Today's Update: Tuesday, April 27

April 27, 2021

Dear Student Life Team, I know our students are eager to wrap up the semester (OK, we are all probably ready for the end of the year), and a major part of the remaining checklist is staying strong in our fight against COVID-19. We all need to stay strong and keep taking those steps that help contain the spread of the disease. 

This is especially important now as we get into the heart of Move-Out time. The busiest period is now getting underway, and you can still sign up to help online:  go.osu.edu/moveouthelp.  

As Move-Out occurs, we have some expectations for our students regarding testing and vaccinations.  

Before heading home for the summer, students should schedule and complete COVID-19 testing 24-48 hours prior to leaving campus. Students are encouraged to leave for their summer destination as soon as possible after receiving a negative result.  

We are also strongly recommending that students sequester as much as possible after their test. They need to act as though they are positive in the time between testing and getting the results by limiting exposure to any other person.  

Another important element for students is getting vaccinated. As you know, the university is dedicating a portion of the vaccine appointments at the Schottenstein Center Vaccine Station.  And, as of yesterday, there is now a vaccination site at the Ohio Union that is also serving any Ohio State student, faculty or staff member. The vaccine is available in the Performance Hall Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. through at least Friday, May 7. Appointments for either location can be scheduled through MyChart or by calling the Wexner Medical Center COVID-19 vaccine hotline at 614-688-VAXX; 614-688-8299). 

Either site is convenient, especially with the Shot Shuttle, special CABS bus service every ten minutes to the Schottenstein Center from the Ohio Union and Blackburn House. It runs weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and you can track it in the Ohio State app.  

We’ve had a largely safe and healthy year. With these steps, our students can help finish the year with a Scarlet and Great flourish.   

Melissa