September 21 Update: NEW Caring Well Meals, Campus Flu Shot Clinic, and More

September 21, 2020 |

For your steadfast love is before my eyes, and I walk in your faithfulness. (Psalm 26:3)

As we start our sixth week of fall semester, it is a good time to remind us all to take personal responsibility for caring for ourselves and others as we also trust the Lord to lead us through this challenging time. Let’s run this race together so as to win and finish strong!

This week’s update includes:

  • Know Jesus. Know Joy. weekly message
  • NEW Caring Well Meals delivery service for quarantined and isolated students
  • Making a difference as a community, a reminder from Dr. Chris Miller
  • Cedar Care flu shot clinic on campus
  • Water bottle filling stations update
  • Virtual viewbook now available
  • Responding to UMS messages
  • COVID-19 reporting

Know Jesus. Know Joy. – If you missed Dr. White’s chapel message this morning, you can find it on the Know Jesus. Know Joy. sermon series page. Today Dr. White continued his series in Philippians, challenging us from chapter 1 to “Strive Together for the Faith of the Gospel.”

Know Jesus. Know Joy. sermon series logo

New Caring Well Meals – This past Saturday we began a new staff-led service to deliver meals to students who are in quarantine or isolation. With a Philippians 2:4 mindset, faculty and staff members have volunteered to be part of a team that is delivering breakfast, lunch, and dinner to quarantined or isolated students. Our goal is to provide tasty, sufficient, and timely meals to students while they are not able to leave their residence halls. Students will be able to select their meal choice the night before from an online menu, and meals will be delivered safely to their residence hall following COVID-19 protocols. Our team of volunteers is eager to serve our students during this time! Here’s how the service works:

  • Students receive an email from University Medical Services with a link to a meal request form.
  • Students complete meal request form each night by 11:59 p.m. to request meals for the next day.
  • Meals are delivered to residence hall lounges.
  • Residence Life staff deliver meals to students’ rooms: Breakfast, 7:30-8 a.m.; Lunch, 12-12:30 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30-6 p.m.

Making a Difference as a Community – Dr. Chris Miller, Senior Professor of Biblical Studies, started his chapel message last week by thanking students for caring well for themselves and for others, giving us the opportunity to live and learn together on campus this semester. He encouraged us that a community of people who are committed to one thing can make a world of difference! We share Dr. Miller’s words again as a reminder and an exhortation to continue Caring Well:

As Dr. White shared in his email last week, we as a campus community need to continue to work together to ensure a safe, successful semester.

  • Wear Your Mask: We must wear our masks at all times when inside or when physical distancing cannot be maintained outside.
  • Practice Physical Distancing: Inside and outside, while eating and while studying, maintain 6-foot distance from those around you. This includes at tables inside of buildings while studying.
  • Wash Your Hands: Wash your hands frequently and avoid touching your face.
  • Assess Your Health: Take your temperature daily; if sick, self-isolate and seek medical care.
  • Sanitize Your Spaces: Clean the spaces you use regularly (office, classroom, residence hall room).
  • Avoid All Unnecessary Travel: Be careful where you go off campus, and be wise with your interactions with others. We must all take personal responsibility not to bring COVID-19 back to campus.

Cedar Care Flu Shot Clinic – Cedar Care Village Pharmacy is bringing a flu shot clinic to campus this Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The clinic is open to all faculty, staff, and students and will be held outdoors in a tent set up by The Rock. Most insurances are accepted. To speed up the process and limit exposure to others, please preregister 24 hours prior to coming for your shot. Whether from Cedar Care, your personal physician, or somewhere else, we are strongly recommending that everyone get a flu shot this year to keep our campus healthy. Flu symptoms present similarly to COVID-19, and students who present with flu symptoms will need to be quarantined until COVID can be ruled out.

flu shot clinic

Water Bottle Filling Stations Update – Our operations department has found a solution to make water bottle filling stations operational again while the water fountains are turned off as a COVID-19 precaution. Parts have been ordered and work should begin this Wednesday or Thursday.

Virtual Viewbook – COVID-19 restrictions have limited travel for our admissions representatives. As an alternative way to introduce Cedarville to prospective students during this time, we recently released our 1,000 Days virtual viewbook, which contains links to videos and web resources. It’s a great way for high school students and their families to get to know Cedarville. Please pass this information on to high school students you know, and be sure to let them know that there is no application fee through November 1.

Responding to UMS Messages: Students, check your email regularly and respond to any messages coming from UMS via the UMS secure messaging portal. We’re all in this together!

COVID Reporting – You can always access the current count of residential undergraduate or graduate students who are in isolation due to a lab-confirmed positive test on our COVID-19 reporting dashboard. Continue to pray for the Lord’s grace and protection upon our campus community.

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  • Paula Decker says:

    Thank you for the new Caring Well Meals service for students – what a blessing that will be to those students in isolation! Well done CU!

  • Judy Harris says:

    Praying daily for the staff and students at Cedarville that they draw closer to the Lord and stay safe Thanks for all you do

  • Jason Fought says:

    Thank you for the regular updates. Is it possible to include more information regarding the severity of symptoms that the isolated students are experiencing? I ask because I think it’s important to know whether the students, both on campus and off, are asymptomatic, somewhere in between or are experiencing quite severe symptoms. It’s more difficult to analyze what is happening from afar, particularly since cases seem to be increasing slightly, without a fuller picture of the actual situation. I understand that the privacy of the students must be upheld, but perhaps the information could be relayed in a general way.

    Thank you for your consideration and for all you are doing in these trying times. We will pray for continued blessings on Cedarville University, as well as her students and staff.

  • Kyle Wiese says:

    Way to go, students, with the way you have been caring for one another!

  • Anonymous says:

    Thank you for addressing the issue of getting meals to quarantined students in a more timely, efficient way. We know from first hand, students aren’t utilizing friends and dorm mates to bring meals as they feel like it can be an inconvenience. I appreciate your fore thought. and efforts in this area. Thank you to the amazing staff willing to donate their time.

  • Carol Harling says:

    When a student recovers from Covid and is able to return out of isolation, is their number removed from the Reporting Dashboard?

    • Kelly says:

      Hello Carol. Yes, their number is removed once they have recovered and leave isolation. Our goal for the dashboard is to provide a current snapshot of the containment of COVID-19 on our campus.

  • L Maxwell says:

    Thank you staff and faculty for modeling “caring well” for students who cannot go to get their meals. Thank you!!!