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COVID-19 Testing Results

Visit our COVID-19 Testing Dashboard for current testing results of Knox College students and employees.

Summer 2021 Health & Wellness Policies

Read our Summer 2021 Health & Wellness Policies.

Quick Things to Know

Read all of the Knox Together Health & Wellness Policies.

Students will be required to be vaccinated for the 2021-22 academic year, subject to medical or religious exemptions. Students returning for the 2021-22 academic year should submit their vaccine record to  health@knox.edu once fully vaccinated. Health Services will work with students who are unable to access one of the FDA-approved COVID vaccines prior to returning to campus.  

At this time, faculty and staff are strongly urged to receive the vaccine, but for now, it is not required.

Health Services will provide free COVID testing for students living or working on campus or taking on-campus courses during the summer if the student is symptomatic or is concerned about possible COVID exposure. Due to the significantly reduced number of students on campus during the summer, and as long as the number of cases on campus remains very low, we will not be conducting surveillance testing.

All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing.

Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences reserved for this purpose. Affected faculty and staff follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home. Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

COVID-19 Testing

Health Services will provide free COVID testing for students living or working on campus or taking on-campus courses during the summer if the student is symptomatic or is concerned about possible COVID exposure.

Due to the significantly reduced number of students on campus during the summer, and as long as the number of cases on campus remains very low, we will not be conducting surveillance testing.

HealthCheck360 Symptom Tracker

Campus community members are not required to participate in HealthCheck 360 during the summer. Students who are concerned about symptoms or possible exposure to COVID should contact Health Services.

Vaccinations

Students will be required to be vaccinated for the 2021-22 academic year, subject to medical or religious exemptions. Students returning for the 2021-22 academic year should submit their vaccine record to  health@knox.edu once fully vaccinated. Health Services will work with students who are unable to access one of the FDA-approved COVID vaccines prior to returning to campus.  

At this time, faculty and staff are strongly urged to receive the vaccine, but for now, it is not required. 

In Illinois, vaccines are currently being distributed to county health departments, pharmacies and hospitals, and the state is currently deeming as  eligible individuals 65+ and certain frontline workers. Higher education is now considered eligible frontline workers. Since the Governor has expanded the eligibility, that will mean that Hv-Vee and Walgreens will also vaccinate those groups as of March 22.  

These sites in Galesburg are receiving vaccines on a weekly basis: Hy-Vee Pharmacy, Walgreens, OSF, Cottage Hospital, along with the Knox County Health Department which is setting up vaccine sites. OSF is prioritizing vaccines for their patients, and they are reaching out to patients on an individual basis. The volume of available vaccines is very sparse at this point, so we all have to be patient and check the websites for the participating sites often. The good news is that we do believe that more vaccines will become available each week.

The Knox County Health Department appointment links will go live at 2 pm every Friday starting February 5th on their  Facebook page and at their  website. You can also check out the  Hy-Vee Pharmacy and  Walgreens sites for availability. We know that some Knox retirees and employees 65+ have been able to get vaccinations through those sites, so keep checking. The Register-Mail and WGIL websites are also helpful. 

Regarding COVID-19 vaccination requirements for Knox students, as long as public health guidance continues to support that it is safe and effective, as evidenced by FDA approval beyond emergency use, we anticipate that we will require our students to be vaccinated unless they have a medical, physical, or philosophical objection. We will follow legal and public health guidance. We do not anticipate implementing this requirement until the 2021-2022 academic year.

Masks

Masks/Indoors

In indoor public spaces, the vaccination status of other people or whether they are at increased risk for severe COVID-19 is likely unknown. Therefore, all members of our campus community must wear masks indoors at all times except:

  • In their individual residence hall rooms
  • In suite/house/apartment/office common areas if all individuals present have been fully vaccinated (at least 2 weeks after their final vaccine) and agree that masks do not need to be worn
  • In their private offices

Masks/Outdoors

Masks are not required outdoors.

Physical Distancing

All members of the campus community are encouraged to maintain six feet of physical distance in indoor public spaces when reasonable.

Gathering Sizes

Indoor gathering size limits are determined by the posted room capacity, which allows for six feet of physical distance per person.

Gatherings in residence hall suites, houses and/or apartments should not exceed 10 individuals.

Outdoor gatherings up to 500 individuals are permitted.

Hand Hygiene & Respiratory Etiquette

All members of our campus community must practice proper hand washing and respiratory etiquette by covering mouths and noses when coughing or sneezing, using tissues and throwing them away, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer after touching noses or mouths.

Testing, Quarantine, Isolation, & Contact Tracing

In the event that a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, Knox Health Services staff are certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus.

Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences reserved for this purpose. Affected faculty and staff follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.

Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

Visitors to Campus

A visitor is defined as any individual coming to campus who is not a Knox College student, faculty, or staff member.

Exceptions to the visitor policy may be made at the discretion of a senior staff member.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy outdoor campus spaces, and do not need to register or check in to access those spaces.

Visitors entering indoor spaces for fewer than 15 minutes are also welcome without registering or checking in.

Access to indoor facilities for a period longer than 15 minutes remains restricted to students, faculty, staff, and essential visitors/guests. Essential visitors fall into two categories:

  1. Contractors, vendors, essential business partners, and admission visitors:
    Must be pre-approved by a member of the senior staff and must check in at the Administrative Services Building or Admission upon arrival to campus.
  2. Individuals visiting students who live on campus:
    Students residing on campus may have visitors for a defined period of time. These visitors must be approved by the Campus Life Office at least 48 hours in advance of the visit and must check in with Campus Safety at the Administrative Services Building upon arrival to campus.

Travel

Students who have been fully vaccinated may freely travel outside of Knox County. Students who have not been fully vaccinated must limit their travel to within Knox County. If travel outside of Knox County (this includes to Peoria, the Quad Cities, Chicago, and basically any other location outside of Galesburg) is unavoidable, students who have not been fully vaccinated must consult with Health Services prior to traveling.

Knox Together Pledge

A committee of students, faculty and staff worked together to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a “social contract” that all students and employees sign to affirm our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. Violations of this contract are addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures. If you haven’t read and signed the Knox Together pledge, you can do so here.

Quarantine, Isolation, & Contact Tracing

Even with the best public health practices, we know we cannot completely stop the spread of COVID-19. In the event that a member of the campus community tests positive for COVID-19, Knox Health Services staff are certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus.

Affected students follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation have a designated staff member to support them, receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff. 

Affected faculty and staff  follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.  Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

Frequently Asked Questions

If you need more information on a topic or have questions that are not included below, email together@knox.edu.

Vaccinations

  • Students will be required to be vaccinated for the 2021-22 academic year, subject to medical or religious exemptions. Students returning for the 2021-22 academic year should submit their vaccine record to health@knox.edu once fully vaccinated. Health Services will work with students who are unable to access one of the FDA-approved COVID vaccines prior to returning to campus.

    At this time, faculty and staff are strongly urged to receive the vaccine, but for now, it is not required.

Masks

  • Yes. All members of our campus community, including visitors, must wear masks at all times except: (1) in their individual residence hall rooms, (2) in their private offices, or (3) when out of doors and able to maintain at least six feet of physical distancing. Students who are unable to wear a mask or face covering due to a documented health issue should contact Disability Support Services for guidance. Employees who are unable to wear a mask due to a documented health issue should contact Human Resources.

  • Yes. All students and employees are provided with two cloth face masks, a face shield, and a small refillable bottle of hand sanitizer. Stations to refill hand sanitizer will be placed across the campus.

  • Disposable masks are available around campus at locations including dining areas, the mailroom, Administrative Services, and the welcome desk at Alumni Hall.

Knox Together Pledge

  • A committee of students, faculty and staff worked together to translate public health guidance on matters like physical distancing and mask wearing into a “social contract” that all students and employees sign to affirm our shared responsibility for keeping our community as safe as possible. We have an obligation to protect one another to the very best of our ability, and we must take it seriously. Violations of this contract are addressed through existing campus disciplinary procedures. If you haven’t read and signed the Knox Together pledge, you can do so here.

  • No. Students and employees are, however, asked to acknowledge that they have read the Knox Together Pledge and agree to follow all public health measures.

  • You will need to be logged into Google with your Knox account to access the form.

COVID-19 Testing

  • Yes. All students will undergo a series of two tests for COVID-19 upon their arrival to campus--the first as soon as they arrive, and the second one approximately five days later. Employees will also be tested. Testing will continue throughout the term as surveillance testing, symptoms, and contact tracing require. This will be conducted at no cost to students or employees.

  • Yes. Just like in the fall and winter terms, students will go into initial quarantine following their first COVID test upon arrival.

    Initial quarantine means that you are required to remain in your assigned room, except to use the restroom and pick up meals three times a day from a designated indoor location. You must wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance whenever you are outside of your own room (both indoors and outdoors). You are in initial quarantine until you get a negative test result.

    After you get a negative test result, you are in modified quarantine. Modified quarantine means that you can hang out in your own suite/house’s common area as long as you wear a mask and maintain at least six feet of physical distance. You can also get fresh air and visit with friends outdoors. We ask that you both wear a mask and maintain six feet of physical distance even when gathering outside.

    Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Yes. Even though off-campus students attending classes on campus are not “moving in,” they will still be assigned a testing time and follow the same testing protocol as residential students.

