November 5, 2021

Furman Focused update

Dear Campus Community,

It’s one of the most beautiful times of the year on campus, and excitement for the holidays is in the air. With the travel season and exams on the horizon, we want to remind our community of ways to stay healthy over the next few weeks.

Academic stress is increasing 

It is typical for students’ level of stress to increase at this point in the semester. Students are encouraged to prioritize sleep, exercise and eating well. Taking care of physical needs and health will enhance intellectual and psychological wellbeing. Work hard, but also take a walk by the lake. Take a nap. Meditate. Pause to socialize with friends. For academic assistance, visit the Center for Academic Success in the lower level of the Duke Library. When in distress, contact Furman’s Counseling Center at 864-294-3031.

COVID-19 dashboard 

Once again, there were no positive student COVID-19 cases on campus this past week, and there was only one positive employee case. Thank you for your continued diligence in keeping our community healthy and safe.

The Furman Focused Dashboard has been updated today and will continue to be updated each Monday and Thursday.

Adjusted protocol for indoor events

Effective Monday, Nov. 8, the external community may be invited to attend indoor campus events that also include members of our campus community. Events include music ensemble and theatrical performances, basketball games, recitals, etc. These indoor events must require masking, regardless of group size. This includes meetings, activities and events in academic buildings. In the coming days, the CLP Committee will provide guidance about how this applies to CLP events. This adjustment does not yet allow the general public to access buildings uninvited. This adjustment also does not yet apply to dining facility restrictions. 

The COVID Response Committee and the Public Health and Safety Advisory Group are currently gathering information and developing a plan to relax our remaining COVID safety protocols in an incremental way at some point during the spring semester. More information will be shared in the coming weeks as decisions are made.

Masking clarification in academic building offices 

The mask requirement must be observed in faculty and staff offices in academic buildings unless the faculty or staff member is alone in their own office, with their door either open or closed. To clarify, the faculty or staff member may leave their office door open when alone and unmasked. 

Free COVID-19 testing for holiday travel 

In preparation for holiday travel, Furman is partnering with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC) to offer free COVID-19 testing in the South Chapel Lot Nov. 22-Dec. 3, Dec. 12-22, and Jan. 5-15. Specific times will be provided in our next campus update. In the meantime, free testing is currently available on the Greenville Tech Northwest campus 3 miles south of Furman on Highway 25. SC DHEC offers other testing locations as well.

Flu shots for students 

Students are encouraged to get a flu shot at the Earle Student Health Center. Please call 864-522-2000 or email furmanstudenthealth@prismahealth.org to schedule an appointment. COVID-19 and flu symptoms are similar, so the ESHC will test for both when students are symptomatic.

COVID-19 booster shots 

Information about COVID-19 booster shots is available on the SC DHEC website. While the Earle Student Health Center is not equipped to offer the booster shot at this time, individuals may use SC DHEC’s VaxLocator website to access vaccine locations.

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