Protect the Nest Weekly Update for Students – September 15, 2021

Posted Sep 16, 2021

This periodic update is intended to keep you informed of the latest developments from our Protect the Nest Team. Please visit for additional general and student-related information. If you have questions or concerns, contact the COVID Hotline at 

Need to Know: 

  • Faculty: If a student communicates that they are missing class due to quarantine or isolation, ask them if they have contacted If they have not, tell them to do so. If you need to confirm whether a student is officially in quarantine or isolation, contact Chris Reynolds at
  • COVID-19 vaccines are free and available in many locations near campus and around central Ohio. You can find a list of locations near campus at or additional locations at or 

Contact Tracing and Quarantine 

Otterbein is following the CDC guidelines for contact tracing and quarantining after an exposure. Here’s what you need to know: 

  • The CDC defines exposure to COVID-19 as being 6 feet or closer for 15 minutes or more to an individual who has tested positive for COVID-19 — with or without a facial covering. 
  • If you have been identified as having a possible exposure, a member of the Contact Tracing Team
    will contact you and ask you several questions to determine your next steps. 
  • Unvaccinated individuals who have a confirmed exposure will be asked to quarantine. 
  • Vaccinated individuals who have a confirmed exposure and who are asymptomatic DO NOT need to quarantine but will be asked to monitor for symptoms. 
  • STUDENTS: If you think you have had an exposure, contact the COVID Hotline at covid@otterbein.eduDo not self-quarantine without reaching out to the COVID Hotline
COVID-19 Testing Center Protocols 

The COVID-19 testing center is available only to students who have made an appointment through the COVID Hotline at covid@otterbein.eduThe testing center DOES NOT allow unscheduled drop-in appointments. Currently, the center is prioritizing symptomatic students and students who must receive asymptomatic testing to participate in athletics or other campus activities. 

Next On-Campus Vaccine Clinic 

A Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine clinic will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 15, at The Point, room 145. Register here: 

Otterbein’s COVID-19 protocols are developed in consultation with Franklin County Public Health and OhioHealth (Otterbein’s campus healthcare provider) and adhere to the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Ohio Department of Health. Otterbein’s protocols are subject to change based on new guidance issued by these agencies.