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December 6-12, 2021 Weekly Testing Report

The Lenoir-Rhyne University COVID-19 vaccination rate is 99.3%.

Please note that Lenoir-Rhyne University is requiring a COVID-19 vaccination booster for all LR students, faculty, staff and associates effective January 1, 2022.

*Breakthrough cases are those who are fully vaccinated who test positive.

COVID-19 Testing Report Information for December 6-12, 2021
COVID-19 Information Data
Total Tested: 42
Positive Cases from Testing: 0
Positivity Rate: 0%
Self-Reported Positive Cases: 1
Breakthrough Cases: 1

Past Testing Reports - Fall 2021

  • December 6-12, 2021

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

    Good morning.

    It is important to note the significant increase in new COVID cases in Catawba County this past week. The Catawba County Public Health Dashboard is updated each Wednesday at 3 p.m. New positive cases increased 79 percent in one week and 150 percent in the past two weeks. New weekly cases have not been this high in our county since early September. In addition, new hospitalizations from COVID are up 30 percent in one week and 63 percent in the past two weeks. These are not positive data and show the surge from the Thanksgiving week.

    Lenoir-Rhyne was fortunate to have a safe return to campus following the Thanksgiving break. The continued good news at Lenoir-Rhyne is we had no positive cases from the 42 surveillance tests conducted during the week of exams. There was one new positive case self-reported from a staff member at Hickory.

    LR will be testing all students when they return to campus in January, and we will continue to conduct weekly COVID testing similar to fall semester. To ensure the safest campus possible, LR strongly recommends that all faculty, staff and students get a booster vaccine prior to returning for the 2022 spring semester.

    This will be our final COVID report for the semester, as students completed finals last Thursday, and the university will close for the semester break effective at 2 p.m. on Dec. 17 and remained closed through Monday, Jan. 3, 2022. The University will open on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

    We hope everyone has a safe, restful and enjoyable break!

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

    December 6 – December 12, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate 99.3%
    • Total Tested this week 42
    • Positive Cases from Testing 0    
    • Positivity Rate 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases 1
    • Breakthrough Cases* 1

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

    International Travel

    Due to the changing conditions with the COVID omicron variant and the potential for additional US restrictions on international flights, LR highly recommends international students get their booster vaccine before leaving the US to travel internationally over the semester break.

    We believe being fully vaccinated and having the booster provide the best chance for protection and should reduce any issues with re-entry to the US. Re-entry to campus will remain similar to last fall unless there is a need to revise over the next few weeks.

    LR will plan to test all students when they return to campus in January. All who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine but will wear masks at all times until the multiple day testing is completed and the student is cleared.

    International students should frequently check for updates related to travel guidance from the CDC and LR.

    Recent changes require a rapid negative COVID test one day before the day of travel for international trips.

    View International Traveler Information
  • November 29-December 5, 2021

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

    Please know that we will continue to provide free COVID testing for our LR community prior to the semester break. We would like to provide support to anyone who wants to be sure they have a negative COVID test prior to travel for the holidays and semester break. Our testing for the last week of the semester will continue to be in Room 105 of McCrorie or the Athletic Training Lab.

    • December 6-9, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. 

    Catawba County Public Health reported 254 new positive cases last week, which is up significantly from the numbers reported the previous two weeks. Hospitalizations in Catawba County were up from 20 to 25, and new deaths from COVID were down from eight to five.   

    Lenoir-Rhyne had no positive cases from the 325 surveillance tests conducted this past week, which was increased due to campus return from Thanksgiving break. We did have one positive case self-reported from a Hickory commuter student and one positive case self-reported from a commuter student in Asheville. 

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

    November 29-December 5, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99.3%
    • Total Tested this week: 325
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0    
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 2    
    • Breakthrough Cases*: 2 

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

    International Travel

    Due to the changing conditions with the COVID omicron variant and the potential for additional US restrictions on international flights, LR highly recommends international students get their booster vaccine before leaving the US to travel internationally over the semester break.
     
    We believe being fully vaccinated and having the booster provide the best chance for protection and should reduce any issues with re-entry to the US. Re-entry to campus will remain similar to last fall unless there is a need to revise over the next few weeks.
     
    LR will plan to test all students when they return to campus in January. All who are fully vaccinated will not be required to quarantine, but will wear masks at all times until the multiple-day testing is completed and the student is cleared.

    International students should frequently check for updates related to travel guidance from the CDC and LR.

    Recent changes require a rapid negative COVID test one day before the day of travel for international trips

    View International Traveler Information
  • November 22-28, 2021

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

    Please know that we will continue to provide free COVID testing for our LR community prior to the semester break. We would like to provide support to anyone who wants to be sure they have a negative COVID test prior to any travel for the holidays and semester break. Our testing for the last two weeks of the semester will continue to be in Room 105 of McCrorie Center or the Athletic Training Lab.

    • Nov. 29 - Dec. 3 - Monday-Friday, 9-11 a.m.
    • Dec. 6-9 - Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    Catawba County Public Health reported 185 new positive cases last week, which is the lowest number of new weekly cases since the last week in July. Hospitalizations in Catawba County were up slightly from 17 to 20, and new deaths from COVID up from one to eight. 

