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The Knights Care initiative is a community effort where we take appropriate steps to keep one another safe during the current pandemic. Because COVID-19 is a dangerous virus that threatens some members of our campus community more than others, we must work together, drawing on that Wartburg reservoir of leadership and service, to diminish the threat that this disease poses.

As Iowa and the nation work to safely re-open, Wartburg College continues to monitor reports and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic from national and regional health agencies. The institution is taking safety precautions, following the latest guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH). 

Questions? Contact Dan Kittle, Campus Health Recovery Team Chair

COVID-19 Safety Tips: Click the arrow to move to the next video.

Read through all the documents below and still have questions? Email us at covidresponse@wartburg.edu, and we will do our best to answer your question!

COVID-19 Dashboard

These numbers include all faculty, staff, and students in the Wartburg community. Last upated 11/30/20

# Current Positives (or Inconclusives)

1

# in Isolation
(In the care of the college or at home)

1

# In Quarantine
(In the care of the college or at home)

12

Self-Quarantine: An individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 will stay at home or in their residence hall room while separating themselves from others and monitoring health. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days from the point of exposure (incubation period is three to 14 days) unless they are excused by the College’s contact tracers. 

Self-Isolation: An individual who tests positive for COVID-19 or displays symptoms is removed from interaction with campus community and moved to an isolated living space. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in self-isolation for a minimum of 10 days if symptoms improve.

Campus Infection Rate (percent of total campus currently testing positive): 0.05%
14-Day Positivity Rate (Bremer County): 24.5%

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China. There is currently no vaccine to protect against COVID-19. The best way to prevent infection is to take everyday preventive actions, like avoiding close contact with people who are sick and washing your hands often. 

Reported illnesses have ranged from mild symptoms (fever, cough, and shortness of breath) to severe illness or death. These symptoms may appear two to 14 days after exposure. If you develop any of these symptoms and believe you may have been in a location with known COVID-19 cases or in close contact with someone who has been diagnosed, please contact the on-campus Noah Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or Waverly Health Center at 319-352-4120 to determine the desired course of action. If self-quarantine or other actions are deemed medically necessary, the college is poised to work with you and local health officials to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Return to Campus Guidelines

Classrooms: Whenever possible, classroom and lab seating will be configured to allow for six feet of physical distance between each student and the professor. We are now working with faculty to determine how classrooms can be arranged to assure the necessary distance between individuals. When physical distancing isn’t possible, alternative solutions (including larger classrooms and a modified face-to-face option that would allow for smaller groups of students in the class at a time) are being explored. The College also has made a significant investment in new technology that will allow students who aren’t able to be in class with their professor and peers the ability to engage synchronously with those in the classroom.

Face masks: Face masks or cloth face coverings are required indoors. Face shields may only be worn in conjunction with a face mask, per CDC guidelines.  Exceptions to this policy include :

  • A student’s own residence hall room (though masks are strongly encouraged if another person is visiting).
  • Residence hall hallways and restrooms on a student’s own floor.
  • Designated eating areas while eating (though masks must be worn while in line and getting food)
  • Your personal workspace is at least six feet of physical distance from other personal workspaces (though masks are strongly encouraged if someone enters that workspace).
  • Athletic practices (under guidelines still to be determined by the Athletic Department, based on guidance from the A-R-C and NCAA)
  • Music ensembles (under guidelines still to be determined with input from national organizations)
  • Public exercise and swimming areas of The Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center (lower level only)

We must all wear face masks outdoors, too, when we cannot absolutely guarantee a physical distance of at least six feet from others. You will be provided with one washable, cloth face covering, but you will be responsible for any additional masks you want to have.

Hand hygiene and cough etiquette must be practiced. Wash hands often with soap and water forat least 20 seconds, especially after being in a public place, and after coughing or sneezing.Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands. If soap and water are not readilyavailable, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol. Hand sanitizer stationswill be available on campus.

All members of the college community must self-monitor daily for symptoms including cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat or a new loss oftaste or smell. Students may request a thermometer by emailing or calling the Student LifeOffice; it will be delivered in a manner consistent with these guidelines. If symptoms present,students should not engage in any campus activities and should call the Noah Campus Clinic.Students may contact Cassie Hales or Kalyani Kanna in order to enact a self-isolation orquarantine protocol (e.g., meal delivery, notification of faculty, and contact tracing). Faculty andstaff should not come to work and call their primary care provider.

In addition to masks, physical distancing is strongly recommended; when possible, individualsshould maintain at least 6 feet of separation from others. When students, faculty, and staff areunable to physically distance (e.g., some co-curricular activities, some reception areas, and someclassrooms), other mitigation protocols (face coverings, modifications to traffic flow, and/orplexiglass) will be implemented.

