Change to COVID-19 Environment Level

To: W&L Students, Faculty, and Staff
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: March 22, 2021

The COVID-19 Committee evaluates W&L's COVID-19 Environment Level several times each week by reviewing data related to 12 operational indicators. On March 10, the Environment Level was raised to red due to a sharp increase in positive COVID-19 cases among our undergraduate students. As of this morning, the number of active cases on our campus, which peaked at 105 on March 13, is down to 26 and the pressure on our Isolation/Quarantine and contact tracing capacities has subsided. Therefore, we have recommended, and President Dudley has approved, a move of W&L's COVID-19 Environment Level from red to yellow-high.

With this change, we will return to the following guidelines that were in place before we moved the gauge to red:

  • Gatherings are limited to 10 people, indoors and out
  • No visitors other than current W&L students are allowed in undergraduate students' on-campus or off-campus residences, including residential halls, townhouses, apartments, theme houses, and Greek houses.
  • In on-campus residence rooms in first-year and upper-division housing, when the room occupancy is not posted, the maximum occupancy for a FY residence hall room or a bedroom in an upper-division apartment is equal to the number of residents assigned to that space plus one additional person, to allow for safe distancing. That would allow two people in a single, three people in a double, and four people in a triple. Students are required to wear face coverings in their rooms when anyone other than roommates are present.

We're pleased to be at a point where we're able to move the indicator to yellow-high, and we thank our students, faculty, and staff for the commitment you have shown to each other, and to helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus. All other guidelines and safety measures, as outlined on the COVID-19 Resources website, remain in effect. Our continued, collective observance of the current guidelines and safety measures will be critical in keeping cases down. As we've seen several times over the past few months, it only takes a few days for cases to spike in a way that requires the university to take additional action.

Please continue to be especially vigilant around masking and distancing, limiting close contacts, and keeping gatherings to no more than ten people. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to make this semester a success!