Presidential COVID-19 Update: October 12, 2020

Monday, October 12, 2020

Faculty, Staff, and Students,

Following up on yesterday’s email regarding new COVID-19 cases at Carroll College, we are implementing a number of strategies specifically designed to lower our numbers, and keep us safe, healthy, and continuing classes in person. These strategies have been successful at other colleges who experienced a spike in cases, lowered their case counts, and mitigated the spread of COVID-19.

Carroll College currently has 14 positive confirmed cases related to the college as of this morning. As we work with Lewis and Clark Public Health, we will update the campus on additional active cases.

The mitigation efforts to flatten the curve over the next 14 days are:

  • Implementing on-campus testing for students and requiring testing for specific populations that have high community contact. Students, if you are asymptomatic, please consider getting tested Monday or Tuesday in the Wellness Center between 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM as well as at the P.E. Center from 12PM-2PM. 
    • It is critically important that if you are ill, or have been identified as a close contact of someone with COVID-19, OR have been informed you are positive for COVID-19, follow the guidelines on the Marching Back Plan and fill out the appropriate form.
    • Students in quarantine or isolation should contact advising@carroll.edu to get help in completing academic requirements remotely.
  • Asking that all students, faculty, and staff limit their number of off-campus trips and contacts to necessary medical appointments, work or trips to obtain food.
  • Suspending athletic team practices and workouts until further notice (with the exception of cross-country).
  • Requiring that all faculty and staff non-instructional meetings be held in a virtual format.
  • Temporarily closing the Hunthausen Activity Center until Monday, October 19 (starting on Monday, October 12 afternoon).

The Marching Back team will be meeting this afternoon to discuss the plan. Additionally, Vice President Cathy Day and Associate Vice President Jennifer Glowienka are working with faculty to determine if additional courses should be moved online temporarily. Faculty can contact them for direction.

Wear your mask/face-covering properly, maintain appropriate physical distance, and wash your hands frequently.

Sincerely,

John E. Cech, Ph.D., President
Carroll College Marching Back Task Force