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Operational Updates

Please see below for operational updates from Drake University.

COVID-19 Drake Update - June 8, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

June 8, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are zero confirmed cases off campus 
  • There are zero students in quarantine

Face Coverings Policy Changes
The University has made several changes to its Face Coverings Policy:

  • Face coverings are no longer required outdoors on Drake’s campus.
  • Face coverings are still required indoors in campus buildings, except when alone in a fully enclosed room.
  • Additional changes to the Face Coverings Policy will be evaluated in the coming weeks as more is known about vaccination rates on campus. Please help by reporting your vaccination status.

How to Report Proof of Vaccination
As the number of vaccinated students, faculty, and staff grows, additional changes to our COVID-19 protocols and policies will be possible. It is critical to that effort to have accurate information about vaccination status of all Drake community members. Students, faculty, and staff should submit documentation showing completion of their vaccination series to contacttracing@drake.edu. Simply send a photo of the vaccination card you received when you were administered the vaccine. Reporting vaccination status is voluntary, but highly encouraged, as it helps shape the University’s COVID-19 policy decisions.

The University strongly recommends all members of the Drake community get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Travel and Carpooling Updates
The University is continuing to follow the travel guidance put in place by local and state governments. If traveling outside the state of Iowa, University-related travel needs to be approved by President’s Council. In-state travel does not require approval.

Carpooling is allowed for University-related travel with the following restrictions:

  • If the vehicle has bench seats, only one person is allowed per row or bench
  • If the vehicle has bucket seats, one person may sit in each bucket seat
  • The front passenger seat may be occupied

Drake Testing Options
Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested at no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. 

Asymptomatic individuals who have been directed by a University official to be tested for COVID-19—including student athletes and those who must be tested prior to University-related travel—must sign up for a testing timeslot in advance. As those times are finalized, they will be updated on this online sign-up form

Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students Reporting Positive Tests
Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please continue to follow the University’s safety protocols: wear a mask when indoors around others, maintain at least 3 feet of distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 14, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

May 14, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation
  •  There are zero confirmed cases off campus
  • There are zero students in quarantine
  • COVID-19 tests remain available for students who require testing in advance of travel
  • Face coverings are required at commencement

Vaccine Update

Students, faculty, and staff should submit documentation showing completion of their vaccination series to contacttracing@drake.edu. The University is monitoring vaccination rates on campus and in the surrounding community as it makes decisions related to COVID-19 policies for the summer and fall. Additionally, those who submit vaccine documentation may be exempted from quarantine protocols after exposure to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The University strongly encourages all members of the Drake community to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

COVID Updates During Summer

Due to decreased campus activity during the summer months, COVID Updates will only be sent as the situation warrants until fall.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are zero students in isolation as of this morning. Currently zero students are in quarantine.

Drake Testing Options

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. Students may sign up for a test at this link. Tests will be available through 12:30 p.m. today, May 14.

Students who require a COVID-19 test after today in order to travel should contact elise.nikolic@drake.edu.

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person.

Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students Reporting Positive Tests

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process.

Face Coverings

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

You may have read the CDC’s updated face covering recommendations for fully immunized individuals. Because we do not have information on immunization status for graduation visitors, the University will still require everyone to wear masks upon entering the Knapp Center for Commencement.

Do Your Part

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 7, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

May 7, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There is one confirmed case off campus
  • There are two students in quarantine, both of whom are off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded April 30 showed a 0% positivity rate
  • COVID-19 tests are available on campus through May 14 and are strongly recommended for students who are traveling home.

Vaccine Update

Students, faculty, and staff should all submit documentation showing completion of their vaccination series to contacttracing@drake.edu. The University is monitoring vaccination rates on campus and in the surrounding community as it makes decisions related to COVID-19 policies for the summer and fall. Additionally, those who submit vaccine documentation may be exempted from quarantine protocols after exposure to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

All Iowans 16 and older are eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the purposes of vaccine distribution, this includes all Drake students living in Iowa, including those who are permanent residents of other states or countries.

All Hy-Vee locations with a pharmacy now offer COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment needed. Please contact individual pharmacies to confirm which vaccine is being offered on a particular day if you are seeking a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to get vaccinated against COVID-19 as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Vaccine Fact vs. Myth Panel Discussion

As you consider a COVID-19 vaccine for you and your family members, you may have questions. Vaccine rumors are plentiful, and it can be difficult to know which sources of information are trustworthy. Join expert CPHS and CAS faculty for a panel discussion that will address everything from false rumors about the vaccines’ impact on DNA and women’s fertility to why it is important for those who have recovered from COVID-19 to get the vaccine. Learning the facts about COVID-19 vaccines can help you make a healthy choice for you, your family, and your community.

Join us on Friday, May 14, at 10 a.m. for a virtual event where these topics and more will be discussed. Please submit questions for the panelists to linda.feiden@drake.edu by Tuesday, May 11.

https://drake-edu.zoom.us/j/82802037478
Meeting ID: 828 0203 7478

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the time of our last update on April 30. Additionally, the University is aware of one off-campus student in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently two students are in quarantine, both of whom reside off campus.

Surveillance Testing Update

The University’s surveillance testing program concluded for the semester on April 30. Voluntary tests remain available through May 14. Results from the week that ended April 30 are as follows:

Number tested 22
Number positive 0
% positive 0%
Cumulative % 1.3%

Students Reporting Positive Tests

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process.

Face Coverings Reminder

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible. This policy applies to all in attendance at the May 14 and 15 commencement exercises at both Drake Stadium and the Knapp Center.

The University has received a number of complaints regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are safely across the finish line.

Drake Testing Options

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link. Tests will be available through May 14.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Do Your Part 

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 30, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 30, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There is one confirmed case off campus
  • There are 15 students in quarantine: three on campus, 12 off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded April 23 showed a 3.3% positivity rate

Vaccine Update
All Iowans 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the purposes of vaccine distribution, this includes all Drake students living in Iowa, including those who are permanent residents of other states or countries.

Polk County recently announced there is a surplus of vaccines in the county. Appointment information is available on the Polk County Health Department website. Additionally, Hy-Vee announced this week that all Hy-Vee locations with a pharmacy now offer COVID-19 vaccines with no appointment needed. Please contact individual pharmacies to confirm which vaccine is being offered on a particular day if you are seeking a second dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines.

Students, faculty, and staff should all submit documentation showing completion of their vaccination series to contacttracing@drake.edu. The University will monitor vaccination rates on campus and in the surrounding community as it makes decisions related to COVID-19 policies for the summer and fall.

Those who submit vaccine documentation may be exempted from quarantine protocols after exposure to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the time of our last update on April 23. Additionally, the University is aware of one off-campus student in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 15 students are in quarantine—three residential students and 12 off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update
The University’s surveillance testing program will conclude for the semester today, April 30. Voluntary tests will remain available through May 14. Results from the week that ended April 23 are as follows:

Number tested 30
Number positive 1
% positive 3.3%
Cumulative % 1.4%

Students Reporting Positive Tests
Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process.

Face Coverings Reminder
The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible. This policy applies to all in attendance at the May 14 and 15 commencement exercises at both Drake Stadium and the Knapp Center.

The University has received a number of complaints regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are safely across the finish line. 

Drake Testing Options
Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link. Tests will be available through May 14.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.   

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 23, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 23, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation
  • There is one confirmed case off campus
  • There are four students in quarantine: two on campus, two off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded April 16 showed a 0% positivity rate 

Vaccine Update

All Iowans 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the purposes of vaccine distribution, this includes all Drake students living in Iowa, including those who are permanent residents of other states or countries.

Polk County announced this week there is a surplus of vaccines in the county. Those who have been waiting to seek a vaccine until others have had the opportunity to do so first should reserve an appointment now. Appointment information is available on the Polk County Health Department website.

Students, faculty, and staff should all submit documentation showing completion of their vaccination series to contacttracing@drake.edu. Please note this is a change from previous updates where this request was made only of students. The University will monitor vaccination rates on campus and in the surrounding community as it makes decisions related to COVID-19 policies for the summer and fall.

Those who submit vaccine documentation may be exempted from quarantine protocols after exposure to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the time of our last update on April 16. Additionally, the University is aware of one off-campus student in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently four students are in quarantine—two residential students and two off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update

The University’s surveillance testing program will conclude for the semester on April 30. Voluntary tests will remain available through May 14. Results from the week that ended April 16 are as follows:

Number tested 45
Number positive 0
% positive 0%
Cumulative % 1.3%

Students Reporting Positive Tests

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process.

Face Coverings Reminder

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

The University has received a number of complaints in recent weeks regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are safely across the finish line.

Drake Testing Options

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link. Tests will be available through May 14.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Do Your Part 

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.   

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 16, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 16, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are three confirmed cases off campus
  • There are seven students in quarantine: two on campus, five off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded April 9 showed a 0% positivity rate

Vaccine Update
All Iowans 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the purposes of vaccine distribution, this includes all Drake students living in Iowa, including those who are permanent residents of other states or countries.

Students who submit proof of completion of their vaccination series to contacttracing@drake.edu will be exempted from the campus surveillance testing program—including emails, texts, and alerts—and may be exempted from quarantine protocols after exposure to an individual with a confirmed COVID-19 diagnosis. The University will monitor vaccination rates on campus and in the surrounding community as it makes decisions related to COVID-19 policies for the summer and fall.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the time of our last update on April 9. Additionally, the University is aware of three off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently seven students are in quarantine—two residential students and five off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update
Results from the week that concluded April 9 are as follows:

Number tested 43
Number positive 0
% positive 0%
Cumulative % 1.4%

Students Reporting Positive Tests
Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process. 

Face Coverings Reminder
The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible. 

The University has received a number of complaints in recent weeks regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are safely across the finish line.

Drake Testing Options
Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 9, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 9, 2021

Key Points (as of this morning)

  • The University will hold a Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic on April 16 at the Knapp Center
  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are three confirmed cases off campus
  • There are six students in quarantine: three on campus, three off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded April 2 showed a 0% positivity rate

Vaccine Update

All Iowans 16 and older are now eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. For the purposes of vaccine distribution, this includes all Drake students living in Iowa, including those who are permanent residents of other states or countries.

The University has acquired immediate access to the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and will administer it at a clinic on Friday, April 16 at the Knapp Center. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose, which is especially beneficial to students who may not be able to complete the two-dose regimen required of the other FDA approved COVID-19 vaccines before leaving campus at the end of the current academic term. Unlike the Pfizer vaccine, Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients must be at least 18 years old.

Information about signing up for a vaccine at the April 16 Johnson & Johnson clinic will be shared in an update sent to campus next week.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from one at the time of our last update on April 2. Additionally, the University is aware of three off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently six students are in quarantine—three residential students and three off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update

Results from the week that concluded April 2 are as follows:

Number tested 42
Number positive 0
% positive 0%
Cumulative % 1.5%

Face Coverings Reminder

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

The University has received a number of complaints in recent weeks regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are safely across the finish line.

Students Reporting Positive Tests and Vaccinations

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process. Students who have completed their vaccination series should email proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection.

Drake Testing Options

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Do Your Part

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and each other. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 6, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 6, 2021

Key Points

  • Drake University will host vaccination clinics for Drake faculty, staff, and students beginning April 9. 
  • Those who wish to receive a vaccine must sign up in advance using a Drake email address.
  • The Drake clinic is for Drake faculty, staff, and students needing both first and second doses.
  • Those who already have an appointment to be vaccinated elsewhere should keep that appointment and should NOT sign up for a vaccination appointment at the Drake clinic.
  • Those who have already received a first dose of a vaccine elsewhere, MUST NOT sign up at the Drake clinic for a second dose. This clinic is for first dose appointments only and second dose appointments will be made on site.

