Weekly Update

March 26, 2021

Campus is currently in a Yellow alert status. Find out more about what that means on our COVID Response and Reopening site.

WEEKLY METRICS

• Total New Positive Cases: 23, including 7 external tests (trending unfavorably up)
• 7-Day Positivity Rate: 0.38% including external tests (trending unfavorably up)
• Isolation and Quarantine Capacity: 79% available (stable)

As always, more information is available on our dashboard. Note that the dashboard metrics do not include tests conducted outside of our campus testing program. The dashboard is updated periodically throughout the day, not in real time.

This week we saw an unusual number of externally reported cases. We’re considering how to reflect how to reflect those external tests on our dashboard and hope to have a solution in place in the coming weeks.  

EASTER RETURN CAMPUS STATUS

Starting April 5, the campus will shift to Orange status following Easter Break. We expect to be in Orange for at least the week. We plan to look at the week’s test results and make a decision about whether to return to Yellow on Saturday, April 10. 

Here’s what Orange status means:

In-person classes are permitted but many are likely to temporarily switch to remote. Faculty members who are teaching in-person classes will communicate their plans with their students.
Students may not have guests in their rooms or gather indoors. Common areas and study spaces will be closed.
Students may spend time with one another outdoors but must keep themselves distanced and always wear a mask.
Libraries will remain open.
Dining will be grab-and-go only.
Staff members should come to campus only if needed. If you can work from home, you should do so. Please work with your supervisor if you normally work from home but need to come to campus during an Orange status.

 

EXERCISE ON CAMPUS DURING ORANGE STATUS

During the planned Orange status following Easter Break, The Jo will be closed April 5-7, and will reopen on Thursday, April 8, provided initial COVID testing results are favorable. Students may exercise outdoors, masked and distanced.

As an alternative to working out at The Jo, students can also activate their free access to FitnessOnDemand, a digital fitness class streaming service.  Classes can be accessed from anywhere via the FitnessOnDemand app or web browser and include HIIT, cardio equipment workouts, core strength, stretching, yoga, meditation, dance, martial arts, and more.  Check your email to accept your invite.  

D’AGOSTINO’S CAFE NOW HAS IN-PERSON DINING

Starting Monday, D'Agostino’s Cafe in the Science Complex will open limited in-person dining while the College is in Yellow status. Seating will be available 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Please limit your meal to 20-30 minutes so others may have the opportunity to sit and eat.
The space is available for eating only, you’ll have to find a different place to study.
Seating areas will be marked. Please do not move the furniture!
Put your mask on as soon as you are finished eating. Only remove your mask while you are actively eating.
Please sanitize the table after eating so that the table is ready for the next person.
Keep the food in the café area. Eating and drinking is not allowed in any other areas of the Science Complex – including study rooms, the library, classrooms or the atrium.

 

NEW TESTING CENTER HOURS START MONDAY

Starting March 29th, the testing center at The Jo will close one hour earlier each day. After reviewing several months of data, we determined the final hour of the day is consistently the slowest portion of the day. Closing earlier will allow students additional time to use The Jo’s track for running, which is not allowed during testing hours. 

The new hours, beginning March 29th, are:
Mon: 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Tue: 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Wed (Late day): 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thu: 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Fri: 8 a.m. to noon, and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Reminder that there is no testing on the weekends.