March 19: Easter Break and COVID-19

TO: Students
FROM: Cary Anderson, Ed.D., Vice President for Student Life and Associate Provost;
RE: Easter Break and COVID-19
DATE: March 19, 2021 at 2:20 P.M. 

With just two weeks until Easter Break, we are, unfortunately, experiencing an uptick in COVID-19 cases on campus. For those planning to go home or elsewhere over the break, we are now entering the timeframe when you may not be able to travel if placed into isolation or quarantine, and you may risk placing friends and roommates in quarantine impeding their ability to travel for the holiday. It may be tempting to read this as “I shouldn’t self-disclose if I’m symptomatic or be forthcoming about my close contacts.” However, this has the opposite effect and is one of the reasons for the current uptick. Even more, if you do not take symptoms seriously or knowingly allow your contacts to go home, you are putting family members at risk.  
The best way to avoid negative outcomes surrounding the Easter Break is simple:

  • First, avoid non-University-sanctioned events and gatherings that continue to pose the highest risk for our community.
  • Second, get tested when symptomatic and cooperate fully with contact tracers. For your information, the Student Health Center is now performing rapid testing for symptomatic students.

As a reminder, while surveillance testing can only provide information for a snapshot in time, you may choose to use it to supplement your transition plan. Free, on-campus testing for anyone interested will be offered on Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the tent outside Barry Hall. Upon return, all residential students will be required to test on campus either Wednesday, April 7 or Thursday, April 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the tent outside the Maguire-Wolfington Welcome Center.
Please consider your health, your family members, your friends and our entire community during these next few important weeks.