Weekly Testing Update – Oct. 15, 2020

Dear FSU community,

Our latest round of testing on Tuesday, October 13, resulted in zero positive tests out of 617 administered. Full details of our latest results are now up on our COVID Dashboard.

I’m focusing this week’s e-mail exclusively on our upcoming Flu Vaccination Clinics, which begin next week and are open to the entire FSU community. Every student MUST get vaccinated for the flu this year, by order of the Baker Administration (The only exemption is those students who have all remote classes and will NEVER be on campus next semester, even once). We also strongly urge all faculty and staff to get vaccinated.

If you have not already gotten your vaccination, our clinics offer a convenient on-campus opportunity to do so. Limiting the spread of the seasonal flu is more critical than ever this winter, due to the ongoing COVID19 pandemic. Flu vaccines require no copays and have proven safe and effective at limiting the spread of the seasonal flu.

Our clinics will be held during the following schedule in the small gymnasium inside Dwight Hall:

Monday, October 19th,  9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
*Tuesday, October 20th, 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 21st,  noon - 4 p.m.
Thursday,  October 22th, noon - 4 p.m.
*Tuesday, October 27th,  9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*The Tuesday clinics are being run concurrently with our weekly testing. Students should enter through Dwight Hall, proceed to the small gym to receive their vaccination, and then go the to the main gymnasium for their test.

The attached form should be completed before coming to the on-campus flu clinic.  It is a consent form and also asks for insurance information.  After receiving your vaccine, students should be sure to upload their documentation to the University medical health file in Medicat https://framingham.medicatconnect.com/, or use the FSUgo app (Medicat Portal).  The State mandate requires that all students submit documentation of having received the flu vaccine to the University by 12/31/20.  As with COVID-19, let’s make sure we all do our part to limit the spread of the seasonal flu.

Finally, my weekly reminder to keep wearing your face coverings, practice social distancing and good hygiene, avoid large gatherings, and monitor your health for symptoms daily.

Stay safe,