Cases on Campus

To: W&L Students, Faculty, Staff and Parents
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Saturday, September 12

A small cluster of three related COVID-19 cases has been identified among Washington and Lee's student population.

On Thursday, a sophomore student received a positive COVID-19 test result as part of the university's ongoing surveillance testing program. The student, who is asymptomatic, is currently isolating in W&L's on-campus Isolation and Quarantine (I/Q) space. Contact tracing began immediately and Student Health Center (SHC) staff contacted all identified close contacts of this individual and advised them of testing options and instructions to quarantine.

The contact tracing has uncovered two additional positive cases in the past 24 hours, another sophomore and a first-year student. These two students, who are both symptomatic and who received positive test results in the SHC, are also now isolating in W&L's on-campus I/Q space. Contact tracing for these cases is underway. So far, in addition to the three positive students isolating in campus I/Q spaces, seven additional close contacts will be quarantining in the campus I/Q space, and another 19 student contacts are quarantining in their residences. It's important to note, the identified contacts took place outside of classroom/academic settings.

In addition to testing those individuals who have been identified as close contacts as part of our contact tracing protocol, W&L has made arrangements to test approximately 400 students and employees on Monday and Tuesday, as part of next week's surveillance pool.

These three cases are currently the only positive COVID-19 cases identified on campus. You can access current testing data on W&L's COVID-19 Testing Dashboard.

All members of the W&L community are being asked to please continue to be vigilant in following all guidance around face coverings, physical distancing, hygiene, and limiting of close contacts, as this continues to be the best approach to minimizing the potential spread of the virus. We cannot stress enough that you should continue to treat everyone around you as if they have COVID-19 - whether or not they have symptoms - and act accordingly. If individuals are following all guidance and limiting their contact to very small circles, no one should have more than two to three close contacts.