Upcoming Vaccine Clinics on Campus
The University has arranged through the Polk County Health Department and Hy-Vee to provide the COVID vaccine to our campus community. Our goal is to immunize as many students, faculty, and staff as possible before the end of the semester. Vaccine clinics for the Drake community will take place at the Harkin Institute and the Knapp Center.

A series of on-campus vaccine clinics will be scheduled beginning April 9. Drake students, faculty, and staff will be prioritized for all first dose shots given in the month of April at clinics hosted on campus.

Who Qualifies
All full and part-time employees of Drake University—including all faculty and staff—are eligible. Additionally, individuals employed by Sodexo (Drake Dining), Follett (Drake Bookstore), and Vote Smart who work at Drake University are eligible.

All students are eligible no matter their place of permanent residence. This includes international students, online students, and students who elected to take their courses virtually this semester.   

Those who have received their first dose of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines are not eligible to sign up for an appointment through this Drake clinic.

Where to Sign Up
Hy-Vee is managing the registration process for the vaccine clinics according to its protocols. The April 9 Drake clinic has been added as a private event on Hy-Vee’s vaccine registration website.

When signing up for an appointment you will be directed to choose a time slot for your first dose. Although the web page will display an option to schedule a time for your second dose, you will not be able to do so. Instead, click “Continue” and confirm that you are opting to skip scheduling a second dose by clicking “Yes, Continue.” Your second dose will automatically be scheduled for April 30 at the same time as your first dose. When selecting a time, please make sure you are available on both April 9 and April 30 at the selected time. 

The link to register for a vaccine appointment was shared in an email to students, faculty, and staff.

Due to social distancing protocols and limited space, it is very important that you do not arrive early or late for your appointment. 

To ensure that everyone in the Drake community has access to be vaccinated at the Drake clinic, please do not direct anyone who is not employed by Drake or is not a Drake student to sign up to be vaccinated at this clinic. A valid Drake email address is required at the time of registration.

If you have secured a vaccination appointment through other means, please keep that appointment and do not sign up to be vaccinated at this specific Drake clinic.

Those Who Are Already Vaccinated
All students who have completed their vaccination series through this clinic or at other sites should email a PDF or JPG file of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've completed the vaccination series.

Vaccines Save Lives
The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up to receive the vaccine. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 2, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 2, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There is one student with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation
  • There are four confirmed cases off campus
  • There are nine students in quarantine: four on campus five off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded March 26 showed a 2.9% positivity rate.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There is one student in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the time of our last update on March 26. Additionally, the University is aware of four off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently nine students are in quarantine—four residential students and five off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update

Results from the week that concluded March 26 are as follows:

Number tested 69
Number positive 2
% positive 2.9%
Cumulative % 1.6%

Vaccine Update

As shared previously, all Iowans 16 and older will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 5. The University will soon announce plans to offer the vaccine on campus to all Drake students, faculty, and staff. Please pay attention to your email Monday for further details.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Face Coverings Reminder

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

The University has received a number of complaints in recent weeks regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are all safely at the finish line.

Students Reporting Positive Tests and Vaccinations

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process. Students who have completed their vaccination series should email proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection.

Drake Testing Options

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Do Your Part

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.    

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 26, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 26, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There is one student with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation .
  • There are two confirmed cases off campus.
  • There are seven students in quarantine: five on campus two off campus.
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded March 19 showed a 0% positivity rate.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There is one student in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the time of our last update on March 19. Additionally, the University is aware of two off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently seven students are in quarantine—five residential students and two off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update

Results from the week that concluded March 19 are as follows:

Number tested 55
Number positive 0
% positive 0%
Cumulative % 1.4%

 

Face Coverings Reminder

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Face coverings must also be worn in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

The University has received a number of complaints in recent weeks regarding inconsistent use of face coverings by members of our campus community in settings both large and small. Properly wearing a mask is one proven way to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It remains absolutely critical that you follow this policy at all times for the safety of your colleagues, friends, and family. Please hold on until we are all safely at the finish line.

Students Reporting Positive Tests and Vaccinations

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process. Students who have completed their vaccination series should email proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection.

Drake Testing Options

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus. A limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Vaccine Update

Governor Kim Reynolds announced at a press conference on March 24 that all Iowans 16 and older will become eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine beginning April 5. Please pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 19, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 19, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There is one student with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation
  • There are five confirmed cases off campus
  • There are 24 students in quarantine: six on campus and 18 off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded March 12 showed a 1.4% positivity rate.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There is one student in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from two at the time of our last update on March 12. Additionally, the University is aware of five off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 24 students are in quarantine—six residential students and 18 off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update

Results from the week that concluded March 12 are as follows:

Number tested 73
Number positive 1
% positive 1.4%
Cumulative % 1.6%


Students Reporting Positive Tests and Vaccinations

Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process. Students who have completed their vaccination series should email proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection.

Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Students

Scientific research regarding vaccinated individuals' ability to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others remains inconclusive. To protect the Drake community, the University requires all faculty, staff, and students who live in the same household as an individual who has tested positive to follow quarantine protocols until all members of the household have met the recovery criteria.

Drake Testing Options

On March 1, the University changed its PCR testing method to a self-administered lower nasal swab test. Please familiarize yourself with this simple guide prior to arriving to a test appointment.

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus, however a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Face Coverings Reminder

The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Please remember that this policy is inclusive of those studying in the campus libraries, even when others are not present.

Additionally, some programs and activities may require more restrictive face covering practices, such as the use of double masks in laboratory environments where social distancing is not always possible. These requirements will be communicated to program participants, if applicable.

Vaccine Update

The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part 

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 12, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 12, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are two students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are 18 confirmed cases off campus
  • There are 49 students in quarantine: 17 on campus and 32 off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded March 5 showed a 2.6% positivity rate.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from zero at the time of our last update on March 5. Additionally, the University is aware of 18 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 49 students are in quarantine—17 residential students and 32 off-campus students. 

Surveillance Testing Update
Results from the week that concluded March 5 are as follows:

Number tested 78
Number positive 2
% positive 2.6%
Cumulative % 1.6%

Students Reporting Positive Tests and Vaccinations
Students who test positive off campus must report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu to start the contact tracing process. Students who have completed their vaccination series should email proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection.

Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Students
Scientific research regarding vaccinated individuals' ability to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others remains inconclusive. To protect the Drake community, the University requires all faculty, staff, and students who live in the same household as an individual who has tested positive to follow quarantine protocols until all members of the household have met the recovery criteria.

Drake Testing Options
On March 1, the University changed its PCR testing method to a self-administered lower nasal swab test. Please familiarize yourself with this simple guide prior to arriving to a test appointment.    

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus, however a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Face Coverings Reminder
The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Please remember that this policy is inclusive of those studying in the campus libraries, even when others are not present.

Additionally, some programs and activities may require more restrictive face covering practices, such as the use of double masks in laboratory environments where social distancing is not always possible. These requirements will be communicated to program participants, if applicable.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 5, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 5, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are zero students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation
  • There are 12 confirmed cases off campus
  • There are 40 students in quarantine: 14 on campus and 26 off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded Feb. 26 showed a 1.6% positivity rate.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update
There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from two at the time of our last update on Feb. 26. Additionally, the University is aware of 12 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 40 students are in quarantine—14 residential students and 26 off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update
Results from the week that concluded Feb. 26 are as follows:

Number tested 63
Number positive 1
% positive 1.6%
Cumulative % 1.3%

Changes to Students Reporting Positive Tests and Vaccinations
To improve internal processes, students who test positive off campus must now report those results to contacttracing@drake.edu rather than the Dean of Students. Similarly, students who have completed their vaccination series should email proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection. 

Quarantine Rules for Vaccinated Faculty, Staff, and Students
Scientific research regarding vaccinated individuals' ability to transmit SARS-CoV-2 to others remains inconclusive. To protect the Drake community, the University will require all faculty, staff, and students who live in the same household as an individual who has tested positive to follow quarantine protocols until all members of the household have met recovery criteria.

Drake Testing Options
On March 1, the University changed its PCR testing method to a self-administered anterior nasal swab test. Please familiarize yourself with this simple guide prior to arriving to a test appointment.

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested at no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus; however, a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Face Coverings Reminder
The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and when less than six feet from other individuals. Please remember that this policy is inclusive of those studying in the campus libraries, even when others are not present.

Additionally, some programs and activities may require more restrictive face covering practices, such as the use of double masks in laboratory environments where social distancing is not always possible. These requirements will be communicated to program participants, if applicable.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - February 26, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Feb. 26, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are two students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are four confirmed cases off campus
  • There are five students in quarantine: all five are off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded Feb. 19 showed a 0% positivity rate.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from three at the time of our last update on Feb. 19. Additionally, the University is aware of four off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently five students are in quarantine—all five are off-campus residents.

Surveillance Testing Update
COVID-19 surveillance testing for the spring semester is underway. Results from the week that concluded Feb. 19 are as follows:

Number tested 77
Number positive 0
% positive 0%
Cumulative % 1.2%

Drake Testing Options
On March 1, the University will change its PCR testing method from a saliva-based test to a self-administered anterior nasal swab test. This more efficient testing method provides similar accuracy while ensuring greater safety for the Drake staff members who collect the samples. Please familiarize yourself with this simple guide to the new test prior to arriving to a test appointment.

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it at contacttracing@drake.edu. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus, however a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Face Coverings Reminder
The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors, and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and in other situations. Please remember that this policy applies to those studying in the campus libraries, even when others are not present.

Additionally, some programs and activities may require more restrictive face covering practices, such as the use of double masks in laboratory environments where social distancing is not always possible. These requirements will be communicated to program participants, if applicable.

Vaccine Update
Students who have completed their vaccination series should email a scan or photographic proof of their vaccination card to contacttracing@drake.edu as soon as they've received their final injection. Vaccinated students are exempt from campus surveillance testing, and 14 days after completing the series, vaccinated students are exempt from quarantine protocols. All other health and safety measures as outlined in the Drake Together Compact still apply. 

The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - February 19, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Feb. 19, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are three students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are six confirmed cases off campus
  • There are 17 students in quarantine: ten on campus and seven off campus
  • Surveillance testing for the week that concluded Feb. 12 showed a 2.25% positivity rate

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are three students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from two at the time of our last update on Feb. 12. Additionally, the University is aware of six off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 17 students are in quarantine—ten residential students and seven off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update
COVID-19 surveillance testing for the spring semester is underway. Results from the week that concluded Feb. 12 are as follows:

Number tested 89
Number positive 2
% positive 2.25%
Cumulative % 2.25%

Drake Testing Options

On March 1, the University will change its PCR testing method from a saliva-based test to a self-administered anterior nasal swab test. This more efficient testing method provides similar accuracy while ensuring greater safety for the Drake staff members who collect the samples. Please familiarize yourself with this sample guide to the new test prior to arriving to a test appointment.

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students office at dos@drake.edu. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus, however a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Face Coverings Reminder
The University’s Face Coverings Policy requires all faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and in other situations. Please remember that this policy is inclusive of those studying in the campus libraries, even when others are not present.

Additionally, some programs and activities may require more restrictive face covering practices, such as the use of double masks in laboratory environments where social distancing is not always possible. These requirements will be communicated to program participants, if applicable.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access.

Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - February 12, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Feb. 12, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are two students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation 
  • There are six confirmed cases off campus
  • There are 22 students in quarantine: four on campus and 18 off campus

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from eight at the time of our last update on Feb. 5. Additionally, the University is aware of six off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 22 students are in quarantine—four residential students and 18 off-campus students.

Surveillance Testing Update
COVID-19 surveillance testing for the spring semester is underway. Reporting on testing will commence with next week’s update. Each update going forward will contain complete results from the previous week.

Drake Testing Options
Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students office at dos@drake.edu. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus, however a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose to those who sign up first. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. As supplies increase in Iowa, vaccine availability will continue to broaden based on direction from state and county officials.

Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ.

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - February 5, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Feb. 5, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are eight students with a confirmed case of COVID-19 in on-campus isolation
  • There are six confirmed cases off campus
  • There are 64 students in quarantine: 31 on campus and 33 off campus 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are eight students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from one at the time of our last update on Jan. 29. Additionally, the University is aware of six off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently 64 students are in quarantine—31 residential students and 33 off-campus students.

Drake Receives Coronavirus Emergency Funding for Students

Through the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2021 (CRRSAA), Drake has received an additional $1,112,113 of federal funding to be distributed to eligible Drake students. The legislation requires schools to prioritize students with “exceptional need” when distributing funds. Based on current guidance, funds are available only to students who are U.S. citizens or those with a valid Permanent Resident Card. Student awards may be used for any component of the student’s cost of attendance or for emergency costs that arise due to coronavirus, such as tuition, food, housing, health care (including mental health care) or childcare.

The Free Application for Federal Student aid (FAFSA) serves to document a student’s citizenship status, and it also calculates an estimated family contribution (EFC). The EFC is used to determine a student’s financial need. Accordingly, students who have a 2020–2021 FAFSA on file with Drake University with an EFC of 15,000 or less will automatically receive a CRRSAA Student Grant. Students who have not completed the 2020–2021 FAFSA and those with an EFC greater than 15,000 will not receive a grant.

Beginning Feb. 8, 2021, students who will be receiving a CRRSAA Student Grant will be notified via their Drake email along with further details. Payments will be distributed beginning the week of Feb. 15, 2021.

Drake Testing Options

Students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested no cost at the Student Health Center. Students should call 515-271-3731 before showing up in person. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students office at dos@drake.edu. Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at chris.nickell@drake.edu to receive instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Students who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can choose to have a free test on campus, however a limited number of tests will be made available each week for this purpose. These tests and their results are separate from the University’s surveillance testing program. Students may sign up for a test at this link.

Additionally, students in quarantine are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five days or later before their quarantine end date. The quarantine duration can be shortened by a maximum of three days with a negative test result. Details regarding testing are provided to all students as they enter quarantine.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Surveillance Testing

Beginning next week, the University will conduct surveillance testing of students who reside on campus and/or have at least one class on campus during the spring semester. The testing pool will include both graduate and undergraduate students. As in the fall, surveillance testing results will be shared in COVID updates and posted to drake.edu/coronavirus.

Vaccine Update

The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. As supplies increase in Iowa, vaccine availability will continue to broaden based on direction from state and county officials.

Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ

Do Your Part

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.   

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - January 29, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Jan. 29, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There is one student in on-campus isolation 
  • There are ten confirmed cases off campus
  • There are seven students in quarantine, all off campus 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There is one student in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from two at the time of our last update on Jan. 22. Additionally, the University is aware of ten off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently seven students are in quarantine, all off-campus.

We ask that students continue to report confirmation of positive tests to the University. Students should email dos@drake.edu immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Keeping track of positive cases is critical to help contain spread even while many of us are away from campus.

Return to Campus Operations
Campus operations will gradually increase over the next few weeks as students return to campus. The University will use the same guidelines in place at the beginning of the fall semester. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, managers should plan for no more than 50% staffing levels at any one time. As in the fall, we recognize that staffing levels may vary based on operational need and should be taken into consideration when planning your area’s return to campus. Recall that all classes will be delivered virtually the first two weeks of the semester.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. As supplies increase in Iowa, vaccine availability will continue to broaden based on direction from state and county officials.

As of Feb. 1, 2021, vaccine appointments will be open to the following groups:

  • Iowans 65 years and older
  • First responders
  • PK-12 staff and early childhood education and childcare workers
  • Those in Tier 1A who have not yet received a vaccine (healthcare workers and long-term care facilities staff and residents)

COVID-19 vaccine appointments will be available based on vaccine availability.

Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website or the health department in the county where you reside regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ

Drake Testing Options
Information about ongoing testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff is contained in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Employees and students living off campus who do not feel well must avoid coming to campus until they are healthy. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - January 22, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Jan. 22, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are two students in on-campus isolation 
  • There are five confirmed cases off campus
  • There are ten students in quarantine 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from one at the time of our last update on Jan. 15. Additionally, the University is aware of five off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently ten students are in quarantine.

We ask that students continue to report confirmation of positive tests to the University. Students should email dos@drake.edu immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Keeping track of positive cases is critical to help contain spread even while many of us are away from campus.

Return to Campus Operations

Campus operations will gradually increase over the next few weeks as students return to campus. The University will use the same guidelines in place at the beginning of the fall semester. Beginning Monday, Feb. 1, managers should plan for no more than 50% staffing levels at any one time. As in the fall, we recognize that staffing levels may vary based on operational need and should be taken into consideration when planning your area’s return to campus. Recall that all classes will be delivered virtually the first two weeks of the semester.

Managers will receive communications next week from HR with additional details and reminders of relevant policies and procedures. Similar information will be included in next week’s OnCampus.

Vaccine Update

The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. As supplies increase in Iowa, vaccine availability will continue to broaden based on direction from state and county officials.

At Governor Reynold’s press conference yesterday, Jan. 21, she announced that Iowans 65 and older will be included in the next tier of those who are able to schedule a vaccine appointment. Polk County Health Department announced access for this group starts immediately at pharmacy locations. Access for this group may begin as late as Feb. 1 at vaccination sites in other Iowa counties. Those who qualify to receive a vaccine should pay attention to information provided on the Polk County Health Department website regarding how to sign up for a vaccination appointment.

The University strongly encourages any member of the Drake community who qualifies for immunization to sign up as soon as possible. If you have questions about the vaccine, please visit the CDC’s COVID-19 vaccination FAQ

The Harkin Institute’s new building at 2800 University Ave. is one of a number of vaccination sites in Polk County. The University does not determine who is able to sign up for a vaccination appointment at this location nor is it able to reserve or prioritize slots for members of the Drake community. We will continue to share vaccine updates pertinent to Drake, its students, and employees.

Face Coverings Policy

The Drake University Face Coverings Policy in effect as of July 1, 2020 requires faculty, staff, students, vendors and visitors to Drake University to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and in other situations with limited exceptions. That policy currently defines face coverings to include cloth or disposable surgical masks that cover an individual’s nose and mouth. Recent reports indicate that gaiter and bandana style masks are much less effective at preventing transmission of the new strains of the coronavirus impacting many areas of the country. Drake’s policy has been revised to reflect this new information, and thus, gaiters and bandanas no longer meet the face covering requirements for our campus.

Drake Testing Options

Information about ongoing testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff is contained in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Do Your Part

It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.  

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - January 15, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Jan. 15, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There is one student in on-campus isolation 
  • There are 12 confirmed cases off campus
  • There are seven students in quarantine 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There is one student in on-campus isolation as of this morning. Additionally, the University is aware of 12 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. Currently seven students are in quarantine.

We ask that students continue to report confirmation of positive tests to the University. Students should email dos@drake.edu immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Keeping track of positive cases is critical to help contain spread even while many of us are away from campus.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. As supplies increase in Iowa, vaccine availability will continue to broaden based on direction from state and county officials. Polk County shared an updated and tentative timeline on Jan. 12. We will continue to share vaccine updates pertinent to Drake, its students, and employees. 

Drake Testing Options
Information about ongoing testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff is contained in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

 

COVID-19 Drake Update - January 8, 2021

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Jan. 8, 2021

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are no students in on-campus isolation 
  • There are no confirmed cases off campus
  • There are no students in quarantine 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
At this time, the University is not aware of any students with confirmed cases or who are quarantining due to a confirmed exposure. We ask that students continue to report confirmation of positive tests to the University. Students should email dos@drake.edu immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Keeping track of positive cases is critical to help contain spread even while many of us are away from campus.

Vaccine Update
The University continues to work closely with the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department regarding vaccine access. As supplies increase in Iowa, vaccine availability will continue to broaden based on direction from state and county officials. Polk County shared an updated and tentative timeline on Jan. 5. We will continue to share vaccine updates pertinent to Drake, its students, and employees.

Resumption of Surveillance Testing and Contact Tracing
The University’s surveillance testing and contact tracing programs will resume upon students’ return to campus. Additional information will be provided in future COVID Updates. 

Required Testing for Residential Students Returning to Campus
A COVID-19 test will be administered to all Drake students who live on campus at their residence hall upon returning to campus on Jan. 30 and 31. These students will receive email communication from the Office of Residence Life next week with additional details. 

Drake Testing Options
Information about ongoing testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff is contained in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Do Your Part 
It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save lives and medical resources for those who need them most.   

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

 

COVID-19 Drake Update - December 11, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Dec. 11, 2020

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are no students in on-campus isolation 
  • There are nine students in off-campus isolation 
  • There are no students in quarantine 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are no students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, unchanged from the last update on Dec. 4. Additionally, there are nine off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. 

COVID Updates During Winter Break
Due to decreased campus activity, the next scheduled COVID Update will be delivered Friday, Jan. 8. Earlier updates may be sent should the situation warrant.

Vaccine Update
The University is closely monitoring news regarding vaccines. The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) anticipates to begin receiving initial allocations of COVID-19 vaccine later this month. The IDPH reports that the first allocations will be very small and prioritized for people in high risk groups, including residents of nursing homes and front-line health care workers. As more vaccines become available, those groups will broaden based on direction from national, state, and local officials. We will continue to share vaccine updates pertinent to Drake, its students, and employees. 

Drake Testing Options During Winter Break
Drake students, faculty, and staff exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 will continue to have the ability to be tested at no charge for COVID-19 by the University during Winter Break.

Student tests will be performed at the Student Health Center until Dec. 18. Students requiring a test between Dec. 19 and Jan. 3 must email covid19@drake.edu with their request and they will be provided with instructions on where to receive a Drake test. Student testing will resume at the Student Health Center on Jan. 4.

Faculty and staff requiring a test should continue to fill out this form, indicating that they are experiencing symptoms considered by the CDC to be associated with COVID-19. They will then be provided with instructions on where to receive a Drake test. 

Reporting Positive Tests to Drake
Although classes are being delivered remotely through the first two weeks of the Spring 2021 semester, we ask that students, faculty, and staff continue to report confirmation of positive tests to the University. Students should email dos@drake.edu immediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Faculty and staff should notify the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety of positive results by submitting this form. Keeping track of positive cases is critical to help contain spread even while many of us are away from campus. 

Winter Break Building Hours
At the conclusion of fall classes, building access will be modified for students. Access to academic and administrative buildings will not change for faculty and staff. Student access as follows:

  • Non-Law School students will not be able to access buildings Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. until Jan. 24. Approved student athletes will retain access to athletic facilities. Limited exceptions will be granted by Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Law School students will not be able to access academic buildings Dec. 18­–Jan. 3.
  • Cowles Library After Hours Study will reopen Jan. 4.

