COVID-19 Updates

For additional information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the website of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Access to Virtual Support Services for Students


Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report - June 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report - March 30, 2021 (pdf)

Methodist College CARES Act Institutional Report (pdf)

Summer 2021 COVID-19 Procedures for Students

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has released new information regarding COVID-19 mitigations in public.  Likewise, the Governor recently announced that Region 2, and the entire State of Illinois, is moving toward the Bridge to Phase 5 Stage of COVID-19 mitigations.  While regulations will be gradually removed, public health guidelines like masking and social distancing will continue to be enforced on campus.  

First and foremost, the college wants a safe environment for teaching, learning, and support services for the entire campus community.  For the summer sessions (May Term, Summer I, and Summer II), teaching, learning, and general college operations will move to less restrictive procedures under the guidelines published by the Illinois Department of Public Health. 

Therefore, plexiglass barriers in public spaces have been removed and temperatures will no longer be taken at the front entrance.  However, everyone is responsible for monitoring their own health.  

Effective May 22, 2021 the following procedures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 will be implemented across campus:
General Strategies

  • If you are fully vaccinated (meaning two weeks following the date you have completed your vaccination), you may move about the campus without a mask.
  • Those not fully vaccinated must continue to wear a mask over mouth and nose from the time you exit your vehicle until the time you return to it with the only exception being to remove it for eating and drinking
  • Please be clear that we are “mask friendly” and welcome anyone who wants to wear a mask for any reason.
  • Everyone must still frequently wash hands and use hand sanitizer 
  • Everyone must still clean desks, tables, keyboards, and other commonly used surfaces with supplied cleaners after use.

Social Distancing

  • Maintain a social distance of at least three feet between yourself and others
  • Desks and furniture will be placed at least three feet apart.  
  • Furniture is to remain in place in common areas and meeting rooms (desk placement will be marked on the floor of classrooms)

Teaching and Learning

  • Classes will be taught in the format published in CAMS.  This includes, in-person, blended, online asynchronous, online synchronous, clinical, externship, internship, practicum, and science lab courses.
  • Masks will be worn during simulation or clinical practice when students, faculty, and staff are in close proximity to each other (such as during simulated patient care)
  • Masks will be worn in science labs when students or faculty are in close proximity to each other (such as partners working on an experiment)
  • Students and faculty will follow the COVID-19 guidelines of clinical, practicum, internship, and externship placement sites

Managing COVID-19 Issues

  • If you are NOT vaccinated, complete the COVID-19 Attendance Form.  The link for students is: SU21 Student COVID Absence Form.  Also, contact your faculty immediately to make arrangements for your learning.  
  • If you are vaccinated and have been exposed to COVID19, you will participate in learning experiences as usual.  
  • Student questions or concerns can be sent to the Methodist College Office of Human Resources
  • The Withdraw COVID option will not be available during the Summer 21 sessions (May Term, Summer 1, and Summer II).
  • Work with your faculty if you have COVID-19 related issues to assure progress toward meeting course requirements
  • If necessary and if eligible according to policy, students experiencing COVID-19 related issues can request an “Incomplete” in their course so they can complete course work beyond the close of the class session.  Incompletes are not guaranteed and require the consent of the faculty and a completed form submitted to the Registrar’s Office according to policy (See the “Enrollment and Records” section of the 20-21 Catalog for more information.)

Virtual Technology

  • When a student reports COVID-19 related issues to the COVID-19 Form, they will use virtual technology (like Teams) to participate in traditional in-person classes SU21 Student COVID Absence Form 
  • The use of virtual technology (like Teams) in traditional in-person courses will be at the discretion of the instructor.  Examples could include a student participating in an in-person class because their child is ill.  If approved by the instructor, these instances will be for a limited period of time.
  • Students abusing the COVID-19 Form are subject to a Code of Conduct Violation and possible sanctions (false report, false allegations).

The Leadership Team will continue to monitor recommendations by the Illinois Department of Public Health and other guiding agencies.  The above procedures may change to accommodate new guidelines.


