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Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

Calvin University's official student newspaper since 1907

Calvin University Chimes

With no COVID restrictions, campus navigates new normal

With no COVID restrictions, campus navigates new normal

Grace Buller, Campus Reporter September 19, 2022

For the first time since March 2020, Calvin students have returned to campus without any major COVID-related restrictions; however, COVID-related considerations continue to affect campus life.  Most...

Masking will now be optional in specific areas on campus as part of a trial period following low case numbers on campus.

Masks now optional in certain areas of campus during two-week trial

Hadassa Ribeiro, Features Editor February 20, 2022

From now until spring break, masks are recommended but optional in public areas of residence halls, the Spoelhof Fieldhouse Complex and on all floors of the Hekman Library except for the first. “In...

COVID-19 precautions continue to come as the pandemic nears its two year mark.

Spring semester launches with free COVID-19 testing, reduced quarantine times

Lucy Kalebjian, Staff Reporter January 16, 2022

The COVID Response Team is ready to safely ring in the spring semester, announcing changes including updated isolation and quarantine requirements, mask recommendations and food and drinks limitations...

Another winter, another spike: COVID-19 case counts soar as students return from break

Another winter, another spike: COVID-19 case counts soar as students return from break

Abigail Ham, Managing Editor January 15, 2022

From Harvard to the University of Washington, campuses across the U.S. launched or will launch the spring semester online, hoping to mitigate post-holiday spread of the omicron variant. Calvin has a different...

Calvin will serve as a host site for COVID-19 booster shots. The booster vaccines will be free of charge for all who are eligible.

Health Services to offer COVID-19 booster shots on campus

Sarah Gibes, Sci-Tech Editor November 1, 2021

Calvin will soon serve as an administration site for COVID-19 booster shots, offering the jabs on Nov. 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. The shots will be offered alongside influenza vaccines at Calvin’s...

Hidden Incidence: Calvin’s dashboard doesn’t follow standard epidemiological practices

Hidden Incidence: Calvin’s dashboard doesn’t follow standard epidemiological practices

Sarah Gibes, Sci-Tech Editor October 23, 2021

Throughout the past year, Calvin’s COVID-19 caseload rate has frequently been two times higher than that of Kent County. Calvin has also carried higher caseloads than other colleges in Kent County and...

 COVID was detected in Boer-Bennink wastewater this week.

Wastewater testing warns of COVID in residence halls

Abigail Ham, Managing Editor September 26, 2021

Wastewater testing in on-campus residences provided forewarning of possible COVID cases in the Boer-Bennink community Saturday. The Knollcrest East apartments received a similar warning earlier this month. The...

Grand Rapids residents stand in line waiting to be vaccinated at the DeVos Convention Center downtown. (Chimes file photo)

Faith, science and self-determination: the long history of vaccine hesitancy

Michaela Giovannelli, Religion Editor September 12, 2021

As vaccine mandates spread across the nation, the demand for vaccine exemptions is on the rise. Fifteen states allow philosophical vaccine exemption, 42 states permit religious exemptions to the vaccine...

Data compiled from the CDC and Kaiser Family Foundation.

Students and professors partner with nonprofit to promote vaccination

Katie Rosendale, Guest Writer June 29, 2021

From June to December 2021, eleven Calvin students will work with Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) to improve vaccine trust and accessibility in Kent County, where 61 percent of residents have received at...

Calvin offered the Abbot BinaxNow rapid antigen test which provides results in 15 minutes.

TnT hosts mass vaccine clinic as last push to vaccinate students

Abigail Ham, C&C Co-Editor April 21, 2021

The Track and Tennis Center will host a mass vaccination clinic Wednesday April 21. Calvin has more than 350 doses of the Moderna vaccine currently available and the ability to acquire more. Students can...

Concern about Johnson & Johnson safety prompts switch to Moderna vaccine on campus

Concern about Johnson & Johnson safety prompts switch to Moderna vaccine on campus

Abigail Ham, C&C Co-editor April 13, 2021

The FDA has recommended pausing use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine, which the Calvin clinic has been distributing to students and faculty.  This change comes after six women who received...

Students, staff and faculty can sign up for vaccine with Calvin, Spectrum Health

Students, staff and faculty can sign up for vaccine with Calvin, Spectrum Health

Ezra Craker, Staff Reporter April 1, 2021

COVID-19 vaccine appointments are easier to book than ever. Spectrum Health expanded vaccine eligibility to everyone 16 and older on Tuesday, a week earlier than the expected April 5 date. Students, faculty,...

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