Additionally, Olmsted Center hours will be modified as follows:

  • 14–18, 7 a.m.­­­–5 p.m.
  • 19–Jan. 3, CLOSED
  • 4–Jan. 25, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday 

Do Your Part
Iowa remains a national hot spot for COVID-19 transmission. It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save medical resources for those who need them most. 

Holiday Safety
Please be cautious during the upcoming holidays. Bringing together even small groups of friends and family indoors may result in spreading COVID-19. Remember that even those with asymptomatic cases can still spread the virus to others. The CDC has produced a guide on holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic and we strongly recommend reading and acting on it before finalizing any plans. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - December 4, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Dec. 4, 2020

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

  • There are no students in on-campus isolation 
  • There are seven students in off-campus isolation 
  • There are four students in quarantine, all off campus 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There are no students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from 10 at the time of our last update on Nov. 20. Additionally, there are seven off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing.

As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, four off-campus students are in quarantine.   

Reporting Positive Tests to Drake
Although classes are being delivered remotely through the end of J-Term, we ask that students, faculty, and staff continue to report confirmation of positive tests to the University. Students should email dos@drake.eduimmediately if they test positive for COVID-19. Faculty and staff should notify the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety of positive results by submitting this form. Keeping track of positive cases is critical to help contain spread even while many of us are away from campus.

Changes to Quarantine Requirements
The CDC has recently changed its guidance regarding quarantine duration based on new analysis of available data. In response, Drake is updating its quarantine requirements in line with this updated guidance.

Drake students, faculty, and staff who are in quarantine after a confirmed exposure may elect to be tested for COVID-19 five days before the end of their quarantine by Drake, without charge. Should the test come back negative, they will be released from quarantine three days early. Should they opt not to be tested, the quarantine will end after 10 days have passed since entering quarantine. Those currently in quarantine have already been made aware of this change.

Update to Definition of a Primary Contact
Drake has updated its definition of who is considered a primary contact of a known positive individual. A primary contact is now defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a minimum of 15 minutes during an exposure event, regardless of face covering usage. For the purposes of this definition, organized athletic activities and in-person academic activities are considered to be an exposure event when a person was within six feet of an infected individual for a minimum of 15 minutes over the course of that event. This updated definition is based on a combination of CDC guidance and analysis of data gathered through our Contact Tracing Team.

Winter Break Building Hours
At the conclusion of fall classes, building access will be modified for students. Access to academic and administrative buildings will not change for faculty and staff. Student access as follows:

  • Non-Law School students will not be able to access buildings Dec. 11 at 9 p.m. until Jan. 24. Approved student athletes will retain access to athletic facilities. Limited exceptions will be granted by Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Law School students will not be able to access academic buildings Dec. 18­–Jan. 3.
  • Cowles Library After Hours Study will reopen Jan. 4.

Additionally, Olmsted Center hours will be modified as follows:

  • 14–18, 7 a.m.­­­–5 p.m.
  • 19–Jan. 3, CLOSED
  • 4 –Jan. 25, 7 a.m.–5 p.m. Monday–Friday

Do Your Part 
Iowa remains a national hot spot for COVID-19 transmission. It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save medical resources for those who need them most.  

Holiday Safety 
Please be cautious during the upcoming holidays. Bringing together even small groups of friends and family indoors may result in spreading COVID-19. Remember that even those with asymptomatic cases can still spread the virus to others. The CDC has produced a guide on holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic and we strongly recommend reading and acting on it before finalizing any plans. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - November 20, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Nov. 20, 2020

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

• There are 10 students in on-campus isolation
• There are 70 students in off-campus isolation
• There are 135 students in quarantine; 46 residential and 89 off campus

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update
There are 10 students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from nine at the time of our last update on Nov. 13. Of these 10 cases, five were identified through testing of asymptomatic students. Additionally, there are 70 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. This increase in off-campus cases is due to the increasing prevalence of COVID-19 in our community.

As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 135 students are in quarantine—46 residential students and 89 off-campus students.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Do Your Part
Iowa remains a national hot spot for COVID-19 transmission. It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save medical resources for those who need them most.

Thanksgiving Safety
Please be cautious during the Thanksgiving holiday. Bringing together even small groups of friends and family indoors may result in spreading COVID-19. Remember that even those with asymptomatic cases can still spread the virus to others. The CDC has produced a guide on holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic and we strongly recommend reading and acting on it before finalizing any plans.

Update on Testing Options
Information about ongoing testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff is featured in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ. Winter break will likely bring some temporary modifications to these testing operations; we will share those details next month and before winter break begins.

 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - November 13, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Nov. 13, 2020

Key Data Points (as of this morning)

• There are nine students in on-campus isolation
• There are 47 students in off-campus isolation
• There are 173 students in quarantine; 55 residential and 118 off campus

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update
There are nine students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from five at the time of our last update on Nov. 6. Of these nine cases, seven were identified through testing of asymptomatic students this week. Additionally, there are 47 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 173 students are in quarantine—55 residential students and 118 off-campus students.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Cases on the Rise
The rate of new COVID-19 cases in Iowa is third highest in the United States. Leaders of our regional health systems indicate hospitals are exceeding patient capacity, as measured by patient beds and health care workers to care for patients. It is up to each one of us to protect ourselves and our loved ones. Please follow scientific guidance to stay safe: wear a mask when around others, maintain at least 6 feet distance from others, and remember to wash your hands properly and often. By doing your best to avoid exposure to the coronavirus, you are helping save medical resources for those who need them most.

Planning Safely for the Holidays
With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, it is important to be thoughtful with plans if they involve being around people outside your household. Bringing together even small groups of friends and family indoors may result in spreading COVID-19. Remember that even those with asymptomatic cases can still spread the virus to others. The CDC has produced a guide on holiday celebrations during the COVID-19 pandemic and we strongly recommend reading and acting on it before finalizing any plans.

Expanded Testing Options for Students
As communicated in President Martin’s message to campus on Nov. 10, all asymptomatic residential students and students who are taking at least one class on campus this semester have the option to be tested. Residential student testing concludes today and non-residential student testing will take place starting Nov. 16. Students should refer to the email sent by Dean of Students Jerry Parker on Nov. 10 for complete details.

Details about other testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff are shared in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - November 6, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message. 

Nov6, 2020

Key Data Points (as of this morning) 

  • There is one student in on-campus isolation 
  • There are 12 students in off-campus isolation 
  • There are 74 students in quarantine; 24 on campus and 50 off campus 
  • Zero out o402 students have tested positive in our current cycle of surveillance testing, which runs through today, Nov. 6 

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 
There is one student in on-campus isolation as of this afternoonup from zero at the time of our last update on Oct. 30. There are 12 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 74 students are in quarantine—24 residential students and 50 off-campus students.  

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediatelyYour quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Iowa and Polk County Cases on the Rise 
The vast majority of cases among Drake students continue to be from those who live off campus. That is important to note as we see a sharp and worrisome spike of confirmed cases and hospitalizations in Iowa. In fact, between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Friday of this week, the state reported 8,095 positive cases and 320 new hospitalizations. The 14-day positivity rate average in Polk County is also rising and approaching 15%. With two weeks of in-person classes remaining, it is critically important that we all do our part to keep our campus and the local community safe from the spread of the virus by complying with all Drake COVID-19 protocols no matter where you are or what you are doing. 

Surveillance Testing Update 
The fifth of our COVID-19 surveillance testing cycleis underway. Zero out of 402 students have tested positive in this two-week cycle thus farThe current two-week cycle of testing concludes today, Nov. 6. 

Details about testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff are shared in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ. 

Cold Weather and Indoor Events 
With many activities and events moving inside due to the cooler weatherthe virus is likely to spread even more quickly if people are not being diligent about wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and limiting the size of gatheringsWe ask you to recommit to helping keep each other safe. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drakes plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visitdrake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions. 

 

 

COVID-19 Drake Update - October 30, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Oct. 30, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are zero students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 11 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 54 students in quarantine; 21 on campus and 33 off campus
  • Zero out of 169 students have tested positive in our current cycle of surveillance testing, which runs through Nov. 6

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are zero students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from two at the time of our last update on Oct. 23. There are 11 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 54 students are in quarantine—21 residential students and 33 off-campus students. 

With COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations rising in Iowa, we all must do our part to keep our campus and the local community safe from the spread of the virus.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Surveillance Testing Update
The fifth of our COVID-19 surveillance testing cycles is underway. Zero out of 169 students have tested positive in this two-week cycle thus far. The current two-week cycle of testing concludes Nov. 6.

Details about testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff are shared in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ

Cold Weather and Indoor Events
With many activities and events moving inside due to the cooler weather, the virus is likely to spread even more quickly if people are not being diligent about wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and limiting the size of gatherings. We ask you to recommit to helping keep each other safe.

Be Diligent
With Halloween tomorrow and Election Day on Tuesday, more of us will be a part of in-person activities. Students must remember that the Drake Together Compact applies on and off campus. Make sure that you are ever diligent in complying with all Drake COVID-19 protocols no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - October 23, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Oct. 23, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are two students in on-campus isolation
  • There are seven students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 76 students in quarantine; 26 on campus and 50 off campus
  • One out of 184 students has tested positive in our current cycle of surveillance testing, which runs through today, October 23

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from five at the time of our last update on Oct. 16. There are seven off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 76 students are in quarantine—26 residential students and 50 off-campus students.

With COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations rising in Iowa, we all must do our part to keep our campus and the local community safe from the spread of the virus.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Surveillance Testing Update

The fourth of our COVID-19 surveillance testing cycles is underway. One out of 184 students has tested positive in this two-week cycle thus far. The current two-week cycle of testing concludes today, Oct. 23.

Details about testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff are shared in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Update to Definition of a Primary Contact

Following revised guidance from the CDC, Drake has updated its definition of who is considered a primary contact of a known positive individual. A primary contact is now defined as someone who was within six feet of an infected individual for a total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period. As a reminder, individuals identified as a primary contact must quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of exposure.

Cold Weather and Indoor Events

With many activities and events moving inside due to the cooler weather, the virus is likely to spread even more quickly if people are not being diligent about wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and limiting the size of gatherings. We ask you to recommit to helping keep each other safe.

Be Diligent

With Halloween and Election Day fast approaching, more of us will be a part of in-person activities. Students must remember that the Drake Together Compact applies on and off campus. Make sure that you are ever diligent in complying with all Drake COVID-19 protocols no matter where you are or what you are doing.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - October 16, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

October 16, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  1. There are five students in on-campus isolation
  2. There are nine students in off-campus isolation
  3. There are 62 students in quarantine; 28 on campus and 34 off campus
  4. Zero out of 109 students tested positive in our current cycle of surveillance testing, which runs through October 23

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update
There are five students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from two at the time of our last update on Oct. 9. There are nine off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 62 students are in quarantine—28 residential students and 34 off-campus students.

These numbers continue to represent strong student adherence to the Drake Together Compact, the expeditious work of our Contact Tracing Team, and the commitment of many others on campus. This helps maintain a safe and healthy environment so that we may continue an in-person experience for those who have chosen that path.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Surveillance Testing Update
The fourth of our COVID-19 surveillance testing cycles is underway. Zero out of 109 students have tested positive in this two-week cycle thus far. The current two-week cycle of testing concludes on Oct. 23. 

