Fall break is over and winter is in the air, which means we will all be spending more time inside and closer together. That’s why it’s more important than ever to know your COVID-19 status.
As you return to campus, it is recommended you get tested, even if you are vaccinated and do not have symptoms. Currently, the majority of students, faculty and staff are fully vaccinated, but some are still in need of boosters. High vaccination rates also don’t mean the community is immune to the virus. Asymptomatic transmission by vaccinated individuals still does happen. You should also continue to get tested throughout the semester for the continued protection of yourself and members of the campus community.
Getting tested is easy. You can sign up for an appointment here. It only takes a minute, and there are several locations on campus to make testing as accessible as possible. Testing is open not only to campus community members but also to members of their households.
Of course, testing is not the only tool we can use to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Masks are also important, especially now that we will be indoors for the majority of the time. When you are inside, please wear a mask that covers both your nose and mouth.
If you have been exposed to COVID-19, please wear a mask and enroll in active monitoring on campus. If you are infected please stay home for five days and then take a rapid test. If that test is negative you can return to campus but are asked to still wear a mask. If the test is still positive, continue to stay home for five more days.
We are fortunate to be back on campus in a cooperative learning environment. To keep that environment safe and functional, we all need to play a part and take a few precautions. By getting tested, wearing a mask when necessary and following exposure guidelines, you are protecting yourself, the people around you and the community as a whole. By doing just a few things, you are making a huge difference.