Wartburg will make every effort to keep its campus community safe by requiring all visitors toabide by the health and safety parameters laid out for students, faculty, and staff. Visitors,defined as people who are not employees or students at the college, are an important part of ourmission and operations. Given that, we have developed the following guidelines:

  • All expected visitors must have an on-campus host. Visitors without a host, includingthose who come to campus to eat in a college-operated dining location or shop in The Wartburg Store, will be made aware of the college’s guidelines and could be asked towear a mask depending on the reason for their visit (i.e. guests who are eating in The Den may not be required to wear a mask, but visitors in The Wartburg Store will beprovided a disposable mask upon entry).
  • The host should send the visitor a copy of these guidelines prior to their visit.
  • The host is responsible for ensuring the visitor complies with the college’s practiceson physical distancing and face coverings while on college property.
  • When possible, visits should take place outdoors or in areas that permit physicaldistancing.

Visitors could include vendors who have contracted with the college (department-specific host) and prospective students and their families (hosted by the Admissions Office). Larger groups, like camps and visit day groups, are welcome if the host is present, but special measures shouldbe taken to mitigate the possible spread of COVID-19 to the campus community and otherswithin the group.

The procedures for student guests are presented in the Residence Hall Guidelines. Guidance forvisitors who wish to attend athletic events will be determined based on forthcoming NCAA andARC guidance.Personnel in welcome and reception areas, as defined by Operations and Maintenance, should beafforded additional mitigation efforts. In addition to the protocol outlined herein, these areas willbe supplied with a hand sanitizer station, as well as appropriately outfitted acrylic sheets.

The following downloadable signs are available for any member of the Wartburg campus community. Each sign is in PDF format. Some are fillable so you can customize the information listed. Click the yellow button below each image to download.

Maintain Distance Physical Distancing Tape
Green Arrow Directional Tape

If you need physical distancing tape or directional arrow tape, contact Beth Sinnwell at beth.sinnwell@wartburg.edu

Why they wear a mask

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Sam Thomann '21: I wear a mask to protect myself as well as loved ones. It is important to protect your community and environment around you.
Ann a Merrbach, Lacrosse Coach: I wear a mask not just for prevention and safety, but also for the seniors who lost their final season this past spring. And for all the lax pups who miss rebounding shots at practice!
Harley Lin '22: I wear a mask because we as a human race need to fight together for our greater good. Plus, masks are pretty fashionable.
Lilah T. McKnight, quirrel: I wear a mask so students can come back and bring me treats.
Kory Figura, Mail Center: I wear a mask because distancing is nearly impossible in my job, and I know that it is the best way to keep my student workers and the campus community safe from all the contacts I make in the course of my regular day.
Bernard Holland, Security: I wear a mask to be rude to the corona and to hide the fact I haven't shaved in four days.

Frequently Asked Questions

About 50 percent of all of courses will be offered face-to-face. Another 30 percent will have an in-person and online component (hybrid), while the final 20 percent will be offered online only. That information is available on our CourseFinder website

The college purchased 18 Professional and 41 Meeting OWL cameras this summer. Each unit has a 360-degree camera that automatically shifts to focus on up to three speakers while still showing the entire classroom. This will allow students who participate remotely to feel more like they are in the classroom with their professor and their peers.

OWL cameras screen example

The short answer is no. Masks are not required in your own room, the hallway outside your room, or the bathroom on your floor. Masks are required in any public spaces in the residence halls (like lounges and laundry areas). They are also strongly encouraged when you are in close proximity with anyone not living in your room. 

If you are experiecing COVID-19 symptoms or have been in contact with someone who has tested positive, do not engage in any campus activities and contact the Noah Campus Health Clinic at 319-352-8436 or your primary health care provider immediately. Students also should contact Cassie Hales (319-352-8260 or cassie.hales@wartburg.edu) or Kalyani Kannan (319-352-8681 or Kalyani.kannan@wartburg.edu) to enact a self-isolation or quarantine protocol (e.g. meal delivery, notification of faculty, and contact tracing). Faculty and staff should stay home, call their primary health care provider, and notify their supervisor of their absence. Employees or their supervisors should contact Ryan Callahan to initiate the contact tracing process. 