    Lenoir-Rhyne had one positive case from a Hickory residential student during Thanksgiving week and no new positive cases self-reported. The most recent data is provided below and will be updated on our website later today.

    November 22-28, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99.3%
    • Total Tested this week: 31
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 1   
    • Positivity Rate: 3.2% (of those tested)
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 0
    • Breakthrough Cases*: 1

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • November 15-21, 2021

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

    Our COVID vaccine booster clinic last Tuesday was a huge success. We had more than 150 faculty, staff and students participate, which exceeded our projection. In addition, many of our staff had already received their booster vaccine.

    As our LR community takes a well-deserved holiday break, we do wish everyone an enjoyable and restful Thanksgiving. I hope this will be a time of joy with your family and loved ones. Similar to the return following fall break, we will increase our rapid testing for residential students when they return to campus next week.

    Please know that we will continue to provide free COVID testing for our LR community prior to the semester break. We would like to provide support to anyone who wants to be sure they have a negative COVID test prior to any travel for the holidays and semester break. Our testing for the last few weeks of the semester will continue to be in Room 105 of McCrorie Center or the Athletic Training Lab.

    • Week of Thanksgiving: Monday and Tuesday, 9-11 a.m.
    • Last week of Classes:  Monday - Friday, 9-11 a.m.
    • Exam Week: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

    LR reports zero positive cases from 70 surveillance tests conducted last week. There was one new positive case self-reported from a commuter student in Hickory who was unvaccinated. 

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

    November 15-21, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99.3%
    • Total Tested this week: 70
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0   
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 1            
    • Breakthrough Cases*: 0

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • November 8-14, 2021

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

    Our COVID vaccine booster clinic is Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in P.E. Monroe Auditorium.

    LR strongly encourages all faculty, staff and students to get their booster vaccine so your protection from COVID will increase back to a maximum of near 95%. This is particularly important as you leave campus for Thanksgiving and the semester break.

    This booster is free, and you can simply walk in without an appointment. You are eligible if you received the second shot of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine on or before May 30, 2021 or if you received the Johnson and Johnson vaccine on or before Sept.30, 2021

    The Office of the President is offering a $10 voucher card to Chick-fil-A on campus for the first 300 participants who get their booster Tuesday. The voucher is good through spring semester on campus.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports no positive cases from 85 surveillance tests conducted last week. There was only one new positive case self-reported from a commuter student in Hickory.

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

    November 8-14, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99.3%
    • Total Tested this week: 85
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0   
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 1               
    • Breakthrough Cases*: 1

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • November 1-7, 2021

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

    I am pleased to report for the first time since COVID began that LR reports zero positive cases of COVID infection at any LR campus from our surveillance testing or through self-reporting!

    This is excellent news and a positive development for our university community. It is the direct result of the good work from our LR faculty, staff and students at all campus locations following our protocols.  However, it is important we finish the semester strong so our faculty, staff and students are able to travel at the end of the semester without delay due to COVID. 

    LR will host its first vaccine booster clinic semester on Tuesday, November 16. The clinic will be held in PE Monroe Auditorium from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m..

    The Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson and Johnson vaccine boosters will be available.  We strongly encourage all faculty, staff and students to get your booster vaccine next week so you can enjoy a safe holiday and semester break with as much protection as possible.

    All faculty, staff and students, including contract employees, who have been fully vaccinated, are eligible to receive the booster vaccine if your second vaccine of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine was on or before May 30, 2021. Those who were vaccinated with the Johnson and Johnson (J & J) vaccine are eligible to receive the booster if their vaccine was on or before September 30, 2021. In addition, anyone who would like to receive his or her first vaccine may do so at the booster clinic. Spouses and partners of our employees are invited to participate in the clinic.

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

    November 1-7, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this week: 81
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0   
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 0            
    • Breakthrough Cases*: 0

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • October 25-31, 2021

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

    The Catawba County Public Health Dashboard reports a 45 percent increase in new COVID cases in our county last week, up to 401 new cases. Unfortunately, Catawba County remains well below the North Carolina state average for individuals who are fully vaccinated (< 50%).

    Cornerstone Health will hold its second flu vaccine clinic for faculty, staff and students on Thursday, Nov. 4, in PE Monroe Auditorium on the Hickory campus. We encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine on or before this date to benefit from maximum length of time for protection.

    The LR COVID-19 Booster Clinic has been scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16, in PE Monroe Auditorium. All faculty, staff and students who have been fully vaccinated are eligible to receive the booster vaccine if your second vaccine of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine was on or prior to May 30, 2021. If your first vaccine was the Johnson and Johnson (J & J), you are eligible for the booster vaccine if your J & J vaccine was on or before September 30, 2021. In addition, anyone who received a vaccine exemption may schedule their first or second vaccine during the clinic.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports no positive cases from 112 surveillance tests conducted last week. There was one positive case self-reported from a student in Hickory. The most recent data is provided below and will be updated on our website later today.

