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Campus COVID Update, March 1, 2021

Updated March 1, 2021

To the Members of the University Community:

Per the message sent on Friday, February 26, which can be found below, every resident of Windham Hall was tested for COVID-19. We received results in two waves on Saturday and Sunday and all 59 students tested negative for COVID-19. The quarantine of Windham Hall was lifted last night at 9:20 p.m. Please join me in thanking the amazing students of Windham Hall for their cooperation and positive attitude as well as the terrific residence life, facilities, and dining staff who worked so hard to support our students.

It is important to note that to date we no evidence of spread in our classrooms or within our residence halls. Based on multiple conversations with public health officials, we are confident that some of our recent positive cases stem from inappropriate student conduct, which is the process of being investigated. It is critical that we do not host or attend parties.

Taking the appropriate measures to protect our university community entails wearing our masks, practicing social distancing, washing our hands, and making sure we do not host or attend gatherings that exceed campus guidelines. Once again, no one is to host or attend parties. There can be no exceptions.

As planned, the University will significantly increase the number of people included in this week’s surveillance testing program. It is critical that those selected show up for testing.

Our alert level for the week will remain at yellow. Classes will be held remotely through Friday, March 5thand dining services will remain “grab and go.” The next update to the alert level and related actions will be announced this Friday as we receive and analyze our test results.

While the outcome of this weekend’s test results are positive, I hope this serves as an important reminder that if we are to stay on campus together this semester, we cannot let our guard down.

Thank you to everyone who has been working so hard to follow our safety protocols. Have a nice week.

Best regards,

Bryan Gross
Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing