Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Updated July 16, 2021
Below is the reporting on Western New England University COVID-19 cases, testing, quarantines, and recovered cases. Data is updated as it becomes available and is indicated with each statistic.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this COVID-19 Dashboard or the University COVID-19 response, please contact the Golden Bear COVID-19 Helpdesk at 413-782-1321, Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
COVID-19 Alert Level Plan and Related Actions
The Alert Level Plan has been modified, effective Friday, March 26, 2021.
For the last few weeks members of the Advisory Team and EMRT have been re-evaluating our current Level Alert Plan. We are confident that these changes will allow us to measure the most important indicators and outline the most accurate related actions based on our learned experiences and current environmental circumstances.
Why did we modify the plan?
- The old plan was developed in August of 2020 with minor modifications made in January of 2021. We have learned a great deal about the spread of COVID-19 during this time.
- Our experiences on the ground have better informed us on the actions we need to take to keep the community safe. For example, when we originally went to all online courses following the quarantine of Windham hall we did not anticipate that more than 40% of our residential students would return home for the week. We found through our testing that students returning home and coming back to campus is not the most effective way for us to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on campus.
- Conditions in our external environment have changed. Our country now has a vaccine, and over 100 million people have received at least one shot to date. This changes many things about potential levels of exposure to different populations on campus.
- We have more experience working with state health officials to manage the spread of the virus. We have learned what actions work and have taken these actions with positive results related to our quarantines.
- We are entering spring, where warmer weather changes the things we can do outdoors to help prevent the spread of the virus.
Staying Safe. Staying Golden.
Our Shared Responsibility for a Successful Semester.
The WNE Plan to Reopen Campus [ Revised August 28: download ]
We know how eager our Golden Bears are to enjoy all aspects of the traditional student experience at WNE. But in order for the campus to open safely and for most classes to remain on-ground, students must take face covering and physical distancing requirements, health and safety protocols, and state hot spot quarantine and travel guidelines to heart.
[download the plan]
Town Hall Meetings: Fall Reopening (archive)
Monday, July 27
Student Health Guidelines
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Western New England University is following the guidance and recommendations from the CDC and Massachusetts DPH. Health Services has a comprehensive plan in place. We are monitoring developments closely and are proactively taking the appropriate steps and measures to maximize prevention, minimize risk, and ensure that we are prepared to respond. The health and safety of our students, employees, and community is our highest priority.
State, National, and International Resources
• The CDC website
• World Health Organization
• Massachusetts Department of Public Health
• CDC Prevention & Treatment
• Coronavirus vs. the Flu
• Stigma & Coronavirus
• CDC: Enhanced Screening Procedures
• CDC: Spring Break Travel
• CDC: Health information
• US State Department
• US State Department Smart Travel Enrollment Program