COVID-19

Mask up Monmouth.

% Students Fully Vaccinated

85.5%

% Employees Fully Vaccinated

92.22%

COVID-19 Testing (July 30 - August 5)

Faculty and Staff Positive cases this Week

5

Student Positive cases this Week

0

When is this dashboard updated?

This dashboard is updated weekly, on Fridays.

Data on Surrounding Communities

Warren County Health Department

OSF HealthCare COVID-19 Information

Illinois Department of Public Health

Our Response

Monmouth College continues to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in a manner that promotes the safety of employees, students, and campus visitors, and upholds the College’s mission and values. The College’s policies and plans are formed with guidance from government agencies, public health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our response is in compliance with Governor Pritzker’s executive orders. They will be reviewed and appropriately updated as the situation evolves and more information becomes available.

Response to Change in Federal Guidelines

(The following message was sent Feb. 28 by President Clarence Wyatt to the Monmouth College community.)

Dear Fellow Scots:

Today the College began following a new masking policy, based on Governor Pritzker’s previously announced relaxation of indoor mask policy throughout the state. This policy states that face masks will only be required in the following spaces:

  • During operating hours of the Trotter Fitness Center;
  • Huff Athletic Center training room;
  • COVID-19 testing center;
  • and the Student Health Clinic.
In all other public spaces masks are no longer required.
However, as many of you know, last Friday [Feb. 22] the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that it has changed its guidelines regarding masking, now basing its guidelines regarding indoor masking on numbers of COVID-related hospitalizations and hospital capacity, in addition to new cases. The CDC’s guidelines suggest that indoor masking is no longer called for in areas of low and medium risk based on these criteria. Warren County is an area of medium risk. At its meeting this morning, the COVID-OPS group decided that the College will follow the new CDC guidelines, effective Saturday, March 5. The group felt holding current policy in place for the remainder of this week before Spring Break provides time for transition.

Following the new CDC guidelines means that masks will not be required in any public space on campus, with only the exceptions noted later in this paragraph. Because the highest standards of ethics, integrity, accountability, and respect are among Monmouth College’s core values, we respect the rights of individuals who choose to continue to wear a face mask while in all indoor spaces. Likewise, we ask that everyone respect the requests of students, faculty, and staff if they ask you to wear a face mask while meeting in an office, classroom, or conference room. Students should be aware that faculty may still require masks in some classes. If any student feels pressured about their choice, by any student, faculty, or staff member, they should contact the Student Affairs Office at stuaff@monmouthcollege.edu or (309) 457-2114. Athletic teams will continue to follow guidelines set forth by the NCAA and Midwest Conference, including masking in the training room. Masks will also still be required in the COVID testing center and in the Health Clinic.
We understand that these shifts in policy can be confusing. We are thankful that the trends have allowed our country, state, and campus to relax policies regarding masking. At the same time, we will continue to monitor conditions and adjust policy as they suggest. As has been the case throughout the pandemic, the virus is ultimately in control.
As always, thank you to everyone for your cooperation and working together to make Monmouth a caring community of learners.

My Best,
– Clarence 

FAQs

  • Will faculty be notified which of their students are not vaccinated?

    No. Because the mask mandate remains the most effective mitigation procedure we have, enforcing it for all students will not only be a matter of equity, but it will also protect us all, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Can I put something on my syllabus about Covid-19 and Monmouth College protocols?

    Yes. We suggest something such as:

    Monmouth College strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated (with a booster if eligible) against COVID-19. The College also requires students, faculty, and staff to wear a face mask while in indoor spaces on campus (except offices, a student’s residence hall, their room, and while eating in the cafeteria). 

  • Do we still have to do the symptom tracker?

    Yes, we do, whether vaccinated or not. The symptom tracker allows us to keep a record of those who might be symptomatic, and recommend testing and treatment. Moreover, it is a way to keep our overall records clear on the health of the community.

  • Will faculty be notified which of their students are not vaccinated?

    No. Because the mask mandate remains the most effective mitigation procedure we have, enforcing it for all students will not only be a matter of equity, but it will also protect us all, regardless of vaccination status.

  • Can I put something on my syllabus about Covid-19 and Monmouth College protocols?

    Yes. We suggest something such as:

    Monmouth College strongly encourages students, faculty, and staff to be fully vaccinated (with a booster if eligible) against COVID-19. The College also requires students, faculty, and staff to wear a face mask while in indoor spaces on campus (except offices, a student’s residence hall, their room, and while eating in the cafeteria). 

