Pres. Wintersteen, VP Lawrence, and AVP Baldwin share appreciation for a successful year and information about summer transition

May 5, 2021

 

Dear Iowa State Community,  

As the spring semester ends, we want to thank the ISU community for your extraordinary efforts to support a successful academic year, and share new information about the summer transition.

Vaccinations and health monitoring. As of May 1, Iowa State University has administered 8,000 doses of vaccine through our on-campus clinics. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, 45% of Iowans age 18 and older are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

The one-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine is available by appointment this Thursday and Friday, May 6-7, at the campus clinic in State Gym. The clinic will then wrap up in the next two weeks with individuals who’ve already registered for the second dose of the Pfizer vaccine. Vaccinations continue to be widely available across the state. You can use the state’s vaccine finder to make an appointment. Additional campus vaccine clinics are being planned for August, prior to the start of the fall semester.

The last Cyclones Care Symptom Checker of the semester will go out Friday; however, as a good health practice, please continue to self-monitor for symptoms of illness and stay home if you’re sick.

On-campus testing and tracing. On-campus COVID-19 testing will continue to be available this summer. Testing will be done exclusively at Thielen Student Health Center after the Johnny’s site at Hilton Coliseum closes on Thursday, May 6. When possible, faculty and staff are encouraged to access COVID tests through Test Iowa, local pharmacies, or their health care provider. Final updates for the semester will be made to Iowa State’s daily and weekly testing dashboards on May 10. Case investigation and contact tracing will soon transition to the Iowa Department of Public Health who has a proven track record to manage the caseloads in a timely manner.

Face Coverings. ISU’s face covering policy remains in effect. Please review the policy for a refresher on where face coverings are and are not required. Appropriate Cyclones Care behaviors and other mitigation measures for fall are under consideration. More information will be announced in mid-July.

Dynamic situation. Senior leaders, in collaboration with the Moving Forward Coordinating Committee and Emergency Operations Working Groups, continue to monitor the situation daily. University planning and decision-making remains rooted in science-based information and public health guidance.

Moving Forward website. The COVID-19 Response website will transition to the Moving Forward website on May 10. The URL will not change, so if you have the site bookmarked you will find new information and updates for summer and fall, beginning Monday. You can also access the site from the ISU homepage. Content on the COVID-19 Response site will be archived.     

Thank you! The ISU community has adapted to every change and overcome every challenge of the past year with incredible strength and perseverance. We end this academic year in gratitude and celebration of a job well done. We want to say a special thanks to the many employees across campus who supported our public health processes, in addition to their regular job duties. Congratulations to all students, faculty, and staff for making this year a success!

Wendy Wintersteen

President

John Lawrence

Chair, Moving Forward Coordinating Committee and

Vice President for Extension and Outreach

Erin Baldwin

Associate Vice President for Student Health and Wellness and Director of Thielen Student Health Center

P.S., Did you miss last week’s faculty and staff Town Hall? Dr. Dan Fulton, infectious disease expert with McFarland Clinic, shared a wealth of information about the COVID-19 vaccines. A recording is available here. More vaccine information is also available on ISU’s Vaccinations page.

This email was sent to all faculty, staff, and students at Iowa State and is available online at Office of the President Communications