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Gettysburg College COVID-19 updates

January 13, 2021: Read the latest email sent from the College to the residential cohort on January 13 with important information about the start of the Spring Semester.

Preparations for the spring 2021 semester

In preparing for the spring 2021 semester, the College remains committed to offering an in-person, residential experience for as many students as we can responsibly accommodate. We offer our spring plans with the full knowledge that the COVID-19 virus persists and our plans may need to be adjusted as we approach the start of the spring semester. The college will continue to work closely with public health experts, members of our community, and under the guidance of state and federal health guidelines to implement our plans for the spring semester, which will begin on February 1, 2021.

Learn more about the spring semester.

Top questions

  1. Who is invited to return to residence in the spring?
  2. What type of enforcement of guidelines can we expect in the spring?
  3. What will the academic experience be like for residential students in the spring?
  4. What will campus life be like in the spring?
  5. What health and safety guidelines are in place?

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Current status

Current status as of 3 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020

Category Details
Students tested as of 11/20/2020 760
Students tested who were negative as of 11/20/2020 752
* Students tested who were positive as of 11/20/2020 8
** Total number of employees who tested positive as of 11/20/2020 3

* The students who tested positive are in isolation and contact tracing process has been completed.

** Employees are required to alert Human Resources if they have tested positive for COVID-19.

Campus status as of 3 p.m., Friday, November 20, 2020

Category Details
Current alert level


Number of students now in isolation on campus 7
Number of students now in quarantine on campus 21
Adams County information PA Department of Health, WellSpan Hospital

Cumulative student tests and results since August 5, 2020

Category Details
Total number of students who have been tested since 8/5/2020 14,350
Total number of students whose tests were negative since 8/5/2020 14,240
* Grand total number of students who had a positive test since 8/5/2020 110

* This number includes 6 students whose tests were initially reported as positive but had recovered from COVID-19; the very sensitive tests the College is using detected leftover viral fragments that are not infectious. This number also includes tests and results from the current week’s report.

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