COVID-19 Prevention & Response Plan


March 4, 2022

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

Below, we report to you four things you need to know today.

Surveillance testing next week

Next week, COVID-19 surveillance testing will be available on Tuesday and Thursday, March 8 and 10, from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM in Greenwood. Individuals may also participate in testing anytime using one of the two satellite testing sites on campus, available in the Student Union and the Biology building. All community members are highly encouraged to test each week. Those who are not fully vaccinated (including boosters, if eligible) are required to test on campus once weekly.

Surveillance testing this week

This week, we experienced technical difficulties that resulted in some test kits not registering on the Share My Health website or mobile app.  The issues were reported immediately to the vendor. As of the writing of this communication, test kits starting with FZ can now be registered on the Share My Health website, but not on the mobile app.  The vendor assures us that the Share My Health mobile app will be functional prior to our next testing date of March 8th. We are sorry for any confusion that these technical difficulties caused.

Student testing raffle

Beginning this week, all students who participate in surveillance testing on campus will be entered in a weekly raffle for prizes! To be entered to win, simply complete a COVID-19 surveillance test at one of the three locations around campus. The five weekly winners will be contacted via email the following week with instructions on how to claim their prize.

New COVID-19 cases

Since our last report, we have been notified of three new COVID-19 cases in Reed community members who were on campus in the previous 14 days. None of these cases were identified through on campus surveillance testing. All three individuals are isolating and any Reed community members identified as potentially exposed were notified and provided with guidance on testing and quarantine, as appropriate for their individual situations.

If you have questions, please don't hesitate to reach out to the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group at

In health,

Kathy Oleson
Reporting on behalf of the COVID-19 Risk Assessment Group

Gary Granger, Director of Community Safety
Mandy Heaton, Executive Director of Communications & Public Affairs
Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life
Kathy Oleson, Dean of the Faculty & Professor of Psychology
Tawana Parks, Dean of Students
Hugh Porter, Vice President for College Relations & Planning
Madison Riethman, COVID-19 Response Coordinator & Health Project Manager
Suzy Renn, Professor of Biology
Timmie Rochon, Medical Services Director
April Sams, Director of Risk Management & Environmental Health and Safety
Lynn Valenter, Vice President of Finance and Treasurer

PS: Our COVID-19 dashboard includes current information on the total number of cases, vaccination rate, and other public health indicators. Additionally, all our COVID-19 communications are cataloged here.