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COVID-19 Update; Saturday

December 12, 2020

Dear Campus Community,

We continue to see an uptick in positive COVID-19 cases in Penfield Hall. Based upon guidance from the Rhode Island Department of Health (RIDOH) and out of an abundance of caution, effectively immediately, the entire hall has been quarantined.

Students testing positive for COVID-19 are being relocated to Browne Hall to isolate from others in order to prevent risk of additional exposure.

All Penfield Hall residents have been urged to undergo testing so that we can determine the extent to which additional health and safety measures must be put into place, if any. Testing will be available to all students within the residential community through the end of the semester.

The School of Nursing will be assisting Student Health Services over the weekend to support students in need of health services during this time.

Contact tracing is underway and appropriate notifications are being made to those considered close contacts.

All residential students have been asked to self-monitor and follow the three “W’s”: wear a mask, wash hands frequently and watch physical distance with others.

Our teams in Student Health Services, School of Nursing, Residential Life and Housing, Dining, Housekeeping, Communications, and Campus Security are working collectively to ensure the health and safety of the campus community and to ensure appropriate services are provided to affected students and staff during this time.

This incident does not impact overall campus operations. The college will continue to monitor this matter and the impact of COVID-19 on campus while following the recommended guidance put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and RIDOH.

Thank you for your ongoing support to help us maintain a healthy campus environment.

Together we are #AnchorStrong!

Yours in education,

Frank D. Sánchez

Page last updated: December 12, 2020