Diplomatic Congress diplomatic.congress@fandm.edu

Tue, Nov 10, 8:17 PM

Dear Students,  

We hope that you are all taking time to care for yourself and prepare for upcoming finals. As students, we understand that many of you are going through various hardships associated with the current social and political climate of the United States, the effects of which are only compounded by the pandemic. 

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise nationally, reaching over 100,000 new infections per day. There has also been a recent uptick of cases on our campus. We must remain extremely vigilant about adhering to these basic safety measures:
 Maintaining a 6’ physical distance between individualsWearing a face mask that covers the mouth and nose at all timesWashing hands and regularly sanitizing surfacesRestricting in-person gatherings Notifying the Student Wellness Center immediately if you present symptomsLimiting off-campus travelNo visitors to campus 
Reminder for on-campus students: if you decide for any reason to return home before the end of Module 2 (Friday, November 20), be sure to pack all of your belongings as campus will close for winter break and you will not be able to return to your room.
Here are a few noteworthy highlights from recent PORT (Pandemic Operations Response Team) announcements. Remember to keep up with all PORT communications.
November 10th There are 16 active cases of COVID-19 among F&M students who have been on campus 6 isolating in Schnader Hall10 isolating at home There are 54 students in quarantine as a result of contact tracing10 isolating in Schnader Hall38 isolating in off-campus housing 6 isolating at homeRefrain from entering Schnader Hall and keep your distance from the building. Connect with your friends in Schnader via a virtual means such as FaceTime or Zoom. When eating a meal with others:Maintain physical distance Lower your mask only when actively eating Put your mask on after eatingThe College will be offering exit testing on Nov. 16, 17, and 18 November 9th We will continue wastewater testing at least through Nov. 22Students who test positive during exit testing or who are close contacts of those who have tested positive, will, as usual, stay in quarantine and isolation in Schnader Hall for up to 14 days after the date of the test 
November 8thIf the risk level rises, the result may be that all classes would move to remote instruction and all students in residence would need to quarantine in their roomsWe should all treat every person we see as if they have the virus 

Please seek out the following resources if you are in crisis:

Student Wellness Center: 717-544-9051
YWCA Lancaster 24-Hour Confidential Sexual Assault Line: 717-392-7273
Lancaster County Crisis Intervention: 717-394-2631
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
Crisis Text Line: Text HOME to 741741
The Trevor Lifeline (LGBTQ+ Suicide Prevention): 866-4-U-TREVOR (1-866-488-7386)

Contact us at diplomatic.congress@fandm.edu with any questions, concerns, or suggestions.

The Diplomatic Congress Executive Board