Dear UVM community members,
The health and well-being of our community continues to be the top priority of our return-to-campus strategy, and, as we pursue this imperative, I continue to be impressed by our innovation, collaboration and dedication.
We have witnessed the effectiveness of 7-day testing, social distancing, and mask wearing on containing COVID-19, but as noted by Vermont Health Commissioner Dr. Mark Levine, the emergence of new variants could make our work even more challenging. As Dr. Levine stated, “our public health response won’t change, but we do need to strengthen it.”
This is why we are adding an additional quarantine location in Mercy Hall on Trinity Campus. The provision of quarantine space, combined with rigorous contact tracing, is critical to successfully containing the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the residence halls. It’s worth noting that more than half of last week’s new positive student cases were already in quarantine when their status was confirmed.
Sixty two students will be directly affected by this decision, and we are providing coordination and support to them as they move into the Central Campus Residence Hall (CCRH). Their flexibility is another example of students doing what it takes to keep our community healthy, and we deeply appreciate their cooperation.
Our skilled health care providers, residential life staff, and UVM dining services team along with others will continue to support our students in quarantine at both on-campus locations, Jeanne Mance and Mercy Hall. And, while this move will not affect a large proportion of our community, it’s important for you to be aware of recent changes.
Again, I thank you all for the extraordinary efforts you are taking to keep our campus safe. Together, we are enabling our students to continue their educational journeys; we are supporting the critical advances of our researchers; and we are supporting our mission to serve the state of Vermont.
Vice President for Operations and Public Safety
Chair, UVM Strong Advisory Committee