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COVID 19: Weekly Update 9/17/20

BSU began re-testing the second cohort of residential students this week and saw greater turnout of non-residential students and employees as well. Improvements in traffic flow within the testing site have reduced the total time spent on site while maintaining safe physical distances.

This week (Sept. 9-15), the BSU Testing Site administered 818 COVID-19 tests, of which only one had a positive result (.12 percent). That student is isolating off-campus and we implemented our contact tracing procedures. BSU has now administered a total of 3,101 tests, with only 6 positive results – a positive rate of only .19 percent (versus the current state 7-day weighted positive rate of .80 percent). Of BSU’s 6 positives, 5 have recovered (been released from isolation).

Last week we reported that over the Labor Day weekend, there had been a couple of "house parties" in close proximity to the BSU campus at which there were alleged violations of the Student Code of Conduct related to "...university requirements or public health orders in place to reduce the risk of spreading infectious disease." Students utilized the safestudents@bridgew.edu email and provided information related to concerns about students whose choices had potentially put the health and safety of our campus and surrounding communities at risk. The University has on numerous occasions explicitly shared with all residential students expectations and consequences for failing to comply with all mandates of the CDC, MDPH, and associated policies mandated by the university such as wearing face coverings, adopting good hygienic practices and cleaning protocols, physical distancing, monitoring of symptoms, and self-reporting of symptoms or a positive COVID-19 diagnosis. To date, interim administrative action has been taken with three students and action is in progress with additional students. This Administrative action includes either suspension from the residence halls and/or the university for a specified period of time. We want to thank the vast majority of our students living on or near campus for adhering to our Bear Paw Pact , and for making choices in support of the safety and wellness of our entire BSU community as we navigate the challenges of this pandemic together.