As anticipated, we are seeing a slight increase in COVID-19 cases following the increased travel and larger gatherings associated with Thanksgiving break. We have four positive COVID-19 cases among students: Two tested positive prior to returning to campus and remained at home; two tested positive after returning to campus earlier this week.
We also are seeing cases of influenza A and B on campus and cases of a non-flu respiratory infection. The symptoms of these illnesses, in addition to those of the common cold, can overlap with COVID-19 symptoms. Bailey Health Center continues to have extra staff on hand to complete COVID-19 testing, and students with symptoms should be tested. Anyone experiencing symptoms should vigilantly mask until tested.
Students who test positive for COVID-19 will be required to isolate. The College continues to reserve hotel rooms to assist with this. Students who live within a reasonable distance and prefer to isolate themselves at home may do so.
It is too soon to know whether the Omicron variant will spread more easily or result in more serious illness. What we do know is that the vaccines continue to prove effective in combating the most serious outcomes of COVID-19. Those who have not yet received a booster, and whose initial series of vaccines were completed six months ago with Pfizer or Moderna or two months ago with Johnson & Johnson, should make arrangements to get one. Booster vaccines are available at local pharmacies, and several are accessible via LANTA bus at no cost to students, faculty, and staff.
You can stay up to date on the number of COVID-19 cases among students, faculty, and staff by checking the COVID-19 dashboard.
COVID-19 Action Group