Friday Nurse Notes

September 16, 2022

Good afternoon Pitzer Community,

Welcome to new and returning community members! I would like to talk briefly about a couple points regrading COVID-19 and the updated booster, as our knowledge of the disease continues to change and evolve.

Bivalent Vaccine

  • The bivalent vaccines, which we will also refer to as “updated boosters,” offer protection against the original strain of COVID-19, as well as the Omicron variant.

  • Individuals are eligible to receive the updated booster if it has been at least two months since they have completed primary vaccination or have received the most recent booster dose with any authorized or approved monovalent COVID-19 vaccine.

  • There will be a booster clinic today at Student Health Services from 1pm-4:30pm for students only. For staff and faculty, there will be a booster clinic in the Covid clinic as soon as the bivalent vaccine has been delivered.

COVID-19 Quick Facts

  • Immunity against COVID-19 after recovering from a diagnosis is brief. You can catch COVID-19 again within 3 weeks after recovery.

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 and are released from isolation on day 6 by a negative antigen test, you must continue to wear a mask whenever around others until after you complete your full 10-day isolation.

  • Symptoms of COVID-19 can include: fatigue, cough, fever, muscle aches, headache, sore throat, nausea or vomiting. These symptoms may feel as minor as a cold. Even if you have recently recovered from COVID-19, it is essential that you get tested and/or see a provider if you develop symptoms or have recurrent symptoms.

  • Masking indoors is not required generally but is recommended. Please pay attention to signs posted on Faculty members doors and on offices, as these spaces have the right to require masking in their space. N95’s, KN95’s and double surgical masks offer the best protection against the virus.

See below the isolation summary as of Friday 09/16/2022

Day ofStudents TestedStudent PositivesFaculty & Staff TestedFaculty & Staff Positives
09/14/202253450
09/13/202249070
09/12/2022891110

The COVID Dashboard will be updated pending results from the lab

Thank you for your continued efforts and welcome back! As always, if you have any question, comments, or concerns, please feel free to reach out.

Best,

Nurse Zephyr