October 9 update from the Ready & Resilient Committee

The latest update from the Ready & Resilient Committee about the university's response to the COVID-19 pandemic this fall.

Dear Elon Community,

We write with good news and updates for the week ahead.

Alert level

We are monitoring the Elon University and Alamance County COVID-19 data and expect to move from Alert Level 2 to Alert Level 1 in the coming days. Thank you. This change is further evidence of how your extra efforts have made a difference in reducing the transmission of COVID-19.

We do not want to suggest – in any way – that a decrease in the alert level means our community can relax its focus on healthy practices – wearing of masks indoors and outside, physical distancing, etc. We have clear evidence that these practices are essential to maintaining a low level of the disease on campus.

Elon’s data team is paying careful attention to Alamance County and North Carolina numbers that have been increasing over the past days. The threat of the virus to our region and beyond remains considerable. Vigilance must remain our priority.

Travel & additional COVID-19 testing options

We are concerned that some may have traveled away from campus this week. We urge any student, faculty or staff member who has traveled to carefully consider limiting contacts, seek testing and avoid putting others at risk.

An additional testing opportunity will be offered by Cone Health on Friday, October 16, 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Alumni Gym. Click here to make an appointment. Participants must bring their insurance card to cover the cost of the test. Additional test sites are listed at the bottom of this email.

Social connections

While social connections are vital to well-being, we ask that all in our community think carefully about how to protect each other, limit close contacts and maintain safe contacts.

Elon’s positive cases have been traced to social contacts:

  • Students gathering in groups without masks or physical distancing
  • Staff and faculty gathering in groups – away from campus – with friends or family outside the university.

Please continue to limit the size of your close contacts. Thank you for your commitment to this community and efforts to keep Elon healthy.

The Ready & Resilient Committee

    • Dan Anderson, Vice President of University Communications
    • Ginette Archinal, Medical Director of Student Health and University Physician
    • MarQuita Barker, Director of Residence Life
    • John Barnhill, Associate Vice President for University Advancement
    • Tom Flood, Assistant Vice President of Physical Plant
    • Jason Husser, Associate Professor of Political Science and Policy Studies, and Director of the Elon Poll (Academic Council Representative)
    • Deandra Little, Assistant Provost, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning and Professor of English
    • Paul Miller, Assistant Provost for Academic Operations and Communications and Professor of Exercise Science
    • Kelly Reimer, Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Staff Council Representative)
    • Carrie Ryan, Director of Auxiliary Services
    • Kelli Shuman, Associate Vice President for Human Resources & Chief Human Resources Officer
    • Gabie Smith, Dean of Elon College, the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Psychology
    • Mary Southern, Project Manager for Provost and Academic Affairs Operations (Project Manager)
    • Mike Ward, Deputy Director of Athletics
    • Randy Williams, Vice President and Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Assistant Professor of Education
    • Jeff Stein, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assistant Professor of English (Chair)

Additional test sites

  • Medical Mall at Alamance Regional, 1238 Huffman Mill Road, Burlington, NC (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Green Valley Hospital Campus, 801 Green Valley Road, Greensboro, NC (entrance off Lendew Street, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.)
  • FastMed Urgent Care – 336-506-1720 (Weekend testing available), 104 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215
  • Kernodle Clinic – 336-538-1234 (Weekend testing available), 1234 Huffman Mill Rd, Burlington, NC 27215
  • Nextcare Urgent Care – 336-222-8888 (No weekend testing), 1713 South Church Street, Burlington, NC 27215
  • Alamance County Health Department – 336-570-6459 (No weekend testing), 319 N. Graham-Hopedale Rd. Burlington, NC 27217