Updates on Tiers, Athletics and Contact Tracing App

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President’s Weekly Webinar: The State of COVID-19 at Stetson 

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Christopher Roellke, PhD

Join President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD, for his weekly update webinar on Thursday, Sept. 24, 1-2 p.m. President Roellke will be joined by Lorenzo Brown, President and CEO of AdventHealth DeLand, and Dr. Joe Smith, Chief Medical Officer, to discuss the current status of testing, planning, student safety and tiers at Stetson and in our community. President Roellke will also be joined by Michèle Alexandre, Dean of the College of Law, and Lynn Schoenberg, Dean of Students and co-chair of the Safer Campus Task Force.  

Panelists:

• President Christopher F. Roellke, PhD
• Lorenzo Brown, President and CEO of AdventHealth DeLand
• Dr. Joe Smith, Chief Medical Officer, AdventHealth DeLand
• Michèle Alexandre, Dean, College of Law
• Lynn Schoenberg, Dean of Students, co-chair, Safer Campus Task Force 

Thursday, Sept. 24, 1-2 p.m.
Register for the webinar now.  
Students, faculty and staff can submit suggestions and questions through this online form.   

Safer Campus Task Force Updates 

Tiers Update 
The Stetson community should all be pleased with the decrease of active cases and isolations since August. We remain in Tier 1 and are monitoring various measures, including Volusia County’s active cases, which have risen over the last 2 weeks, and continue to consult with our AdventHealth partners.

The university originally opened at Tier 1 to ensure the safety of the community as students returned to on-campus living and online, hybrid and limited classroom learning. In our ongoing consideration of student physical and emotional health, the university is reviewing what a move to Tier 2 in the future might require. We ask all departments, offices and individuals to review Tier 2 requirements, consider preparations you might need to make for Tier 2, and please prepare for those steps appropriately.   

We must be ready, where possible, to provide steps toward greater engagement opportunities for students while remaining vigilant over the health of our community. The efforts of everyone, but especially the diligence of students, is impressive. Whether Tier 1 or 2, we ask the community to please continue to follow safety guidelines, including facial coverings, physical distancing, smaller group sizes and hand washing. Our continued success depends on our students, faculty and staff acting responsibly to protect themselves and the community. 

Tiers vs. Phases: Athletics Students and Staff  
Due to NCAA requirements, Stetson Athletics adheres to its own phase system outlined in their Plan for Resocialization of Sports. Athletics is in Phase 2 of its plan, which requires rigorous screening and testing of all student athletes. Students athletes must have two negative tests before participating in sports practices or competitions. More details can be found here

After meeting established milestones, the men’s basketball team was permitted to move into Phase 3 of activities last Friday, Sept. 11. The men’s basketball team is the first team that has been allowed to move into Phase 3, which allows for a return to more normal team practices and, when permitted, outside competition. This change also increases the total number of student athletes allowed in the weight room and training rooms while still wearing face coverings when not involved with physical activity. Several other teams, including cross-country, tennis, golf and women’s basketball, are on track to move to Phase 3 on Sept. 17. Read the full story at gohatters.com.  

Latest COVID-19 Test Results  
Asymptomatic On-Campus Testing 

See the latest Stetson University COVID tracking data here

Rapid Antigen Testing on DeLand Campus
Through our partnership with AdventHealth and CentraCare, Stetson will be offering free rapid antigen COVID-19 testing every other week on-campus. Testing will take place from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Rinker Field House in the Hollis Center and is available to students and employees. This testing is not mandatory, but highly encouraged for the safety and wellbeing of the entire Stetson Community. Sign up here for your appointment! 

Appointments are scheduled one testing date at a time. Testing dates are Tuesdays, Sept. 22, Oct. 6 and Oct. 20; and Wednesdays, Nov. 4 and Nov. 18. 

Testing at the College of Law 
Stetson College of Law will continue to partner with Fast Track Urgent Care to provide PCR testing and flu shots to faculty, staff and students at the Gulfport campus. 

PCR testing: 

  • Sept. 17 (9 a.m.-1 p.m.)  Faculty/Staff/Students 
  • Sept. 28 (1 p.m.-6 p.m.)  Faculty/Staff/Students 
  • Oct. 22 (9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1 p.m.-6 p.m.)  Faculty/Staff/Students 
  • Jan. 4, 2021 (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) Faculty and Staff Only   
  • Jan. 19, 2021 (9 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-6 p.m.) Students Only   

Flu Shot Clinics: 

  • Sept. 21 and Oct. 15 

College of Law Reopens Gym 
The Stetson College of Law gym will reopen beginning Wednesday, Sept. 16.  Gym hours will be limited to Monday-Friday, 4-9 p.m. and access is available by sign-up appointment only via the COL’s Engage website. Participants must complete a health screening prior to participating and must provide a wellness screening checkmark before entry. COL gym patrons will be required to adhere to physical distancing guidance and wear masks when entering and exiting the gym. More information is available on the COL website

Everbridge App now Available from App Store
The Everbridge Contact Tracer app for Apple users is now available for download in the iOS App Store. This new application will aid Stetson Health Service with contact tracing, which is an extremely vital portion of our wellness plan. During contact tracing, Stetson Health Service works with patients to develop a list of everyone they have been in close contact with during a certain period. The staff will then contact those people to let them know about their possible exposure, so that they can take proper precautions. The app will run in the background (only 3%-4% battery usage per day) and will keep track of all close contact (within 6 feet for >15 minutes) exposure events for 14 days. All COVID-19 self-reports will be done on the Contact Tracer app, so that all exposure events can be transmitted to Stetson Health Service to initiate contact tracing procedures to keep our community healthy.

The app can be found by searching for Everbridge Contact Tracer. Once the app is downloaded, users will select “Single Sign-On.” They will be prompted to enter the single sign-on key phrase, which is Stetson2020. The original Everbridge app will remain on the phone and will continue to receive Daily Wellness Checks and any other messages that are sent. No messaging, other than exposure events, will be delivered to the Contact Tracer app.