As we end 2020, and the College’s first and hopefully last fully online Fall semester, we celebrate the progress our community has made, and wish the very best for our students, staff and faculty for the remainder of winter break and the Winter 2020 semester. We hope that your holidays were restful, warm and bright.
With case counts so far above what was seen in summer and early fall, this winter we must all find the balance between exercising restraint, preventing burnout, and finding ways to fulfill our social needs.
Current information on testing and case count data in Philadelphia.
COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility
The vaccine will be distributed in three stages: front-line health care doctors, nurses and others, and support staff with direct patient contact will receive the vaccines first. Next, residents of long-term nursing facilities and individuals with chronic medical conditions will receive the vaccine. The final stages will make healthy individuals eligible for the vaccine.
The vaccine has been proven to be highly effective and safe in large-scale clinical trials. Once you are eligible you should be able to receive the vaccine at low or no cost, regardless of whether or not you have health insurance. Those who are insured can contact their primary care physician. Those who are uninsured can likely receive the vaccine at their local pharmacy or medical center, but be sure to research and read about all of your options and how to avoid being billed.
Contact Tracing Protocol
Reminder: please note that in accordance with the College’s Protocol for Confirmed or Suspected COVID-19 on Campus, when there is a positive case of COVID-19 reported on campus, the College conducts contact tracing to mitigate further spread. Human Resources conducts contact tracing for employees, and the Dean of Students’ Office conducts contact tracing for students.
Individuals who are close contacts of someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 will be notified and directed to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure. A person is considered a close contact if the person has been within six feet of an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 (the “Case”) for 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period while the Case was infectious; or if a person had direct contact with infectious secretions of a Case during the Case’s infectious period. A Case is considered infectious beginning 48 hours before until 10 days after they first developed symptoms or tested positive for COVID-19.
Safer At Home Restrictions
While the City’s November 19 update closed a vast number of businesses for the December and the holiday season, a two-phased opening began Monday, January 4th. Phase one includes the following:
- Outdoor sports
- In-person learning for high schools
The City will continue its current restrictions for higher risk settings through at least January 15. This includes restrictions on:
- Indoor dining
- Indoor gatherings and events
- Indoor organized sports
Bookstore Hours for Spring 2021 Term
Phase 1 opens Jan. 4 and closes Feb. 8.
Phase 2 opens Feb. 11 and closes Feb. 19.
The bookstore will be open Jan. 5 through Feb. 19, with in-store pickup available through the website Jan. 15 through Jan. 29.
Hours of operations during this time are as follows:
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday/Sunday and Holidays: CLOSED