Healthy Elon Committee offers information on weekend testing and next steps amid rise in cases

Testing will be offered throughout the holiday weekend, and members of the campus community are urged to be cautious amid a rise in COVID cases.

Dear Elon community,

As COVID cases continue to increase around the world, in our region, and at Elon, we want to provide information about the coming holiday weekend and plans for the future.

Testing resources over the MLK weekend

While the university is closed this Monday to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, testing will be offered as follows. Expect lines at both sites.

  • Symptomatic Testing (no appointment at Ellington Student Health Services)
    • Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
    • Sunday: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
    • Monday: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
  • Asymptomatic Testing (no appointment at 207 McCoy Commons in the Oaks)
    • Monday: 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Answers to your questions

Questions? Consult the Student FAQs, Employee FAQs, & Academic FAQs. Review the Isolation & Quarantine page if you test positive or experience symptoms.

Weather, travel, and caution

With the dual threat of the potential winter storm this Sunday and the highly contagious virus, we encourage students to avoid the risks of travel over the long weekend.

Current cases on campus and next steps

As of this morning, there are 194 active student cases and 58 active faculty and staff cases on campus. Most of those affected are experiencing mild symptoms and undergoing the shortened period of isolation recommended by the CDC. These classmates and colleagues are navigating significant disruptions in their daily work and activities.

  • Transmission of the virus on campus continues to be primarily through social interactions. It is imperative that we use the prevention tools we have:
    • Get your booster,
    • Wear well-fitting, high-quality (surgical, KN95 or N95, multi-layered) masks  around others, and
    • Limit exposure to large groups.
  • While health experts have expressed cautious optimism that we may soon be approaching the peak of the Omicron surge, we understand that the rollercoaster of rising and falling COVID cases may continue in the weeks ahead. Although additional mitigation measures are not being implemented at this time, we remain prepared to make changes to events, activities, or operations in the coming weeks, if necessary. Based on epidemiological projections and recommendations from state and federal health officials, we anticipate maintaining the Spring Semester schedule and starting on time. We will communicate more specific information about Spring Semester next week.

Thank you for working hard to protect yourself and those around you in this challenging time,

Jeff Stein, Healthy Elon Committee Chair

  • Dan Anderson, Special Assistant to the President
  • Ginette Archinal, Medical Director of Student Health and University Physician
  • MarQuita Barker, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and 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, Associate Provost for Academic Excellence and Operations and Professor of Exercise Science
  • Kelly Reimer, Senior Director of Teaching and Learning Technologies (Staff Council Representative)
  • Carrie Ryan, Assistant Vice President for 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