Following the successful completion of two more on-campus vaccination clinics last week, 74% of Carleton students, faculty and staff have now reported receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. As this number continues to rise, I am sharing two important changes to campus expectations for fully vaccinated students, noted below the most recent COVID-19 data in this message. Please note that full vaccination status is reached 14 days after receiving all doses of a vaccine series (two doses of Moderna or Pfizer, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson).
Last week, Carleton administered 935 tests for COVID-19 and recorded 2 new cases of the virus within our on-campus community. As a result, among the College’s threshold measures, our 14-day infection rate is 0.16%, our surveillance testing positivity rate is 0.0%, and the average number of close contacts per case is 6. The campus action level is Level 2: Medium. Detailed data for the week of Sunday, April 18, through Saturday, April 24, is available on the dashboard.
Beginning next week, students, faculty and staff who have submitted documentation showing that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will no longer be in the pool for weekly surveillance testing on campus. Fully vaccinated individuals maybe tested for other reasons—such as exposure to a known positive case, returning from overnight travel or exhibiting symptoms of the virus—and are required to participate when called upon. We will continue to conduct surveillance testing on 600 members of our community each week, acknowledging that this number will decrease as more people become fully vaccinated.
RETURNING FROM OVERNIGHT TRAVEL
While we continue to discourage unnecessary travel away from campus, fully vaccinated students who return to Carleton from overnight travel within the United States are no longer required to “lie low” upon return. These students will be tested for COVID-19 between 5 and 7 days following their return but will be able to return to normal activities right away. If you need to travel away from campus, please complete the Overnight Visit Form in advance so your test can be scheduled. Students returning from travel abroad will continue to be required to “lie low,” and will be tested for COVID-19 upon return and again five days later before rejoining normal activities.
These changes underscore the importance for all students—including those learning remotely this term—to report their vaccination to Carleton using the Vaccine Documentation Form. Please do this as soon as possible after receiving your first dose.
Finally, whether vaccinated or not, all members of our campus community continue to be expected to wear masks in indoor public spaces and when interacting with people outside their household, and social gatherings continue to be limited by space occupancy restrictions. In outdoor settings, consistent with our existing practice, masks are required for both vaccinated and unvaccinated people whenever physical distancing cannot be maintained, and in large group settings. Thank you for your continued adherence to these practices.
Stay safe Carls. We’re halfway through the term!