Operations Planning Group (OPG) Update:
We have now concluded on-campus testing for our second COVID snapshot of the fall semester, which included all students over the course of Sept. 27-Oct. 8, and all employees on September 30 (or in limited cases via mail-in test kit).
The results of the snapshot, which are visible on the dashboard, include two detected student COVID cases and one employee case. (As with our first snapshot, the dashboard’s slightly different figures reflect any additional positive tests outside of the snapshot; this time, there was one.) Contact tracing has been completed for all cases, with known close contacts notified.
Analysis and Short-term Implications
Our results continue to show positivity rates well below regional figures. We have not seen transmission patterns on campus. Bryn Mawr’s experience this fall has been similar. These results provide us continued confidence in our current COVID policies and protocols, which we expect to maintain for the duration of the semester unless conditions materially change.
We thank all students, faculty, and staff for your ongoing care for yourselves and one another, which has minimized the effect of COVID on our fall semester together thus far, and which we have every confidence will continue through to winter break.
- Our success continues to hinge on each of us taking responsibility for our own health and the health of those around us. That means sticking diligently with our masking and other safety protocols, especially as we spend more time indoors with the change of seasons. If you have COVID-like symptoms, including fever greater than 100.4, shortness of breath or persistent cough, please stay home until you have consulted with a medical professional. Vaccinated students with symptoms must contact Health Services at (610) 896-1089. Unvaccinated students can be seen at any time at Health Services. Students with mild concerns can be tested Monday, Wednesday, or Saturday at Founders Hall via Genetworx.
- The College will maintain its enhanced testing capacity for students this fall, including drop-in hours, biweekly screening for each half of the student body based on alphabet, and testing for all students upon return from Fall and Thanksgiving breaks.
- At this time, since we are not planning for further employee COVID testing on campus, faculty and staff who need a COVID test should use an outside provider and report any positive result to Human Resources.
- Looking ahead to Spring 2022, our default assumption is that we will carry forward with our current policies and protocols. However, as we have done since the start of the pandemic, we will continue to monitor COVID trends and conditions on campus in case we need to make adjustments.
Thank you for all you do to support the health of our community.