Coronavirus (COVID-19) Medical Information
IMPORTANT: Wabash College is a fully vaccinated campus, therefore we expect our alumni, parents, and guests to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to coming to campus for events and activities. If you cannot be vaccinated for medical reasons, please let us know and we will try to make the appropriate arrangements to protect your health.
Face masks are required for all unvaccinated persons while indoors on the Wabash campus. Face masks are also required when 50 or more people are gathered indoors for public events, regardless of vaccination status.
For more information on the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, please visit the CDC website.
General COVID-19 Information
The best source for up-to-date information about COVID-19 can be found on the CDC website and the CDC FAQ page. We recommend you bookmark these pages for easy reference. Submit Wabash-specific questions via email.
Disclaimer: These FAQs are subject to modification depending on guidance from the CDC, the Indiana Department of Health, the Montgomery County Health Department, as well as the incidence and prevalence of COVID-19 at the national, state, or local level.
When and where do I need to wear a mask on campus?
Masks are required for all persons who are not fully vaccinated when inside campus buildings.
Masks are required at public indoor events anticipated to have more than 50 people.
Masks are required for all spotters in the Weight Room and Fitness Center.
Masks are required in the Wabash Bookstore during public events and on weekends.
Instructors may choose whether or not masks are required in classrooms, labs, and other instructor-led activities.
Students, faculty, and staff are always welcome to wear a mask at any time.
I am vaccinated. May I still wear a mask?
Yes, many vaccinated persons will choose to wear masks to protect themselves or members of their families who are unable to be vaccinated, particularly when the community transmission is high. If you see someone wearing a mask indoors, consider it an invitation to put on your own – always err on the side of being a responsible citizen.
How can I get tested for COVID-19?
Students, please send an email to covid19testing to make an appointment to be tested. Please do NOT just drop into the health center if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
COVID-19 PCR testing is also available for anyone at the Montgomery County Health Department from 9:00 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m.-11:45 a.m. on Fridays; appointments are required. You can sign up here. Rapid tests are available at Walgreens.
Employees: Someone in my household has been diagnosed with COVID-19. What should I do?
Get tested 3-5 days after their first exposure. A person with COVID-19 is considered infectious starting two days before they develop symptoms, or two days before the date of their positive test if they do not have symptoms.
Get tested again 3-5 days after the end of isolation for the person with COVID-19.
Wear a mask when in contact with the person with COVID-19 throughout the infected person’s isolation period.
Wear a mask indoors in public until 14 days after the infected person’s isolation period ends or until the fully vaccinated close contact receives their final test result.
Contact your primary health care provider if you have any questions.
What are the protocols for hosting events on campus in the fall semester?
- Move as many events and activities outside as possible.
- Masks are required for all indoor public events anticipated to have more than 50 people.
- Schedule indoor events in the largest space possible with the best possible ventilation.
- Do things to minimize crowds and lines, including:
- Pre-ordering or pre-registering
- Have multiple and well-spaced lines open for registration
- Emailing handouts or other materials
- Encourage people to stay home if they have symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
- All publicly advertised events, e.g., Homecoming, must include a statement that directs participants to www.wabash.edu/covid for the most up to date campus policies and information.
- When in doubt, contact the Healthy Campus Task Force.
How should I decide if my group should meet in person or on Zoom and whether or not we should wear masks when we meet?
Consider group size, meeting space, the function of the meeting, and the preferences of the involved individuals. If one of the goals is connection, it is better to meet in person. If the meeting primarily involves looking at documents or there are people at special risk, consider meeting on Zoom.
If you choose to meet in person, consider the size of the group, location of the meeting (is it well-ventilated?), and if participants have risk factors. Remember, anyone should be allowed to wear a mask at any time.
What are the protocols for hosting visiting speakers?
Hosts should consider the following when deciding whether to bring a speaker to campus vs. having them participate via Zoom:
- What is the pedagogical advantage of having the person physically present?
- Facilitating a discussion has a greater pedagogical advantage than giving a lecture.
- Networking with the speaker is better accomplished in-person.
- Are there others at the institution who would want to interact with an on-campus speaker?
- Is there a cost and time savings that make a virtual visit better?
- Is there a discrete way to ask about the vaccination status of the speaker? (Invitation communications should include mention that “Wabash is a fully vaccinated campus” and direct the speaker to the College's COVID-19 page.)
- When in doubt, contact the Healthy Campus Task Force.
What are the protocols for Community Service, Service Learning, and Federal Work Study in the Community?
If Montgomery County is on Orange or Red on the IDOH Coronavirus Dashboard, please consult with the HCTF at least a week before the event.
- Masks are required for indoor activities with the general community.
- Things to consider as you are planning:
- What’s the vaccination status of the group?
- Can it be done outside?
- Can the same goals be met in a virtual format?
I’m fully vaccinated and was just notified that I’m a close contact of a COVID-19 case. What do I do?
In accordance with CDC guidance, If you came into close contact with someone with COVID-19, you should get tested 3-5 days after the date of your exposure and wear a mask in public indoor settings for 14 days after exposure or until a negative test result. If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, get tested and self-isolate until the results are back.
What has the College done to address indoor air quality in light of COVID-19?
Filtration has been enhanced by upgrading to filters with higher MERV ratings in buildings across campus. Ventilation has been enhanced by maximizing the amount of fresh air brought in through HVAC systems and by maintaining ventilation during off hours. Wabash has not installed ionization systems or other unproven technologies, choosing instead to focus on the proven techniques that maximize the air change rate. Air quality measurement sampling for CO2 and aerosol particle concentrations are done periodically.
Why is Wabash requiring vaccination against COVID-19?
Our goal for this year is to enhance our students’ opportunities to have a more fulfilling college experience. As a community that values close, face-to-face interactions, COVID-19 vaccination provides the best opportunity to accomplish that goal. If everyone is not fully vaccinated, the CDC’s guidance for Institutions of Higher Education requires continuation of the mitigation practices we used last fall, including masking, physical distancing, surveillance testing, and reduced campus access for guests, and the American College Health Association recommends COVID-19 vaccination requirements for on campus students.
Where can I get vaccinated?
The fastest way to identify a location where you can be vaccinated is to use the CDC’s website and enter your zip code. Persons in Indiana can register for a vaccination through the Indiana Department of Health website. Many vaccination locations offer vaccinations during business hours with no appointment necessary.
Does the College make an allowance for individuals who cannot be vaccinated?
Students—using their Wabash email address—may contact Associate Dean of Students Heather Thrush beginning on July 26 to request a medical or religious exemption form and instructions for providing documentation. All exemption applications will be reviewed in a timely manner with decisions announced as soon as possible; we plan to begin announcing decisions by August 2. Employees should contact Director of Human Resources Cathy Metz to request an accommodation before providing any information.
I had COVID-19. Does that exempt me from the vaccine requirement?
No. Medical studies suggest that a percentage of people infected with COVID-19 do not develop appropriate levels of antibodies. Vaccination provides far greater protection, reduces the risk of severe illness or hospitalization, and decreases transmission among individuals.
Will Wabash accept vaccinations from other countries?
Yes, as long as they are approved for emergency use by the World Health Organization. The College will assist international students who wish to receive one of the three vaccines approved in the United States, but those students should first check in with the Student Health Center.