Weekly Update

February 12, 2021

As of Feb. 8, campus is under a Yellow alert level. Please see the COVID Response website for more information about guidelines under Yellow.

Weekly Metrics

Here’s a look at some of the metrics we are tracking from this week:

  • Total new positive cases: 7 (trending favorably down)
    • 3 on-campus 
    • 4 off-campus 
  • 7-day positivity rate: 0.12 (trending favorably down)
  • Isolation and quarantine capacity: 88% available (trending favorably up)

More metrics are available on our dashboard.

Vaccine Info

As you all know, vaccination efforts have started in Massachusetts and across the country. 

A few weeks ago, Holy Cross applied to become a designated COVID-19 vaccine provider under the Massachusetts vaccination program. If approved, the College's goal would be to provide vaccinations on campus to eligible faculty, staff, and students. 

We hope to be able to provide vaccines on campus to our community, but we have no guarantees when or if we will be able to do so. If you are eligible, do not wait for a potential Holy Cross vaccination clinic. If you are planning to get the vaccine, and you are eligible, you should follow the steps laid out in the state’s vaccine distribution plan. Meanwhile, please know that we continue to explore all opportunities to expedite the distribution of vaccines to our eligible community members.  

Please contact covidvaccine@holycross.edu with any vaccine-related questions.

Testing Reminder

All students on campus; living within 10 miles of campus; enrolled in an in-person class; or who have requested access to campus; must be tested at The Jo twice per week. This applies even to those off-campus students in the area who don’t intend to come to campus for any other reason. Testing all our students and employees is an important part of our duty to the greater Worcester community, and to each other. 

As a reminder, any student who is not following the testing protocol could face sanctions under the Student Compliance Policy.