COVID Dashboard update for March 19

Message sent March 19, 2021

Jeff Foster, Dean of Students, and Darrien Davenport, Assistant VP of College Life, inform the community of an increase in positive cases and directions for testing on March 20.

Dear Campus Community,

Every Friday, we will send an email directing you to the College’s COVID-19 dashboard.

The College continues to operate at a moderate alert level. Please note that based on a number of current conditions, including the campus positivity rate and local conditions, the College could change the alert level or enact increased mitigation strategies. The campus community will be notified immediately if the alert level changes and if new mitigation strategies have been enacted.

Reminders and updates:

  • Increase in positive cases: Earlier today, you received an email about an increase in positive cases on campus. We currently have 10 positive cases; all results have been received at this point. Per our protocols, we have notified all positive students, are relocating students to isolation and quarantine space, and working through our contact tracing process to understand if the cases are isolated to certain affinity groups. COVID-19 is a highly contagious virus and positives can spread quickly. Let’s redouble our efforts to keep the community safe and to have the spring semester we’ve all been working hard to obtain. Wear your mask, physically distance, and avoid large gatherings.
  • Testing: Students are required to test twice per week. Either on Tuesday/Saturday or Wednesday/Saturday. As we conclude the week, all students should report to Plank Gym tomorrow (Saturday 3/20) to be tested unless they have an exemption. Those students exempt from testing are already aware of their exemption. Students who miss COVID-19 testing for a second time are subject to being assigned to remote study.
  • Student survey: Earlier this week, a survey was sent to all students through engageGettysburg about your experience this semester. Please take time to complete the survey before midnight on Monday, March 22. Follow the links below to take the remote or residential student survey.
  • Symptom monitoring: Please remember that students are required to conduct and record daily symptom monitoring through the Medicat portal.

Thank you for your continued cooperation this spring semester. If you have questions, please contact

Jeff Foster, D.Ed.
Interim Vice President for College Life and Dean of Students

Darrien Davenport, Ed.D.
Assistant Secretary to the BOT/Assistant Vice President of College Life