January 14, 2022

Furman Focused update

Dear Campus Community,

Despite challenging COVID-19 conditions, we made it through the first week of classes with minimal disruption and, more importantly, were excited to have our students, faculty and staff back on campus. We will continue with our current protocols in this second week and know each of you will continue to do your part for the greater good of our campus.

COVID-19 dashboard 

Since Monday, there have been 8 positive student cases reported by the Earle Student Health Center (ESHC), and 7 positive employee cases reported by Human Resources.

More than 78% of the student body is on record as vaccinated and boosted (if eligible). We are still tracking down booster records for 17% of the student body. Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our community healthy and safe.

The Furman Focused Dashboard was updated yesterday and will be updated each Monday and Thursday.

No classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

Furman will honor Dr. King’s legacy on Monday. As a university holiday, there will be no classes. Our community is invited to participate in the activities that are planned to commemorate Dr. King.

Earle Student Health Center is open on Monday

The ESHC is normally closed for the MLK holiday, but will be open this Monday because of the current Omicron surge. The hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. In the event the ESHC must close due to inclement weather, students can schedule a virtual visit that day via MyChart.

Dining hours adjusted this weekend

Daniel Dining Hall

Saturday, Jan. 15                                            10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 5 – 8 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 16                                               10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 5 – 8 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 17                                              10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; 5 – 8:30 p.m.

P-Den

Friday, Jan. 14                                                 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15 – Sunday, Jan. 16                CLOSED

Monday, Jan. 17                                             11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Bread ‘N’ Bowl

Friday, Jan. 14                                                 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15 – Monday, Jan. 17              CLOSED

The Library Café

Friday, Jan. 14                                                 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15 – Monday, Jan. 17              CLOSED

The Paddock

Friday, Jan. 14                                                 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 15                                            11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 16 – Monday, Jan. 17                CLOSED

The “Snatch a Snack” Truck will be making an appearance in the residence hall areas on Monday, Jan. 17, starting at 8:30 p.m. It will be a “Mac Attack” theme, with mac and cheese with toppings.

Adjusted library hours

In preparation for the inclement weather this Sunday, the Duke Library will be open from 1–5 p.m. and the branch libraries will be closed.

Masking indoors continues

Masking continues to be required in ALL indoor locations on Furman’s campus at all times for the next week, at which point we will re-evaluate and make adjustments as conditions allow. This includes the PAC’s fitness center/court, Trone Student Center, basketball games in Timmons Arena, and the dining facilities.

Masks are not required in the following limited circumstances:

  • When students are in their residential rooms/apartments on campus (it is strongly recommended that students mask when not in their own assigned rooms/apartments);
  • When actively eating or drinking in designated dining locations; or
  • When a faculty or staff member is alone in their own office (it is recommended that you mask if the door is open).

Faculty and staff reminders

Faculty and staff should follow these instructions regarding COVID-19 reporting, testing, symptoms and contact tracing. You must notify HR immediately via the LiveSafe Health Survey or humanresources@furman.edu whenever any of the following applies to you:

  • You test positive for COVID-19 (do not come to work);
  • You are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms, including symptoms that may mirror the sniffles or allergies (do not come to work, even if you have been tested and are awaiting test results); or
  • You are a close contact of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19. A close contact is defined as exposure within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour window, within 48 hours prior to symptom onset or a positive test.

HR will manage contact tracing and notifications to the appropriate individuals and supervisors and will also advise you on the appropriate next steps. Remember, unvaccinated close contacts and unboosted close contacts who are eligible for the booster must quarantine for a minimum of five days. Please do not manage this process on your own.

If you have not provided your vaccination card (including booster) to HR, please do so immediately. If you are unvaccinated or have no plans to get the booster, you need to notify HR of that as well. Faculty and staff are not required to be vaccinated (though Furman strongly recommends it), but HR does need to know your status for contact tracing purposes.

If employees have any questions about the above, please ask your supervisor, or email humanresources@furman.edu.

We are closely monitoring the number of positive cases in our campus community to determine the appropriateness of any adjustments or contingencies. If you have any questions, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.

Have a fun, safe weekend!

Sincerely,

The COVID Response Committee