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September 27-October 3, 2021 Weekly Testing Report

The Lenoir-Rhyne University COVID-19 vaccination rate is 99%. Please note that breakthrough cases are those who are fully vaccinated who test positive.

COVID-19 Testing Report Information for September 27-October 3, 2021
COVID-19 Information Data
Total Tested: 103
Positive Cases from Testing: 0
Positivity Rate: 0%
Self-Reported Positive Cases: 3 (one commuter student in Hickory, one in Asheville, one Hickory staff)
Breakthrough Cases*: 3

Our COVID taskforce continues to meet and monitor COVID infections and provide updated recommendations as needed. As reported last week, we are continuing to require wearing masks indoors on campus, unless you are in your office or residence hall alone. Being fully vaccinated and wearing masks indoors continue to be our best measures to prevent infection and spread on campus. The data in Catawba County improved some this week as new cases and hospitalizations were down from the previous week. However, the county had another 17 deaths due to COVID during this same reporting period.

Some of you have indicated a desire for LR to schedule a Pfizer booster vaccine clinic on campus this month so we can provide easy access for those who would like to get their booster shot. We are working through the Catawba County Health Department and its vendors to schedule a date later this month.. Any LR employee or student, as well as LR contract employees, who received their second Pfizer vaccine injection six months ago or more, should be eligible for the booster. We will confirm the booster clinic dates as soon as possible.

You also may choose to receive your booster shot at CVS, Walgreens, and other health care providers. The booster shot is the same dose as the other two injections. While in discussion, there have been no new updates concerning boosters for the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

In addition, Cornerstone Health on campus is working with local health officials to schedule one or two flu vaccine clinics on campus, starting this month. Flu cases already have been reported in Catawba County, and we want to provide proactive opportunities for our LR community members to remain as safe as possible.

Next week is fall break on Monday, Oct. 11, and Tuesday, Oct. 12. Faculty and students are off Monday and Tuesday, while the staff are off on Monday as most campus offices are closed Monday. Those who are required to be tested twice weekly for COVID will need to take only one test next week on either Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

Lenoir-Rhyne reports no positive cases from surveillance testing last week. There were three positive cases self-reported—a commuter student and staff member in Hickory and one commuter student in Asheville. All positive cases this week were from individuals fully vaccinated. 

We continue to be thankful for the LR community supporting and embracing the requirement to become fully vaccinated so our campus can remain as safe as possible.

Past Testing Reports - Fall 2021

  • September 20–26, 2021

    TO: LR Campus Community
    FR: Dr. Fred Whitt, President

    As many of you know, the Pfizer booster was recently approved for those individuals over 65 years or age, as well as those who have underlying medical conditions such as heart issues, diabetes, autoimmune disease, and cancer. Priority for the booster shot also includes those individuals who are frontline workers including teachers. The Catawba County Public Health Director has indicated this includes all Lenoir-Rhyne employees. We encourage those of you who received your second Pfizer vaccine six months ago to schedule your booster vaccine as soon as possible. We anticipate a booster recommendation for the Moderna and the Johnson & Johnson vaccine to be approved shortly.

    Please know that medical experts expect a more serious flu season, and we urge everyone to get the flu vaccine before the end of October for maximum protection. We plan to have a flu vaccine clinic on campus in October and will announce details as soon as they are finalized.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports one positive case from surveillance testing last week. There were three positive cases self-reported last week, all from employees on the Hickory campus. No one from the LR community who has been fully vaccinated has been seriously ill or hospitalized with COVID infection. Our local hospitals are reporting 90 percent of COVID hospitalizations are individuals who have not been vaccinated. There were no positive COVID cases from students this week.

    The most recent data is provided below and will be updated on our website later today.

    September 20 – September 26 Data

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this week: 208
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 1   
    • Positivity Rate: .48% (<1%)
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 3 (Hickory employees all fully vaccinated)
    • Breakthrough Cases*:  4

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

    We continue to be thankful for the LR community supporting and embracing the requirement to become fully vaccinated so our campus can remain as safe as possible.

  • September 6-12, 2021

    The Lenoir-Rhyne University COVID-19 vaccination rate is 98.5%. 

    COVID-19 positive cases have increased dramatically in Catawba County, and the large majority of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are unvaccinated. 

    In addition, there were 17 COVID-related deaths reported in the previous week, including younger people in their 20s and 30s. 

    Catawba County Public Health Director Jennifer McCracken said that cases are continuing to rise faster than ever before and that there has been a 995% increase in new reported cases from the end of June to the end of August.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports three new positive cases this past week, two in Hickory and one in Columbia. The most recent data is provided below. 

    September 6-12, 2021 Weekly Testing Report

    • Total Tested: 205
    • New Positive Cases from Surveillance: 2
    • Positivity Rate: 0.098% (<1%)
    • Total Positive Cases: 3
      • One student and staff in Hickory
      • One self-reported in Columbia
    • Breakthrough Cases:* 2

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive.

  • August 30-September 5, 2021

    The Lenoir-Rhyne University COVID-19 vaccination rate is 98%. 

    August 30-September 5, 2021

    • Total Tested: 339
    • New Positive Cases from Surveillance: 3
    • Positivity Rate: 0.08% (<1%)
      • 1 Faculty/Staff - Hickory
      • 1 Student - Hickory
      • 1 Student - Columbia
    • Breakthrough Cases:* 2

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

    During the month of August, including the weeks before classes began, LR reported 21 cases of COVID-19. In all but two of the cases, individuals were fully vaccinated. All of these individuals except one have been cleared and recovered.

    We currently have a small number of faculty, staff and students who have received the first of two injections and should receive their final shot in two weeks. When that process is complete, our campus will be 99% fully vaccinated. This is a significant step toward keeping our community safe. 

    Another key strategy toward managing the spread of COVID-19 is the use of masks. As a reminder, masks are required, regardless of your vaccination status, in all indoor facilities on all three campuses through at least September 30. The only exceptions are when occupying your individual office, in your room in the residence halls or apartments, or while you are eating or drinking in the dining hall. This will be re-evaluated later this month to determine protocols beginning October 1.