Jan. 21 – Campus Update for Students

Dear Students,

It has been good to see many of you around campus this week and I hope that it has been good to be back in classrooms with each other. I write this morning with a very brief update.

Summary of Test Results for This Week

As you know, we have resumed our regular twice weekly testing program. During the testing on Tuesday and Thursday of this week, 46 students tested positive for COVID-19. The overall positivity rate (positive results as a percent of all tests taken) across these two rounds of on-campus student testing was 1.6%.

Employees also participated in the testing program this week and 4 employees tested positive for COVID-19 from the college’s testing program. 

As of this morning, we have 77 active COVID-19 cases, representing 58 students and 19 employees. This includes all students and employees who tested positive for COVID-19, regardless of the source of the test (on campus COVID-19 Testing Center, Bates Health Services, off-campus testing location, self-administered test, etc.). You can see a summary of our testing results on the COVID-19 Cases webpage.

As a reminder, regular mandatory pooled PCR testing will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. in Muskie Archives. Please make sure you have scheduled your testing time in Garnet Gateway. 

Public Health Policies Remaining in Place

We will continue with the public health policies as outlined in my message to you on Friday, Jan. 14. I ask that you be particularly diligent about masking in our residence halls given the density in these spaces, as well as wanting to be mindful of the wellbeing of the staff who work in our residence halls. Custodians, in particular, have noted students not masking; please remember that your residence is their workplace.

Dining

We will continue with self-serve grab-n-go meals as outlined in my message to you on Friday, Jan. 14, and you will need to continue to eat in your residence halls. Please remember that at this time there is no eating permitted in other common and public areas in buildings on campus. Students residing at the hotel may eat in the Commons Mezzanine when on campus, and a Bates ID is required for entry. It is our hope and plan to return to in-person dining in Commons beginning Sunday, Jan. 30, provided that the results of next week’s testing cycles indicate that it is safe to do so. 

Where to Direct Questions

If you have questions and are not sure where to direct them, please email studentaffairs@bates.edu and you will be connected to the right person to assist you.

I appreciate all that you are doing to help us successfully manage through the beginning of the semester. I will be back in touch on Friday, Jan. 28 to provide another update.

Have a nice weekend.

All my best,

Joshua McIntosh
Vice President for Campus Life