[PORT] Weekly Report as of Sept. 22, 2020

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Tue, Sep 22, 4:47 PM

F&M COVID-19 Alert Level as of September 22, 2020

F&M COVID-19 Update as of September 22, 2020

Full-Time Students Total2263
Students In-Residence or Commuting1482
Surveillance Testing Round 1 – September 10, 2020#
Students Participating233
Students With Test Results233
Students With Positive Test Results1
COVID-19 Indicator#As % of Students In-Residence or Commuting
In Quarantine* On Campus(at risk and waiting for test result)251.7%
In Isolation On Campus (positive test)10.1%
In Quarantine* at Home80.5%
In Isolation at Home (positive test)00.0%
In Hospital00.0%
Cumulative Positive Tests Since Arrival (Entry/Surveillance testing plus clinical work)110.7%

*In Quarantine indicators include students who were identified as contacts in contact tracing or are symptomatic, but not confirmed positives. 

Additional data, including entry testing, FPS testing, surveillance testing, and wastewater testing, is available in F&M’s COVID-19 Dashboard.

F&M COVID-19 Update Notes

  • At this time, all students living and learning on campus have participated in entry testing. For this reason, we are no longer displaying this data in the PORT weekly report COVID-19 update; however, we will continue to make this information available in the COVID-19 dashboard on the website. Students who did not have their second entry test and are on campus are being scheduled for the Sept. 23 surveillance test.
  • Symptomatic persons waiting for test results are included in the number of students in quarantine. Of the 25 individuals in quarantine, 5 are in Schnader and 20 are in off-campus housing.

Pandemic Operations Updates

  • We conducted a special round of COVID-19 testing on Tuesday, Sept. 15 as a result of a positive wastewater test for Brooks College House (Marshall Buchanan) and as a follow-up to social activity the weekend of Sept. 11. We directed all residents of Brooks House and all students we could identify as connected with the social activity to be tested. We tested 202 students, and one tested positive. The individual who tested positive is not a resident of Brooks; all students in Brooks were released from modified quarantine after receiving their negative test results on Thursday. The individual who tested positive went into isolation and the Student Wellness Center conducted contact tracing. Two contacts were identified and will remain in quarantine for 14 days and monitor their health for any symptoms of COVID-19. We also tested employees who work in Brooks College House, and all tested negative.
  • On Wednesday, Sept. 23, we will conduct the second round of surveillance testing as part of the College’s regularly scheduled biweekly surveillance testing protocol. Last week, we notified those students who have been randomly selected for required participation in this next round of surveillance testing. If you were notified and have not yet signed up for your surveillance testing timeslot, please do so immediately using the link in your email.
  • In the College’s most recent weekly wastewater testing, there was no indication of the presence of COVID-19 in any of the sampling sites, including Brooks College House.

Campus Reminders

  • We are immensely grateful for everyone’s continued efforts to keep our shared spaces on campus clean. This year more than ever, our attention to the cleanliness of our campus is also a sign of our shared commitment to the health and safety of our community. We would like to especially recognize our custodial staff who are responsible for regularly disinfecting key areas across campus, including residence halls, common areas with regular traffic, and public restrooms in academic and administrative buildings. Please join us in acknowledging the custodial staff’s hard work by expressing your personal gratitude next time you cross paths with a staff member!
  • Students, in this first month on campus, you have demonstrated your dedication to the F&M Pledge and each other’s health and safety. We are grateful to you for your ongoing work to keep the campus safe. Well done, and thank you!
  • Regardless of whether or not you are coming to campus on a given day, please complete the daily health screening to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. F&M asks all students and employees learning or working on campus for the fall term to participate in this daily practice.
  • Faculty and students may use open COVID-prepared classrooms if they need a safe space in which to meet while still observing physical distancing protocols. However, they are not permitted to unlock and use spaces that are offline for this fall (such spaces are not prepared for safe social distancing and are not regularly cleaned). Please remember the following guidelines when using shared spaces on campus: never move furniture; wipe down the space before and after use; maintain six feet distance; and wear your masks.
  • The College strongly recommends that off-campus travel during the school year be undertaken only if absolutely necessary, and that students refrain from traveling outside of the Lancaster area.

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