March 14, 2022

Furman Focused reminders

Dear Campus Community,

Students, we hope you had a relaxing, fun and safe spring break. Faculty and staff, we hope you were able to catch your breath. We are glad everyone is back on campus as we dive into the rest of the Spring 2022 semester.

Greenville County moved from medium to low risk over the break, which means that individuals without symptoms, who have not tested positive for COVID, and who have not recently been exposed to an individual who has tested positive for COVID, are not required to wear a mask indoors.

As a reminder, masks are now optional in on-campus, indoor settings (exceptions listed below). Instructors may not require masking in classrooms, and masking is not required at CLP events.

  • Faculty and staff may require that students and colleagues wear a mask when entering their office, studio or high-contact lab areas, or when meeting individually. Likewise, students may ask faculty or staff to wear a mask when meeting with them individually.
  • Faculty, staff and students may require masking of all participants when traveling in vehicles on or off campus for university-sponsored purposes.

We are supportive of students, faculty and staff who choose to continue to wear masks, and individuals should not be questioned about their decision, nor should they be discouraged or prohibited from wearing them.

More information was outlined in the March 4 campus communication.

Continue to report COVID-19 symptoms and isolate if positive or symptomatic

All protocols for contact tracing, isolation and quarantine remain the same. Students and employees who have tested positive, as well as those who are symptomatic but not yet tested, should immediately self-isolate, remain in their campus residence or at home and submit a LiveSafe Health Survey or contact the Earle Student Health Center (students) or Human Resources (employees).

What to do if you are exposed to COVID-19

The CDC recommends the following for individuals who are exposed to COVID-19 and are up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations.

  1. Wear a mask for 10 full days any time you are around others indoors or in public. Do not go to places where you are unable to wear a mask.
  2. You do not need to stay home unless you develop symptoms.
  3. Monitor for symptoms until 10 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  4. Even if you don’t develop symptoms, get tested at least 5 days after you last had close contact with someone with COVID-19.
  5. If you develop symptoms, isolate immediately and get tested. Continue to stay home until you know the results.

Recommendations for individuals who are NOT up-to-date on COVID-19 vaccinations or had confirmed COVID-19 within the past 90 days are available on the CDC website.

If you have any questions, please email furman.focused@furman.edu.

Sincerely,

 

The COVID Response Committee