October 21, 2020

Temperature scanners, town hall video, flu shots

Dear Campus Community,

With four weeks left in the semester before students return home for exams and the winter break, we continue to have great success in keeping the COVID-19 infection rate down on campus – thanks entirely to the members of our community who are doing their part to protect themselves and each other. We are truly grateful for your efforts.

With this in mind, we are writing to share a few related updates.

Temperature scanners

We are excited to announce that Furman University has purchased several state-of-the-art telethermographic temperature scanners with grant funding awarded through the South Carolina Coronavirus Emergency Supplemental Funding Program. In the coming days, the scanners will be placed in high-traffic locations around campus, including the PAC, the Duke Library, and the Trone Student Center.

Temperature scanners provide a quick and accurate way to check your temperature, making it easy to complete your daily health screening. This information is for your benefit and will not be recorded or transmitted.

By checking your temperature daily, staying home when sick, and reporting symptoms through the LiveSafe app, students and employees can help prevent the spread of COVID-19, seasonal flu, and other illnesses for which fever is a symptom.

Town hall video

If you were not able to attend the Students and Families Town Hall on Monday night, you may watch the video and read the transcript of the chat Q&A here. Videos of past town halls are also available on this site.

Flu shots

Students and employees are encouraged to get flu shots in accordance with the Paladin Promise.

Students may go to the Earle Student Health Center on Mondays, 1-4 p.m., to get a flu shot.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. There is no cost. There will also be another flu shot tent on Wednesday, October 28, by the Dining Hall’s lower entrance from 12-3 p.m.

For employees and their domestic partners, Furman is providing free flu shots at Desantis Pavilion next to the Younts Conference Center on Thursday, October 22, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. No appointments are needed. Consent forms will be available on site. Please contact Human Resources for more details.

Homecoming, Athletics events for students

Students, we hope you will take advantage of the many Homecoming events and Athletics scrimmagesscheduled this week. For more information, check the calendar of events here.

Thank you, again, to everyone for all that you are doing to keep each other safe and healthy. 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.

Sincerely,

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

Co-Chairs, Fall Planning Steering Committee