April 19, 2021
We have seen a significant increase of active cases in the last few days. Today, we offered students the opportunity to leave campus to study remotely from home. By wearing masks and students choosing to study remotely from home, we will be able to manage cases.
Remember, if you feel sick, call the Health and Wellness Center immediately: (207) 893-6634.
April 18, 2021
The past 24 hours have seen a rise in cases on campus. Most of these new cases are “conversions to positive” from members of our community already in quarantine as close contacts of one or more positive cases. This means that as of today, we have been largely containing the spread within clusters of people from isolated events. This can change – so keep doing what keeps you safe: wear your mask, avoid gatherings, keep your distance, and wash your hands.
We know this news will create additional anxiety around campus, and we are meeting this afternoon and tomorrow morning to manage the College’s response. Please look for a communication tomorrow about next steps.
Finally, if you feel sick, call the Health and Wellness Center immediately: (207) 893-6634.
April 8, 2021
Today we added a new visual element to our Campus Health Dashboard – the progress we’re making toward our “Community Immunity’ goal of an 85% vaccination rate across students, faculty, and staff. Our chart will be updated weekly on Mondays as the Health and Wellness Center gathers proof of full vaccination from everyone learning and working on campus.
Vaccinations are now open to everyone over the age of 16 in Maine, so let’s vax up, Monks! Find the list of current vaccination sites available here. Once you’re fully vaccinated, please email a copy of the front of your vaccination card to firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 31, 2021
Baggot Street will be closed until further notice due to a positive case of COVID-19 amongst our staff. Seven other employees have been designated as close contacts and are currently in quarantine. We wish all of our employees well, and look forward to having them return to work as soon as possible.
There is currently no indication that the affected staff member was in close contact with anyone other than those already in quarantine. Facilities will thoroughly clean and disinfect Baggot Street over the next few days. We will monitor events as they develop, and keep you updated.
March 25, 2021
We have three new positive cases on campus, all identified through contact tracing from a previous positive case. The dashboard is now at Level III (Yellow). As usual, the members of the community who have tested positive, as well as their close contacts, are now quarantining. Please remember that COVID is still circulating, and still represents a risk to public health, to our ability to remain on campus for the duration of the semester, and to our commencement plans. We will be conducting an analysis over the coming weeks to determine whether any of the new, highly contagious variants are present on campus. On the Health Matrix (link below), our infection management column stands at “mediocre” based on recent observation of mask-wearing compliance. Please keep your masks on when you are not in your room or your office.
March 22, 2021
A reminder to our community that even though spring weather brings a feeling of freedom, we are still adhering to our mask and social distancing policy, which mandates that masks must be worn in all indoor and outdoor spaces. Please keep your masks on when you are not in your room or office.
March 5, 2021
We have added one new case in the past 24 hours, for a total of 3 active cases on campus. Monks, please remember that if you are feeling unwell, please visit the Health and Wellness Center immediately. While this is particularly true for anyone experiencing the COVID-19 symptoms below, any symptom is a good reason to check in with Sheri and her team, or your personal physician. Thank you!
Main COVID-19 symptoms:
- Fever or chills
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Muscle or body aches
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
March 1, 2021
Congratulations to our campus community for your successful diligence regarding our Covid-19 policies while on campus and in the residence halls. The number of students in quarantine housing has been significantly reduced and accordingly, our Campus Health Dashboard has been downgraded to Level II.
Using the dashboard as an important metric in our policies, the college has decided to reinstate inter-residence hall travel as of today, March 1st. The previous limited hours of 8am-8pm no longer applies and students can freely visit friends and classmates in their respective halls.
Additionally, commuter students who are participating in on campus Covid testing will be allowed to visit resident students within the residence halls.
While this is excellent news and a welcome change, we are not out of the woods yet. We must be diligent about respecting our capacity limits which currently remain at a maximum of 10 individuals for suites/pods and 3 individuals per single residence hall room. As always, masks are still required in residence hall spaces that are not your own room. Thank you!
February 23, 2021
We have modified the way we are reporting our at-a-glance numbers in the color block above. Going forward, you will always see the number of active and new cases first. This shift represents our efforts to give users of the Dashboard the most helpful information about our campus health on a daily basis.
February 18, 2021
The Pandemic Response Team recently outlined the following protocols for off-campus overnight (or longer) travel for the foreseeable future:
This week we have the first of our periodic breaks in the class schedule – on Ash Wednesday. Maintaining our safer “bubble” depends on all of us taking this break here instead of elsewhere. We are thus strongly recommending that you remain on campus this week, and every week through the end of the semester.
If you decide you absolutely must leave campus overnight or longer, going forward the College will now require the same re-entry protocol that we initiated at the start of the semester:
a negative test result within 72 hours prior to your return to campus
a test at the Health and Wellness Center upon your return to campus
another test at the HWC 4 days after your arrival
Additionally, you must return to campus on a weekday to allow the HWC to administer your tests. Required entry tests will not be administered on weekends.
Note: the College is in the process of building out more quarantine and isolation space in Putnam Hall. This is not a reaction to any current problem on campus, but simply a precaution in the event of a rise in cases and/or contacts in the future.
February 5th, 2021
Our policy updates on fines and inter-hall travel can be found here.