COVID-19

Mask up Monmouth.

Monmouth College will continue 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 will also be aligned with guidance from government agencies, public health officials, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This pandemic presents a constantly evolving and dynamic situation, and the College’s policies and plans will be reviewed and appropriately updated as the situation evolves, and more information becomes available.

New COVID-19 Protocols

(Effective Aug. 9, 2021)

Faculty and Staff

In light of CDC guidelines, we are adjusting our campuswide COVID-19 protocols. Effective Aug. 9, those who are fully vaccinated with no COVID-like symptoms will be exempt from mitigation testing.

All students, faculty, staff and guests will be expected to wear face masks while inside buildings’ public spaces — such as a hallway, classroom, or while attending meetings in offices and conference rooms. Individuals will not have to wear face masks in their residence hall rooms nor in the dining hall or Einstein Bagel Bros. while enjoying a meal or a cup of coffee once seated at table.

Use of the online symptom tracker will continue. Continued use of the symptom tracker allows us to trace infections and triggers applicable communication with the Personnel Office.

As has been the case from the outset, our Operations Group will continue to monitor national, state and local directives, as well as track our campus community’s incident rate. Should change be necessary we will inform the community immediately.

Students who have been vaccinated can provide a copy of their vaccination card to residencelife@monmouthcollege.edu.

Dashboard

October 22, 2021, at 2:00 p.m. CT

  Students Employees
Active Quarantine[1] 0 on campus
0 off campus
0 off campus
Active Isolation[2] 2 on campus
1 off campus
2 off campus
Deaths 0 1
Cumulative Cases[3] 103 43
Vaccination Rate[4] 84.9% 92.99%
Warren County Positivity Rate [5] 7.5%

Warren County COVID-19 Updates

  1. Active Quarantine: In accordance with current guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, members of the campus community who are a close contact will be required to quarantine away from other members of the campus community for a minimum period of 14 days after the last (most recent) contact with the COVID-19 Case. If a close contact develops symptoms, s/he should follow isolation rules for COVID-19 Case.
  2. Active Isolation: In accordance with current guidelines from the Illinois Department of Public Health, members of the campus community who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate away from other members of the campus community for a minimum period of 10 days after symptom onset and can be released from isolation only after afebrile and feeling well (without fever-reducing medication) for at least 24 hours.
  3. Cumulative Cases: This figure represents the total number of COVID-19 positive cases/incidents—including re-infections, if any—since the beginning of the pandemic.
  4. Vaccination Rates: These vaccination rates represents a snapshot only (a point in time) and are based on the current number of students, faculty, staff, and volunteers who have provided evidence of at least one vaccination shot and, if applicable, remain timely for a second vaccination shot. Student workers are reported as students and not reported in the employees calculation. Also excluded from these figures are staff independently employed by contracted services (dining services, bookstore and security), and independent contractors and vendors who may periodically access campus.
  5. Warren County Positivity Rate: Updated weekly.

FAQs

  • If A Student Enters Quarantine or Isolation, How Do We Best Work with Them?

    Because students have told us that they want as much in-person contact as possible, right now our plans do not involve using Zoom. Our students have made it clear they prefer and expect an in-person experience, and we are using the “old” in-person expectations, which means having peers drop materials, providing notes, and students using their emails to continue collegiate contact with their professors. Again, should things change, we will change with them.

  • 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 vaccinated 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 room, and while eating in the cafeteria). Doing so is the best way to ensure that we all have a safe and healthy fall.

  • If A Student Enters Quarantine or Isolation, How Do We Best Work with Them?

    Because students have told us that they want as much in-person contact as possible, right now our plans do not involve using Zoom. Our students have made it clear they prefer and expect an in-person experience, and we are using the “old” in-person expectations, which means having peers drop materials, providing notes, and students using their emails to continue collegiate contact with their professors. Again, should things change, we will change with them.

  • 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 vaccinated 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 room, and while eating in the cafeteria). Doing so is the best way to ensure that we all have a safe and healthy fall.

  • Are There Plans to Reinstate Outdoor Classrooms or Social Distancing Requirements?

    No. Should recommendations change and new mandatory policies be considered and instated, we will move to socially distance, as we have in the past. Right now, however, we are still aiming for as “normal” a classroom experience as we can manage.

  • 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.

  • Are Masks Required Still?

    Yes, in any indoor space outside of offices and residence hall rooms. Thus, any time we are in classrooms, hallways, breakout rooms, study rooms and the like, we should be masked. At the dining hall wear your mask in line and when you’re away from your table; you may remove it to eat, but it should go back on when you’re not eating.

  • 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.

  • Am I Required to be Vaccinated?

    No. However, Monmouth College strongly encourages each of its community members to be vaccinated, 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?

    No, you still need to take the test. 

  • I already 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.

  • I already had COVID-19. 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.

     

  • 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.