COVID-19 Update 9/2
On Monday, I reported that three individuals had tested positive for COVID-19. As these individuals played sports, had roommates, and some had relationships, we began contact tracing. As a result, any roommate of an individual with a COVID 19 positive test, even if they test negative, has to quarantine for 14 days and be symptom free for 3 consecutive days. Athletes on the same team who practiced without masks, not socially distanced, and for more than 15 minutes were asked to test as well even if they had no symptoms of COVID 19. Students in relationships with other students were asked to test. Coaches were asked to test.
As a result, we currently have 21 positive COVID 19 individuals in quarantine and an equal number of individuals with COVID 19 negative tests in quarantine. Robin Lea has worked hard (and very appreciated) to keep the faculty informed of who is in quarantine so that they can reach out to them, to provide some mental support to them during their quarantine, and to provide academic support. They will work with all of these students remotely so that they do not fall behind in their courses. We continue to monitor their symptoms, deliver their food to them 3-4 times a day, and pick up necessary items for them as requested. Most of the students who have tested positive are asymptomatic and continue to feel fine.
Students, as well as faculty and staff, in our academic buildings continue to follow our COVID 19 protocols and I thank each of you for following our COVID 19 protocols. On a recent telephone call with all NCICU presidents and Dr. Mandy Cohen, a physician and the North Carolina Secretary of Health and Human Services, I confirmed with her that in order for there to be a high probability of person to person spread of COVID 19, all three factors—no mask, less than 6 ft. of social distancing, and more than 15 minutes—had to be present. We are continuing our in-seat/hybrid model with our COVID 19 protocols.
We do feel that it would be beneficial to pause all athletic practice and weight-training for the next 14 days. Your coaches will continue to be in touch and support you for your academic classes and be there to listen to you.
Please feel free to reach out with any questions to myself or other members of the leadership team. We are committed to the health and safety of all members of our SAU family and community. Very soon, there will be a dashboard up on our website with daily updates. I will continue to provide updates as well.
Dr. Ellen Bernhardt