Moving COVID-19 Environment Level to Yellow-Low – Faculty, Staff and Students

To: W&L Faculty, Staff and Students
From: COVID-19 Committee
Date: Thursday, October 21

The COVID-19 Committee has recommended, and President Dudley has approved, a change in W&L's COVID-19 Environment Level from Yellow-Middle to Yellow-Low, effective today. The number of active cases on our campus and their related close contacts has declined significantly in recent weeks, and the pressure on the university's Isolation/Quarantine (I/Q), Student Health, Facilities, and COVID Care capacities is currently manageable.

Transmission rates in the Lexington/Rockbridge area remain high on the CDC's Data Tracker COVID-19 Integrated County View, and our local and regional hospitals are at or above capacity. Our collective efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 on our campus make a difference. To that end, we continue to expect all individuals, including those who are fully vaccinated, to wear masks in public indoor spaces and in common areas in on-campus residences. We will continue to closely monitor transmission levels in our area, as well as CDC guidance on masking, and act accordingly.

As a reminder, W&L's screening testing program provides optional PCR testing up to once per week for students, faculty and staff who wish to be tested. Testing is available in Evans Hall on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday of each week. Tests should be self-scheduled through the Aura application. Instructions for self-scheduling through Aura can be found on the ITS website.

  • This testing is only for individuals who are not experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Students experiencing symptoms should stay home and call the Student Health Center (540-458-8401) to schedule a test.
  • Employees experiencing symptoms should stay home, report their symptoms through the Attestation website, and seek a COVID test from a local health care provider.

Thank you for all you are doing and please keep up the great work, being especially vigilant about masking, limiting close contacts, paying attention to and reporting any symptoms, and following the guidelines and safety measures outlined on the COVID-19 Resources website.