Protect Purdue Summary Report Fall 2021
Learning and Instruction
Students and faculty continued to respond to ongoing efforts to adapt instruction during the relentless waves of the pandemic as learning returned to pre-COVID-19 operations. Purdue’s offering of face-to-face and hybrid courses was substantially higher than its peers, many of which were fully online. Students achieved academic outcomes (e.g., GPAs, Credit Hours earned) on par with pre-pandemic semesters, a major achievement.
Sanitizing supplies were provided in classrooms, as students were encouraged to clean and sanitize desktops, shared equipment (e.g., computer keyboards), and other spaces before and after each use.
Students and instructors were reminded not to come to class if they felt ill, had a fever or exhibited symptoms associated with COVID-19.
All learning spaces, including labs, up to 300 seats operated at 100% capacity.
As was done pre-pandemic, 100% online courses were only offered if they added value and/or were an integral part of a unit’s portfolio of course offerings.
Help Through the Protect Purdue Health Center
The Protect Purdue Health Center, which launched as a 24/7 virtual center in July 2020 under the leadership of Dr. Esteban Ramirez, has remained the University’s first line of defense in the battle against COVID-19. Staffed by an expert team of medical doctors, case managers and contact tracers, PPHC has coordinated COVID-19 sampling, testing, quarantine, isolation and contact tracing for all students, faculty and staff to quickly and
effectively respond to cases of or exposure to the coronavirus. During the Fall 2021 semester alone, PPHC:
- DEPLOYED 25 dedicated case managers.
- EMPLOYED 12 contact tracers.
- RESPONDED to 115,131 inbound email inquiries.
- ADDRESSED 36,353 phone calls.
- SUPPORTED sampling with 65 COVID-19 testing staffers.
- ASSISTED 26,939 patients during isolation and quarantine – including those in Purdue-provided accommodations and those who resided off campus.
- ADMINISTERED 53,998 doses of COVID-19 vaccine and 11,256 Boosters to Purdue students, faculty, staff, spouses, dependents and retirees.
Repurposed Existing Space for Isolation/Quarantine
At the height of the pandemic during the 2020-21 school year, Purdue set aside and provided roughly 1,000 beds for those in quarantine and isolation, providing additional services and care at no cost for that space, such as meals, medical monitoring and transportation. Beginning in July 2021, significantly fewer beds were reserved for this purpose as vaccinated individuals were not required to quarantine if exposed to an individual who tested positive for COVID-19, provided that that vaccinated individual was not symptomatic.
With fewer on-campus accommodations and since their availability couldn’t be guaranteed, all Boilermakers for the fall semester were asked to have a personal plan for proper isolation or quarantine should it be necessary, particularly unvaccinated individuals who tested positive or were exposed to an individual who had tested positive for COVID-19.
STUDENTS TRANSPORTED TO QUARANTINE/ISOLATION
MEALS DELIVERED TO STUDENTS IN ON-CAMPUS QUARANTINE/ISOLATION
FACE-TO-FACE VISITS FROM PURDUE FIRE DEPARTMENT PARAMEDICS
Protecting Local Health Care Systems
Efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 were aimed to “flatten the curve” to preserve local health care capacity for the most severe cases. A combination of vaccineinduced and natural immunity (stemming from a past COVID-19 diagnosis) contributed to a decline in cases.