are averaging 18 new cases per day according to the NY Times.


We are also starting to see some pneumonia cases pop up on campus, though no flu yet.


What does all this mean?

  • We need to continue making good choices and practicing safe healthy habits including washing our hands frequently, wearing masks, and sanitizing spaces that are frequently touched.
  • We should get a flu shot to assist with boosting our own immune systems but also, to assist in keeping the strain on our hospitals and healthcare facilities low
    • If you are uninsured: there is a flu shot clinic being held at the Rocky Mount Fire Department on Friday, October 23 from 10am – 2pm (get there early!) – no cost!
    • If you are insured: we will host a flu shot clinic with the Virginia Department of Health on campus on November 13! No out of pocket cost to you! (more info coming soon!)
  • Remember the things we do and choices we make off campus (quite literally in these cases) come home to campus with us.
  • Contact our office (or HR for faculty & staff) as soon as you are feeling sick, just in case.

Also the CDC changed their definition of a “close contact”: in addition to being within 6ft of someone for at least 15 minutes they are beginning to include people who have been within 6ft unmasked in shorter time periods that would add up to 15 minutes (i.e. if you were with someone for 5 minutes unmasked within 6 ft for 3x in the two days prior to them showing symptoms) – my team will include this question in our contact tracing efforts.

Please, as always, make sure you can recall everywhere you went and everyone you were with and for the last two days! If you can’t, you are doing too much. In the cheesiest way possible, people have been signing their emails, “Stay Positive, Test Negative”. I don’t know who to credit but there it is 🙂

Please reach out if you have any questions at all!

Nicole

Message from Dean of Students Nicole Lenez

August 28, 2020 1:31 p.m.

Hello Panthers!

As we finish up the first week of class we hope you are as glad to be back as we are to have you back! Thank you for embracing this new normal with us! I wanted to take a moment to remind you of the COVID-19 symptoms and what to do if you are feeling sick and/or have questions!

Upon your return to campus, you were sent the COVID-19 training shared through Presence app. It is also available on YouTube here.

Symptoms To Watch For
The symptoms of COVID-19 can vary a bit from person to person. Some people with COVID-19 infection have no symptoms (also known as asymptomatic) but can still pass the virus to others. This is why wearing masks and practicing social distancing is so important.

COVID-19 symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Frequent symptoms of 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

Look for Emergency Warning Signs* for COVID-19

If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately by calling 9-1-1:

  • Trouble breathing
  • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
  • New confusion
  • Inability to wake or stay awake
  • Bluish lips or face

*This is not a complete list of all possible symptoms. Please call your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

If You Are Experiencing Symptoms or Are Positive for COVID-19

  • Notify the Office of Student Life & Engagement (OSL&E) immediately by calling 540-365-4461, texting 540-493-2834, or emailing studentlife@ferrum.edu
  • OSL&E staff will assist the student in developing plans with regards to testing quarantine, delivery of meals, etc.
  • OSL&E staff will inform all faculty, coaches, and supervisors of approved absences.
  • If your test result comes back positive, the Virginia Department of Health will work directly with you to identify close contacts and those who need to be notified.
  • The College may take preventative measures before your results come back and request this information and your permission to reach out and see if students can begin precautionary quarantine immediately.
    • Close contacts are defined as anyone within 6 feet for longer than 10 minutes over the prior two days from the start of your symptoms or the day you were tested.

The CDC allows people who have had or were suspected to have had COVID-19 to leave home isolation when they have gone:

  • 3 days with no fever, AND
  • respiratory symptoms have improved (e.g. cough, shortness of breath), AND
  • it has been at least 14 days since symptoms first appeared
  • What must you do to return to regular campus activity?
  • OSL&E must be notified at least 24 hours in advance of the desire to end home isolation.
  • Documentation from a physician or testing site must be provided stating you are clear to return to normal activity.
  • Your return to campus must also be cleared by the Office of Student Life & Engagement before you return to normal activity on campus.
  • All CDC recommendations for end of home isolation must be followed.

Helpful Definitions

Quarantine: is used to keep someone who might have been exposed to COVID-19 away from others. VDH will contact those who have been in close contact with students who are determined to be positive.

Precautionary Quarantine: in an abundance of caution, the College may attempt to identify and ask students who have been close contacts to students who have been tested before their test results are known to attempt to slow the spread.

Isolation: is used to separate people infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, from people who are not infected. VDH and health professionals will identify people who need to isolate.

Precautionary Isolation: is used by the College for students who have symptoms similar to COVID-19 but have not been confirmed positive cases.

Isolation/Precautionary Isolation/Quarantine/Precautionary Quarantine

Whenever possible we will attempt to keep students in their own rooms, however, we do have a number of spaces available should students need or wish to move temporarily. This area will be kept quiet to promote rest and healing. Meals, medications, and other necessities will be provided to the student so he or she will not need to leave this space.

The Office of Student Life & Engagement team will check on students daily.

Being alone can be hard. The Ferrum College Counseling Center can be accessed by students in isolation, precautionary isolation, quarantine, or precautionary quarantine by TeleHealth. Contact jstallard@ferrum.edu for more information.

