September 18, 2020

Furman Focused weekly update

Dear Campus Community,

Five weeks down, nine more to go. We hope our second- and third-year students are acclimating to being back on campus, and that everyone is doing well. The buzz of students around campus is definitely more noticeable and we couldn’t be more thrilled.

We invite all students to watch the video from Wednesday’s webinar, which provides more clarity on topics such as housing visitation policies, face covering requirements, COVID-19 testing options, quarantine and isolation, outdoor gatherings, Paladin Promise enforcement, social activities, advice from other students, and more.

As October approaches, so does flu season. As part of the Paladin Promise, all members of the Furman community are expected to get the flu shot, absent any vaccination concerns. The flu vaccine is even more important this year because flu symptoms are similar to those of COVID-19. Symptomatic individuals must be tested for both because of this similarity.

Starting Monday, Sept. 21, students may go to the Earle Student Health Center on Mondays from 1-4 p.m. to get a flu shot.  Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are also welcome. There is no cost. Additional flu clinics will be scheduled in the coming weeks.

For employees and their domestic partners, Furman is providing free flu shots at the Employee Onsite Clinic (located next to Human Resources) on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 24, 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. No appointments are needed. Please see the HR email sent to employees earlier today for more details.

Remember to minimize your close contacts to reduce the potential for exposure to flu or the coronavirus and to limit the number of individuals who might have to quarantine as a result of such exposure.

Our Public Health and Safety Advisory Group and Fall Planning Steering Committee continue to monitor cases reported on campus through the COVID-19 Dashboard. The university is also monitoring the evolving circumstances related to the pandemic, along with rapidly developing scientific knowledge and medical resources, to determine appropriate adjustments and contingencies. We are determined to safely reach Nov. 20 working together as a campus community.

At the same time, we are beginning to discuss plans for the spring semester and will provide updates soon.

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

Be well and have a safe weekend.

Sincerely,

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

Co-Chairs, Fall Planning Steering Committee