  • Do we still have to do the symptom tracker?

    Yes, we do, whether vaccinated or not. The symptom tracker allows us to keep a record of those who might be symptomatic, and recommend testing and treatment. Moreover, it is a way to keep our overall records clear on the health of the community.

  • Can we ask students their vaccination status?

    No. Students’ medical information is, finally, theirs to control. However, we encourage you to ensure students are aware of the College’s rules and the reasons for them.

  • What do I do if a student refuses to wear a mask?

    First, remind them that this is a mandatory policy of the College and that they are required to comply. If they continue to refuse in a class, let them finish the period, but let them know that you are reporting them to Student Life and Academic Affairs. If they aren’t compliant in another public space, try to find out who they are and report the incident to Student Life and Academic Affairs. We will work with them regarding compliance, and consequences of not complying.

  • Is testing still available on campus?

    It is. Testing is available from 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Weekly testing is ongoing for those who are unvaccinated. However, our free testing is available to any community member any time the testing site is open and we encourage anyone to use it anytime they feel the need. 

    Students who are displaying symptoms can also go to the Student Health Center to get evaluated. They’re open while classes are in session, Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm and are located on the main floor of McMichael Hall.

  • Am I required to be vaccinated?

    No. However, Monmouth College strongly encourages each of its community members to be fully vaccinated (with a booster shot for those eligible), to protect their own health and to reduce risk on campus. Vaccines continue to be available at no cost to students and employees and are easily accessible. 

  • How accurate is this saliva test?

    Scientists report this test is highly accurate, approaching 100% when samples are duplicate tested (see Ranoa, Holland, Alnaji, Green, Wang, Brooke, Burke, Fan, & Hergenrother, 2020).

  • What should I do if I get a result that says “Invalid” or “Inconclusive?”

    You will need to take another test ASAP and quarantine until you receive a negative result.

     

  • What should I do if I get a positive test result?

    You should isolate from other people immediately, and contact either the Student Affairs Office (at scotshealth@monmouthcollege.edu if you are a student) or the Personnel Office (if you are an employee).

     

  • I’ve recently received the vaccine. Do I still have to take a test? How will the vaccine affect my test results?

    If you have been exposed to a positive COVID-19 person you should test 5 days after your last exposure if you are asymptomatic or test immediately if you are showing symptoms. The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms. 

  • I recently had COVID-19. Will I test positive, even though I’m recovered?

    It is not uncommon for tests to remain positive or be intermittently positive for several weeks following a COVID illness and these individuals are not infectious to others. When a positive test occurs less than 3 months after the person’s symptom onset of their most recent illness, it is possible that the positive test represents a new infection, or a persistently positive test associated with the previous infection. Students who display new symptoms during this time period should be evaluated at the Student Health Center.

  • I had COVID-19 in the past. Do I still have to take a test?

    Yes. It is still possible to have and spread the virus, even if you already had COVID-19. The Omicron variant likely will spread more easily than the original SARS-CoV-2 virus and how easily Omicron spreads compared to Delta remains unknown. CDC expects that anyone with Omicron infection can spread the virus to others, even if they are vaccinated or don’t have symptoms.

     

  • Who will receive my results aside from me?

    Monmouth College will receive your results. Results will also be reported to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

     

  • What should I do before my test?
    • Fast for 60 minutes prior to providing a saliva sample. No food, drinks (including water), gum, tobacco products, mints, mouthwash, toothpaste; nothing should be in your mouth.
    • Schedule an appointment with your SHIELD Illinois account. If you don’t yet have an account, you can create a SHIELD Illinois account online. If you encounter issues, you can call the SHIELD patient support line (217-265-6059) or allow the testing site staff to walk you through account and appointment creation on-site.
    • Scheduling an appointment will create a QR code in your patient account. Bring it with you to your appointment (printout, screenshot, or the confirmation email).

  • I’m having trouble activating my SHIELD Illinois account. Where can I get help?

    The SHIELD Illinois patient support number is 217-265-6059. This number can be used for patients for help setting up their accounts and viewing results.

  • When and how will I get my results?

    Results will be made available through your SHIELD Illinois portal within 24-48 hours. You will receive an email and text message with instructions to view your results as soon as they are available.

  • How long will it take to be tested?

    It should take less than five minutes to check in, provide your sample and check out.