*All of this information can also be found on the Stronger Together Website, CDC Website, or VDH Website

Contact Information
If you need ANYTHING (toiletries, school supplies, something from your room, food/drink, medical supplies) please contact OSL&E. Do not go out and get it yourself if you are in isolation, precautionary isolation, quarantine, or precautionary quarantine. Everything will be brought to you with your meals.

Office of Student Life & Engagement
studentlife@ferrum.edu
540-365-4461 (call)
540-493-2834 (text)

Tri-Area Community Health
540-365-4469

Emergency Assistance
9-1-1

Campus Police
540-365-4444

Testing sites can be located using this tool on the VDH website. The closest testing site to campus is the CVS on Rte. 40 in Rocky Mount, across from Dairy Queen. Appointments can be made by visiting cvs.com. Test results typically come back in 2-5 days. Tri-Area can also test some students (reserved for those who see a doctor there [more severe cases] and those without transportation)

Message from President David Johns

August 28, 2020 10:28 a.m.

On Thursday, August 27, 2020, a Ferrum College student tested positive for COVID-19. The student moved onto campus on Saturday, August 24 and began experiencing symptoms the following day. The student followed all protocols and immediately returned home to isolate and get tested.

Ferrum College is working with the Virginia Department of Health to trace and notify contacts. Identified student contacts will remain in their rooms, completing virtual class instruction and having meals and necessities delivered to them by College staff.

I am grateful for how our students and staff have addressed this situation. Our preparation enabled us to act swiftly to quarantine those who were in close proximity to the student and to take preventative actions upon learning of the positive case.

It is important to note that the student was careful to follow the College’s protocols when symptoms started, and the students in close contact were following the College’s guidelines for social interactions.

During this week’s convocation, I encouraged us to take our lives, and this pandemic, seriously. While we have a long way to go, I am encouraged by how cooperative and proactive our students have been since returning to campus last weekend. We all realize what is at stake and our students continue to take the right steps to keep our campus safe.

The College has created a COVID-19 dashboard that we will update daily with the latest details about confirmed cases among our students, faculty and staff. And as always, please make sure to visit our Stronger Together website to familiarize yourself with the College’s protocols, including what to do if you test positive for COVID-19.

Message from President David Johns

August 14, 2020 9:19 a.m.

On August 12, 2020, we received a report of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 on campus. The case involves a staff member who is self-isolating and recovering well after experiencing mild symptoms. The individual shared that they did not think the exposure occurred on campus.

The individual has been self-isolating since Monday, August 10 when symptoms first appeared and has been instructed to remain off campus until cleared to return to work by a physician or testing site and have been cleared by the Office of Human Resources.

The Virginia Department of Health has been informed and will communicate with members of the community who may have been in close contact with the individual who tested positive. Being in ‘close contact’ is defined as living with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19; providing care for a person with the virus; being within six feet of a person diagnosed with the virus for a least 15 minutes; or having exposure to respiratory secretions (for example, being coughed or sneezed on, sharing a drinking glass or utensils, kissing, etc.).

For the past several months, we have been taking proactive measures with strict, regimented cleaning and disinfecting schedules, and we will continue those efforts. We are grateful that this individual followed the College’s health guidelines, including wearing a face-covering when on campus.

As we prepare for the fall semester, this news is a reminder of the responsibility each of us has in keeping our campus safe and healthy. I encourage you to visit our Stronger Together website where you will learn about our reopening plans, cleaning standards and protocols, and what to do should you test positive for COVID-19. We are updating this site daily and it will serve as our main source for campus updates and new information.

I am deeply grateful for the work we have done to prepare our campus community for this moment. It has become cliché to say that this is an unprecedented time, but it is nevertheless true. But unprecedented does not mean alone. If you have questions related to our return to campus or the plans and procedures outlined on the website, please do not hesitate to reach out to your supervisor or the Office of Human Resources.

Required Reporting on CARES ACT Emergency Student Grants

Updated: August 13, 2020

Section 18004(c) of the CARES Act requires institutions to use no less than 50 percent of the funds received from Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students for expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child care). Accordingly, the following information must appear in a format and location that is easily accessible to the public 30 days after the date when the institution received its allocation under 18004(a)(1) and updated every 45 days thereafter:

  1. An acknowledgement that the institution signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement and the assurance that the institution has used, or intends to use, no less than 50 percent of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

RESPONSE:  Ferrum College signed and returned to the Department the Certification and Agreement on May 4, 2020. The College has used no less than 50% of the funds received under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act to provide Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students.

  1. The total amount of funds that the institution will receive or has received from the Department pursuant to the institution’s Certification and Agreement [for] Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students.

RESPONSE:  Ferrum College received $836,808 on May 13, 2020 from the Department pursuant to the College’s Certification and Agreement for Emergency Financial Aid Grants to Students. This amount represented 50% of the total amount of funds received by the College under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

  1. The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of the date of submission (i.e., as of the 30-day Report and every 45 days thereafter).

