Dear Members of the Southwestern Community,
Last night we learned that two Southwestern students who accessed campus on August 20 and 23 have tested positive for COVID-19. One student lives in the Residences on 7th but did not access any shared or common spaces at the Residences unmasked or for a period of time that would cause another person to become a close contact under CDC guidance. The student has been advised not to access shared and common spaces during the self-isolation period. These positive cases have been determined to be unrelated to each other. In accordance with county guidelines, Southwestern directed the students to self-isolate in their homes and follow their medical providers' advice.
Due to privacy concerns, Southwestern will not be releasing the names of these individuals. Under the guidance of public health protocols, Southwestern conducted a review to identify any individuals on campus who may have been in close contact with this person. All identified individuals have been contacted and advised of Southwestern’s and public health testing and potential exposure protocols.
Our maintenance staff has conducted extra cleaning and disinfecting of the high touch areas on campus (e.g., elevators, stairwells, restrooms, common areas, etc.) in addition to the ongoing increased cleaning and disinfecting of these areas.
It is imperative that we all remain vigilant in our collective efforts to keep everyone safe and healthy. We all should follow our public health officials' guidance by wearing a face covering, practicing social distancing where appropriate, and using good hygiene practices such as covering coughs and sneezes, washing our hands, and avoiding touching our faces. Also, please do not come to campus if you are not feeling well and have any symptoms associated with COVID or another communicable disease.
Additionally, our public health officials strongly recommend everyone over the age of 12 years to get a COVID-19 vaccination to protect themselves and their community. Our current vaccines are safe and are the most effective protection against COVID-19.
How to Stay Healthy and Reduce Your Risk:
What to Do if You are Sick:
Home Isolation Instructions for People with COVID-19:
Home Quarantine Instructions for Close Contacts to COVID-19:
COVID-19 Vaccine Information:
Let's continue working together to keep our community safe and healthy.
COVID Compliance Manager
Administrative Services Assistant