To the Saint Anselm community,
I am writing today with a brief update on our COVID-19 mitigation efforts. This week’s testing returned four positives out of 696 tests. The four cases were among individuals who had been in close contact with those who tested positive last week. They had been quarantined as part of our contract tracing efforts, and therefore it appears this latest outbreak has not spread beyond the original cluster.
While it is encouraging that we are not seeing significant spread, we are experiencing a “slow burn” of COVID positives, which serves as a reminder to the importance of following the Community Care Covenant. Our positivity rate is 0.57% for the week and 0.41% for the semester. Since students first arrived, we have conducted 5,554 tests on students, faculty, staff and members of the monastery.
In addition to taking precautions while on campus, please remember that a key to preventing the virus from infecting members of community is to avoid non-essential off-campus trips. In each of our cluster outbreaks, the identified acquisition point was unnecessary off-campus travel. Our individual choices can affect the whole community; let’s choose wisely.
I know this is hard and our collective resilience, creativity and support of each other are required. We know together as Anselmians we can succeed. Be patient with each other and with ourselves and keep our eyes on the goal. We have six more weeks on the Hilltop this semester. Together we can do this!
Wear the mask, watch the distance and remain on campus. Let’s do everything we can to make it to Turkey Day!
Joseph A. Favazza, Ph.D.