Campus COVID cases decline, vaccination rate inches closer to goal

by Amelia Schafer, Editor-in-Chief

The vaccination rate amongst on-campus students is now only 2% away from the campus goal of 80%, while the COVID-19 positivity rate has fallen back down to 1%. 

Campus COVID cases

Two members of the Simpson College community have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last week, according to the Simpson College COVID-19 dashboard. 

There are currently four active cases – which include students, faculty and staff. 

The campus positivity rate is identified as 1%. A total of 30 campus community members have tested positive since Aug. 23. Currently, no students are in quarantine either on or off-campus. 

The COVID-19 dashboard, which was updated daily, is now updated once per week each Thursday. The dashboard is only accessible to members of the Simpson College community through SCconnect. 

Minor Change in vaccination rates 

Indianola Campus

As of Oct. 21, 78% of the on-campus student body and 85% of faculty and staff have been fully vaccinated.

West Des Moines Campus 

61% of students have been fully vaccinated within the West Des Moines campus. Faculty and staff maintained a vaccination rate of 91% for the third week in a row.