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Dear New College Community,
We are midway through a fall semester like no other. Today, we just learned from the results of yesterday’s random testing that we have at least one positive case on campus. Tracing is in full swing, and we believe we have contacted all high-risk individuals. Results from today’s tests are still pending.
While we have experienced a limited number of positive COVID-19 tests among our campus community during the past few months, we have thus far managed to avoid any larger outbreaks at New College. Your diligent commitment to wearing face coverings, maintaining social distance, and following other CDC-recommended guidelines to curb the spread of the virus continues to be critical to our community’s physical health and safety.
In addition to COVID-19’s physical threat, it has inflicted a mental and emotional toll, especially on our students, whose college experience has been upended. After a cautious start to the semester, Student Affairs had started to roll out more in-person, socially distanced activities. Last Friday, a dozen students showed up for an outdoor movie night. Our faculty are also getting creative with their classes. For example, Professor of Psychology Heidi Harley and Student Success Case Manager Regina Rodarte are co-teaching a First-Year Seminar outdoors this semester. In their Animal Thinking course, students are able to study the natural animal habitat right here on our campus.
The full results of this week’s testing and contact tracing will determine our next steps. We send our best wishes to all impacted individuals.
All the best,
Dear New College community,
Since learning last week that one individual on campus tested positive for COVID-19, we have not received confirmation of any additional positive tests among our on-campus population. However, several members of our campus community are currently in isolation, awaiting their test results.
Our good fortune to date in avoiding an outbreak of the virus at New College owes much to the diligence of our students, faculty, and staff who are wearing face coverings, practicing social distancing, and following other CDC-recommended guidelines that mitigate the spread of the virus. Please continue these efforts to keep yourselves and your friends and colleagues as safe and healthy as possible.
I also remind you to complete the daily symptom tracker. I understand that some students have experienced difficulties when calling the COVID-19 symptom tracker help desk at USF. We have been informed that wait times can last 3-4 minutes, so please be patient when you make your call.
Continue to practice social distancing, wash your hands frequently, wear a face covering, and participate in the symptom tracker and random testing to inhibit the spread of COVID-19.
All the best,
Dear New College community, We learned today that a member of our campus community has tested positive for COVID-19. The individual is in quarantine and the Sarasota County Health Department has been notified in order to initiate contact tracing. We are also doing our own internal tracing to speed the process. Persons who have had high-risk interaction with the individual are being contacted. The college will provide the necessary services and support for this community member, while also thoroughly sanitizing the areas of campus that they frequented. We wish them a speedy recovery.
The first known positive case on our campus this semester underscores the importance of following CDC and campus protocols to mitigate the further spread of the virus. Wear a face covering at all times except when alone in your office or residence hall room with the door closed. Whenever you leave your workspace or a common space on campus, wipe down any surfaces you have touched with a disinfectant wipe. Use hand sanitizer whenever entering or exiting a common space. If you don’t see sanitizers or disinfectant wipes in a common space, please submit a Work Request to Facilities by clicking the Work Request tile on the myNCF portal.
We continue to work with USF to improve the usability of the student symptom tracker. We will be placing more signs on the Bayfront to remind visitors that they must wear a face-covering anytime they are on our campus.
Thank you to everyone at New College for following campus protocols in order to keep our community as safe as possible during this pandemic. Please be kind to one another. Act as if you are infectious and badly do not want to communicate the virus to others. Failure to follow campus protocols endangers not just yourself, but others, and will, therefore, be met with progressive consequences including loss of on-campus status. Our shared commitment to each other’s well-being is a hallmark of the New College community that is now more important than ever.
Please socially distance, avoid gathering in groups larger than 10, wash your hands frequently, use face coverings, participate in the symptom tracker and show up when chosen for random testing to inhibit the spread of COVID. Let’s lookout for one another.
All the best, Don