2021 COVID-19 Updates

This page was updated as of September 22nd, 2021.

COVID-19 Documents as of September 22nd 2021

Download the September 22nd, 2021 COVID-19 Report as well as our extensive FAQ guide to learn about vaccination numbers and protocols at Lake Erie College.

  • COVID-19 Contact

    All questions regarding COVID-19 responses can go to Kim Robare, Executive Director of Student Affairs krobare@lec.edu

Numbers at a Glance

As of September 22nd, 2021

  • 0 Active Positive COVID-19 Cases on Campus

    0 people are in preventive quarantine due to internal exposure. 0 people are in preventative quarantine due to external exposure. There are 47 recovered positive cases and 41 recovered exposures.

  • 63% of the campus community is vaccinated/in progress.

  • 37% of the campus community is unvaccinated/unknown.

  • LEC is still asking for vaccination records to be emailed to covidvaccine@lec.edu

    As of right now, the COVID-19 Vaccine has full FDA Approval. It's highly recommended that students, staff and faculty get the vaccine -- but it's not required as of right now.

September 3, 2021 Statement from Kim Robare

Attached you will find an updated COVID-19 Dashboard report. Included on this report are important statistics regarding our entire campus community including our positivity rate and total number of vaccinated individuals. Yesterday, the Emergency Response Team met to discuss important updates regarding COVID-19 policies. With recent updates about the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccination, and the continued concern about different variants, it is important that the College moves forward with policies that will keep our community safe while maintaining our integrity and values. With the approval of Dr. Posler, the following policies are put in place:

  • Vaccinations:

    The College will not require COVID vaccinations at this time; however, it is highly encouraged that everyone in our community do so. Those not vaccinated assume personal risk and should consult with primary care doctors or familiarize themselves with CDC recommendations: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

  • Mask Mandate:

    Due to the relatively high percentage of unvaccinated individuals within our campus community, the indoor mask mandate will continue for now. This policy will be reviewed again the week of September 27th or if the total campus vaccination total reaches 80%.

  • Testing:

    Beginning October 1, surveillance testing will be required on a monthly basis for any unvaccinated individuals for the remainder of the academic year. Testing can be completed on campus or results from an off campus facility will be accepted. Only PCR tests will be accepted. Students and employees required to test will be charged the full amount of the price of that test, currently $40 per month. Those who have received the first dose of a vaccination by October 1 will be exempt from the monthly fee with the expectation they will continue the process to be considered fully vaccinated. Other exceptions may include medical or religious reasons. To pursue an exception, contact Kim Robare. Those persons who are vaccinated will NOT be required to take part in surveillance testing, but the testing may be available by appointment. Testing will be required for a vaccinated and unvaccinated person who becomes symptomatic. This test must occur, either on or off campus, within 72 hours of symptom onset. Results should be shared with covidvaccine@lec.edu. Results will be confidential. Following a positive COVID-19 diagnosis, a person will be excused from testing for 150 days, as per CDC guidelines. The following protocols are required for NCAA student-athletes and students competing on EQ riding teams: Those persons who are vaccinated will NOT be required to take part in competition related testing. During weeks in which teams have competition, all unvaccinated individuals within the team list will be tested by a PCR test. Time of testing will be dependent on competition schedules and protocols of the institution against who the team is competing. Testing will be required on a vaccinated and unvaccinated person who becomes symptomatic. This test must occur, either on or off campus, within 24 hours of symptom onset. Results should be shared with sports medicine staff (NCAA Student-Athletes) or a coach (EQ Riding Teams)

Next week, we will have more COVID announcements, including:

  • Winners of the first vaccination drawing—scheduled to be held on Thursday at lunch time!

  • Prizes for future vaccination drawings—to be announced after Thursday’s drawing!

  • On Campus vaccination opportunities—2 other first round Pfizer vaccine opportunities on our campus in the month of September!

  • As we approach the long Labor Day weekend, I remind you to follow protocols put in place to keep not only our campus community safe but also your friends and family as well as our surrounding communities.

