Raising COVID-19 Alert Level to Yellow

Dear friends,

We are seeing an increase in the number of people testing positive for COVID-19 on campus this week. Most important, no one who has tested positive this semester at Wesleyan has been seriously ill. The cases we are seeing have been asymptomatic or mild — not surprising given that we are a vaccinated and boosted community. There are extremely low levels of infection among faculty and staff and no sign of spread in classrooms.  Still, while the increased positivity is not cause for alarm, it is important that we stem the spread.

As a precautionary measure, we are changing the current alert level to Yellow.  Basic measures like those we used at the beginning of the semester should help slow down the rate of transmission. It is important for us to take these reasonable precautions to protect the most vulnerable:

  • Testing: Students are still required test twice a week in Beckham Hall.
  • Dining: Campus dining will providegrab-and-go options only. Students should eat in their residences or outside and avoid gathering with others to dine. See the Dining Website for more information.
  • Social Gatherings: The University will continue to hold performances and athletic competitions, but all attendees must be properly masked. Academic-related and religious events will also continue as scheduled, but we discourage food being served at these events so that masks are always worn. Casual social gatherings should be limited to no more than 10 people, and each person should be fully masked.
If students test positive for COVID-19 they should do the following:
  • Isolate in place for 5 days. If a student is unable to safely isolate in place, they should contact Davison Health Center who will coordinate an isolation room.
  • Do not attend classes in person, visit dining halls, or attend other campus events during the isolation period.
The symptoms we are seeing are much like those of the common cold. If students experience a fever higher than 102, difficulty breathing, severe cough, or anything they feel is out of the ordinary, we encourage them to call the Davison Health Center. As always, in an emergency, please call 911.
I am confident that we’ll clear this latest hurdle, allowing Wesleyan to remain a “safe enough space” for thriving together on campus.  Yours truly,  Michael S. Roth President