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COVID-19 update for November 11 to November 17

After discovering six positive cases between Nov. 12 and Nov. 15, Dean Karlene Burrell-McRae `94 announced on Nov. 15 that while the College would not be moving from the yellow to the orange health code, in-person dining would end, and Foss dining hall would not re-open.

Burrel-McRae said that four of the six new positive cases still had unidentified sources of infection.

Late on Nov. 17, Burrel-McRae announced that all classes would be remote as of Nov. 23, cancelled all organized group activities after Nov. 20, and emphasized the importance of recieiving a negative COVID-19 test before travelling.

The College is still on the yellow level, which it switched to two weeks ago after being on green since Sept. 9, meaning that classes of 50 or more students have moved to remote learning, face coverings are required in common spaces of residence halls, and those spaces, as well as “high-touch areas” in dining halls will be cleaned more frequently. Religious services of less than 50 people can be indoors and those above 50 people will be outdoors.

As of Nov. 17, 79,667 negative tests, 21 positive cases, and 998 inconclusive tests (or 1.2% of the total) have been identified since testing began. Currently, there are six positive cases in isolation and 14 students in quarantine, down from none in quarantine last week and the week before.

The positive cases have been made up of nine faculty or staff members and twelve students. 15 positive cases have recovered since testing began.

~ Sonia Lachter ‘22

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