Over a 10-day phased move-in period concluding Sunday, Aug. 16, 1,823 residential and commuter students returned to the Saint Anselm College campus.
As part of the college’s health and safety protocols, each arriving student received a preliminary health screening for COVID-19, followed by a rapid antigen test and a separate PCR lab test. Students were required to quarantine in their rooms until the rapid test result was received. The PCR test, conducted in partnership with ClearChoiceMD, was used to confirm the result.
Of the 1,823 students, two tested positive while all remaining students tested negative. The college’s 0.11% positivity rate is less than the current 1.3% rate in New Hampshire and the 9% rate in the United States. In both positive cases, the resident students were asymptomatic and received rapid test results shortly after their move-in times on Friday.
The two students returned home Friday to begin the semester through remote instruction. One of the students had no direct contact with others, while the other student had contact with three roommates, who retested negative but have returned home for a 14-day quarantine as part of the college’s COVID-19 protocols.
The college brought back an average of 200 students a day to ensure a methodical repopulating of the campus. Most Saint Anselm students live on campus, while 10 percent either are commuters or have chosen to take classes through remote instruction this semester.
With the final group of 200 students arriving Sunday, the college now will conduct surveillance testing on groups of students throughout the semester.
In addition to COVID-19 testing, a number of health and safety protocols are in place, including reduced density in housing and classrooms, social distance guidelines, and limits to off-campus travel.