We recognize that the prolonged nature of the pandemic and the changes it has introduced to our campus can be extremely frustrating. Please know that our latest restrictions are intended to be short-term. It is our hope that we can return to a green alert level once we dampen this latest surge.
The high number of cases that have been reported this week are likely from exposure that occurred last weekend. Fortunately, no one who has tested positive is seriously ill, with most people asymptomatic or experiencing mild cold-like symptoms. And while our community is vaccinated and boosted, it is imperative that we work to stem the spread of infection to protect the most vulnerable among us. Your diligence in adhering to the University mask policy can help us do so.
Please wear a properly fitted mask, especially as we head into the weekend. The CDC recommends the use of respiratory type masks (N95, KN95, and others of that type). Free masks are available at Beckham Hall.
We have found that the most effective method of contact tracing on campus is through personal outreach between those affected. If you test positive for COVID-19, we ask that you contact all those with whom you have spent 15 minutes or longer (within six feet) over the past 48 hours. For those notified that they are a close contact, please follow the protocols outlined below.
- If you are currently experiencing any COVID-related symptoms such as cough, fever, congestion, or sore throat, self-isolate and contact the Davison Health Center immediately at 860-685-2470.
- If you are asymptomatic, fully vaccinated, and boosted, there is no need to isolate. Please wear a high-quality mask both indoors and outdoors for the next 10 days. Get a PCR test in approximately five days from notification. If you develop symptoms, self-isolate and contact the Davison Health Center for further instructions.
- If you are unvaccinated, or not up to date with your shots, you must self-isolate for five days which means not attending classes, work, or any other group activities. Please wear a high-quality mask both indoors and outdoors for 10 days. Get a PCR test in approximately five days from notification.
To expedite our notification process, beginning next week we will implement an automated system that will alert members of the Wesleyan community of their test results. If the test was positive or inconclusive, the email will include a link to report symptoms and information related to isolation. Davison Health Center staff remain available 24/7 to respond to your questions. Faculty and staff should consult their health provider.
Again, it is our hope that we can return to a green alert level quickly, once the percentage of positive cases decreases. We want you to be safe at Wesleyan and we also want you to have a great experience on campus. Together we can make that possible.
Rick CullitonChair Pandemic Planning Committee and Dean of Students