COVID-19 status update

Message sent August 16, 2020

Dean Julie Ramsey updated the community about current COVID-19 cases (9), the campus alert level (Moderate), phone bank information, and reminder about the importance of wearing masks.

Dear campus community:

I’m writing today to update you on our campus’s current COVID-19 status. In the future, this email correspondence will be sent weekly on Monday, however we wanted to share the initial update prior to the first day of classes. As described in our return to campus plans, we will provide a weekly update via email and on the website that outlines our current status, alert level, and any changes that are being made to campus operations given this information. If there is a sudden increase in cases that occurs between these updates, an emergency notification will be sent by the Department of Public Safety.

Current status

Current status as of 6:00 pm on Sunday, August 16, 2020:

Category Value
Total number of students tested since 8/5/2020 2,283
Number of students whose tests are negative 2,274
Number of students whose tests were positive * 9
Current alert level Moderate
Adams County information PA Department of Health, WellSpan Hospital

* 4 students whose tests were initially reported as positive had recovered from COVID-19 and had negative tests before coming to Gettysburg; the very sensitive tests the College is using detected leftover viral fragments that are not infectious. These students are safe, well, and pose no danger of transmitting the virus.

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

Phone bank

The phone bank is currently closed. Please email

Additional precautions

Given the information above, the alert level has not changed.


Please remember that every student and employee is required to wear a mask or face covering on campus. Large gatherings where social distancing is not feasible is not permitted. More information can be found in our COVID-19 Behavior Rubric.

Thank you for your work to keep our campus safe. Please remember to visit the Better Together website for additional information.

Dean Julie L. Ramsey, Ed.D.
Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students