August 30, 2021 Statement from Kim Robare

As we begin the second week of the semester, we see that COVID-19 is equally as prevalent as it was a year ago. Attached you will find this week's updated dashboard. We are currently experiencing a 1.4% positivity rate, as we confirmed ten more positive cases this week, including two known of the Delta Variant. We continue to move through our protocol, including isolation and quarantine. We also continue testing unvaccinated student-athletes, conducting over 100 in the past seven days, with more completed just this morning. I am pleased to announce that 57% of our campus is either fully or partially vaccinated at the time of this message. This is important information to celebrate, as more and more research comes out on how vaccinations are the best solution to keeping people safe. However, we still have 20 % of our community who have yet to report their status. Although it is voluntary, the more accurate numbers of those vaccinated will aid in our fight against COVID-19 by helping us create protocols and policies that make sense for within our community. The Emergency Response Team will be meeting this week to continue to discuss best practices to keep our campus community safe. More information will be shared with the community after the meeting, but in the meantime, please note the following expectations:

  • The Mask Mandate will continue at least through this week until we finalize the vaccination numbers. More information will be provided to campus on Friday, September 3rd.

  • Vaccination status information is still being accepted and highly encouraged! Please email covidvaccine@lec.edu no matter your status by 5 pm tomorrow to give ERT the most accurate information. This information is confidential.

  • A Vaccination Raffle will take place the week of September 6th for anyone fully or partially vaccinated! Prizes include your own parking space, gift cards, Storm Dollars, and electronics!

For questions or concerns, please contact Kim Robare (krobare@lec.edu)

August 17, 2021 Statement from Kim Robare

As of yesterday, 50% of students and employees have yet to report their vaccination status. Please note, this is critical information for us to allocate resources and make the best decisions for our campus community.

It is important that we remain vigilant with regard to the protocols with which we are all familiar (e.g., hand washing, monitoring of symptoms, wearing a mask when appropriate, remaining watchful of CDC guidelines, etc.). Under the leadership of Kim Robare, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) continues to meet to discuss best practices for our community.  Due to some recent recommendations by local and state officials, as well as evolving guidance from the CDC, the following protocols are in effect:   

VACCINATION SUBMISSION—PLEASE SUBMIT BY AUGUST 20th

We are asking all community members (faculty, staff, and students) to share proof of vaccination  by email to covidvaccine@lec.edu. This information will be used for data collection only to decide future safety protocols on campus. Please note the information is only checked by one employee and remains confidential. Those who do not wish to share the information will be marked as an unvaccinated individual.  

Those who submit proof of vaccination will be entered into a raffle to win various prizes. Prizes include Storm Dollars, LEC apparel, and even your own designated parking space!  Vaccination is defined as more than 2 weeks since your second does (Moderna/Pfizer) or your single dose of Johnson and Johnson.

VACCINATION OPTIONS

  • Giant Eagle, Painesville (440)-358-7769; All 3 COVID19 vaccine brands available--Walk-Ins accepted

  • CVS, Painesville (440)-354-4432; Moderna Vaccine Available-- Walk-ins accepted, appointment suggested

  • Walgreens, Painesville(440)-350-1928; Pfizer Vaccine Available; Walk-ins accepted, appointment suggested

  • Discount Drug Mart, Painesville (440)-853-2542; Pfizer Vaccine Available--Appointment Only

  • Campus Vaccine Clinic; Lake Erie College (8/25 and 9/15) Pfizer Vaccine Available; Appointment only

  • Email covidvaccine@lec.edu for more information

Those who are not vaccinated for medical or religious reasons may be subject to regular testing, experience academic UNEXCUSED absences due to quarantine, and will be subject to COVID-19 quarantine protocols.  Regular testing may occur to ANY unvaccinated individual no matter the reason for status AND/OR any exposed individuals no matter the vaccination status. 

Click here for a FAQ about COVID-19 protocols during this fall semester.

