Wellness Center

February 9 - Testing Update and Mandatory Extra Test for Students on Friday

SUMMARY

–Students should plan to be tested again on Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.

–Please use your designated Monday and Tuesday time slots. No registration is needed.

–Early results of our testing this week indicate a decrease in our positivity rate to less than 1%.

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Dear Campus Community,

This week’s testing continues to go smoothly. Preliminary results of yesterday’s antigen tests indicate a significant decrease in our positivity rate from last week. While this is always subject to change, we are confident that we will fall below a one percent positivity rate this week–far short of the rate currently being reported by Montgomery County and the state.

Though we are optimistic this trendline will carry forward, we still want to remain aggressive in mitigating the potential transmission of the virus here on campus. Precautions are being encouraged across the country to be extra vigilant after this weekend, during which larger gatherings may have occurred to watch the Super Bowl. We think this is a good recommendation, so we will have an extra session of testing this Friday for our students.

This extra session will take place on Friday, February 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Given the efficiency of our testing program thus far this semester, we believe we can accommodate all students over the course of just one day. We ask all students to come during their designated Monday or Tuesday time slot; however, we are opening at 8:30 a.m. should any student wish to get tested earlier in the morning. We recognize there will be some time conflicts, but please come as close to your regular time as possible. Busiest times are typically from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., so if any student needs to choose a different time, try to avoid that period. No registration is necessary.

Our data, coupled with an efficient contact tracing program, has allowed us to monitor the health of campus in real-time. We are grateful for the support of our campus and for our students’ willingness to participate in Friday’s special testing session.

Thank you, Bears!

Sincerely,

Mark Schneider
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College
Virus Task Force chair