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COVID 19: Weekly Update

Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020
Subject: COVID-19 – An Update on Testing Results

A message from Dr. Chris Frazer, Executive Director of Wellness

Dear campus community,

Since my last communication earlier this week on Monday, October 26, we have tested almost all students living on campus, as well as many students living off-campus. Since Monday, we have administered an additional 1,459 tests and had 12 positive results (a positive rate of 0.82%, which is less than half the state 7-day positive rate of 1.80%).

Of these 12 students, two are living on campus and 10 are residing off-campus. The new positives are overwhelmingly related to off-campus social gatherings and not to on-campus contacts. Based on our testing this week, we feel confident we have contained the two small clusters I previously referenced; the students associated with those clusters have been identified through our contact tracing procedures and have been quarantined or isolated. I am pleased to report that the students who have tested positive are either asymptomatic or have minor, cold-like symptoms.

From October 22 to October 28, BSU has administered 1,608 tests with 20 positives, a positive test rate of 1.24%. Of those positives, 9 are residential students and 11 are students living off-campus. BSU has now administered a total of 9,528 tests this semester, with 38 positives (a positive rate of 0.4%). Currently, there are a total of 14 students isolating on campus and 15 isolating off-campus, with 12 students in quarantine on campus.

We will again test all residential students next week out of an abundance of caution.

I understand that we are all growing weary of living with COVID-19. However, with the rise in state and national cases and with Halloween in a few days, it is imperative that we continue to follow some simple public health guidelines:

  • limiting our close contacts to only people you need to interact with;
  • avoiding or strictly limiting the size and duration of any social gatherings;
  • staying home if you are sick;
  • maintaining physical distancing of six feet;
  • wearing masks or face coverings when in any public settings; and
  • assisting with COVID-19 tracing procedures.

These are matters not only of your own health but the health of everyone around you.

As always, we will continue to keep the campus informed of any new information related to BSU’s COVID-19 testing results. If you have any questions, please contact us at covid-19@bridgew.edu. Please visit the COVID-19 website for additional information.