Weekly Student Communication (SPS) | February 17, 2021

WPU School of Professional Studies community, 

We are heading into the third week of February and we hope that you are looking forward to warmer days ahead.

The news across North Carolina and our local area regarding the decrease in COVID-19 case counts is promising. We know that by following the health and safety guidelines of wearing a mask, social distancing and washing hands is imperative for the WPU community.  Thanks for doing your part.

Optional COVID-19 Testing Available for Students Enrolled in On-Campus Classes starting week of February 15th

  • On alternating Tuesdays and Thursdays, optional COVID-19 testing will be available for SPS students between the hours of 4:45pm and 5:30pm. Testing will occur in the tent in the parking lot on the back side of the Joyner House.
  • Students must sign-up in advance for a testing slot here.
  • The on-campus testing option is only available for asymptomatic students with no known exposure to the virus. Students with known exposure or symptoms of COVID-19 must seek a PCR (lab-confirmed) test off-campus. Off-campus testing sites can be found  here.
  • Any student who tests positive will not be able to attend class and will need to return home to quarantine  Students who test positive with the rapid test must also follow-up with a lab-confirmed PCR test.

COVID Corner with Dr. Scott, WPU University Physician

Q: Does taking Vitamin D or Zinc protect against COVID-19?

A: My previous readings indicated there was a single study that suggested low levels of Vitamin D may put you at higher risk, but nothing that shows a benefit from supplementing with Vitamin D or Zinc for the average person.  In doing further research— to make sure I wasn’t missing anything—I came across this wonderful article from the Mayo Clinic, which I recommend you read:  Debunking COVID-19 Myths 

We all have much work to do to make it safely through this pandemic and we must rely on reputable science to guide us, as opposed to information from less reliable internet sources.

Ask the Expert: Submit your COVID related health questions to Dr. Scott and questions will be answered in future communications. SUBMIT YOUR QUESTIONS

Take care,

Lori H. McClaren, Ph.D. | Executive Director of the School of Professional Studies