COVID-19 Testing and Case Data for the Week of Jan. 10

14 January 2022

Dear Members of the Carleton Community,

This week’s testing and case data is now available on the COVID-19 Dashboard, including the newly calculated 14-day campus positive rate at 5.95%. As we share more context for the data below, please note that no additional campus restrictions are being implemented at this time, as previously communicated changes went into effect Monday, Jan. 10, in anticipation of this increased positive rate.

In total, 65 new cases of COVID-19 have been identified within our campus community between Saturday, Jan. 8, and today:

  • 25 positive cases have been identified so far through the second round of baseline testing. While complete results from Monday and Tuesday’s baseline tests are in, results from Wednesday and Thursday are still pending. Complete numbers are expected over the next 48 hours, and the dashboard will be updated as they arrive.
  • 31 positive cases have been identified through other on-campus testing efforts.
  • 9 positive cases were reported by staff and faculty through testing taking place off campus.

We have been able to reduce some of the disruptions facing COVID-positive students by allowing some students to isolate in place, and by using rapid testing to shorten isolation to 7 days rather than 10. To date, this testing strategy has allowed most students to return to classes and activities more quickly without additional risk to our community. We continue to see mild symptoms and asymptomatic cases within our fully vaccinated and boosted community.

Detailed information about isolation length, the testing cadence for close contacts, and what to do if you get notified of a positive test result during overnight hours is available on the FAQs page of the Responding to COVID-19 website.

As noted above, no additional campus restrictions are being implemented. Anticipating that our 14-day positive rate would be over 5% by today, we shared changes late last weekend regarding meeting and event sizes, off-campus activities for students, residential hall access, and visitors’ access to campus. Additionally, PEAR communicated this week that spectators are no longer permitted to attend campus sporting events. These changes remain in effect. Likewise, social gatherings continue to be restricted, grab-and-go dining continues to be strongly encouraged to reduce density in the dining halls, and more protective masks (KN95 or KF94) are available and strongly recommended.

As we continue to respond to the highly transmissible Omicron variant, we are bolstering our testing strategy in response to our increased 14-day campus positive rate. All faculty, staff and students will be tested for COVID-19 between Monday, Jan. 24, and Thursday, Jan. 27. Instructions on how to sign up for a test will be shared next week; those who have tested positive within the past 90 days are excluded. This campus-wide testing effort follows scheduled surveillance testing that will be conducted on 800 randomly selected members of our community this Monday, Jan. 17. A testing plan for the week of Jan. 31 will be determined late next week.

In gratitude for your continued flexibility,

The COVID-19 Core Team

Carolyn H. Livingston, Vice President for Student Life and Dean of Students
Eric Runestad, Vice President and Treasurer
Elise Eslinger, Vice President and Chief of Staff
Eric Egge, Associate Dean of the College
John Bermel, Director of Security and Emergency Management
Helen Clarke, Director of Digital Strategy and Public Affairs