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BVU Bracing For Students Return ; Staff Vaccinations Have Begun

January 13th

Buena Vista University departments have been preparing for the return of students to campus next week.

The plan includes testing all residential students for COVID-19 upon their return, primarily this coming Sunday, January 17th, which will require the coordination and cooperation of more than 40 employees. BVU's Health Services team has the capacity to perform 80 rapid tests per hour. Move-in times have been scheduled based on that capacity and the ability for students to physically distance throughout the testing process.

Testing so many students within one day will require air purifiers in swabbing areas, significant directional signage, a safe physically distanced space for students to await their test result, a private area to consult with those who test positive, and more.

BVU has held trial-runs of these procedures and logistics in an effort to safely streamline the process, as well as assigned testing times in small groups.

First semester face-to-face classes wrapped up on November 20th. Students finished the semester, including finals, at home due to COVID concerns.

BVU recently opened one of the first “Test Iowa” testing sites on a college campus in Iowa.

BVU nurses and athletic trainers were the first staff members that received the Moderna COVID vaccine on Wednesday morning. Faculty and students will not be required to get vaccinated once it becomes available to them, but it will be strongly encouraged.

(pictured above...Tami Laursen, Buena Vista University Director of Health Services & Wellness, receives her first dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 today (Wed) in Siebens Fieldhouse. The vaccine was administered by Buena Vista County Health & Home Care Clinical Manager Dorie Pedersen)

(pictured below...Lorie Stanton, Buena Vista University Campus Nurse/Assistant to Wellness & Health Services, receives her first dose of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19)