Allen College

COVID-19 UPDATES: Prevention and Preparation, and Cancellations

COVID-19 Resources

Center for Disease Control

Iowa Department of Public Health

Black hawk County Public Health

UnityPoint Health COVID-19 Information and Resources

Information on COVID-19 in Iowa

Allen College Information Related to COVID-19

Allen College Temporary Pandemic Policy

Cancellations/Rescheduled Activities

Building Hours & Screening Protocol

COVID-19 CARES Act Funding


October 19 | 9 a.m.

Dear Allen College Students,

I want to provide an update on how the semester is going relevant to our campus’ response to and mitigation for the coronavirus pandemic. The College’s Leadership team is very closely monitoring the information we receive and are remaining vigilant in our decision making to ensure the safety of everyone who comes to campus. Part of our diligence is our ongoing communication with the Black Hawk County Public Health Department (BHCPHD) as they work to track and contain virus outbreaks in our community.

Allen College is assisting the BHCPHD with contact tracing of Allen College students, faculty and staff. Allen College has a small team of contact tracers who investigate any potential exposures that occur on our campus. It is important to note, Allen College’s contact tracers will only focus on campus exposures, they do not investigate potential exposures that occur in a clinical or public setting. The BHCPHD conducts those tracing evaluations.

The main point I would like to clarify is if you are potentially exposed to someone who is Covid-19 positive on our campus, you will be contacted by the Black Hawk County Public Health Department, not Allen College. Allen College’s role is to collect the information and turn it over to those who will complete any additional contact tracing evaluations and make the notifications.

Additionally, it is also worth reiterating that on September 29, the Iowa Department of Public Health updated their guidance on when individuals need to quarantine after exposure. The new guidance states that if both the person who is Covid-19 positive and anyone who was in close contact were all wearing masks, those individuals who were exposed only need to self-monitor and do not need to quarantine for 14 days. Wearing your mask could potentially prevent you or others from having to quarantine in the event of an exposure.

To protect yourself and those around you, our current campus guidance is masks need to be worn in all common locations (hallways, study areas, etc.) and in any situation where a 6 foot distance cannot be maintained.

Thank you for doing your part to keep our campus healthy and safe!


Jared Seliger, PhD, CNMT

Previous COVID-19 Communications

August 24 - December 18, 2020

Building Hours & Screening Protocol

    Note: All Allen College faculty, staff, students and visitors must be screened for COVID-19. Refer to the building listings below for your screening site. A face mask is required when entering campus, when in any common area of campus and/or in situations where a 6-foot distance cannot be maintained. Refer to the Temporary Pandemic Policy for more guidance.

    • Barrett Forum, Winter Hall and Gerard Hall campus hours (Get screened for COVID-19 by entering Winter Hall)
      Monday - Thursday 7 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    • McElroy Hall campus hours (Get screened for COVID-19 in McElroy Hall or Winter Hall before entering McElroy Hall)
      Monday - Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 8 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    • Alumni Hall campus hours (Get screened for COVID-19 in Winter Hall or McElroy Hall before entering Alumni Hall). By appointment or lab schedule only.


Cancellations/Rescheduled Activities

Below is a list of events that have been cancelled or rescheduled:

  • Allen College Scholarship Dinner – September 24 (Cancelled)