The SMWC COVID-19 Task Force is working on behalf of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College to provide information to its constituents about how the institution is handling the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
Members of the SMWC community are being asked to commit to taking the recommended precautions to help protect the campus community from illness through taking part in the Pomeroy Pledge.
April 1, 2021
The COVID-19 Taskforce is pleased to announce the opportunity for SMWC students, faculty and staff to receive the vaccine on campus before the end of the term. The Indiana Department of Health is partnering with local colleges and universities, and SMWC will open its own clinic in the Oakley Student Center in the basement of Le Fer Hall. The College will be receiving the Pfizer two-dose vaccines and will make them available to students to receive both doses before the end of finals.
The first dose will be administered to students, as well as faculty and staff on April 7-9, noon to 6 p.m. in the Oakley Student Center (OSC). Individuals will need to wait 21 days before receiving the second dose. The second dose will be available April 28-30, noon to 6 p.m. in the Oakley Student Center. An appointment for the second does will be made during the time you receive the first shot.
For the College to plan properly and receive the appropriate number of vaccines, all individuals are asked to complete the very short vaccine survey indicating your interest in receiving the shot. If you indicate yes, then you will be prompted to sign up for an appointment. If you indicate no, then you will exit the survey. I recognize that students are on break and the campus is approaching the Easter weekend, but please take a moment to complete the survey as soon as possible.
All individuals need to respond so we can ensure we are reaching the whole community. Remember, you must sign up for an appointment since the vaccines are temperature sensitive and must be thawed out only if being used.
SMWC encourages all individuals who are able to do their part to help end the pandemic. Our ability to return to pre-COVID-19 activities and operations through the summer and next fall is dependent on the number of individuals who choose to be vaccinated. Please do your part and take the shot! If you have questions or concerns about the vaccine, we encourage you to read more about the vaccines and ask members of the taskforce, Human Resources or your healthcare provider.
Please fill out the vaccine survey as soon as possible to indicate your preference to participate and if yes, register for an appointment.
Vaccines will be administered by trained healthcare providers who are registered with the state of Indiana. However, volunteers are also needed to help register, record data, and observe vaccinated individuals. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the April 7-9 Volunteer Form or the April 28-30 Volunteer Form. Shifts are from noon to 3 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Students, employees, alumni and parents are invited to help out!
SMWC Vaccine Clinic
- Wednesday-Friday, April 7-9
- Noon to 6 p.m.
- Oakley Student Center, Le Fer Hall
- You must make an appointment!
- Second Dose: April 28-30
- Noon to 6 p.m.
- Oakley Student Center, Le Fer Hall
- Appointment for second dose will be made when first shot is received.
Thank you for continuing to make the health and safety of our communities a priority and continuing to follow our COVID-19 protocols (masking, distancing, sanitizing/washing your hands) and considering the vaccine. We applaud you for doing your part!
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
March 10, 2021
Dear campus community,
As we have moved into the middle of the semester, we are watching our COVID numbers go down and our vaccinated individuals go up! We thank you for your continued cooperation in masking, distancing and meeting virtually or in small groups. All these activities are helping us reduce the virus spread. As the days get longer and warmer, please remember to keep following these steps to ensure we can keep everyone healthy and in class through the end of the semester.
We are pleased that some spring events will be taking place in person on campus this Spring under guidance and approval from the Vigo County Health Department. Ring Day is scheduled for March 20 by invitation only. Details regarding Ring Day can be found on Woodsnet. Commencement Ceremonies will be held on May 8 with a limited number of tickets per family. Home athletic events are currently scheduled for softball and women’s soccer. All SMWC protocols will be in place.
Also, as a reminder, Campus classes are not in session March 29-April 5 for Spring/Easter Break. Classes resume on Tuesday, April 6. Please travel safely and be aware of your health and surroundings. We ask that you monitor your health closely for upon returning to campus.
As a reminder, individuals have a variety of options to obtain COVID-19 testing in Vigo County. The SMWC Health Services Clinic is open and will see symptomatic patients who can also get a COVID test if needed. Individuals who need a test for the end of quarantine, to travel or are asymptotic can also utilize the Lucid Laboratory Services located in the lower level of Rooney Library. They will be operating until March 31. Various locations within Terre Haute are also available with convenient turnaround times such as the Indiana Department of Health, local pharmacies such as CVS and Union Health Convenient Care. If you need a test for SMWC purposes, the taskforce prefers that a PCR test versus a rapid test.
