Green Light, Red Light
As we all start the Spring 2021 semester — and many of us are returning to the CBU campus after an extended holiday — today’s message starts off with a friendly reminder of what you need to do everyday before you actually arrive at the campus. We call it the CBU COVID HEALTH CHECK.
All persons entering campus (via any of the Central or East Parkway gates) are still required to present the results of the daily CBU COVID HEALTH CHECK at the gate when they enter.
The web-based form has changed slightly for the Spring 2021 semester, in that it now includes a field that requires you to state your affiliation with CBU (Student, Employee, Visitor, Aramark). It still contains the same six questions:
- Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
- Are you experiencing a cough, chills, shortness of breath, sore throat, or muscle aches?
- Do you have a fever, or have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
- Have you had a new loss of taste or smell?
- Have you had any vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours unrelated to previous chronic medical issues?
- Have you been asked to self-isolate or quarantine by a medical professional?
If you answer NO to all of the questions, you will be sent a confirmation email with a date stamp and a large green dot (“GREEN LIGHT”). You must show the green dot confirmation to security before admission to campus is permitted. Security must also check the date stamp.
If you answer YES to any of the questions, you will be a sent a confirmation email with a large red dot (“RED LIGHT”) and the following instructions: “Your answers indicate that you may be ill. This assessment result does NOT mean that you have COVID-19, but it does mean that for your health and that of your CBU community, you should STAY HOME and seek medical advice.” That message is followed by the appropriate contact information for your affiliation with the University. Red Light results will be forwarded automatically to Health Services and Human Resources, if applicable, and you will not be allowed to enter the campus.
ANOTHER THING TO KEEP IN MIND when coming to campus at this current time is that the Shelby County Health Department is administering COVID-19 vaccines at the Pipkin Building in the Memphis Fairgrounds across the street from us. We are truly excited that the vaccines are available and that so many of our fellow Memphians are taking advantage of this opportunity. But the long lines are often creating an increase in traffic around campus and potentially blocking lanes on both Central Avenue and East Parkway.
SO, TWO WORDS OF ADVICE BEFORE COMING TO CAMPUS: First, complete your CBU COVID HEALTH CHECK before leaving home, and have your email open to your green dot on your phone so that you can easily show it to security as you drive through the gate. Secondly, give yourself a few extra minutes just in case traffic is backed up on Central and/or Parkway — and drive carefully!
Below is our weekly COVID-19 Update, which will be updated on a daily basis again at our online COVID-19 Dashboard starting Monday, February 1. And we’ll be back next Friday with this weekly email update.