Details about testing options available to all Drake students, faculty, and staff are shared in our COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Cold Weather and Indoor Events
With many activities and events moving inside due to the cooler weather, the virus is likely to spread even more quickly if people are not being diligent about wearing face coverings, maintaining social distancing, and limiting the size of gatherings. We ask you to recommit to helping keep each other safe.

Be Diligent
With Halloween and Election Day fast approaching, more of us will be a part of in-person activities. Students must remember that the Drake Together Compact applies on and off campus. Make sure that you are ever diligent in complying with all Drake COVID-19 protocols no matter where you are or what you are doing. 

With COVID-19 case numbers and hospitalizations rising in Iowa, we all must do our part to keep our campus and the local community safe from the spread of the virus.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - October 9, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message. 

October 9, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message) 

  • There are two students in on-campus isolation 
  • There are eight students in off-campus isolation 
  • There are 44 students in quarantine; 10 on campus and 34 off campus 
  • Zero out of 244 students tested positive in our current cycle of random sample testing  

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from three at the time of our last update on Oct. 2. One on-campus student is isolating at home. There are seven off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 44 students are in quarantine—10 residential students and 34 off-campus students.  

These numbers continue to represent strong student adherence to the Drake Together Compact, the expeditious work of our Contact Tracing Team, and the commitment of many others on campus to maintaining a safe and healthy environment so that we may maintain an in-person experience for those who have chosen that path.  

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediatelyYour quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Random Sample Testing Update 

The third of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycleconcludes today. Zero out of 244 students tested positive in this two-week cycle thus farThe next two-week cycle of testing will begin on Monday, Oct. 12. Notices to the students randomly selected for the next cycle have been sent. 

Symptomatic Testing and Testing Students in Quarantine 

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be tested for free on campus. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students at DOS@drake.edu. 

Students in quarantine without symptoms are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five to seven days before the end of their quarantine period. Details are provided to students as they enter quarantine. 

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ. 

Be Diligent 

As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drakes plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.  

Please visitdrake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions. 

COVID-19 Drake Update - October 2, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Oct. 2, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are three students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 19 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 104 students in quarantine; 30 on campus and 74 off campus
  • Zero out of 131 students have tested positive in the current cycle of random sample testing, which runs through Oct. 9

Symptomatic Testing and Testing Students in Quarantine

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be tested for free on campus. Students who test positive off campus must immediately report it to the Dean of Students at DOS@drake.edu.

Students in quarantine without symptoms are eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five to seven days before the end of their quarantine period. Details are provided to students as they enter quarantine.

For more information about COVID-19 testing at Drake, please see the COVID-19 Testing FAQ.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are three students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, down from five at the time of our last update on Sept. 25. One on-campus student is isolating at home. There are 18 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Currently, 104 students are in quarantine—30 residential students and 74 off-campus students.

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Random Sample Testing Update

The third of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles is underway. Out of 131 students, none have tested positive in this current two-week cycle. It remains critically important that the selected students accomplish the COVID-19 test within their two-week cycle. The data gathered allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Be Diligent

As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 25, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Sept. 25, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are five students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 36 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 228 students in quarantine; 84 on campus and 144 off campus
  • Five out of 192 students tested positive in our second cycle of random sample testing

Testing of Students in Quarantine

Students in quarantine without symptoms are now eligible to receive a free COVID-19 test on campus five to seven days before the end of their quarantine period. These tests will be offered Monday through Friday. Details regarding this change and how to sign up for a test will be provided to all eligible students in quarantine today and going forward.

As explained in our Quarantine and Isolation FAQ, testing negative will not change the duration of quarantine. Proactively testing quarantined students will help identify the incidence of COVID-19 among our student body. 

Symptomatic Testing

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 may be tested on campus for free. For more information, please see the August 28 COVID Update. Students who secure an off-campus positive COVID-19 test must immediately report that result to the Dean of Students by email to DOS@drake.edu.

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are five students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from four at the time of our last update on Sept. 22. Three on-campus students are isolating at home. There are 33 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Two hundred and twenty-eight students are currently in quarantine—84 residential students and 144 off-campus students.

Our last update noted the large number of students in isolation and quarantine who are affiliated with Greek organizations and/or attended off-campus parties. This will continue to be the case until those students’ recovery criteria are satisfied, which for most will occur over the next seven days. It remains absolutely imperative that the COVID-19 protocols in the Drake Together Compact are followed at all times. 

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Random Sample Testing Update

The second of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles has concluded. Five out of 192 students tested positive in this two-week cycle. The next two-week cycle of testing will begin on Monday, Sept. 28. Notices to the students randomly selected for the next cycle have been sent.

Be Diligent

As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

 

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 22, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Sept. 22, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)

  • There are 4 students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 35 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 239 students in quarantine; 60 on campus and 179 off campus
  • Four out of 127 students have tested positive in the current cycle of random sample testing, which runs through Sept. 25

Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

There are four students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from two at the time of our last update on Sept. 17. Two on-campus students are isolating at home. There are 33 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied. Two hundred and thirty-nine students are currently in quarantine—60 residential students and 179 off-campus students.

A large number of the students in isolation and quarantine are Greek house residents. Given the close living conditions in these houses, the virus spreads easily from one resident to another, making it all the more imperative that the COVID-19 protocols in the Drake Together Compact are followed at all times. Additionally, we can trace a number of infections and many quarantine cases to two off-campus parties that occurred during the week of September 7. This behavior undermines our ability to keep the campus and surrounding community safe, and puts the continuation of in-person classes at risk. It also violates the Drake Together Compact and is subject to disciplinary action under our Code of Student Conduct.  

No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call or email from the Contact Tracing Team please respond immediately. Your quick engagement could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Random Sample Testing Update

The second of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles will conclude this week. Four out of 127 students have tested positive in this two-week cycle. Random sample testing provides intelligence into the incidence of asymptomatic spread in the Drake community. It is critically important that the selected students accomplish their COVID-19 test within their two-week cycle. The data gathered allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Be Diligent

We can trace most of the increase in isolation and quarantine cases over the last week and a half to behaviors that are not in keeping with our COVID-19 directives. While we continue to have a very low infection rate in our residence halls, the growth in cases and contacts for off-campus students is troubling. As has been said before, whether you live on or off campus, it is critical that we all wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 17, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

September 17, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message)
  • There are two students in on-campus isolation
  • There are 20 students in off-campus isolation
  • There are 127 students in quarantine; 32 on campus and 95 off campus
  • Three out of 62 students have tested positive in the current cycle of random sample testing, which runs through Sept. 25
Student Isolation and Quarantine Update

There are two students in on-campus isolation as of this morning, up from zero at the start of this week. One on-campus student is isolating at home. Importantly, 94 of 96 on-campus isolation rooms remain available for residence hall students who may contract the coronavirus. There are 19 off-campus students in isolation at a location of their choosing. As a reminder, students who are COVID-19 positive or presumed positive are placed into isolation and remain there until the recovery criteria are satisfied.

The majority of the increases in the number of students currently in isolation or quarantine (both on and off campus) are attributable to new COVID-19 cases identified from three off-campus Greek houses. All chapters are working with their national organizations and the University to prevent further transmission. Members who tested positive have been isolated and all other members who are primary contacts are in quarantine.

Your cooperation in the days and weeks ahead is imperative. No matter whether you live on or off campus, if you receive a call from (515) 271-2353 please answer because this is our Contact Tracing Team trying to reach you. Your responsiveness could make a significant difference in our efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Random Sample Testing Update

The second of our COVID-19 random sample testing cycles will conclude next week. Three of the 62 random samples taken so far this week have tested positive for COVID-19. Each of those students is now in isolation and contact tracing has been accomplished. We still need 80 students selected for the second two-week cycle of random testing to sign up for their test slot to meet our goal of 283 random tests in this cycle. 

The random sample testing program applies to all students who are coming to campus for any purpose during the semester. It is absolutely critical that if you are randomly selected to provide a COVID-19 test you sign up as soon as possible or provide proof that you are not coming to campus this semester. The data gathered through random testing allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Symptomatic Testing

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off-campus residents) experiencing symptoms associated with COVID-19 can be tested on campus. For more information please see the August 28 COVID Update. If a student secures an off-campus COVID-19 positive test, that student must report that result to the Dean of Students by email to DOS@drake.edu

Stay Diligent

We continue to have an overall low incidence of positive results in our COVID-19 random sample testing and we are using only two of our 96 on-campus isolation rooms. But, we must stay diligent. Continue wearing a mask, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene. Let’s stay focused and keep working together for the health and safety of our campus and the broader community.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 14, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message. 

Sept. 14, 2020

Key Data Points (at the time of this message) 
  • There are no students in on-campus isolation 
  • One on-campus student has tested positive and is isolating off-campus 
  • Twelve off-campus students have tested positive or are presumed positive 
  • There are 132 students in quarantine; 43 on-campus and 89 off-campus 
  • One out of 129 students tested positive in the first cycle of random sample testing 
Student Isolation and Quarantine Update 

As of this morning, there are no students in on-campus isolation. All 96 on-campus isolation rooms are available for residence hall students who may contract the coronavirus. One on-campus student has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolating at home. Twelve off-campus students have tested positive or are presumed positive for COVID-19 and are isolating in an off-campus residence or at home  

There are 132 students in quarantine – 43 on-campus and 89 off-campusThis is a material increase over the number of students in quarantine last week due, in part, to new COVID-19 cases in two off-campus Greek houses. 

Drake students who contract COVID-19 are placed in isolation in order to prevent the spread of the virus to others. All students in isolation, whether on or off campus, receive regular check-in calls from the contact tracing team. Quarantine, on the other hand, separates and restricts the movement of students who have been exposed to COVID-19 until it can be determined whether they have been infected. Additional details regarding isolation and quarantine can be found here.  

Our contact tracing team works to identify students who have been in contact with an individual infected with COVID-19. If you receive a call from (515) 271-2353, please answer it because this is our contact tracing team trying to connect with you. It is critically important that anyone who is a primary contact strictly comply with our quarantine protocols. We all need to do our utmost to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. 

Random Sample Testing Update

Last week marked the completion of our first two-week COVID-19 random sample testing cycle. One person out of the 129 random samples taken tested positive for COVID-19. That student is now in isolation off-campus. The goal for the first two-week cycle was to test 216 randomly selected students. Due to lack of participation and no-shows during the second week of the first cycle, we fell short of that target.

The random sample testing program applies to all students who are coming to campus for any purpose during the semesterAs long as we get sufficient student participation, the program will provide valid data regarding the presence of COVID-19 in our communityThis data will allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

This week will start our second two-week random sample testing cycle. The first email to those students selected went out on Thursday of last week and 61.5% have already signed up for their test slot. If you received the email indicating you were selected and have not yet signed up for a testing time, please follow the directions provided to secure your test as soon as possible. It is very important that the randomly selected students for each two-week cycle comply with the direction to get a COVID-19 test in their allotted time.

Symptomatic Testing

As a reminder, all faculty, staff, and students (both on and off campus residents) experiencing COVID-19 symptoms can be tested at the Drake University Student Health Center. For more information please see the August 28 COVID Update. 

Stay Diligent

Both the results of the first two-week cycle of random sample testing and the continuing low utilization of our isolation capacity are good news regarding the incidence of COVID-19 in our community. These positive results are a direct consequence of all of us wearing our masks, maintaining social distance, and practicing good hygiene. Let’s keep up the good work. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drakes plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions. 

