Wellness Center

January 19 - Mandatory Student Testing for Thursday and Friday and Updated Quarantine/Isolation Guidance

Dear Campus Community,

Welcome to the start of the spring semester! I first want to thank you for your cooperation and diligence as our students get settled back onto campus. I’m pleased to report that testing upon check in has gone smoothly, while our positivity rate is close to 2%, this is better than we had expected from reports from other colleges. That is a credit to our students for closely following pre-arrival guidelines.

As an important reminder, all students should test again this week in the Myrin Library on Thursday and Friday during the following timeslots based on last names:

–A through Cas: Thursday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

–Cau through Dum: Thursday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

–Dun through Har: Thursday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

–Has through Lee: Thursday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

–Lef through Mue: Friday between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

–Muh through Rob: Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

–Roc through Tan: Friday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

–Tat through Z: Friday between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Please arrive as close as possible to your timeslot.

Students should also test in Myrin Library again next week and moving forward, all students should expect to test every week in these early days of the spring semester so that we can maintain an accurate picture of the health of our campus. More information about testing will be communicated to you via email and on our Defend the Den webpage at https://ursinus.edu/DefendTheDen.

Earlier this month, we communicated important information to our students and families about quarantine and isolation for those who test positive for COVID-19, and it is important for all faculty and staff to heed these same practices. Ursinus has adopted updated guidance from the CDC on quarantine and isolation, which can be found on our website at https://ursinus.edu/TestingAndGeneralPolicies.

In summary, all infected individuals should remain isolated for five full days from the date of the positive test (the date of your positive test is considered “day zero”). On or after the sixth day, those with either mild or no symptoms (without fever) who test negative may resume usual activities.

Students who live within driving distance of campus should isolate at home as the college has limited space for isolation.

Once again, please continue to check our Defend the Den page and our COVID-19 dashboard for updates throughout the semester.

Thank you, Bears, for your continued cooperation!

Sincerely,

Mark Schneider
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean
Virus Task Force chair