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Gettysburg College COVID-19 updates

September 16, 2020: Read the latest communications for students in the Approved Residential Cohort.

De-densification plan

Together with our public health consultants, faculty, and Board of Trustees, the College determined that our best path forward for the remainder of the semester is to de-densify campus by reducing the number of students in residence. To this end, a residential cohort of students will remain on the de-densified campus, while a remote cohort will continue to study virtually, for the remainder of the fall semester.

Residential cohort

First-year students, transfer students, international students, and select other students who are unable to return home due to personal or academic reasons.

Information for the residential cohort

Remote cohort

Students who will not remain in residence will continue their studies remotely for the fall semester.

Information for the remote cohort

President’s message

Current restrictions

The all-student quarantine has been lifted for students within the residential cohort. Mask and physical distancing protocols remain in effect. The College’s alert level is at Moderate Alert.

Current status

Current status as of 9 a.m., Monday, October 19, 2020

Category Details
Students tested as of 10/11/2020 780
Students tested who were negative as of 10/11/2020 775
* Students tested who were positive as of 10/11/2020 5
** Total number of employees who tested positive as of 10/11/2020 0

* 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 Monday, October 19, 2020

Category Details
Current alert level


Number of students now in isolation on campus 6
Number of students now in quarantine on campus 13
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 10,359
Total number of students whose tests were negative since 8/5/2020 10,260
* Grand total number of students who had a positive test since 8/5/2020 99

* 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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Top questions

  1. Will I be refunded for my housing, meal plan, or tuition if I am pivoting to remote learning for the remainder of the fall semester?
  2. How did the College decide which students would remain in residence?
  3. What will the student experience on the de-densified campus look like?
  4. What remote learning resources are available to the remote cohort?

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