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 8, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends operational updates to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Sept. 8, 2020

Welcome back from the Labor Day three-day weekend. Anyone who traveled this past weekend, was part of a large gathering, or had any other experience of heightened risk of exposure to the coronavirus should take extra care in the coming days to strictly observe our COVID-19 directives and limit contact with others even more than normal. Holiday weekends have proven to be times of greater community spread. If you develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19, please follow the process outlined in the August 28 COVID Update.

Random Sample Testing Update 

Last Wednesday, September 2nd, we began COVID-19 random sample testing of students who are coming to campus for any purpose during the semester. This will provide a statistically reliable and valid sample size of over 200-student test results in rolling two-week periods. The main purpose of surveillance testing is to monitor data trends regarding the presence of COVID-19 in our community. The program is not designed to provide point-in-time incidence rates. Continuous bi-weekly random sample testing will allow us to assess and manage our capacity to support isolated and quarantined students, and will inform our ability to maintain in-person classes throughout the semester.

Noting again that the random sample testing program is not designed to provide point-in-time incidence rates, more than ninety students were tested during the first week of the program and none of these tests came back positive for COVID-19. This week is the second of our first two-week testing cycle and 29% of those students randomly selected for the first round of testing still need to sign up for their test. If this applies to you, follow the directions provided to you to secure your test at the Student Health Center as soon as possible. It is very important that the randomly selected students for each two-week cycle comply with the direction to get a COVID-19 test in their allotted time. We will start our second surveillance testing two-week cycle next week.

On-campus Student Isolation and Quarantine

As was the case when we issued our September 2nd COVID-19 update, we are still using less than 10% of our 96 isolation rooms for residence hall students who contract the coronavirus. Our contact tracing team has efficiently identified the limited number of students who have experienced a primary exposure to a person infected with COVID-19 and those students have received their quarantine instructions. If you receive a call from (515) 271-2353, answer it because this is our contact tracing team trying to connect with you. It is critically important that anyone who experiences a primary exposure strictly comply with our quarantine protocols. We all need to do our utmost to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 in our community. 

Stay Diligent 

Both the results of the first week (of a two-week cycle) of random sample testing and the continuing low utilization of our isolation capacity are good news regarding the incidence of COVID-19 in our community. We are thankful for this, but we must not take these encouraging results as an indication that anyone should relax when it comes to following our COVID-19 directives. Widespread adherence to these directives is producing these outcomes. Continue to wear your mask, maintain social distance, and practice good hygiene.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - September 2, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Sept. 2, 2020

COVID Surveillance Testing Update

Thank you for your commitment to helping minimize the risk of COVID-19 transmission on Drake’s campus. We must stay diligent. To that end, the University began the random testing of students earlier today. The details of this process were shared in the COVID Update from August 28. The first round of random testing will conclude next week; additional rounds will follow every two weeks. To this point in time, 32% of the students notified for the first round of random testing still need to sign up for a test slot before the end of next week. If you are one of these students, please sign up for your test as soon as possible.

The August 28th COVID Update also contained important information about how to obtain testing if you are not a student selected for random testing or if you are a faculty or staff member. Please be mindful of your health and get tested as quickly as possible should you have symptoms that might suggest COVID-19 infection. Last evening we became aware of new self-reported cases and those individuals are now safely in isolation. Our contact tracing team has been in touch with those who had direct exposure to these positive cases and those individuals are now quarantined. It is critically important that students placed into quarantine strictly comply with the applicable restrictions on movement in order to minimize the spread of COVID-19 on and off campus. 

Provost Mattison’s August 31st message noted that we will monitor the trends in our surveillance testing results, and our capacity to isolate students who have tested positive and serve quarantined students identified through our contact tracing program as the critical measures of our ability to manage COVID-19 at Drake.  As mentioned above, we started random testing today and have no trend data from that program as of yet. Regarding our capacity to take care of our students, we are currently using less than 10% of our isolation beds (based on single occupancy) and are in a comparable situation regarding quarantined students. Please do not take these positive results as an indication that anyone should relax when it comes to following our COVID-19 directives. It is widespread adherence to these directives that is producing this outcome. Continue to wear your mask, maintain social distancing, and practice good hygiene.

There will be additional cases in the coming weeks. Identifying such is the very point of our random testing program. We will continue to respond quickly to care for those who test positive and those with whom they have been in contact. We will continue to share updates regarding our testing programs and our isolation, contact tracing, and quarantine efforts in this format as we have been doing since the start of the pandemic earlier this year. As a reminder, you can see all past COVID-19 updates here.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - August 28, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Aug. 28, 2020
Testing, Face Coverings Policy Update, and Class Schedules

Returning to campus safely requires each of us to fully comply with the University’s COVID-19 directives. Today’s COVID Update details the University’s random sample testing program, shares additional details on symptomatic and asymptomatic testing, provides an update to the Face Coverings Policy, and an update to in-person class schedules. 

Random Sample Testing

Beginning the week of August 31, the University will test a randomly assigned sample of students sufficient to estimate the prevalence of COVID-19 on campus. Tests will be scheduled and administered throughout the week at no charge to the student. Selected students will be notified via their University email account with further instructions. A new randomly assigned sample of students will be chosen every two weeks. Under this testing program, it is possible that a student may be tested multiple times over the course of the semester or not at all. 

Any student who has the opportunity to be on campus this fall will be included in the random sampling COVID-19 test process, including undergraduate and graduate students. Surveillance testing through a random sampling method is critically important to prevent outbreaks on campus. Those students identified for testing as part of the random sample must comply in a timely manner so that the University is able to collect actionable data.

Symptomatic Testing

On-Campus Testing for Students with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Both residential and non-residential students experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must call the Student Health Center at 515-271-3731 before showing up to the Student Health Center in person. Students will be evaluated virtually and upon confirmation of symptoms consistent with COVID-19, will be prompted to immediately schedule a testing appointment at the Student Health Center. There will be no charge for tests administered to symptomatic students at the Student Health Center.

On-Campus Testing for Faculty and Staff with COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Faculty and staff experiencing COVID-19 symptoms must contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety, at 515-271-3804 or chris.nickell@drake.edu. Chris will provide further instructions on how to obtain a test at no charge from the University.

Off-Campus Testing Options for Students, Faculty, and Staff:

Asymptomatic Testing

Students, faculty, and staff who do not have any COVID-19 symptoms may utilize off-campus testing sites such as the options listed above.

Update to Face Coverings Policy

The existing Face Covering Policy has been updated to reflect a requirement to wear a face covering at all University required or sponsored events, regardless of location or setting. This is in addition to the existing requirement to wear a face covering while in campus buildings and in outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.

The new language is as follows:

All Drake required or sponsored events—regardless of location—require face coverings be worn by attendees and participants whether held indoors or outdoors unless an exemption is approved by Environmental Health and Safety. Everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible, even when wearing a mask or other face covering. Exemptions will only be granted for athletic activities compliant with risk mitigation standards sanctioned by the NCAA or in situations where event organizers are able to demonstrate a significant need with no available alternative and have submitted a plan for how the variance will be handled.

The full, updated policy text is available on the Drake policy website.

In-Person Class Schedules

 In order to allow Drake’s Facilities team sufficient time to sanitize classroom spaces between uses, all faculty should let their in-person classes out five minutes earlier than scheduled. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - August 20, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

Aug. 20, 2020
Reporting Possible Exposures, Testing, Contact Tracing, Quarantine and Isolation, and Case Data Sharing

Returning to campus safely requires each of us to fully comply with the University’s COVID-19 directives. Today’s COVID Update reviews how to report possible exposures, explains the requirements for quarantine and isolation, details the University's testing plan, provides an overview of how contact tracing will take place at Drake, and reviews the University's approach to reporting cases.

Reporting Possible Exposures

Per guidance from the Iowa Department of Public Health, an exposure is defined as close personal contact—being within 6 feet for 15 minutes or longer—with anyone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19. Those who have been exposed to people who are known to have COVID-19 should refrain from potentially infecting others until it can be determined whether they have contracted COVID-19. 

Students who believe they have been exposed should immediately quarantine themselves and send an email to dos@drake.edu for further guidance. If a possible exposure takes place for a student during the academic term, the University will notify their professors that they will be taking classes virtually until it is safe for the student to return to in-person classes as determined by the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

Faculty, staff, or contractors who believe they have been exposed should immediately quarantine themselves and notify the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety by submitting this form. Environmental Health and Safety will assess whether quarantine or isolation protocols need to be followed.

Quarantine and Isolation

In our communications with campus, the terms quarantine and isolation have distinct meanings. It is important to understand the differences and expectations of both situations. Quarantine separates and restricts the movement of people who have been exposed to COVID-19 until it can be determined whether they have been infected. Isolation separates COVID-19 positive patients from all others.

Quarantine

If you do not have a confirmed case of COVID-19, but have been exposed to someone who has a confirmed case for 15 minutes or more while being within 6 feet of each other, you will be required to quarantine for 14 days from the date of exposure.

During quarantine:

  • Stay home unless it is essential to leave your home. If you do leave your home, avoid all close contact. Maintain a physical distance of at least 6 feet from others. Be especially mindful of people who are potentially in high-risk health categories. Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • Students must stay in their residence hall room or off-campus residence as much as possible in order to limit potential spread and they must not enter academic buildings or attend gatherings.
  • Monitor your health by taking your temperature and being alert for other symptoms. Call the Student Health Center or another health care provider if you suspect symptoms are appearing. Do not show up at a health care facility without calling in advance.
  • Students must attend all classes virtually until the quarantine period has passed as determined by Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Students who live in the residence halls will have food delivered to them or have the option to pick up Grab and Go items from the lower level of Hubbell Dining Hall. Students who live off-campus should utilize contactless food and grocery delivery services when possible.
  • Postpone all appointments until you have completed your quarantine.
  • If you have to be in public, wear a mask to protect others from possible infection.
  • Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Isolation

If you have a confirmed case of COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19, you will be required to isolate until all the recovery criteria are met. For symptomatic confirmed cases, this means at least 10 days have passed since symptoms began, you have been fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication, and all other symptoms have improved. For asymptomatic confirmed cases, 10 days must pass since the positive test was taken. Environmental Health and Safety will evaluate each case and may require the isolation period to extend beyond 10 days based on a student’s symptoms.

Residential students who test positive will have the option to return home for the isolation period or relocate to a designated residence hall or University real estate property identified for that purpose. Drake properties will be equipped with appropriate furniture, internet access, and amenities, including the delivery of three meals each day.

During isolation:

  • Stay home unless it is an emergency or you need to seek medical care. If you must seek medical care, make sure to avoid close contact with others and wear a mask. Do not use public transportation, ride sharing, or taxis.
  • Monitor your health by taking your temperature and being alert for other symptoms. Call the Student Health Center or another health care provider if you suspect symptoms are appearing. Do not show up at a health facility without calling in advance.
  • Students will attend classes virtually until the recovery criteria have been met.
  • Residential students, including those moved to an off-campus location by the University, will have food delivered to them. Students who live off-campus should utilize contactless food and grocery delivery services when possible.
  • Postpone all appointments until you have completed your isolation.
  • Wash your hands frequently, cover coughs and sneezes, and clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces.
Testing

All residential students are being tested for COVID-19 upon their return to campus. The University plans to test a random sampling of students during the semester to monitor the existence of COVID-19 on campus.

Students who decide to get tested off-campus should report positive test results by sending an email to dos@drake.edu. Faculty and staff who have been exposed to COVID-19 or have symptoms, may be tested through Test Iowa or through their health care provider, and should notify the University’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety of positive results by submitting this form.

