Communications

Weekly Student Communications (TUG) | February 3, 2021

WPU Student community, 

And just like that, it’s February. We hope that you are getting ready to transition to regular class delivery on Monday, February 8th. All classes will now be conducted in the originally planned delivery mode. 

We appreciate your continued support and working together to ensure the health and safety or our campus community:

  • Wear a mask both inside and out
  • Keep social distance of 6’ apart
  • Wash your hands 

Move-in Schedule for Returning to Campus

For those residential students moving back to campus, move-in will take place on Friday, February 5th or Saturday, February 6th between 10 AM and 2 PM. 

Returning Students to Submit Negative COVID Test Results

If you are a returning student, you must upload your negative COVID-19 test to your Magnus Health portal. Please ensure that you have completed this prior to your return to campus.  

  • A negative, lab-confirmed COVID-19 test, which does not include a rapid test, must be taken at a time that will provide results within 5 days of your scheduled return date. 
  • You must upload a copy of your test results to your Magnus Health portal.
  • Students who previously tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 90 days do not need to get retested and should upload a copy of their positive result to their Magnus Health portal.
  • Failure to comply with re-entry COVID-19 testing will result in at least a lack of access to campus as your Pacer card will be invalid.
  • A list of currently available testing locations can be found here: NC DHHS COVID-19: Find My Testing Place. If you are having difficulty securing a testing location, please contact HealthServices@peace.edu who will provide assistance (Please contact them as soon as possible).

TAKE THE PACER PREPARED PLEDGE: If you haven’t already, join the WPU Community in taking the #PacerPreparedPledge! By taking this pledge, you are committing to keeping yourself and our community safe. We invite you to join us in taking the pledge! When you take the pledge, make sure to post on Instagram letting us know, and tag @wpustudentlife and @wpeaceu. To sign the pledge, click HERE.

COVID Corner with Dr. Scott, WPU University Physician

Q: Why random testing?

A: One of the challenges of COVID-19 is the large number of infected persons without symptoms—especially in the college age population. Having an asymptomatic (no symptoms) case of COVID-19 may be good for those infected, though we still worry about potential long term effects. The concern is for their immediate contacts and anyone in close proximity, as asymptomatic patients are just as contagious as persons with symptoms. This can lead to the clusters of infections and superspreader events that we know all too well.  Random testing can identify persons with asymptomatic infections, allow tracing of contacts to help contain infections before they explode in numbers and intensity.

 This random testing is not for students with symptoms or known COVID-19 exposure—those students should seek rapid assessment and care.  Students with documented COVID-19 infections in the last 90 days are also excluded from random testing.  Of course, none of these testing strategies eliminates or diminishes the need for masks, hand hygiene, and social distancing.  Stay safe everyone!!  That is your most important assignment!

Q: Is wearing two masks better than one?

A: Great question! Good masking is key to reducing the spread of COVID-19.  Masks help block transmission of the virus, as well as protect the wearer from others who may be infected.  The quality of the mask makes a big difference.  High filtration masks, like the N95s, are the most effective, so wearing 2 masks to increase filtration makes sense, though no formal research has been done.  Whatever mask is used, it is critically important to wear it correctly, which means covering the nose as well as the mouth. A mask with a double layer of cloth and a pocket for a filter material (like the kind found in vacuum bags) is an excellent option, but using 2 masks (with a cloth mask tightly on top of a typical blue surgical mask) may offer a bigger advantage over a single mask.  Stay safe! 

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

We will continue to send out weekly emails to include updates and highlights of timely information to ensure a successful semester. These communications will continue to be added to covid.peace.edu/communications.

In Peace,

Office of Communications