RESPONSE:  The total amount of Emergency Financial Aid Grants distributed to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 13, 2020 is $834,472.  This has not changed from the June 29, 2020 response.

The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 and thus eligible to receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants to students under Section18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:  The estimated total number of students at the institution eligible to participate in programs under Section 484 in Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965 as of March 13, 2020 was 900.

  1. The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant to students under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:  The total number of students who have received an Emergency Financial Aid Grant under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act as of August 13, 2020 is 859. This number has not changed from the June 29, 2020 response.

  1. The method(s) used by the institution to determine which students receive Emergency Financial Aid Grants and how much they would receive under Section 18004(a)(1) of the CARES Act.

RESPONSE:  In determining the grant amount for each student, the College used the following formula:

  1. A flat amount of $500.00 for full-time students and $250.00 for part-time students.
  2. An additional amount based on need for full-time students with an expected family contribution (EFC) of $15,000.00 or less.
  3. College employees and dependents who were taking classes were not considered for this grant.

Any instructions, directions, or guidance provided by the institution to students concerning the Emergency Financial Aid Grants.

RESPONSE: All instructions, directions and guidance provided to students concerning the CARES Act Emergency Grants for Students have been posted on this Coronavirus (COVID-19) Updates page. See specifically archived messages dated May 12, June 25, and June 29 from Barbara Hatcher, Vice President for Business and Finance.

Community Health & Wellbeing Covenant

In the world of COVID-19, a commitment to our collective health and wellbeing has never been more essential – especially in a campus environment where we live, work, study, and play together. Participation in campus life at Ferrum College nurtures friendships, facilitates learning, and introduces us to new ideas, experiences, and people. Protecting ourselves, our neighbors, and the campus environment requires the full attention and daily dedication of each one of us.

For this reason, faculty, staff, and students at Ferrum College are required to sign and abide by this agreement in order to participate in events, work, study, and/or live on our campus.

The Commitments:

  1. I will monitor possible symptoms and my temperature daily and log into the LiveSafe app before arriving on campus or leaving my residence on campus.
  2. I will wear face coverings when interacting with others on campus, when at least six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, or when in public spaces (except when eating a meal).
  3. I will practice physical distancing between others and myself, including avoiding gatherings and crowds.
  4. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, I understand the importance of personal hygiene and will do my best to wash my hands frequently and to not touch my face.
  5. I will avoid public spaces if I have symptoms of COVID-19, and will follow the procedures outlined on the www.ferrum.edu/stronger-together website.
  6. If directed by a medical professional, the Virginia Department of Health, or Ferrum College I will self-isolate for as long as deemed necessary.

Our motto “Not Self, But Others” holds a special place in the hearts of the entire Ferrum College family. Our combined efforts for the health and safety of ourselves and the entire campus community is how we can live our motto during this time of pandemic. We know there are new expectations for us now, but in order for campus life to be successful, we need to work together to assure a healthy and safe community.

As we get used to this “new normal” we need to exercise civility and grace with each other. If you have concerns or questions please contact the Office of Student Life & Engagement or Human Resources.

To acknowledge your review and understanding of these commitments, as well as your willingness to abide by the requirements and responsibilities, please enter your digital signature through Panther Portal.

Emergency Temporary Standards for Ferrum College Faculty & Staff

  • All faculty and staff must receive required training on various topics, either through SafeColleges (online), webinars, or through another medium; this training will be provided for all employees of the College.  Appropriate physical distancing and group size limitations will be observed when in-person training is provided.
  • When a positive case of COVID-19 is reported, whether among the student body or concerning a member of the faculty or staff, the College will be working with the Virginia Department of Health to investigate and to conduct contact tracing.  Students, faculty, and staff will be notified of positive cases through the Coronavirus webpage at www.ferrum.edu/coronavirus.  In the meantime, please be sure to diligently follow existing protocols–wearing a face covering, physical distancing, and regular hand washing.
  • Faculty and staff members who are known to be, or likely to be, positive for COVID-19 must remain off campus until cleared to return to work by a physician, or testing site, as well as the Human Resources Office.
  • Ferrum College employees traveling on official College business must receive prior approval from their supervisor and be prepared to potentially quarantine for fourteen (14) days upon return.
  • Faculty and staff must have a face covering with them when working on campus and must wear the face covering when interacting with others on campus and at least six feet of physical distance cannot be maintained, or when in public spaces (except when eating a meal).
  • Use of hand sanitizer and/or following a regimen of regular hand washing, along with frequent cleaning of high-contact surfaces, is essential.
  • Repeated violations of the standards set forth above are unacceptable for many reasons.  Those who observe such violations occurring may report them through the Campus Conduct Hotline and, in doing so, will be considered as protected whistleblowers.  Obvious or repeated violations will incur an appropriate response; such responses may range from a simple conversation with one’s supervisor, a brief counseling memo, or a formal step of disciplinary action (oral or written warning or a suspension).

SCHEV Return to Campus Plan Document

To view a copy of the Ferrum College return to campus plan, which has been reviewed by the State Council of Higher Education (SCHEV) and found to be compliant in containing the required components of the Higher Education Reopening Guidanceplease click here.