Dear Members of the Carleton Community,
Since the number of new cases of COVID-19 within our campus community peaked on May 4, we have continued to experience a high number of new infections. It has been a challenging several days as this surge has impacted a number of campus operations. As a result, our campus alert level is now high.
Spring Term is traditionally a time of celebration in the academic year, and we seek to support and continue efforts of community togetherness as safely as possible during this time of high transmission. After evaluating trend data and current impacts on campus operations, we are emphasizing the following mitigation strategies:
- Our indoor mask mandate remains in place. Unmasked, indoor social gatherings have consistently been a strong source of transmission within our student body; please remain masked at all times when not in your private residence or work space.
- Grab-and-go dining is strongly encouraged. Green2Go containers remain in short supply, and although compostable single-use containers are available, these supplies are limited, as well. Prompt return of Green2Go containers continues to be essential for the availability of to-go dining.
- For indoor events scheduled to take place in the next 7 days, we recommend that you reconsider your dining practices where possible. We suggest moving meals outdoors or eliminating food from your indoor event altogether. If adjustments cannot be made, please return to masking as soon as possible after eating or drinking.
Full-population testing is not being implemented at this time. In thinking through this possibility, we considered that nearly all of our recent cases of COVID-19 are symptomatic. The most effective testing strategy we have is to provide daily access to rapid testing for those who are experiencing symptoms or who are close contacts of positive cases. Please visit the Rapid Test Site and get tested if you have symptoms.
Daily case counts are down from their high, and we hope to see that trend continue. Daily numbers and detailed information about the campus alert levels are available on the COVID-19 Dashboard.
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