The taskforce encourages all members of the SMWC community to receive a COVID-19 vaccine when it is available for your age group or demographic. Go to https://www.coronavirus.in.gov/vaccine/ to sign up for appointments or find locations. If you have questions about the vaccines available, the taskforce recommends asking your healthcare provider or finding more information from the CDC.
COVID-19 Antibody Testing
Covid-19 antibody testing is available at the SMWC Health Clinic. The cost for antibody testing is approximately $50 and will be billed to you health insurance. Test results are available within 24-48 hours.
It is important that everyone checks in on the #CampusClear app daily – all 7 days of the week! You will notice that some of the choices have changed, including the addition of “vaccinated.” Please take a few moments to review the selections, choose accordingly and pay attention to the instructions regarding any next steps once you have submitted your selection. It is still very important for us to track the data within the SMWC community and follow up with individuals who are sick or exposed.
Your daily efforts in following these protocols is so appreciated! Together, we will be able to support in-person operations and face-to-face classes throughout the remainder of the semester!
Janet R. Clark, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs
- January 13, 2021: Updated COVID-19 guidelines for quarantine and isolation
- December 30, 2020: Important Information for Return to Campus in January – New COVID-19 Testing Plan for Students, Employees
- November 30, 2020: Faculty & Staff COVID-19 Update and Reminders
- November 19, 2020: SMWC offers free rapid testing to students
- November 6, 2020: Spring Semester
- September 1, 2020: COVID-19 Weekly Dashboard Introduced
- August 14, 2020: SMWC implements CampusClear, testing measures
- July 16, 2020
- July 2, 2020
- June 19, 2020
- June 3, 2020
- May 21, 2020: SMWC Announces Return to Work Plan Beginning May 26
- May 18, 2020
- May 1, 2020
- April 28, 2020
- April 23, 2020: SMWC to give out $319,000 in student relief funds
- April 13, 2020: Student workers to receive lost wages
- April 6, 2020: SMWC Commencement, Ring Day Postponed
- April 3, 2020
- March 25, 2020: COVID-19 Case Affects SMWC
- March 23, 2020
- March 20, 2020
- March 19, 2020
- March 18, 2020
- March 17, 2020
- March 16, 2020
- March 13, 2020
- March 12, 2020: Ring Day Announcement
- March 12, 2020
- March 3, 2020
Additional information from the SMWC COVID-19 Task Force
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 (also known as novel coronavirus 2019 or 2019-nCoV) is a new type of coronavirus causing respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. It was first identified in December 2019 in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. The virus has spread to other countries including the United States.
What are the symptoms?
COVID-19 can cause mild flu-like symptoms to severe illness and death. Symptoms such as fever, cough and shortness of breath, may appear 2-14 days after exposure. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider immediately and avoid contact with others.
How is COVID-19 spread?
It can spread from person-to-person and by coming in contact with infected surfaces and objects.
- Person-to-person. The virus can be transmitted between people in close proximity with one another. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.
- Infected surfaces or objects. A person can get COVID-19 by contact with a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose and eyes, but this is not thought to be the main way the virus spreads.
CDC recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases, including:
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing
- If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Always wash hands with soap and water if hands are visibly dirty
- Stay home when you are sick
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe
- CDC does not recommend that people who are well wear a facemask to protect themselves from respiratory diseases, including COVID-19
- Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. The use of facemasks is also crucial for health workers and people who are taking care of someone in close settings (at home or in a health care facility)
Cleaning and disinfecting
Our primary concern remains to keep our community as safe as possible. Cleaning of surfaces followed by disinfection is a best practice measure for prevention of COVID-19 virus and other viral respiratory illnesses in community settings. SMWC has completed several rounds of deep cleaning and disinfecting in all classrooms, public spaces, restrooms, computer labs and student common spaces. Facilities will continue to focus on these high traffic areas daily. There are approximately 55 hand-sanitizing stations on campus. Everyone is encouraged to use them if time does not allow hand washing with soap. In addition, classrooms are equipped with hand sanitizer.
SMWC Health Services Clinic
The SMWC Health Services Clinic is affiliated with Union Health and is up-to-date on the latest information about signs and symptoms of the virus. On campus, individuals experiencing flu-like illness (fever with cough or shortness of breath), are strongly encouraged to seek medical attention at the clinic or with a personal health care provider.