August 13, 2021 Statement from Kim Robare

Yesterday, we were notified of our first two positive COVID-19 cases on campus for the 2021-2022 academic year. There are no exposures at this time, and our well-practiced protocols for required quarantine have been put into effect. Although we hoped that COVID-19 would not be an obstacle this year and we could move forward without interruption, we will continue to monitor, implement, adapt our protocols to keep everyone as safe as possible. We are reliant on the help of the campus community. Notifying us of your vaccination status will aid the ERT by providing factual data to assist in the implementing and adapting of our protocols for this academic year. We urge you to send an email to covidvaccine@lec.edu with your vaccination status as soon as possible so we can provide updated COVID-19 policies before academic classes begin.

Remember, this information is confidential. The statistics as of this morning are as follows: 31% of the community is vaccinated, (51% employees and 24% students) 13% of the community is unvaccinated (2% employees and 16% students) 56% of the community’s status is unknown (47% employees and 60% students) No matter your preference, updating us of your status will only lead to data driven decisions to keep the college safe as possible during these unprecedented times. A reminder that those who do not report are considered “unvaccinated”. Any questions or concerns should be directed to Kim Robare (krobare@lec.edu) Thank you for your assistance!

August 9, 2021 Statement from Dr. Posler

In Summary

  • We are asking all community members (faculty, staff, and students) to share proof of vaccination by email to covidvaccine@lec.edu. This information will be used for data collection only to decide future safety protocols on campus.

  • Vaccination is defined as more than 2 weeks since your second does (Moderna/Pfizer) or your single dose of Johnson and Johnson.

  • Anyone who submits proof of vaccination will be entered into a raffle. Responses must be submitted to covidvaccine@lec.edu by September 1st.

  • Lake Erie College is also hosting a vaccination clinic on August 25 from 10am-3pm with the second dose available on or around September 15.

  • Students, faculty and staff are required to wear a mask in indoor spaces regardless of vaccination status starting on August 9th.

Full Statement

As we approach the Fall 2021 semester, campus is beginning to gain some normalcy. Classrooms are being configured with three feet of distance, furniture is back in place in the common spaces and we are (at least for now) able to see each other’s smiling faces; however, as we all know, COVID-19 and its variants are with us for the foreseeable future. It is important that we remain vigilant with regard to the protocols with which we are all familiar (e.g., hand washing, monitoring of symptoms, wearing a mask when appropriate, remaining watchful of CDC guidelines, etc.). Under the leadership of Kim Robare, the Emergency Response Team (ERT) continues to meet to discuss best practices for our community. Due to some recent recommendations by local and state officials, as well as evolving guidance from the CDC, the following protocols are in effect: VACCINATION SUBMISSION We are asking all community members (faculty, staff, and students) to share proof of vaccination by email to covidvaccine@lec.edu. This information will be used for data collection only to decide future safety protocols on campus. Please note the information is only checked by one employee and remains confidential. Those who do not wish to share the information will be marked as an unvaccinated individual. Those looking to obtain a vaccination can email covidvaccine@lec.edu for a list of available places. Lake Erie College is also hosting a vaccination clinic on August 25 from 10am-3pm with the second dose available on or around September 15. Please look for more information regarding vaccination opportunities in the near future. Those who submit proof of vaccination will be entered into a raffle to win various prizes. Prizes include Storm Dollars, LEC apparel, and even your own designated parking space! Vaccination is defined as more than 2 weeks since your second does (Moderna/Pfizer) or your single dose of Johnson and Johnson. Proof must be submitted by September 1, 2021 to be eligible. MASK MANDATE We are instituting a mask mandate for indoor spaces beginning Monday, August 9, 2021. All community members (vaccinated or otherwise) are required to wear masks in any indoor space. Updates will be given the week of August 30 after vaccination records have been collected. FUTURE PLANNING Once the information is collected and we have data to assist in further decision making, we will continue to look at mask mandates, testing requirements for those unvaccinated, quarantine requirements and other suggested guidelines by medical professionals. We understand the importance of information sharing and will get completed policies and decisions out to the community regularly and as soon as possible. Please keep an eye on your email for up to date information. For questions, email Kim Robare (krobare@lec.edu).