Wellness Center

March 18 - Important Update: New Measures to Address Increase in Positive Test Results


SUMMARY:

–We’ve seen an increase in positive test results this week.

–Effective immediately, we’re instituting temporary measures such as take-out dining in Wismer and no visitation to other residence halls.

–Intercollegiate athletic competition has been cancelled for this weekend.

–There will be an added mandatory testing session for all students on Monday, March 22.

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Dear Campus Community,

As was shared in today’s “Good Morning, Ursinus” update, we’ve seen a significant increase in new positive test results this week. Though it is certainly not the trajectory we like to see, we have experienced this before, and I’m grateful for the shared sense of responsibility being shown across campus in response to this development.

It is important we take this news seriously and adjust accordingly, and we are asking for your support once again to meet this moment. We have an excellent process in place that is well tested. And our partners across campus have been in regular communication to enact alternate plans to keep our students as safe and healthy as possible.

Today, we are putting in place several of those plans on a temporary basis. I appreciate your willingness to adopt these measures!

–We are cancelling all intercollegiate athletic competition this weekend. This applies to both home and away matches.

–Beginning with tonight’s dinner, Wismer Dining Hall will be take-out only. Café 2020 will continue take-out dining.

–Students will not be permitted to visit other residence halls, and we ask all students to be especially vigilant and respectful of our physical distancing and masking guidelines even within their family units.

–If necessary, impacted students should expect to isolate or quarantine off campus, while remaining in close communication with their case managers.

–All students will be required to participate in a special all-day testing session on Monday, March 22.

Early indications are that the campus positivity rate is around 1.5 percent for the week. While this still remains below regional and national averages, we can’t be complacent: positive cases have not only escalated in different parts of this country, but throughout Europe as well.

If necessary, we will share more details and other timely announcements on our “What’s Up, Ursinus?” Instagram account. Let’s all step up and work together to Defend the Den.


With gratitude,
President Blomberg, on behalf of the task force