05/12/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 05/12/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 21  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
0  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
118 253
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COVID Vaccine Availability for Students

As a Methodist College student, you are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. UnityPoint Health encourages, but is not requiring, team members and/or students to receive the vaccine. To make your decision, please follow these steps: 

 1. Watch this video from Dr. Williams, Chief Clinical Officer at UnityPoint Health.
 
 2. Review the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) Fact Sheets for Pfizer, Moderna, and Janssen. UnityPoint may get shipments of all 3 vaccines. This will provide you additional details on vaccine safety and efficacy. 
3. Click this link to fill out a form. This form will require some additional information from you and allow you to “Accept” or “Decline” the terms and vaccination. 

 4. Click the submit button and close out. If you chose to accept the vaccine, a bounce back email will be provided to you with a booking link to schedule your appointment, as soon as vaccine is available. If there are no appointments that show available, please try the scheduling link again every couple of days. Available appointments depend on available vaccine, and appointments will be available when the vaccine is actually on hand. 

If you still have additional questions, please contact 309-672-4894.


04/29/2021

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/29/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 3  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 16  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
1  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
115 253
12

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04/22/2021

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/22/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 4  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 13  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
3  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
108 253
9


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04/15/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/15/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 4  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 10  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
3  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
102  253
9


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04/08/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/08/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 4  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 9  56 3  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
0  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
99  253
5


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04/01/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 04/01/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 9  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
5  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
91  253
5


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03/24/2021

In compliance with guidelines of the CARES Act, the following 45 Day report is provided:

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report (pdf)

03/25/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/25/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
4  0 1  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
86  253
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03/19/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/18/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
9  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
73  253
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03/11/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/11/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
1  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
66  253
5

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03/04/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 03/04/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
1  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
61  253 5

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02/25/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 02/25/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
7  0 1  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
50  253 4

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02/19/21

In compliance with guidelines of the CARES Act, the following 45 Day report is provided:

Methodist College CARES Act 45 Day Report (pdf)

02/19/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 02/19/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 0  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 7  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
7  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
36  253 4

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02/11/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 02/11/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 2  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 5  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
9  0 1  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
26  253 3

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02/04/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 02/04/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 1  0 0  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 5  56 2  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
4  0 1  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
19  253 2

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01/29/21

Methodist College COVID-19 Statistics through 01/29/21

COVID-19 Cases and Quarantines Students Staff
   2021 2020   2021 2020 
Current Confirmed Positive Cases - Isolating Off-Campus 2  0 1  0
Past Confirmed Positive Cases - Who Recovered and Returned 3  56 1  11
Currently Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
(Not Confirmed Positive Cases)
5  0 0  0
Previously Quarantined Due to Close Contact Exposure or Symptoms
Have Since Returned to Classes/Work
9  253 2

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01/26/21

February 1, 2021 Return to Campus

The North Central Region (Region 2) has moved to Phase 4 of the Restore Illinois response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This supports our return to campus in accordance with course syllabi on February 1, 2021.

Students should check their syllabus for each course to determine the meeting schedule, and review emails from course instructors about return to campus. While on campus, students should continue with current practices in place to decrease the spread of the COVID-19 virus, including the following:

  • Wear your mask over BOTH mouth and nose from the time you exit your vehicle until the time you return to it with the only exception being to remove it for eating and drinking
  • Stop at Campus Safety or the Front Desk to have your temperature checked and answer the questionnaire regarding symptoms
  • Use hand sanitizer BOTH before and after you record your temperature and symptoms responses on the computers provided
  • Maintain a social distance of six feet between yourself and others
  • Complete the COVID-19 Form if you are experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms, have been exposed, or have traveled outside the United States in the last 14 days.
  • Work with your faculty if you have COVID-19 related issues to assure progress toward meeting course requirements
  • Do not move the furniture closer together in gathering spaces such as the Library and Student Commons – it has been placed to maintain social distancing
  • Classroom occupancy is still restricted to the six-foot radius to mi