Change to COVID-19 Environment Level

To: W&L Students, Faculty, Staff and Parents
From: The COVID-19 Committee
Date: Tuesday, November 10

The COVID-19 Committee evaluates W&L's COVID-19 Environment Level several times per week. On Oct. 23, the Environment Level was raised to yellow-high for a variety of reasons, most notably a rise in COVID-19 cases among students that resulted in significant contact tracing and isolation and quarantine (I/Q) needs.

We're happy to report that case numbers are back down, with only three new cases reported in the past week and a 7-day rolling positivity rate below one percent. We currently have 12 students in isolation or quarantine in our on-campus spaces, and another 28 quarantining elsewhere. Since this decrease in cases has relieved some of the pressure on our Student Health Center, contact tracing and I/Q capacity, we've recommended, and President Dudley has approved, a move of W&L's COVID-19 Environment Level from yellow-high back to yellow-middle. Requirements around distancing and the wearing of face coverings, limits on social gathering size (10 people indoors and 25 people outdoors), and the current visitor policy continue to be in effect for the remainder of the term.

As we head into the final weeks of Fall Term, we're grateful to be at a point where we're able to move the indicator back to the middle, 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. We do ask that everyone please continue to be vigilant in following all guidance and to keep up the great work of completing the daily attestation.

As our students and faculty wrap up classes and head into exams, and our entire campus community looks ahead to the coming break, the COVID-19 Committee is busy reflecting on the past few months and planning for students' return to campus in January. We appreciate all that you have done and continue to do to make this semester a success!