April 9, 2021

Furman Focused update: PURPLE Phase

Dear Campus Community,

Only 29 days until commencement, and it looks like the purple streak will continue into a third week! We will be operating in the PURPLE: Basic Precautions phase on campus next week, while also adhering to the YELLOW phase operations off campus. The Greenville community numbers are increasing slightly and still remain higher than they need to be for a change in university-sponsored, off-campus engagement in the community (e.g., volunteering). In addition, we are not opening the campus to increased visitation at this time.

COVID dashboard

We completed surveillance testing for 343 on-campus students this week, resulting in 0 asymptomatic positives. There were only 6 positive cases reported by the Earle Student Health Center. Thank you to our entire community for your diligence and commitment to one another. The Furman Focused Dashboard and Campus Operational Phases were updated yesterday.

Surveillance testing

We will continue with our COVID surveillance testing next week, testing 15% of the student testing pool, on Wednesday only. Selected students will receive instructions on Monday. Students who are fully vaccinated and registered with the ESHC will no longer be included in surveillance testing.

COVID-19 vaccination stats

Thank you to everyone who completed the vaccination survey this week. The response rate was tremendous, though if you have not completed it yet, please do so today.

Here are some early survey stats:

Student Respondents Faculty Respondents Staff Respondents
10% are fully vaccinated 49% are fully vaccinated 27% are fully vaccinated
37% have had the first dose 23% have had the first dose 23% have had the first dose
14% are working to get an appointment 3% are working to get an appointment 4% are working to get an appointment
9% are unsure or have no plans to take it 2% are unsure or have no plans to take it 11% are unsure or have no plans to take it
30% no response or not saying 23% no response or not saying 35% no response or not saying

 

On-campus vaccination clinic on Saturday, April 17

We are excited to announce that Furman has partnered with Bon Secours Health System to offer the Pfizer vaccine to students and employees on Saturday, April 17, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Younts. Students will have first priority. More information will be made available in the coming days.

Students, faculty and staff may also use https://vaxlocator.dhec.sc.gov as a resource for scheduling an appointment for the COVID-19 vaccine.

Remember, students and employees who are fully vaccinated will no longer be included in our surveillance testing program and will not have to quarantine due to an exposure.

Tip of the week: How to submit documentation of vaccination

Students, faculty and staff who have received the complete dose of the COVID vaccination are encouraged to voluntarily share their vaccination record.

For employees, this information will not be shared or stored as part of personnel records, and no personnel actions will be taken based on whether employees have received the vaccine. Please submit only your vaccination record and do not include any medical information along with it.

Furman Engaged and other campus activities

Support our students and participate in the annual Furman Engaged on Tuesday, April 13. Presentations are virtual and require registration. There will also be fun in-person on-campus activities and competitions (snack breaks and live music). The Furman Engaged program is an excellent representation of the impressive work Furman students produce and is yet another example of the resiliency and ingenuity of our students, faculty, and staff. To register and learn more visit our news page.

The Joseph Vaughn statue unveiling will be held Friday, April 16, at 1 p.m., in front of the Duke Library on the new Joseph Vaughn Plaza. A program is planned that will include speakers from Furman’s community and Vaughn’s family. Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to gather, with masks on and physically distanced, for the celebration. See this announcement for more information.

Whether on or off campus, there are many ways for students to connect and stay fit (mentally and physically). See this week’s edition of DINformation for upcoming opportunities.

Students, remember that you can reach out to your peers on the student advisory group to ask questions and send them suggestions to share with the steering committee.

Please continue to follow the Paladin Promise, complete your daily LiveSafe health survey, and check the Furman Focused website and your email for regular updates.

Have a fun, safe weekend!

Sincerely,

Ken Peterson, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost
Connie Carson, Vice President for Student Life

Co-Chairs, COVID Response Steering Committee