Public Health Update and Fall Semester 2021 Opening

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  • Public Health Overview

    Date: August 11, 2021


    • South Carolina COVID trends
    • Vaccination Efforts
    • Modeling
    • Mitigation strategies for University
    • Mitigation strategies for individuals
  • COVID-19 in South Carolina
    South Carolina: New COVID-19 cases

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    South Carolina: New COVID-19 cases in previous 30 days

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    • Peak expected to occur in late-August/September
    • Has potential to reach that of Winter 2021 surge
  • World Data and Vaccine Protection
    Cases: United Kingdom

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    Hospitalizations: United Kingdom

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    Deaths: United Kingdom

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    Daily Peak

    Winter 2021

    Summer 2021 (Delta)

    Cases

    60,000

    47,000

    Hospitalizations

    4,200

    900

    …rate

    7%

    2%

    Deaths

    1,200

    90

    …rate

    2%

    0.19%

     

    • Vaccines are very protective against COVID-19, including Delta Variant
    • While some studies have shown possible waning immunity against mild infection, they also show > 90% protection against severe infection
    • 94% to 99.9% of all COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are from unvaccinated individuals (KFF)
    • CDC: < 0.01% of Vaccinated Americans developed severe COVID-19 breakthrough case
      • i.e., > 99.99% did not have severe breakthrough infection
  • Vaccinations

    Awareness and promotion campaign:

    • Public Health Team creating material to promote vaccine safety and awareness
    • Working with Communications & student organizations to disseminate material
    • Incentives are being offered for proof of vaccination upload
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Fact Sheet
  • Vaccinations

    Weekly Surveillance testing

    • Controls peak outbreak size
    • Drastically reduces number of infections
    • Maintains I/Q capacity

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  • University Mitigation Measures

    Pre-arrival Testing:

    • All students and employees at Main Campus and ICAR prior to facility access
    • All residents tested before they move-in and on day of move-in

    Surveillance Testing:

    • Weekly testing for all students and Bi-weekly testing for all employees

    Voluntary testing:

    • Testing available at any point for any individual who wishes to do so
    • Precautionary, potential exposure, symptomatic, etc.

    Contact Tracing and Exposure notification

    • Contact tracers will work to identify and quarantine close contacts of infected person*
    • Exposure notification sent to instructors/students sharing class with infected person
    • Sullivan Center: Reporting system to help identify cluster outbreaks among employees

    Facility Access Locked: For those in isolation/quarantine or those not complying with testing

    • Additionally, noncompliance with testing results in HR case report

    Additional measures: Vaccine Clinics, Vaccine Incentives, Mask Availability in Classrooms

    *Vaccinated people will NOT have to quarantine if exposed to a person testing positive

  • Individual Mitigation Measures
    • Typical incubation period after SARS-CoV-2 infection is 3 to 6 days
    • That is, 3 to 6 days until individual is infections and can spread to others
    • Weekly testing allows us to capture many individuals before they become infectious
    • This is why it is so effective at mitigating disease spread
    • We also have free and unlimited voluntary testing
    • For those concerned about transmitting to others, can test in early morning with results by the afternoon (prior to going back home)
    • Additionally, masks are still very effective and reducing likelihood of infection
    • For those concerned, use N-95 masks or double-mask: layer cloth mask over surgical mask
    • Instructors: Strongly encourage students to wear masks
    • Masks will be provided in the classroom!
    • Get Vaccinated.
  • Teaching Continuity Strategies (Fall, 2021)
    • Based on high majority of possible scenarios, modeling projections indicate low risk of insufficient resources to contain COVID-19 outbreaks


    Teaching Contingency Plan:

    In the event there is danger of insufficient resources to stop possible outbreak, certain courses may be temporarily shifted online

    Communication plan

    • Awareness and readiness
    • Flexibility in assignments, expectations and grading during the peak of I/Q

    Thresholds

    • Dynamics of pandemic constantly changing; giving future threshold not reasonable at this time
    • If projections show danger of not having resources to contain outbreak, we will shift
    • Disease incidence and isolation/quarantine capacity, which are critical for our efforts to mitigate spread, will be closely monitored.
    • In event that emergency mandates needed to be enacted (e.g., temporary shift to online learning), this would most likely occur in first 1-3 weeks of semester.

For more information about the Public Health Overview, contact

Lior Rennert (liorr@clemson.edu). The Power Point Presentation(PPTX) can be reviewed or downloaded from Box.