Lafayette Community,

As we approach Commencement weekend, we have updates on COVID-19 cases and precautions to share with the community. Both local health networks report increased cases, and, as the semester wrapped up, we saw an increase in cases among students and employees. Commencement is an exciting time, and we will be welcoming back to campus members of the Class of 2020 in addition to celebrating the members of the Class of 2022.

Here is some additional information we hope you find helpful: 

  • The CDC suggests specific guidance for individuals and communities tied to transmission levels. Both Northampton and Lehigh counties are currently at the high community level.
  • On-campus PCR testing ended May 11. We have a number of at-home test kits on hand for students or employees who need one. Bailey Health Center will continue to provide testing for students who are symptomatic even as we enter the summer months. Test kits are currently available in Feather House and can be picked up between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • KN95 masks and surgical masks are also available at Feather House and will be made available during Commencement weekend for those who wish to wear a mask in crowded venues.
  • A reminder that you can check to see if you are eligible for additional boosters. If you are moderately or severely immunocompromised, regardless of age, you should contact your primary care provider to discuss available options, as there may be other strategies recommended by your provider.
  • The symptoms of COVID-19 are not significantly different from the symptoms of a cold or of seasonal allergies. If you experience symptoms that are consistent with COVID-19, stay home unless you have tested negative for COVID-19. If someone in your household recently tested positive for COVID-19, you do not need to isolate, but you should test; if you are symptomatic, you should certainly stay home and get tested.

Together we have navigated another year and will continue to provide information as we learn more about COVID-19 and how best to manage our shared environment. We understand that COVID-19 will remain with us and that each of us needs to carefully consider the best steps to ensure we are protecting our own health and the health of those around us. 

Be well and stay safe,

Annette Diorio
Vice President for Campus Life

COVID-19 Action Group