Welcome back to campus for the spring semester.
We return to campus with the knowledge that we have more work to do in managing this new phase of COVID-19. For two years we have worked together to meet each new challenge and the coming semester will be no different. The surge in cases across the country has been alarming but advances in treatments and the continued effectiveness of vaccines to mitigate the most serious outcomes of the disease are encouraging for what lies ahead. We know there are still risks in navigating any shared spaces whether on-campus or in our home communities.
I want to underscore that our commitment to each other requires that we make decisions that protect our own health and the health of all the community. This includes wearing masks indoors. That said, there is no guarantee that any combination of strategies will protect us individually from COVID-19. We layer multiple strategies, adapt as situations change, and continue to do our best in caring for each other.
We are deploying our antigen testing resources strategically and intend to use the bulk of those resources on symptomatic students, conducting exit testing following the fifth day of isolation to determine if they can safely return to classes and activities and testing close contacts. Weekly, on-site PCR testing will primarily be used for any member of our community expected to test due to an exemption from vaccination any monitoring testing the Health Center determines is warranted and, as space permits, for any member of the community who wants to test each week. All PCR testing is scheduled through the Aura app and links were sent to students with instructions on setting up an account.
Be well and stay safe,
Vice President for Campus Life