Oct. 30 report on confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the campus community

One on-campus resident student, who was previously being monitored as a presumed positive case, has tested positive for COVID-19.

As reported on Oct. 26, 2020, this student is a known close contact of another person who tested positive, and had also been exhibiting symptoms prior to being tested.

The student had already been in isolation prior to receiving this confirmed test result.

This student had also already been designated an active case on the College’s COVID-19 dashboard. Because the dashboard already included this student in its tally, the active case count remains unchanged with the news of this positive test result.

A total of 19 students and two employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the fall 2020 semester. Six cases are currently classified as active (defined as confirmed positive tests among individuals who have been on campus and may have exposed others). Three students are currently in quarantine on campus, and two students are in isolation on campus.

According to the College’s Testing and Quarantine procedure for fall 2020, contact tracers are immediately deployed to interview any students who test positive about where they have been and with whom they have been in contact. Contact tracers will notify other individuals as appropriate, and will also notify Facilities Management if COVID-19-positive students have been in common spaces on campus within the last seven days.

All faculty teaching courses in which students who test positive for COVID-19 are enrolled will be notified, whether those courses are in-person, remote or hybrid.

State and local health departments have been notified of this confirmed case, per state requirements.

Our community can stay up-to-date via our COVID-19 dashboard, which includes tallies of current active cases, total cases last week, total recoveries, data on on-campus student testing and positivity rates for those on-campus tests, and information about students quarantining and isolating on campus.

This dashboard does not include counts of positive cases among students taking online courses from home, or employees who are telecommuting and not coming to campus, as any such cases should not pose an on-campus health risk.

Use this link for more details about our coronavirus communication protocols for fall 2020.