March 30, 2021
Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,
We write today to provide an update on the presence of COVID-19 within our community. Test results from Monday, March 29 (both morning and afternoon), have revealed seven new cases among students on campus, for a total of 17 active cases in our community (15 students, 2 staff). The increase on campus is consistent with increased cases in the community, which public health experts expected to occur because of the spread of variants in the virus.
Through our contact tracing protocol, we have determined that the new cases are connected to groups of individuals in three residence halls. We are taking additional precautions in expanding the number of individuals who are required to quarantine in an effort to mitigate transmission. If you have not been contacted by a contact tracer, you are not affected at this time.
Students who live on the affected floors are quarantined through Monday as we monitor the situation and continue to test students. Ten of the students with confirmed cases are in isolation on campus, and 5 of them have chosen to isolate at home, away from campus.
We are not changing the alert level as of today. We want to remind everyone of the important role we all have in this work to limit the prevalence of COVID-19. It is essential that all of us continue to follow the guidelines on gatherings, wear masks, and maintain social distancing so we can mitigate the spread of the virus within our community. It also is critical that students limit their trips off-campus to essential, approved travel only and keep up with their scheduled COVID-19 testing and daily symptom checks.
Joe DiChristina, Vice President for Student Success and Enrollment Management
Jason Rojas, Chief of Staff and Associate Vice President for External Relations