By Katie Oglesby, News Editor, and Jane Fitzpatrick, Assistant News Editor
There have been 13 new positive COVID-19 results so far during the second round of student baseline testing, according to the most recent email to the Gettysburg College community. Not all results have come back yet, and the college is expecting to receive more positives by the end of this round.
All informal and formal student gatherings are now prohibited from Friday, Aug. 28 to Sunday, Aug. 30, including those previously sponsored by the College. Students on and off-campus are not allowed to have any guests in their residences or off-campus houses. Anyone who violates these gathering restrictions will be subject to consequences laid out in the behavior rubric sent out at the beginning of the semester.
There will also be a virtual town hall on Sunday at 1:00 P.M., and all students will be expected to attend.
Next week, there will be 800-900 surveillance tests done next week, including random tests and testing of those who are more likely to have come in contact with currently positive students.
The most recent COVID-19 Update included a letter from Dr. Richard Keeling of Keeling and Associates, LLC, and the college’s consultant on health and safety. In his letter, Keeling expressed the urgent need for the campus community to increase precautions. His recommendation includes imposing more restrictions on gatherings, events, and social activities. Keeling addressed the current rise in the number of positive cases saying:
“While by no means a crisis, this is a direction and pattern we do NOT want to see continue. We will need to reinforce our purpose and mission for being together and get on the path to discipline ourselves and one another to follow the protocols that we all know contain the spread of the virus.”
Keeling expressed his belief that more restrictions on gatherings, extending quarantine to more students, and enhancing testing should help control and contain the spread of the virus.