Students Living in the Gettysburg Hotel Asked to Quarantine, Effective Immediately
By Anna Cincotta, Editor-in-Chief, and Gauri Mangala, Managing Editor
An initial review of the second round of baseline testing results from this week indicates that there may be a number of students in the Gettysburg Hotel who have been “impacted” by the virus, according to an email sent today by Julie Ramsey, Vice President of College Life and Dean of Students. All students currently residing in the hotel have been asked to quarantine, effective immediately. The college noted that this decision was made “out of an abundance of caution.”
Students living in the Hotel are only allowed to leave their rooms to “obtain food at the grab and go option at the hotel,” and they will be expected to eat meals in their rooms. Students will not be permitted to leave isolation for any other reason, including classes. The Office of Academic Advising has been notified of the affected students and will be contacting their professors about the evolving situation.
Facilities will be sanitizing common areas and the rooms of students who are“identified through [the] contact tracing process.” A contact tracer will interview students who have tested positive to identify other people who may be infected. Individuals have been asked to stay in their rooms until the sanitization process has been completed.
The email also explains that there will be more information available soon regarding instructions for testing in the coming week, and that any students experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 “should be in contact directly with the Health Center.”