Students, faculty, or staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or a known COVID-19 exposure should not engage in any campus activities until testing can be completed. Our on-campus Noah Campus Health Clinic, operated by Waverly Health Center, will have access to rapid and traditional tests for students, faculty, or staff experiencing symptoms. Students living on campus or anyone who is on campus when they begin feeling ill or learn they were exposed to an individual who tested positive, should call the Noah at 319-352-8436.If someone tests positive for COVID-19, the health service provider will give them instructions for caring for themselves and protecting others through isolation during their illness.

Providers at Noah Campus Health Clinic will notify the college’s Contact Tracing Team lead of the diagnosis. The team lead will mobilize one or more of the College’s internal contact tracers to identify individuals from the campus community who had exposure to the diagnosed person. Definitions of exposure for this purpose include direct physical contact and close contact (within 6 feet for 15 minutes or more).  In certain incidents, including large gatherings where masks and physical distancing guidelines are not observed, proximate contacts (more than 6 feet proximity for greater than 30 minutes) also may be considered an exposure. 

Simultaneously, the Iowa Department of Public Health will be notified of the confirmed case and may contact the individual to conduct its own investigation. Wartburg contact tracers will notify the Dean of Faculty Office regarding students in self quarantine or isolation and provide specific details regarding the amount of time until they are expected to return to class.

The college is continuously monitoring the spread of COVID-19 on our campus and in the community. Here are the criteria we are looking at daily to determine if remote learning is necessary. 

  • Prevalence of on-campus clusters exceeds our ability to carry out contact tracing and isolation protocols
  • Continued increase in the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests on campus, such that exposure is pervasive and unmanageable
  • Employee absenteeism that strains our ability to offer critical services
  • Area shortage of PPE or of materials required for testing
  • Directives and recommendations from the IDPH, WHC, State of Iowa, and appropriate entities

Water fountains have been disconnected in academic buildings, but not in the residence halls. 

All members of the Wartburg community should self-monitor for symptoms including fever, cough, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, or a new loss of taste or smell; however, daily temperature checks will not be mandated. The college has designed a health check-in tool that all faculty, staff, and students will be asked to use to monitor their health throughout the Fall Term. More information will be shared about this tool in the coming days. 

Self-quarantine: An individual who has been exposed to COVID-19 will stay at home or in their residence hall room while separating themselves from others and monitoring health. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in self-quarantine for a minimum of 14 days unless sufficient negative testing is obtained.

Self-Isolation: An individual who test positive for COVID-19 or displays symptoms is removed from interaction with campus community and moved to an isolated living space. They will be contacted daily to assess symptoms and health status. Individuals will remain in self-isolation for a minimum of 10 days if symptoms improve.

Students who have been told to self-quarantine or self-isolate may go home if they want and are able. Students who choose to stay on campus will self-quarantine in their own rooms. The college has two fully furnished apartments on campus, three college-owned homes off campus, and three off-campus apartments where students may self-isolate if they do not return home. All students who quarantine or isolate on campus or in alternative housing provided by the college will have:

  • Meals delivered to their place of quarantine/isolation.
  • The opportunity to keep current with classes and coursework through virtual options (if their health allows it).
  • Regular check-ins from the college’s team of contact tracers.

Students must self-isolate for a minimum of 10 days when they have symptoms of or tested positive for COVID-19 and self-quarantine for 14 when they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for the virus. Students who live on campus will be encouraged to return home during this period, if possible. Those who return home will be provided a pro-rated board credit (not room credit) for the number of days they are off-campus, which will be monitored by Residential Life and reported to the Business Office. Students who live off campus and have a a board plan (except the Any 60 and Any 125) also will receive a pro-rated board credit if they self-isolate or self-quarantine at home. 

Students who live off-campus and have an Any 60 or Any 125 board plan will not receive any board refund, even if the student is asked to self-quarantine by the College, because those students can still have access to their meals throughout the rest of the term
Students who isolate on campus will be provided alternative housing and college employees will bring them their meals. These students will not receive a board credit.

No. Students placed in quarantine will continue living in their rooms and all meals will be brought to them. 

Students in isolation will be required to follow strict rules put in place to keep them and the community safe and healthy. Students who violate those rules could incur additional charges associated with their self-isolation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is a three-month period where quarantine or testing is not required.  We just ask that the student, faculty, or staff submit the testing results so that we have an accurate count of days.

Consistent with Wartburg’s mission, produce general recommendations on health and safety that can prepare the College for the 2020-21 school year. 

The charge of this committee is to facilitate recommendations on decisions about a variety of issues the College currently face or may face as we prepare for  2020-21, including situations and/or procedures not currently described or in accordance with current language in the Wartburg Faculty Handbook.  This temporary committee would provide a larger lens for faculty to view Faculty Council’s discussions and recommendations.