    October 25-31, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this week: 112
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0   
    • Positivity Rate:  0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 1 (Hickory student)        
    • Breakthrough Cases*: 1

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • October 18-24, 2021

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

    The Catawba County Public Health Dashboard reports an increase in new COVID deaths last week from 4 to 13. Unfortunately, our county remains well below the NC state average for individuals who are fully vaccinated (<50%). We had over 300 new positive cases last week in our county, which continues to be at a level as high or higher compared to last February. Wearing your mask when indoors on and off-campus is critically important to help prevent COVID infection on our campus and community.

    LR reports another good week relative to COVID infection from our testing and this included expanded testing on Monday, October 18 following Fall Break return to campus. Please know our lab in McCrorie #105 is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and is open for anyone who would like to have a rapid COVID test.

    Cornerstone Health will hold their second flu vaccine clinic for faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, Nov. 4 in PE Monroe Auditorium. We encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine on or before this date to benefit from maximum length of time for protection.

    We are in the process of scheduling a booster COVID vaccine clinic for all three vaccines the week of November 8 or November 15. We are hoping to have Pfizer, Modern and the Johnson and Johnson booster vaccines available. We will also have vaccines available for anyone who received a temporary exemption and needs the initial vaccine to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of spring semester. More information regarding this clinic will be provided soon.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports no positive cases from 256 surveillance tests conducted last week. There was only one positive case self-reported from a commuter student in Hickory. The most recent data is provided below and will be updated on our website later today.

    October 18-24, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this week: 256
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0   
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 1 (commuter student in Hickory)              
    • Breakthrough Cases: 1*

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive.

  • October 11-17, 2021

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

    The Catawba County Public Health Dashboard reports an increase in both hospitalizations and new positive cases of COVID this past week. The positive cases in Catawba County were twice as high last week as the highest number of positive cases in our county anytime last March.

    With the return of students following Fall Break, we expanded our surveillance testing for residential students last week and will do this again this week as a precautionary measure. Our lab in McCrorie #105 is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. and will be open from 9 a.m. through 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 18. The good news is we had no positive cases from the over 200 tests conducted last week, and have not had a positive case reported from our residential student population in six weeks.

    Cornerstone Health will hold two flu vaccine clinics for faculty, staff, and students on Thursday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Nov. 4 in PE Monroe Auditorium. We encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine within the next three weeks to benefit from the maximum length of time for protection.

    We are in the process of scheduling a booster COVID vaccine clinic for all three vaccines the week of November 8 or November 15. We are hoping to have Pfizer, Modern and the Johnson and Johnson booster vaccines available. We will also have vaccines available for anyone who received a temporary exemption and needs the initial vaccine to be fully vaccinated by the beginning of spring semester. More information regarding this clinic will be provided soon.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports no positive cases from 220 surveillance tests conducted last week. There were two positive cases self-reported from commuter students in Hickory. The most recent data is provided below and will be updated on our website later today.

    October 11-17, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this week: 220
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0   
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 2 (commuter students in Hickory)  
    • Breakthrough Cases: 2*

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • October 4-10, 2021

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

    The Catawba County Public Health Dashboard reports a second consecutive week with declining positive cases and hospitalizations. While this is positive, our cases remain at a level similar to the end of February a year ago. There were additional 15 COVID deaths reported this week in our county.

    We will also expand our surveillance testing for residential students when they return this week from fall break as a precautionary measure. Our lab in Room 105 McCrorie is open M-F from 9-11 AM, and will be opened from 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM Friday, October 15, and Monday, October 18. The good news is we have not had a positive case reported from our residential student population in over a month.

    Cornerstone Health will hold two flu vaccine clinics for faculty, staff, and students on October 21 and November 4. While currently scheduled to take place at Cornerstone, we are trying to change the location to Cromer to reach more students. We encourage everyone to get the flu vaccine within the next four weeks to benefit from maximum length of time for protection.

    In addition, we are working to schedule a Pfizer booster vaccine clinic on campus later this month or early November. All faculty, staff and students who were fully vaccinated with the Pfizer vaccine will be eligible for the booster as long as your second vaccine was administered on before April 30, 2021. It is also perfectly acceptable to get your booster at CVS, Walgreens, and other health care providers. The booster shot is the same dose as the other two injections.

    Lenoir-Rhyne reports no positive cases from surveillance testing last week. There were two positive cases self-reported from commuter students in Hickory. The most recent data is provided below and will be updated on our website later today.

    October 4-10, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this Week: 88
    • Positive Cases from Testing: 0  
    • Positivity Rate: 0%
    • Self-Reported Positive Cases: 2 (commuter students in Hickory)
    • Breakthrough Cases: 2*

    *Those who are fully vaccinated who test positive

  • September 27-October 3, 2021

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

    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 Heath 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. 

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

    September 27 - October 3, 2021

    • LR Vaccination Rate: 99%
    • Total Tested this week: 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

    *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 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: .98% (<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: .88% (<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.