Rising COVID-19 Cases and Dedensification of Campus

To: W&L Faculty and Staff
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, December 3

We hope you all enjoyed a safe and relaxing Thanksgiving break following the successful completion of our Fall Term. We feel fortunate to have been able to complete the term on campus, and to keep the spread of COVID-19 among our students, faculty and staff at a manageable level.

Unfortunately, as we head into December we are seeing a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases across the country and in the Lexington/Rockbridge area, which is impacting our campus community. Several positive employee cases have been confirmed this week, with a number of others still awaiting test results. Those who have tested positive for the virus have been instructed to isolate at home, and Human Resources staff are identifying and reaching out to those individuals' close contacts to provide instruction regarding testing and quarantining procedures.

With the health and wellbeing of both our campus and larger communities in mind, we are asking for your help in limiting the number of people working on campus to the extent possible. Please consult with your supervisor, and if you can perform your work entirely from home, we ask that you do so through the end of December, when we will reassess.

In addition, we ask that all employees continue to:

  • Keep a distance of at least six feet from one another at all times, indoors and out.
  • Wear face coverings at all times, unless you are outdoors, stationary, and more than six feet apart.
  • Limit your number of close contacts.
  • Complete the Daily Attestation each day, answer yes if you are experiencing any symptoms, and follow the instructions from Human Resources if you answer yes.
  • Hold meetings virtually whenever possible. Meetings that have already been scheduled may occur as needed, following guidance related to distancing and face coverings.

We appreciate the enormous efforts and sacrifices our faculty and staff are making during this challenging time, and we thank those of you who can work remotely for helping create a safer environment for those whose jobs require them to work on campus.