  • We will use the CDC’s definition of a close contact, which is any individual who has spent a total of 15 minutes or more within six feet of the infected person. All close contacts of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be contacted and evaluated by a trained professional to determine appropriate next steps.  Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

  • Check out the most common symptoms of COVID-19 according to the Center for Disease Control. If you have one or more of these symptoms, the first thing to do is to stay in your residence hall room or stay home so you don’t spread it to others. If you are a student, contact Health Services at (309) 341-7559. If you are an employee, contact Human Resources at (309) 341-7200.

Facilities

  • Enhanced cleaning and sanitizing practices are in place at Knox. Common spaces in academic, administrative and residential buildings are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected at least once per day. Additionally, classroom use is scheduled in such a way that will minimize overlapping students being in the same proximity, and outdoor or other alternative learning spaces will be used where possible. Campus offices are stocked with proper supplies and instruction on how to keep shared office spaces clean and disinfected. Dining Services has developed a comprehensive cleaning and sanitation process.

  • Current knowledge has shown that the following mechanisms for spreading the virus are likely to be more significant than aerosol transmission: direct person to person contact; indirect contact through inanimate objects like doorknobs; through the hands to mucous membranes such as those in the nose, mouth and eyes; droplets and possibly particles spread between people in close proximity. For this reason, basic principles of physical distancing, surface cleaning and disinfection, and handwashing or other strategies of good hygiene are far more important than anything related to the HVAC system. However, we have taken the following steps to improve air quality.

    In most buildings (Old Main, CFA, SMC, Alumni Hall, Fieldhouse and Gym, WAC, Seymour Union, and the HOPE Center), HVAC systems are being run 24-hours a day to allow air to refresh while the building is unoccupied. Systems are also pulling in maximum outside air while still maintaining comfortable humidity levels for building occupants.

    Seymour Library, GDH, and the residence halls and houses do not have full building level exhaust systems.

    Where possible, we suggest opening a window to allow for outside air to enter the space. Knox has purchased portable, standalone air purifiers to enhance air quality in spaces without high capacity air exchange such as Seymour Library and GDH.. These units have Ultraviolet-C Spectrum lighting (UVC), a HEPA filter, and a carbon filter. They have been placed in locations that have been identified as having comparatively lower air flow or are heavily used for learning or student services.

  • Each common area has disinfecting wipes that are replenished by the custodial staff. These materials are for personal disinfection of shared spaces, such as meeting tables or classroom desks outside of the standard schedule. If you would like supplies or hand sanitizer in an additional space, please submit a work order.

  • While the water itself is safe, the virus may be on the surfaces of the drinking fountains, so most are temporarily turned off. Those fountains that include a touchless bottle filling dispenser remain on.

    Faucets are also safe for filling up cups or water bottles. Tap water is safe to consume.

    Most academic and administrative buildings have at least one bottle filling station:

    • Alumni Hall - 2nd floor, outside the Bastian Family Center for Career Success
    • Fitness Center - main floor near the stairwell leading to the basement level
    • Fitness Center - basement level near the hallway leading to the locker rooms
    • Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) - 1st floor, in restroom alcove
    • Ford Center for Fine Arts (CFA) - 1st floor in music wing
    • George Davis Hall (GDH) - 1st floor hallway and
    • George Davis Hall (GDH) - 2nd floor hallway
    • Old Main - 1st floor, in hallway outside the Business Office
    • Post Hall - south end of lobby, near wing entrance
    • Seymour Library - 1st floor, in center of building next to elevator
    • Seymour Union - 1st floor, outside gender neutral restroom
    • SMC - 1st floor of B wing, just off the A core next to the entrance to the elevator area
    • Whitcomb Art Center (WAC) - 1st floor, near restrooms

Quarantine & Isolation

  • Isolation is the process of separating people who are sick with COVID-19 from people who are not sick so that they can get better without infecting anyone else.

    Quarantine is the process of separating and restricting the movement of people who were exposed to COVID-19 during the incubation period when they may become sick with the virus and infect others.

  • We’re prepared for this. If a member of our campus community tests positive for COVID-19, we have arranged for Knox Health Services staff to be certified to carry out tracing for close contacts both on and off campus. Affected students will follow quarantine and isolation protocols within campus residences that have been reserved for this purpose. Students in quarantine or isolation will have a designated staff member to support them. They will receive meals in their residence, take their classes online, and have their health and wellbeing actively monitored by a member of our professional Health Services staff. Affected faculty and staff will follow quarantine and isolation protocols at home.  Close contacts of individuals who test positive for COVID will not have to quarantine if they have been fully vaccinated.

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Printed on Saturday, June 19, 2021