Contact Tracing

Drake University will be assisting the Iowa Department of Public Health and the Polk County Health Department in contact tracing within the Drake community to help minimize the spread of COVID-19. Our contact tracing efforts will primarily be focused on contacts within the Drake community who work, live, or attend classes on campus and who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19. Individuals assigned to tracking and tracing duties are trained in appropriate tracking protocol, as well as privacy protections.

Expediency is critical when contact tracing, so if you receive a call from 515-271-2353 or another Drake phone number starting with the digits 271, please answer it immediately. Contact tracers may also attempt to reach you at your Drake email address. 

Case Data Sharing

Drake will not share or publish COVID-19 medical information. Those who need to know about individual positive cases will be notified during the contact tracing process. 

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state guidance. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - August 3, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message. 

August 3, 2020
Returning to Campus, Requests for Remote Learning, and J-Term 2021


Returning to Campus

The University has begun a gradual return to normal campus operations in preparation for residential student move-in on Aug. 15. In this first week of on-campus operations, offices will be minimally staffed in-person and generally at no more than 50% of normal operations for any one area. To help prepare returning faculty, staff, and students, the EOC has published substantial updates to drake.edu/coronavirus—including Return to Campus Guides for faculty and staff and students—and many new answers to frequently asked questions. Additionally, a new section includes information meant to ensure visitors are aware of and follow our policies and expectations as they come to campus. It is strongly recommended that you read through these updates to understand the protocols that are in place to protect you and our campus community.

New Deadline to Request Remote Learning

As was communicated in an email to students from Dean of Students Jerry Parker on Friday, July 31, the deadline for students to request remote delivery for Fall 2020 semester courses has been extended to Friday, Aug. 14. If approved to do so, all coursework must be completed remotely and students may not convert to on-campus instruction after Aug. 14. Students may request remote course delivery by filling out this form. As a reminder, students are not able to choose remote learning for only part of their schedule. 

Study Abroad, Including J-Term 2021

Study abroad is currently suspended. The University previously announced the cancellation of summer 2020, fall 2020, and full academic year (2020–2021) study abroad programs. As of today, the University is also canceling J-Term travel seminars for 2021. The University is currently exploring contingency plans for J-Term 2021 travel seminar students. The University continues to review spring 2021 and summer 2021 study abroad programs. 

If you have questions related to travel suspensions and study abroad, please reach out to studyabroad@drake.edu.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - July 28, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 

July 28, 2020
Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection

As communicated in the July 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update, the University is operating under a set of #DrakeTogether Commitments. These include mandatory masks, self-monitoring and reporting, social distancing protocols, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, and awareness and education. This week’s update focuses on enhanced sanitation and disinfection.

Reducing the risk of exposure to COVID-19 through proper sanitation and disinfection is part of the #DrakeTogether Commitments and an important aspect of our safe return to campus. It is important for faculty, staff, and students to understand and adhere to the following practices.

Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection Key Points

Facilities, Planning, and Management Responsibilities

  • High traffic areas and frequently touched objects such as door handles, handrails, and light switches are being cleaned with increased frequency by Facilities, Planning, and Management, with many high use areas being cleaned at least twice daily. In addition, specialized equipment is being utilized to increase disinfecting efficiency in critical high use areas.
  • Hand sanitizer stations will be readily available in areas with heavy traffic, and as always, restrooms and kitchen areas will be equipped with hand soap.

Faculty, Staff, and Student Responsibilities

  • Use disinfectants to regularly wipe down their personal work areas and frequently touched objects (e.g., desks, phones, keyboards, white board markers, etc.).
  • Shared objects within labs and classrooms such as tools, work benches, and lab equipment should be wiped down with disinfectants after each use.
  • When using disinfectants, use only EPA-registered products and wear disposable vinyl gloves. 

Facilities, Planning, and Management has purchased cleaning supplies, including EPA-registered products, for high use common areas across campus. Distribution will take place in August. Building contacts will be able to request replacement supplies by utilizing the Facilities, Planning, and Management work order system.

We must be #DrakeTogether to accomplish a safe transition back to campus, so your cooperation is critical. Thank you.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - July 21, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

July 21, 2020
Social Distancing Protocols

As communicated in the July 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update, the University is operating under a set of #DrakeTogether Commitments. These include: mandatory masks, self-monitoring and reporting, social distancing protocols, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, and awareness and education. This week’s update focuses on social distancing protocols; forthcoming updates will focus on each of the other commitments.

While on campus, everyone must maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible, even when wearing a mask or other face covering. Those returning to Drake the week of August 3–7 will notice additional signage around campus to serve as reminders of this policy as well as other directions to help encourage social distancing protocols. Please follow all directions communicated on these signs, including those that limit use of common spaces and require foot traffic to flow in a specific direction.

Enforced social distancing as part of the #DrakeTogether Commitments will help mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 on our campus.

 

Social Distancing Key Points

  • Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors are required to maintain a social distance of at least six feet from others wherever possible.
  • Please abide by all campus signage, which will help encourage social distancing.
  • Minimize in-person meetings by utilizing Microsoft Teams or Zoom whenever possible.
  • Capacity for on-campus events will be limited to allow all attendees to engage in social distancing of at least six feet between individuals or to limit room capacity to 50%, whichever is less. In-person event organizers must submit a completed risk assessment and distancing plan to roomreservations@drake.edu to allow for University review and approval prior to the event being scheduled

We must be #DrakeTogether to accomplish a safe transition back to campus, so your cooperation is important. Thank you.  

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - July 14, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

July 14, 2020

Face Mask Requirement and Upcoming Policy

As communicated in the July 7, 2020 COVID-19 Update, the University is operating under a set of #DrakeTogether Commitments. Those include: mandatory masks, self-monitoring and reporting, social distancing protocols, enhanced sanitation and disinfection, and awareness and education. This week’s update focuses on mandatory masks; forthcoming updates will focus on each of the other commitments.

The University instituted a Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement on April 15, 2020. That requirement remains in effect and applies to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. The University is currently reviewing a Face Coverings Policy, which will supersede the face mask requirement and will go into effect upon completion of its review on July 16. The University’s definition of a face covering includes cloth or surgical masks, as well as plastic face shields, that cover an individual’s nose and mouth. 

Face Coverings Policy Key Points 

  • Students, faculty, staff, visitors, and vendors are required to wear a mask or face covering while in campus buildings and outdoor settings where safe social distancing is not possible.
  • The University will provide all Drake employees and students (both residential and non-residential) with one reusable and washable cloth face mask. Details about distribution will be communicated via campus-wide email in the coming weeks.
  • Face coverings will not be required in the following situations:
    • Employees working alone in their offices
    • Students in their residence hall room (unless the door is open or visitors are present)
    • While participating in activities in which a face covering cannot be worn or would prohibit respiratory function


We must be #DrakeTogether to accomplish a safe transition back to campus, so your cooperation is important. Thank you. 


Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - July 7, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

July 7, 2020

Returning to Campus

As a community, we are committed to two overarching goals: ensure the safety and health of all students, faculty, staff, and community members, and deliver an outstanding educational experience. This shared commitment requires each of us to have courage, take responsibility, and show accountability to ensure we are doing all we can for each other.

The Emergency Operations Center (EOC) has been busy preparing for fall semester. Starting today, the EOC will share important information about returning to campus. You will receive COVID-19 Updates like this via email and each Update will be posted along with additional information and FAQs to the University’s COVID-19 website, drake.edu/coronavirus. Summaries will also be included in OnCampus for your convenience.

The University’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic is focused on the health and safety of students, faculty, staff, and the public with whom we all interact. To help reduce risk, Drake will operate under the following #DrakeTogether Commitments:

  • Self-Monitoring and Reporting
  • Mandatory Masks
  • Social Distancing Protocols
  • Enhanced Sanitation and Disinfection
  • Awareness and Education

More about each of these points will be communicated in the coming weeks. For now, it is important for you to know the following:

  • At this time, we anticipate beginning a gradual return to normal campus operations on Aug. 3. During the week of Aug. 3–7, departments should plan to operate with approximately 50% of their workforce on campus at any one time. The University will use this period to test the institution’s ability to exercise systems and procedures, care for community members, and plan for the beginning of the academic year. The following week, departments may increase the number of employees on-site as necessary to meet operational needs and in preparation for residential students’ move-in, which will start on Aug. 14.
  • Offices and departments will operate at levels necessary to maintain CDC social distancing guidelines. Departments will continue to use telework to the extent possible, as well as alternative scheduling to minimize the number of people in University offices.
  • The University will continue to enforce its requirement that all faculty, staff, students, and visitors wear face masks while inside campus buildings and on campus grounds when social distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained.

Minimizing the risk of COVID-19 infections is a shared responsibility. Drake’s plans are aligned and consistent with local and state orders. The University follows recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County health officials.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - June 24, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

June 24, 2020  

Financial Aid Appeals for Loss of Income related to COVID-19

The following message comes from Ryan Zantingh, director of student financial planning:

As we navigate unprecedented economic upheaval created by the COVID-19 pandemic, I want to make you aware of Drake’s financial aid appeal process that is available for a recent loss of income or other special circumstances. For certain situations, financial aid administrators have the authority to make changes to a student’s FAFSA in order to more accurately reflect a student’s ability to pay for college.

If you have completed the 2020–2021 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and anticipate a reduction of family income in 2020 (compared to the 2018 income reported on your FAFSA), you may wish to submit Drake’s Special Circumstances Form to report your situation. Staff from the Office of Student Financial Planning will review your appeal and, if appropriate, adjust your FAFSA. This adjustment may result in increased eligibility for need-based student financial aid.

Adequate substantiation is required in order to consider an appeal for special circumstances. Please complete the Special Circumstances Form with as much detail as possible and include supporting documentation when submitting your form.

I recognize that a great amount of uncertainty about the pandemic remains and projecting 2020 income may be difficult. If this is your situation, I encourage you to submit this form later in the summer or during the fall semester when you are better able to provide accurate information. There is not a pressing deadline to submit this form, but understand that billing obligations will continue as scheduled. Accordingly, you should submit your appeal as soon as you have the information needed to do so.

If you have questions or need assistance with this process, please contact the Office of Student Financial Planning at financialaid@drake.edu.

Drake’s Special Circumstances Form for 2020–2021 is available here.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 14, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

May 14, 2020

CARES Act Student Emergency Grant Application

Drake University will receive funding through the CARES Act to provide emergency grants to students. Per the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, these grants can only be used for student "expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.” The Department of Education has explicitly prohibited using the grant dollars to compensate a student for lost income due to their or another’s loss of employment.

You may be eligible for this funding if you meet all of the following criteria:

  • You are eligible to receive federal student aid as either an undergraduate or graduate-level degree-seeking student. Eligibility must be confirmed through submission of your 2019–2020 or 2020–2021 FAFSA;
  • You were enrolled in coursework in the spring 2020 semester, and that coursework is not part of a program that is offered entirely online; and,
  • You incurred eligible expenses caused by the disruption to campus operations.

Students who meet the above criteria must complete the CARES Act Student Grant Application to be considered for these federal funds. Applications will be reviewed on an on-going basis and funds will be distributed until they are exhausted. Completing an application does not guarantee that a student will receive funds. As part of the application, students will be asked to substantiate their reported eligible expenses. The maximum amount of assistance a student may receive from this funding is $6000.

Drake University will provide these federal funds to students as quickly as possible, while adhering to the U. S. Department of Education’s guidance. To apply, complete the CARES Act Student Grant Application.

