COVID-19 status update

Message sent on August 24, 2020

Dean Julie Ramsey updated the community on newly detected COVID-19 cases (1), the campus alert level (Moderate), the next round of mass testing, and reinforced wearing masks, avoiding large gatherings, and restricting travel.

Dear campus community:

I’m writing today to update you on our campus’s current COVID-19 status. As described in our return to campus plans, this weekly update will be made available via email and on the website every Monday and will outline our current status determined by our 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 9:00 am on Sunday, August 23, 2020:

Category Value
Total number of students tested since 8/16/2020 165
Number of students whose tests are negative since 8/16/2020 164
Number of students whose tests were positive since 8/16/2020 1 *
Current alert level Moderate
Adams County information PA Department of Health, WellSpan Hospital

* The student who tested positive previously tested positive but had recovered from COVID-19; the very sensitive tests the College is using detected leftover viral fragments that are not infectious. The student is safe, well, and poses no danger of transmitting the virus.

Additional precautions

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


  • As announced last week, the College will conduct another round of mass testing beginning today, Monday, August 24 through Thursday, August 27. Students will be contacted by the Residence Life office about their testing time. It will not interfere with class schedules.
  • Please remember that every student and employee are required to wear a mask or face covering on campus.
  • Large gatherings where social distancing is not feasible are not permitted. More information about policy violations can be found on our COVID-19 Behavior Rubric. More information about what to do if you see someone on campus not complying with the health and safety guidelines can be found in the reporting non-compliance section.
  • Visitors are not permitted on campus unless they support the academic, administrative, or residential mission of the college. Visitors who meet that criteria must fill out a form prior to their visit.
  • Per the student health agreement, students must restrict their travel to only essential trips. The College strongly discourages students from leaving the immediate Gettysburg area.

For questions

If you have questions regarding this information, please email Additionally, the phone bank will be open from Noon to 3:00 pm today, Monday, August 24. Please call 717-337-8800 if you have any questions regarding the information. Please do not call the Health Center with questions about this information.

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 Student