If you have questions as you complete the application, please email covid19@drake.edu or call (515) 271-2353. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 8, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

May 8, 2020

CARES Act Emergency Funds

The CARES Act will provide emergency grants to students who meet certain qualification criteria. Drake University has applied for this federal funding and expects to receive access to the funds in the coming weeks.  When the funds become available, Drake University will notify all students and provide a link to an application to request emergency grant funding. Graduating students may apply for these funds, as well as any students who previously received support from the University’s Student Emergency Fund.

Per the direction of the U.S. Department of Education, these grants can only be used for student “expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, health care, and child-care expenses.”  The Department of Education has explicitly prohibited using the grant dollars to compensate a student for lost income due to their or another’s loss of employment.

Eligibility for grant funding will include a) students that have filed a FAFSA for either 2019–2020 or 2020–2021, b) undergraduate or graduate level degree-seeking students, c) students enrolled in coursework in the spring 2020 semester and that coursework is not part of a program that is offered entirely online, and d) students that incurred eligible expenses caused by the disruption to campus operations.

Until the application link becomes available, please consider whether you are eligible as a student and begin to compile information for eligible expenses you have incurred. If you have questions, please email covid19@drake.edu or call (515) 271-2353.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - May 5, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 
May 5, 2020
 
Face Mask Requirement Reminder
 
In recent days, Drake Public Safety and others have observed a number of people on campus not adhering to the face mask policy. The EOC would like to remind everyone that all those who come to campus are required to wear a face mask while inside University buildings, and are also required to do so on University grounds when they are within six (6) feet of others. This policy applies to all faculty, staff, students, and visitors while they are on campus.
 
The complete details of this policy are available on the Drake COVID-19 website here: Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement. If you have questions about this policy, please contact Chris Nickell, director of environmental health and safety at chris.nickell@drake.edu.
Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 22, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 22, 2020
Confirmed COVID-19 Case

As of today, April 22, 2020, a contractor working on the University campus has been confirmed to have a case of COVID-19. At this time, the loading dock and tunnel area of Olmsted is closed to complete a thorough cleaning and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Thursday, April 23rd. As a result, and in compliance with requirements of the Clery Act, Drake University is providing this Emergency Notification to the campus community.

Neither Drake nor public health authorities will identify any individuals who have tested positive for the virus, nor will information be provided that may compromise confidentiality.

Drake has extensively planned for this situation and there are numerous steps being taken with the health and well-being of the campus community in mind. The University is following all protocols established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Iowa Department of Public Health, and Polk County Health Department regarding this situation.

Drake leadership is continually monitoring the situation and strongly encourages you to adhere CDC guidance, including:

  • Avoid contact with persons who are sick;
  • Wear a face mask (required while on campus);
  • Practice social distancing of at least six feet;
  • Frequently clean hands with soap and water or alcohol-based sanitizer; and
  • Cover your cough and sneezes (into your flexed elbow or tissue) and wash your hands immediately. 

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 17, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 
April 17, 2020

Move-out Procedures for Residential Students

Students who had been or are still living in Drake residence halls received communication via e-mail this morning, April 17, regarding move-out procedures, which will take place May 8–24, 2020. Extra precautions are being taken to ensure continued health and safety for all Drake students, their families, faculty, and staff.
 
Because of the necessary precautions the University is taking regarding move-out, there will not be an opportunity for faculty, staff, or other students to help with move-out procedures this year. Students moving out from Jewett and Morehouse Halls prior to the end of the term are reminded that there are approved students who are still living in those halls. Please be mindful in all situations to maintain social distancing and wear face masks in common areas.
 
Please note that as of April 17, 2020, Governor Reynolds has not issued an executive order that would prevent a move out process as outlined in the communication to residential students. If the Governor were to issue such an order that prevents access to the residence halls, we will issue additional communication via e-mail regarding move outs at that time.
 
Complete details on move-out procedures are posted online at drake.edu/coronavirus/students.
 
If you would like to discuss individual concerns not addressed above, please contact the Residence Life Office by email at housing@drake.edu.
 
Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 15, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 15, 2020  

Expansion of Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirements

Earlier this week, Drake University implemented a body temperature self-monitoring and face mask requirement for faculty and staff who are classified as essential workers or must come to campus to complete certain work tasks. This policy is not because of any case or concern specific to the University, but rather a directive from Polk County Health Department based on the University’s classification as a long-term care facility through its continuation of providing limited residential housing. In order to further minimize the spread of COVID-19, Drake University is extending the face mask requirement to students and campus visitors as described below, effective April 16.

Residential Students
Students still residing in Drake residence halls will be expected to wear cloth masks while in common areas on campus. The Dean of Students is communicating directly with these students, and the University will provide one reusable cloth face mask to each residential student.

Non-Residential Students and Visitors
When non-residential students and visitors must come to campus, they will be expected to wear a cloth mask inside University buildings and on University grounds when they are within six (6) feet of others. The University will not provide non-residential students or visitors with face masks. These individuals are encouraged to either acquire a facemask from another source or consult the Iowa Department of Public Health instructions for homemade face coverings.

Please review the complete details of these updated guidelines here: Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 13, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

April 13, 2020  

Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirements

In an effort to help minimize the spread of COVID-19, Drake University will soon require temperature self-monitoring for faculty and staff who must come to campus, in accordance with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) and Polk County Health Department (PCHD). This new process is not because of any case or concern specific to the University. In Iowa, residential colleges and universities fall within the state’s definition of long-term care facilities for communal living as long as we have students staying in residence halls; as such, PCHD has directed that Drake University take additional steps.   

Beginning April 15, 2020, all Drake University faculty and staff members (including sub-contracted employees) not otherwise classified as essential who must come to campus to perform their job functions are required to measure and record their own body temperature from home or at one of several self-serve stations on campus for indications of a COVID-19 like illness. ​At this time, essential employees will have their temperature taken on campus pursuant to processes established by their department in consultation with Environmental Health and Safety. This includes those in Facilities, Public Safety, Mail, and Residence Life. This step will be required before each work shift or work session on campus.

Additionally, PCHD directed that Drake faculty and staff who come to campus be required to wear fabric or cloth face masks. The University will provide essential employees in Facilities, Mail, Public Safety, and Student Life with masks; other Drake employees will have the option to choose from a University-provided mask (as supplies last) or one they already own. 

Students and visitors to campus (other than delivery drivers) are exempt from the temperature self-monitoring and face mask requirements.

Complete details of these new guidelines are available here: Temperature Self-Monitoring and Face Mask Requirement.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions

COVID-19 Drake Update - April 10, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.
 
April 10, 2020
Summer Courses Online
Given that summer is fast approaching and that we will still be confronting the effects of the coronavirus into May and most likely June, Drake University will continue to remotely deliver all courses through the summer sessions. Faculty and staff have proven this spring their ability to deliver on the Drake Commitment via remote learning, while students have demonstrated their adaptability and resilience.
 
Summer at Drake begins May 20 and ends August 25 for most of campus, with online courses offered during two sessions. For Drake Law School, the summer session runs June 1 through July 31.  
 
Many courses are offered at Drake in the summer, and summer can be a great time to pick up additional credits or work to improve your grade point average. Use Drake’s online scheduling system to see the current listing of summer courses: https://mydusis.drake.edu/prodssb/bwckschd.p_disp_dyn_sched 

In the coming weeks, Provost Sue Mattison will convene a group of campus leaders to work on a plan to “pandemic-proof” the Drake curriculum for the coming academic year. This working group includes: each of the academic deans, Carrie Dunham-LaGree (associate professor and Faculty Senate president), Craig Owens (professor and director of the Center for Teaching Excellence), Chris Gill (chief information technology officer), Christina Trombley (executive director, online programs), and incoming president of Student Senate, Adam Koch. Strategy and planning will then quickly pivot to operationalizing initiatives to ensure Drake continues to provide an exceptional education to all students.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 31, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 31, 2020 

Student Emergency Fund

Thanks to the generosity of our donors, the University is able to award a limited number of student emergency funds to students facing hardships during the COVID-19 pandemic. These emergency funds will support students in navigating and overcoming a variety of challenges that could limit their ability to complete the Spring 2020 semester at Drake. Emergency funds are awarded on a case-by-case basis with the maximum award approximately $250.

If you are a student in need of emergency funds, please visit https://drake.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4HZmDH05TeIcOOx to confidentially apply online.

If you would like to donate to this special fund to help Drake students, please visit https://crowdfunding.drake.edu/project/20480. 100% of contributions will be distributed to Drake students.

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 19, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message. 

March 19, 2020 

Building Access

The following building access changes will go into effect on Friday, March 20, 2020:

  • Students will be able to access all academic buildings with their Drake ID cards 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays only. Faculty and staff access to academic buildings remains unchanged. 
  • Cowles Library remains closed in response to the Governor’s statewide orders.
  • Law Library remains closed to the public in response to the Governor’s statewide orders.
  • Administration buildings including Old Main, Cole Hall, and the Kinne Center, will not be accessible except by appointment.
  • All Athletic facilities are closed.  

Additionally, the Olmsted Center will be accessible for dining services food pickup and Starbucks carryout on Sunday, March 22, 4–7:30 p.m. From that point and until further notice, Olmsted will be open for those services 7 a.m.­–7:30 p.m. on weekdays and and 9 a.m.–7:30 p.m. on weekends.

With the exception of the Olmsted Center, every building to which you have access during the above times will require entrance via your Drake ID card.  

Cowles Library Resources

Although Cowles Library is physically closed, all electronic resources are available remotely. Cowles Library staff will continue to troubleshoot issues and respond to research, policy, and procedural questions through its online chat service accessible at http://library.drake.edu. The chat service is staffed 9 a.m.­–8 p.m. Monday­–Thursday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on Friday.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 18, 2020

The Drake University Emergency Operations Center sends brief operational updates like this to all faculty, staff, and students. President Martin and Provost Mattison will share additional messages, as appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 18, 2020

Building Access

Campus buildings remain open 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. on weekdays, with these exceptions:

  • Cowles Library is closed in response to the Governor’s statewide orders
  • Law Library is closed to the public in response to the Governor’s statewide orders
  • Cole Hall (Admission) is by appointment only
  • Dial Center is closed
  • Lower level of Carnegie Hall is closed

Please visit drake.edu/coronavirus, which houses a repository of campus updates and messages pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic, and also provides answers to many frequently asked questions.

COVID-19 Drake Update - March 16, 2020

Drake University has opened the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The EOC is comprised of colleagues with specific emergency responsibilities and led by Scott Law, Executive Director of Campus Public Safety, and Chris Nickell, Director of Environmental Health and Safety. The EOC will convene twice daily and work under the direction of the President’s Council.

The EOC will send brief updates to all faculty, staff, and students as the situation warrants. These updates will also be posted to . Supplemental messages will be shared by President Martin and Provost Mattison, as needed and appropriate. Please read the entirety of each message.

March 16, 2020 Updates

Building Access

All campus buildings are currently open 7:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception of Cowles Library which will be open 10 a.m.–2 p.m. those same days. Student access outside of these hours has been deactivated and the Cowles Library after-hours area has been closed.

Remote Work

Based on new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Iowa Department of Public Health, managers are directed to take the following actions:

  1. Ensure that those positions that can telecommute begin doing so as soon as feasible.
  2. Ensure that employees who must remain on campus are able to perform their functions while practicing social distancing protocols. Specifically, this means to keep a recommended six feet of distance between yourself and others.

Managers should contact their designated Human Resources Partner with any questions. Employees should direct their questions to their supervisors.

Please continue to visit , which provides answers to frequently asked questions and a repository for all campus COVID-19 messages.